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“Creative slump - the Photographers equivalent of drought."
Every so often (and for many of us it feels like everyday sometimes!) we fall into a creative slump. It's not a place that the bubbliest most inspiring of people can rise us from. It's a horrible place, where you feel like you'll never be able to recoup that creativity again. But then something changes and you climb back out, you keep drawing, or fractal-ing or taking photographs and you're happy again.
It's funny how when we're creatively over flowing and positively genius's we rarely look back and remember the time when we couldn't envisage being artistic ever again. But equally when we're down and grasping at straws to try and pull ourselves out - we forget the achievements we've made, the times we succeeded. Perhaps it's time to remember both feelings - one extreme to another - maybe that will provide the little lift or equally the little bump back down to earth that we need.
Community Relations News
The LOL Corner is out and full of LULZ to keep you chuckling. You can note deshrubber with suggested dAmniIt quotes that you'd like to see in the next edition!
20:27:49 <lack-of-color> A man walks into a bar
20:28:07 <lack-of-color> He accidentally slices his carotid artery and bleeds to death.
20:28:09 <lack-of-color> Fin.
It's always worth keeping an eye on the regularly updated Bi-Weekly Critique Events Blog to see just what's coming up. The next event is May 2nd and involves a night of critiquing fan art.
Spotlight Deviant msendy
msendy has the kind of deviations that make you realise beauty lies in absolutely everything - just look at the Food and Drink!. Also within the gallery are some inspiring, crisp portraiture shots well worth checking out!
Spotlight Group r72
This group was the first to introduce me to the magic of infrared Photography and with it some fantastic deviants who will be listed this week as ones to check out! r72 not only helps you to understand infrared photography but also offers a place to showcase your creations.
r72 have a handy Tutorials folder so you can have a browse and learn just how to create these magical worlds.
Deviants to Check Out This Week
My all time favourite gentlemen of infrared whom I've known for some time on deviantART now are well worth checking out to find out just what it should look like...
Project Educate - Fetish Photography Week
Fetish Photography week has started fantastically over at projecteducate and there are some excellent articles to help educate and broaden your horizons with regards to the gallery. Be sure to check out the contest to Photography YOUR Fetish!
Welcome to Fetish Week!
YOUR Fetish Contest
Fetish ABCs A - D
ABCs of Fetish E - G
Thank you ScENeYmE
If you haven't heard already - where the hell have you been hiding?! ScENeYmE has been de-hatted and has joined the land of seniors. She's not gone for good though, real life attacked her in the form of college and stuff where she's learning to be even more awesome. (Psht MOAR awesome? Not possible!) so we bid her farewell. Please drop by her page and thank her for the hard work she's dedicated across the years as a volunteer...
The second edition of What's Hot? is out over at Through-a-Lens and focuses not only on the trending deviations right now but also on artists found via the Discovery Tool.
From the Forums...
"April Showers bring May Flowers" 3wyl quotes - and if that's true then we're due fields of them! Check out this Thumbshare on the forums and drop by with your 'Shower' deviations.
Art History - SUPERGROUP!
The Art History Project is now an awesome supergroup! You can find it over at ArtHistoryProject If you'd like to get involved in writing some Art History Articles then check out This Blog!
Latest Art History Articles
Street Photography - The Origins
Modernism & Pre-Modern
Modern & Post Modern
Abstract & Surreal
Community Volunteer DpressedSoul
DpressedSoul has written the latest Who Needs Colour monthly feature.
Community Volunteer StamatisGR
Friday night Street Specials v4.2 is out!!!
The Street Community is having a CONTEST !!!
The "So you think you can street" Photography Contest is well worth checking out!!!
Horror, Macabre & Cosplay
Community Volunteer pullingcandy
The A, B, C's of Cosplay this week explores M, N & O. Check out the article for Mario, Mudkipz & Naruto amongst others!
Community Volunteer xbastex
Masters of Photography is out once more and delves into French History to showcase a master of advertising and documentary photography from the 1920's. Check it out to find out who!
Pinup & Glamour
Community Volunteer DistortedSmile
LUSH! is out and as always includes some lush artwork!
The April Pinup & Glam Updates are also out and definitely need a read!
Tricks of the Trade
Courtesy of 3wyl
From another photographer, to me, to everyone reading this particular
article, here is a trick you can try out with your DSLRs. I say DSLRs
because it will probably take a few tries before you get this the way
you want it to be.
You can make something static look more engaging and exciting by
shooting with a somewhat slow shutter speed and turning the zoom control
of your lens as you click on that button to take the shot.
So, effectively, two things are happening at once: pressing down the button to capture the shot and turning the zoom itself.
Obviously, you need to set your lens to do manual zoom, not auto zoom, and you actually have to have a zoom in the first place.
This will, hopefully, give the photo a bit of a dynamic feel to it.
Improving Your Photography - Every day we're filter-ing!
A year ago today for my 22nd Birthday I excitedly opened a package that was long, lens shaped, and fragile. But inside was a set of around 30 filters - the kind that thread onto the lens. So naturally joined together they appeared exactly like a lens! I was only disappointed for a few seconds though. Filters are an amazing addition to any photograph and if you can afford a set from Ebay or similar then I strongly urge you to invest and have a play.
Alternatively A lot of filtering can be done in Photoshop or other editing programs such as the examples below...
Weekly 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!
Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
Project Porkchop from Astralseed
Project Comment Interviews from ProjectComment
Theme of the week: Religion from ObscuredPhotos
dA love for everyone from lintu47
Monday Feature from Alabastra
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
For updates, the full team and moar check out communityrelations
General Photography: Kaz-D
Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul
Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey
Architecture, Urban and Rural: itsfrits
Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine
Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile
Groups to check out
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Themes & Topics
Next weeks theme is Red