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Photography Fortnightly #55

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 12, 2013, 10:45 AM

Photography Weekly Header created by TouchedD

“Others have seen what is and asked why.
I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
~Pablo Picasso

I've put together an article due for release next week about how you can create your own Photography studio without going to too much expense or trouble. I'm all for making the most out of tricky or limited situations to try and make something professional...butt hen I stumbled across this article and thought it was a completely genius idea - and just goes to show that your studio can literally be anywhere. A Photographer in Yeovil (UK) has set up studio in what was formerly the public toilets! As well as a great move for a photographer it puts an abandoned building, formerly considered an 'eye sore' to great use. The mental images (until you actually realise it's been renovated) are disturbing though...!
I've already shot one wedding so far this year, so the wedding season is definitely creeping up. This article from Phoblographer goes over the Photography essentials for shooting a Wedding and is actually quite useful for those who are considering venturing out into the previously unknown! I remember attending a wedding once when I was about 14/15 years old and playing the piano for the bride walking down the 'aisle' (staircase in a stately home!) I watched the Photographer for most of the day, fascinated by what she was doing and how seamless it all was. I never dreamt I'd be the person doing that at somebody else's wedding one day, so it is amazing what you can achieve just with a few simple things.

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Literature and Photography is combining together each week to bring you the rather fantastic concept of #Photofriday. To check out the latest photo and to get stuck in with writing a piece to go with it, read this article! Also over at the brand new photography group CRPhotography - we've launched our first games blog - for everyone but particularly those who enjoy our obscure photo challenges during chat events. Get involved for the chance to win some points! Going back to Wedding Photography talk, ScatteredAshe shared a fantastic article with me today that again talks about attention to detail, and what, commercially, people really want from wedding photos. You can read it here.

Photography Contests, Projects and Challenges

:star: Where I live ends April 30th
:star: Delicate Contest ends 16th April
:star: Waves and Ripples ends 28th April
:star: Fragile Contest ends 28th April
:star: 3 Recipes, choose one! ends 21st May
:star: What gets you up in the morning? ends 27th April
:star: Friendship Contest ends May 15th
:star: Reinterpretation Contest ends May 15th
:star: Spring Contest ends 21st April
:star: Where street has no name...
:star: Macro Photography ends 10th May

News and Events from Chats + Forums!

The Chat Events Calendar has a couple more dates in it for upcoming Photography Events. Check it out for the newest which will be a critique night. We're also aiming to hold two events per month, one at UK suited times and one at USA suited times so that more people can participate! If you want to know how the last games night went, check out this article! Below are some of the latest hot topics on the Photography Forums..

:bulletblack: Night wedding photography in the open with limited gear
:bulletblack: Magic Lantern Firmware for Canon Caneras
:bulletblack: Photography Ice Blocks
:bulletblack: Third Party DSLR Batteries. Good or bad?
:bulletblack: What I HATE about photography!
:bulletblack: Pricing for Photography Services
:bulletblack: What is your favorite film?
:bulletblack: ND Filters
:bulletblack: Any tips for piont and shoot cameras?
:bulletblack: Any photography MAGAZINE recomendations?
:bulletblack: If you still shoot with film, why?
:bulletblack: How to get sharper photos.
:bulletblack: Urbex Photographers!
:bulletblack: Local Photography Clubs
:bulletblack: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi accessory questions
:bulletblack: Tips for Photography?

Spotlight Deviant

insolitus85 has been here for over two years and has a fantastic gallery that spans many ideas, concepts and genres. The most striking to me though, is his abstract works. Check them out for yourself!

Leave It All by insolitus85
Recurring Reflections by insolitus85
A Lonesome Cup Of Coffee by insolitus85

Spotlight Group - CRPhotography

CRPhotography is the official unofficial hub for photographers and members of the photography CV team here on deviantart. It's fairly new and shiny, and there is so much going on that you'd be silly not to check it out. From games to critiques to challenges and contests, there's something for every photographer out there.

Project Educate

There has been lots going on with projecteducate and the latest community week has brought a bundle of useful articles and information that there's sure to be something for everybody. There are also lots of exciting weeks in the planning stages across the coming months so don't forget to check out the schedule right here.
:bulletblack: 9 Tips to be more creative
:bulletblack: Colour Guide
:bulletblack: Creating a Secure Password
:bulletblack: Textured Brushes
:bulletblack: Interview with Kingmancheng

Art History

Throughout April, ArtHistoryProject is focusing on dA related which means there are lots of incredibly useful and historical things being delved into! Check out the group for regular updates and below you'll find a handful of the latest articles...
:bulletblue: History of April Fools Day
:bulletblue: dA Related month
:bulletblue: Performance Art Signup!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer arctoa

Since the last update, arctoa has continued with his regular editions of the Friday Feature and Saturday Spotlight. The latest features include two Thumbshare Highlights entries for February and March, and four new regular updates: check out issues 015, 016, 017, and 019. The most-recent interviews capture the thoughts and works of *Une-Vache, ~ra-gro, =daaram, ~LeMatos, *ParallelDeviant, and =NVENTFISCHER.

Additionally, he has released his Daily Deviation Report for March, and the April editions of his Abstract & Surreal Thumbshare threads are both live. The regular edition can be found here, while the subscriber edition is here. Finally, the April Pinboard has been published, showing relevant information for everyone in the Abstract & Surreal community.

Around the groups, Abstract-and-Surreal has published the winners of their February and March contests, and launched their April competition along with The Surrealist XIX, a genre-specific feature. devPREMIUM continues with their Abstract & Surreal Spotlight, recently releasing Vol.11, Vol.12, Vol.13, Vol.14, and Vol.15. Elsewhere, Nature-Abstracted has a new founder and guidelines, and information about this can be found here. non-real continues with their Felicitous Artist features, and editions 002 and 003 are now live. Additionally, they have released details for their April contest, which can be read here. Finally, Ode-to-simplicity and WhoNeedsColour have put out Monthly Specials: OTS issues XVI and XVII, and WNC issue No.28 can now be perused.

Humeur noire VI by crossfading


Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska

Check out the February and March roundup from AnaNaszynska covering the latest bits and pieces within the architecture community including the most recent
Daily Deviations.

Spiders by AdamSherratt


Community Volunteers astridle

astridle is holding a Photography workshop in France! For those who are local, or who might be in the area, it's well worth checking out the details here. There's an English translation at the bottom of the article. Also check out A Motivational Letter!
Embryon by astridle


Community Volunteer RockstarVanity

Darkroom exposed has recently focused on Instant Film and if you're interested in finding out more about the process, then check out the article now. Also have a peek at RockstarVanity's article rounding up the Daily Deviations from March.

Balls by skyblue-13

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

Check out the Spooky Daily Deviation Roundup for March 2013.

Vampire's Warning by buschermoehle-photo


Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Kara-a has recently launched a Macro Photography Contest that will be ending in May. For a macro focused group here on deviantART check out :dev macrosworld: and finally, MarcosRodriguez has once again stumbled across a fantastic Macro Photographer who has only been on dA for a few months. Check out ColinHuttonPhoto's work!

Pandorus Sphinx - Eumorpha pandorus by ColinHuttonPhotoChalcid Wasp - Euperilampus triangularis by ColinHuttonPhotoJumping Spider - Paraphidippus aurantius by ColinHuttonPhoto

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

The latest edition of People and Portraits Exposed is out and explores some of the latest submissions to the galleries within that area. Check it out for some inspiration or just for a better understanding of the categories here on deviantART. dekorAdum has also put together another edition of Oh Boy!

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep by LinaDomina

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Check out the contests category at the top of this article for the two newest still life photography themed contests. One includes making recipes and the other involves taking photos of still life objects to a certain theme. Also check out our latest Photographer of the Week by heading over to the front page! claremanson has also put together a Purple Still Life Feature!

Sapphires by sophiaazhou

Street Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

The latest edition of Friday Night Specials is out from StamatisGR and brings some fantastic street photographers to your deviantART favourites! There's also a brilliant street contest out - check it out here.

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Check out the latest member feature from Urban-and-Rural right here. The latest edition of Urbex is out, this time focusing on whether Urban Explorers are a threat to national security...or not!

Maison du Chat by thebrokenview

Regular Features to keep an eye on!

There's so much going on around the community especially for Volunteers that sometimes the awesome news can be missed out. I hope to share any weekly or monthly features that are ongoing here so that you can browse them at your leisure. If you know of something that needs to be listed let me know!

:bulletblue: dA Love for Everyone from lintu47
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: I like your face from AshleyxBrooke
:bulletblue: Pure Beauty from dragonfly-oli
:bulletblue: Weekly Feature from miontre
:bulletblue: Through a Lens Friday Feature from Astrikos

The Community Volunteer Team

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl
Architecture: AnaNaszynska
Abstract and Surreal: arctoa
Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart
Conceptual: astridle
Darkroom: RockstarVanity
Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine
Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight
Horror, Macabre and Cosplay: pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Groups to Check Out!

:iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::iconphoto--assignment: :icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics: :iconpeopleandportraits: :iconphotographlove: :icondevnews: :icondeviantkitchen:

Getting Involved...

You can get yourself into Photography Fortnightly just by sending me a note! Each week I look for:
:bulletblue: Spotlight Deviants
:bulletblue: Under-appreciated Deviants
:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
:bulletblue: Themes & Topics
:bulletblue: Featured Tutorials
:bulletblue: Got a fresh idea? Send a note to CRPhotography!

This week we're looking at wedding photography, unusual places to have a photography studio and lots of news, updates and contests from around the Photography galleries here on deviantART. To get involved with the next edition just send your info to ^Kaz-D by Friday 3rd of May! Don't forget to :+fav: the article if you enjoyed it!!
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   Photographer
Did something happen to the PeopleandPortraits group? I can't seem to access the group anymore. =(
arctoa Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Nice to see the return of this article.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
insolitus85 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: :faint:

Thank you so much for the feature. It is a big honour!! :tighthug:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Amazing article, may i ask how long it takes you to make one of these? :heart:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I start collecting about a week in advance :)
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
miontre Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: *

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