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" What's the most obscure subject you have been asked to photograph?"
If there is one vital thing that I have learned in my years as an amateur photographer - it's that to diversify and spread yourself amongst as many outlets, ideas and topics as possible is the best way to move forward and become successful. Photography doesn't begin or end with a Wedding. Nor does it start with a fashion shoot that pays you hundreds of pounds. There are so many niches and gaps in between that people overlook as lesser known and inadequate - but that can be one of the strongest rungs on the ladder to success. (See what I did there?) It's coming to the end of a week where I've stretched myself
photographically, more so than usual, and I'm more than happy to share what I have learned in order to help out those who want to step up with their work. Last week I was recruited by an image company as a
photographer documenting insurance claims. You know the kind, car smash, house fire, property damage e.t.c It wasn't something I ever would have considered myself doing, mostly because I didn't think that
the role existed. Of course, it's part time, pretty much ad hoc and the pay whilst good, is not sustainable for a full time position. But it's something - something completely different and outside of the box!
Getting yourself known is one thing, but putting yourself out there in terms of being adventurous and tackling the more obscure is another. I invite you to give it a go, if you haven't already. Your local council
might want images for something, a local artist might need product shots. A local butcher may want some promotional abattoir shots. (It's happened to me before!) The list is endless and can get more obscure the
more you delve into it.
Community Relations News
Community Volunteers ^Kaz-D | ^3wyl | `IsacGoulart
I'm very pleased to say that this article has now very much become a combined effort. All Photography CVs regularly contribute, but ^3wyl `IsacGoulart and myself are now combining forces to bring you as much fresh material and happenings as possible. So how can you get involved?
^3wyl will soon be starting a photography featured of under-appreciated deviants. It would be great if you feel your photography is under-appreciated or you know of somebody who deserves more exposure - to drop by the forum here and leave a comment. There are requirements - less than 10,000 page views on your profile - but head over to the forum and get more info there.
We're looking at hosting a chat event once a month which will involve a mixture of the following:
On the spot challenge
General Photography Related chatter
There will be prizes too. We'd like to know what you think of the idea and whether it would be something you'd like to attend? Right now we're firming up prizes and dates, but as soon as we have more information we will let you know.
^3wyl is also starting up a regular interview series. We'd like to know what sort of questions you would ask people and who you would like to see interviewed? Drop your comments at the bottom of this article!
Behind the shot this week focuses on Guitarist and Railroad a beautifully conceptualized piece of work. `IsacGoulart has also put together some other beautiful features including Solitude or Loneliness.
Guitarist & Railroad - Story IVEvery now and then or at least for now, twice a week, I will be posting up a Journal featuring an exceptional photo and the author's story of how he/she captured that particular moment.
Many times, we come across amazing photos on deviantART and wonder what the story was behind that capture... who was involved, where it was taken, how it came to happen, and so forth. I thought it would be interesting to find out of a few of my own favorites, so I contacted a few photographers asking them for a quick summary of their stories.
This week's feature is one of Sergey Kostikov's (~JunKarlo) incredible shots.
Check it out.
Guitarist and Railroad 3 by ~JunKarlo
To start with, the model is my brother. I wanted to try shooting outdoors with external flash-light, so I asked my brother to pose for me. When we got to the location ,
We've said goodbye to `hellfirediva recently so I felt it was important to emphasise that you can now send your Macro Photography suggestions to myself ^3wyl or `IsacGoulart Please do follow the usual suggestion guidelines and share some fantastic Macro with us!
Still Life Photography
We've secured some fantastic prizes for our monthly still life challenge with the first launching on 1st of August. So head over to %Still-Life-Stills and join (it will be a members only challenge) and standby for further instruction! *claremanson has featured chocolate this week. Yes Chocolate! And finally our still life photographer of the week has been announced and it's =mondscheinsonate!!!
Remember, `IsacGoulart ^3wyl and myself all take suggestions for Transportation, Humorous, Still Life, Fireworks, People & Portraits (excluding fashion, pinup and glamour), Commercial & Macro Photography!
