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"No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.”
~ Robert Adams ~
Two editions of What Digital Camera appeared today and I'm pretty glad they did because I flicked through and immediately landed on a link for a free online Photography magazine. You can open it up yourself Right Here and I haven't tested but I believe it works in all countries. The reason I'm sharing it is because they have a nifty forum where you can share your own photography with the chance of them picking it to publish either in the online magazine or the 'real' shop versions. What have you got to lose right?
On This Poll Over 180 deviants voted to answer Would you Suggest yourself for a Daily Deviation? many also commented. I was amazed - really amazed - at the fact that at the time of writing this article 98 people steadfastly voted that they have never and would never suggest themselves for a Daily Deviation. Some even followed it up with comments, and looking at the quality and standard of work - I was amazed at the lack of faith in self that so many have.
It's time to start thinking about yourself. It's time to put yourself out there and get your work known. Yes, there are varying levels of work that attract attention. Yes, it's possible that yours isn't the high standard that everybody seems to flock to. But it's unique in the sense that you created it, and it's time to start unearthing those underexposed - lesser-known people out there who deserve a chance at getting a name for themselves. To put it in perspective, I sold my ugliest most awful prints before anyone showed an interest in putting in bulk orders or mass buying yearly calendars. I had a poor portfolio with No Wedding Photography in it whatsoever when I booked my first *heavily paid* Wedding job. I took blurry photos out of my car window when storms hit my local town earlier this week and got a byline in the local paper... You just never know where your next achievement is going to hail from.
I googled my name a few nights ago and found out that the Telegraph had published me...
Read This Journal to find out how you can make a pro-active start and participate in Photography Weekly.
News from Community Relations
The Community Volunteers Team @ communityrelations
Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the group news - but you can watch or join communityrelations to get the updates straight into your inbox. This week our Did You Know? blog focuses on the Discovery Tool and projecteducate. You can also find a handy
Overview of all the previous blogs. Have a read sometime, I learned something!
Once again we've put together our Daily Deviation Roundups and you can check out a blog containing Februarys Links right Here!
Urban, Rural and Architecture News
Community Volunteer fritsenator
This week is Icons and Handhelds over at projecteducate. Whilst that might not entice your inner Photographer too much - why not head over and learn something new? And if you can be patient enough - fritsenator is launching Architecture, Urban and Rural Photography PE Week next week! You can find out how you can get involved by reading his journal Here!.
General Photography News
Are you interested in becoming part of the Community Volunteer team? There's an opening in Photography! communityrelations are looking for a Volunteer to cover Photography - Darkroom. To find out how you can apply see This Blog!
General Photography Feature February is a collection of suggested Daily Deviations that were sent to me throughout the past month. For whatever reason I'm unable to feature everything that gets suggested to me so please enjoy the article to showcase some fantastic works.
Life Through a Lens has been published again by ScENeYmE and is well worth having a look at!
Through-a-Lens is hosting a theme on Marriage this time around so if you have a marriage themed deviation check out the blog and enter your work!
Spotlight Artist piximi
Here for two years with the most charming gallery piximi has less than 40 watchers and averages at around five page views per day. Pretty crazy huh? Take a look at these...
Abstract and Surreal News
Community Volunteer DpressedSoul
Check out DpressedSoul's latest feature Far Away!
Infrared-Club are hosting their first ever contest which you can read more about Here. If you're a surrealist or just fancy a new challenge it might be the place for you!
daisicalolliwog who is a fantastic resident of Abstract-and-Surreal has put together yet another informative and useful article about Polyptychs.
Spotlight Group PhotographersDream
The group is run by self-proclaimed Lucid Dreamer miontre and I don't know about you, but here on deviantART with groups becoming ever popular it's hard to find a nicely presented gem sometimes. Well fear not - this group is beautiful. The page is set just right, everything you need is but a click away and the rules are clear and concise. They hold weekly mini contests and the latest winners can be viewed Right Here!
Pinup and Glamour News
Community Volunteer - DistortedSmile
The February edition of Pin Up and Glamour News is out right now!
LUSH! a feature of all things Pinup and Glam is also out so go and check it out!
Looking for a glamour/pinup based group? Why not check out something different and drop by VanityTheory for Female self-portrait Photography?
Fetish and Artistic Nude News
Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine
This week I'm bringing you a few groups that might tickle your fancy. Whilst there are many groups out there for all sorts of things, the Fetish and Alternative Groups tend to get overlooked. You have to know "where to find them." Well here they are!
" For Fetish and Alternative Fashion! "
"The wonders of all things fetish."
"Beauty | Tragedy | Controversy"
"Kick Start your Dark Art."
If you're looking for some fantastic Artistic Nude Features check out the latest from Nyx-Valentine
Wednesday Feature - Sepia Nudes
Thursday Feature - Fetish & B&W
Deviants to Check Out This Week
I know what you're thinking - typical awesome sunset, taken on a beach with the reflection captured in sand. You're wrong (so was I!) this is actually a cattle trough. Pretty fantastic huh? That reflection captured right there that speaks of endless beach and gorgeous land, is in a trough!
fourteatwo unique in name (you see what she did thar?) and in Art - her gallery is just amazing! Wonderful concepts executed in the most perfect of ways. It's well worth stopping by to check out.
Conceptual Photography News
Community Volunteer DemonMathiel
Conceptual Project Educate week came to a close on Sunday and it was pretty epic. DemonMathiel shared some fantastic features and excellent interviews to help educate the community. If you're interested in a look back please check out the Round-Up Blog.
Community Volunteer StamatisGR
The latest edition of Friday Night Specials is out and showcases Street Photography as it actually is. If you're interested in becoming educated on what Street Photography is all about StamatisGR is always happy to help.
Tip of the Week
Another fantastic tutorial from lieveheersbeestje who shows us exactly how to create beautiful bokeh...
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
General Photography: Kaz-D & ScENeYmE
Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul
Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey
Architecture, Urban and Rural: fritsenator
Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine
Horror & Macabre: pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile