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"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase"
- Percy W. Harris
The other week, a piece of my writing was selected for a Daily Literature Deviation. If you're curious you can see the article here. I was humbled by that, but my reason for mentioning it in Photography Bi-weekly is that 0hgravity then highlighted a website to me that I found absolutely fascinating. It's soul purpose is to highlight Endangered Languages through Photography. 3170 lens are capturing the people who hold the key to the worlds most secret languages. Once again something like this highlights the complete and utter importance of Photography and reminds us of how far we've come, and how much we can do from mobile phone to D-SLR, regardless of costings and equipment - we have the power to capture. It's humbling when you think of it on the scale of Endangered Languages. Check it out, you'll be amazed too.
A couple of 'Show Me' articles have been posted by dekorAdum as part of the thumbshare series he has begun in the forums. One of them focused on long exposures - check out the feature article here. Another edition of Fashion Friday is out! Katy-L-Wood shared a wonderful conceptual exhibition of Photography last week - Stop The Violence is a photography series by Francois Robert in the 90's and...check out the article to find out how he got creative with skeleton bones! Also don't forget to check out 3wyl's latest Article exposing lesser known photographers!
Since it's Winter for much of the world now, or it's heading that way, Photography Troubleshooting this week focuses on capturing Winter Wildlife. If you haven't seen the article already you can read it right here. Don't forget if you have a photography issue, just send me a note and the group will try and answer it!
Another issue of Nom Nom is out, and now I'm taking suggestions from the community as to what food you'd like to see featured each week. You will be featured alongside the food too! So if you have a burning foodie desire, let me know, and I'll take care of it! Check out Macaroons!
The winners for the Seasonal Portraiture contest were announced - congratulations to everyone who participated and especially to those who won! Check out the latest People & Portraits Feature too and the winners right here!
Finally, with a lot of angry words flung about because of stolen DD features, I wrote an article. It didn't quite get the reaction I was aiming for, but the support was immense so thank you. But please do check it out, to abolish some myths about daily deviations - Why you feature stolen work?!
Community Relations News
The December challenge at Arts-and-Health has been launched. Check it out here to find out how you can be involved. fella has published an article that explores Contests, Projects and Challenges around dA. Rather than repeat it all, head over and find out more here. We've also been celebrating diversity once more with the latest Edition from pica-ae.
Lintu47 is hosting the 'Let it Snow' contest which opened on December 1st and ends on March 1st - so there's plenty of time to capture something. It's also open to all mediums, so there is a chance for everyone to get involved. There are some absolutely amazing prizes - check out the Full article for more information.
Still-Life-Stills have put up a wintery recipe challenge and the deadline is extended this time around so you can get through the festive season! You've got until 31st of January to make Wintery Spice Cake.
Abstract-and-Surreal have launched their December contest and it's Festive themed! You've got until the 29th of December to get creative. Check out all the details here.
Still-Life-Stills has another contest going on! This time it's our general still life contest and the theme is Festive - remember to keep your Photos to the definition of still life photography though. Check out the full article here.
News & Events from Chats
There are a few events coming up!
dekorAdum has been working on some very useful articles giving you chat tutorials. Check out the latest one which focuses on Emoticons. Check out the Chat Events Calendar for more information on the events that are coming up this month!
Sarah-BK is the creator of Soft-Stills and here is her reason for doing so..."This is a group I couldn't help making. I've always wanted to have a collection of lovely photographs by others, however time does not permit me to look through all submissions to dA which I may like, and the fair exposure system does not always allow me to either. Hence, this group will be a win-win for both you and me. I will get more exposure to others' photographs of a select category which I mostly enjoy viewing, while you get them featured here for others to see and to get more feedback!" So head over to the group, check out the Art and contribute your own!
OliviaMichalski regularly makes an impact on the Community here on deviantART with features spotlighting articles, daily deviation suggestions and especially with a beautiful gallery. If you haven't already, I thoroughly recommend that she is one to watch!
For information on upcoming weeks - including the CVs and individuals running them - check out the Project Educate Schedule. If you think you could write an article for an upcoming week just let the group know! We're also in the middle of TWO community weeks right now - a whole fortnight of awesome! Check out some of the latest articles from projecteducate below...
Create Something Useful Contest Winners
10 unknown photoshop tricks!
Community Week Schedule
9 ways to overcome community frustration.
What is Project Educate and Community Week?
How to make a large emoticon?!
Getting noticed on dA!
The Stock and Resources Month came to an end and the roundup can be found here. Artisan Crafts month has well and truly launched with the introduction posted here.
Art Clay Jewellery
An easy wire wrapping tutorial...
Animals, Plants and Nature
Community Volunteer IsacGoulart
Check out the November Daily Deviations for Animals, Plants and Nature Photography as featured by IsacGoulart! The article gives you a little insight into what IsacGoulart looks for in Daily Deviation suggestions.
Artistic Nude & Fetish Photography
Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine
Nyx-Valentine has written a very poignant and simple article recently that features a very beautiful model and photographer. Check it out here to find out a bit more about it.
Abstract & Surreal Photography
Community Volunteer arctoa
arctoa has put together a road map guiding you along the path of what he'll be doing as part of his time on the CV team. You can check it out here and find out what features, interviews and other delights he's planning and also offer your feedback. He's also got stuck in with the forums and started a thumbshare for Photography and in particular Abstract and Surreal. Many people have been confused over arctoa's Daily Deviation choices within the Abstract Photography Community - it only proves to show that many don't understand the true definition of Abstract. Here's an article from Arctoa that goes into it a little bit more and answers some of the common queries on Daily Deviations. Saturday Spotlight is also out and you can check it out right here!
Community Volunteer TanyaSimoneSimpson
Check out the Darkroom Daily Deviations from November! Darkroom Project Educate Week also ended and a roundup of all the articles posted can be found here.
Horror, Macabre & Cosplay Photography
Community Volunteer pullingcandy
pullingcandy has put together the Daily Deviation Roundups for November for both Cosplay and Horror & Macabre - check them out to see some of the awesome works featured last month, and don't forget to suggest this month too!
Community Volunteer xbastex
xbastex has put together a really interesting article celebrating his 100th Daily Deviation feature as well as sharing some of his top images and thoughts on the genre. Check it out right here for more info!
StamatisGR and myraincheck have brought you the first Street Photography Calendar right here on deviantART. It features twelve images taken by both photographers and has twelve awesome reasons why you should buy it! Check out the calendar below. Friday Night Specials is still going strong and you can find one of the latest articles here.
I'm really enjoying using Flipboard, a social media app, on my kindle fire. It's incredibly useful especially for trending photography articles. So firstly, there's a useful tool for you if you're into that sort of thing. And secondly, this is what I discovered this week - Shaping Hard Light with Reflectors - an article exploring soft lighting and hard light, and how to achieve both quite easily!
News & Events From the Forums
Food is the topic of the Forum Features this month! Check out the link to get involved. The Muro Challenge Results are In!
8mm film cartridges?
Is there such a thing as too much editing in post (in your opinion)?
"Orca" and "Tiger" film
Useful Photo count
Self-portraiture and Identity
Camera bag suggestions
Worst of the worst:
How much time do you spend on Photoshop?
Photography in the IR range, a filter possible?
Advice on sport photography and potential camera upgrade
Help with Photographing Jewelry
Help with Night Sky photography
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!
Making a Difference from 3wyl
dA Love for Everyone from Lintu47
Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
Project Porkchop from Astralseed
Under 1,000 Views from Postmorteum
Square-ish from OliviaMichalski
The Persistence of Memory from scheinbar
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl
Abstract and Surreal: arctoa
Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart
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
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