!W-a-r-l-o-c-k has not been on the site all that long but has already made an impressive mark on the Macro Photography Gallery. Additionally check out those sunsets! Inspiring and brilliant - it's worth stopping by his gallery today and having a browse.
Spotlight Group %devPREMIUM
%devPREMIUM were suggested by ^3wyl this week and have often caught my eye in the past for their wonderful blogs. But what is quite breath-taking is the group's front page. It's actually quite beautiful! Check it out at %devPREMIUM and have a look at their latest news articles below...
Architecture, Urban and Rural Spotlight Vol. 23
People and Portraits Spotlight Vol. 17
Macro Spotlight Vol. 23
Still Life Spotlight Vol. 18
Conceptual Spotlight Vol. 21
Deviants to Check Out This Week
This week is Artistic Nude Week with ^Nyx-Valentine here's what she has been up to this week!
Shot of Colour Challenge!
The ABC's (A-D)
Interview with MarkVarley
Critiquing Artistic Nudes
The ABC's (E - G)
An Interview with D.Winge
ABC's H - J
Interview with Vienna-calling
Stop by %projecteducate for more - and it's not too late to participate in the challenge for some awesome prizes! We've also had some great additions to the schedule for the coming weeks - right up until December! You can find the schedule here.
It's still Traditional Art Month! There have been some fantastic articles and interviews coming out of the group - head over and watch it for all the important updates!
John William Waterhouse by ^Elandria
Interview with SamuelRaffa
Interview with Kiwi-pdd
Abstract & Surreal Photography
Community Volunteer `DpressedSoul
Jeff Koons - Puppy celebrates the artwork of Jeff Koons surprisingly! It's a wonderful article, and it's a piece of art that I had never heard of but which is fantastically cute!
Novocaine for the Soul is an art feature exploring some wonderful abstract and surreal works alongside the lyrics from Eeels.
Who Needs Colour's monthly feature is vastly increasing in popularity each time and well worth having a look at.
Community Volunteer `RockstarVanity
Darkroom Exposed this week focused on a wonderful darkroom artist who creates stunning images on instant, 35mm and medium format film. To find out who it is - read the article!
`RockstarVanity has also put up some guidelines for suggesting darkroom daily deviations which are worth reading before suggesting!
Community Volunteer ^Pixel-Spotlight
Fashion This Week from ^Pixel-Spotlight once again explores a combination of underappreciated and new works submitted this week to the Fashion Gallery! Fashion Friday from `dekorAdum is also out!
Pin-Up & Glamour Photography
Community Volunteer ^DistortedSmile
Under the skin highlights talent and skill in the Pinup and Glamour community. Check out who got featured this week!
Since the theme this week is Macro I thought what better tutorial to share than a water droplet one! Water droplet shops have increased in popularity and frequency over the years. So much so that it's really hard to find and create something that somebody hasn't done before. So using the tutorial below - there's your challenge!
From the Forums
Are mobiles slowly killing the consumer camera market?
Photographing Concerts/Darker Settings Help?
Filter or blend?
Lens cap Pet-Peeve
Would you buy a BW only camera?
Question for Free-Lance Photographers:
Good Camera Recommendations?
I'm not going to review anything here this week because The Independent have done it for me! There's a useful article out that explores the ten best photography books (not that they are biased) and whilst some are a little outside of the normal price range (£650 for Marilyn and Me!) there are a couple of useful gems there.
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!
Colours Edition One from `miontre
Obscured Photos from ^3wyl
Wonderful Wednesday from `JamminJo
Project Porkchop from ^Astralseed
Under 1,000 Views from *L0NE-W0lf
Hair Flow from =MarinaCoric
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
General Photography: ^Kaz-D | ^3wyl | `IsacGoulart
Abstract and Surreal: `DpressedSoul
Animals, Plants and Nature: `trevg
Urban and Rural: `iamnotelectricnet
Artistic Nude and Fetish: ^Nyx-Valentine
Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: ^pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: ^DistortedSmile
Groups to check out
You can get yourself into Photography Weekly just by sending me a note! Each week I look for:
Photography related news
Themes & Topics
Next weeks theme is Obscure