Through The Lens #10 outside the single imageSemiotics in ArtThrough The Lens #10 outside the single image by justanothersomeone
"To quote out of context is the essence of the photographer's craft. His central problem is a simple one: what shall he include, what shall he reject? The line of decision between in and out is the picture's edge. While the draughtsman starts with the middle of the street, the photographer starts with the frame. The photograph's edge defines content. It isolates unexpected juxtapositions. By surrounding two facts, it creates a relationship. The edge of the photograph dissects familiar forms, and shows the unfamiliar fragment. It creates the shapes that surround objects. The photographer edits the meanings and patterns of the world through an imaginary frame. This frame is the beginning of this picture's geometry. It is to the photograph as the cushion is to the billiard table." - John Szarkowski - from The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski, former director of the photography division of the Museum of Modern Art in New York
Artisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright Law by cakecrumbs
As a Community Volunteer I spend a lot of time pouring through the Artisan Crafts galleries looking for art that deserves a bigger audience. I dig through every little hidden corner of the galleries looking at every type of craft, made by everyone from the most watched members to the day old newbies. And every time I do this, I have to double check it all for originality.
My time doing this had shed light on a massive problem inherent in the AC galleries: copyright violation
Now, I'm not talking about the obvious I-stole-your-picture-and-uploaded-it violations. I'm talking about something much more subtle, to the point it feels like most of the perpetrators don't actually realise they're doing it. I'm often about to give someone a DD, until I read their description and find it completely devoid of credit. Rather than getting a site-wide feature, these artists end up on my blacklist instead. It all boils dow
Hints and Tips #2 : Water SplashesWater Splashes:Hints and Tips #2 : Water Splashes by Rick-TinyWorlds
Creative Use Of Water In Macro
In this tutorial I'll show you an easy way to turn a simple bottle into
a tool for creating stunning water splashes in your pictures.
An empty dish washing liquid bottle or shampoo bottleA lens to shoot from distance OR you risk water damage
Preparing the bottle
Open your empty bottle. Clean it with water until no more soap bubbles are building.
Now fill it up with water.
Set a short exposure time to „freeze“ the water in motion.
Press on the bottle to release the water, while taking photos.
Be sure the water does not get inside your camera.
Technique #1 – Moment of Impact
Tips for a Successful GroupWith hundreds of new groups created every week, and probably half as many dying out due to inactivity or lack of watchers and interest, it's clear that the group platform is a double-edged sword. Creating your own group is an amazing experience, and it can be so rewarding! But it also takes a lot of work, sweat and jolly cooperation to make the dream come true. With this in mind, I contacted various group Founders of some big deviantART groups and asked them some questions.Tips for a Successful Group by HtBlack
While staring into this repeatedly, I decided Cinderella's dress is like the Super Group status. Everyone wants it, but if the group isn't the right kind of group, it is only a pretty cover for a bad book.
Creating Your Group
One day you woke up and -bam! the idea hit you, and in your head you thought to yourself "why not?". Well, here is a list of a whole number of reasons why NOT
PE: Contest Rules and EtiquetteOkay... we all know that to be seen on deviantART, one has to have some kind of "artistic marketing" of sorts. However, you can't just walk up to a person's profile and advertise yourself in the comments. That's rude and it's against the website's rules.PE: Contest Rules and Etiquette by goldnretriever
Note: The website actually does offer advertising on people's profile pages. You buy them and they'll appear to whomever doesn't have Premium Membership with Ad toggled off.
So how do you go about advertising yourself? There are many popular ways to be seen on deviantART without a direct "ad". Some include activity in the forums, the dAmn (chats), and joining groups. Another way people get attention is through a contest. These are effective and really do get quite the attention.
Contests have become more and more popular to a degree that they actually become viewed 1,000 times. Because they are so frequently visited, it can potentially become featured in the bottom of deviantART page (where the Daily Deviations happe
Be An Active Watchee We all want active watchers; people that comment on our deviations and add them to their favorites. That get involved in whatever projects we have going on, polls we post or anything else. Active watchers are awesome and we're lucky to have them. But are you an active watchee?Be An Active Watchee by WorldWar-Tori
Some people return watches, some people don't. However you do it, a big key to have active watchers for most of us is to be active in return! But what is an active watchee?
Being an active watchee isn't really that hard, it's just boils down to being involved with your watchers and being part of their deviantART experience too. They watched you for whatever reasons they did. Let it be your artwork, your community involvement, your bribery... whatever it is, they watched you for a reason, reasons we shall appreciate because we are respectable people after all! So without further babbling or .gifs,
5 Steps to Being an Active Watchee
1. Stay regular
|Some great journals from the deviantART community including some great tutorials on photography, art, and getting the most out of deviantART, as well as art features!|
Are you Dialed In on Depth of Field ?Depth of Field….SharingMyDreams
That thing with the " f " , aperture, the blurry or clear background…….
Have you played around with Depth of Field? experimented a time or two with that " f " stop?
Depth of Field draws you in or focuses the observers eyes to where you want them to go. It is part of the artistic nature to create a photo where you can manipulate the attention of your viewer. What effect are you trying to create? There are many lengthy tutorials on Depth of Field, but I found this one to be fairly thorough for those wanting to know more: More In Depth Information on Depth of Field
But what if you already know about Depth of Field? Do you test out the scene in many settings to see what suits you best? Are you stuck in a rut
How to photograph: Lightning and StormsHow To PhotographUriahGallery
Series 2. Lightning and Storms
Photographing lightning and storms can be very fun, but also very dangerous! Not only for you, but also for your equipment. With this guide you will learn how to photograph lightning safely and efficiently.
Equipment that you will need.
A camera. Preferably a DSLR, but anything that allows you to control your shutter speed will work.A wide angle lens. Whether it's a zoom or a prime, something between 10mm and 30mm is usually the best.A tripod. You will need a sturdy tripod since you will be doing long exposures. A sturdy tripod prevents camera shake.A neutral density filter if needed. Long exposures will let a lot of light into your sensor, the best way to prevent this is by using ND filters.Proper clothing. Storms usually mean rain. Have a rain jacket or poncho ready.Remote shutter release.
An Introduction to HDR PhotographyBorrowed from http://www.slrlounge.com/Dialed-In
What is HDR? An HDR Definition
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography produces an image with a broader range of tonal detail than would normally be produced by a single image from your average camera. In this journal we are going to discuss exactly what is HDR and what types of scenes have a high dynamic range to begin with.
What is Dynamic Range?
Dynamic range simply refers to the range of light in a scene from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. A scene that has a high dynamic range simply means that there is an extremely broad range from the darkest shadow to the brightest highlight. The problem with cameras is that their dynamic range is fairly limited (at least when compared to our eyes). This means that if you are able to see detail in the shadows, then your highlights are typically completely white or “blown out.” Vice-versa, if you can see detai
How to be an effective admin in a GroupCommunity WeekMrs-Durden
For projecteducate's last Community Week I wrote an article expressing the ways in which we can be respectful members of Groups: How to be a respectful member in a Group. I figured it would be a good idea to follow up on that article by addressing the other side: how to be an effective admin in a group.
In regards to starting up your group:
Starting up a new group can be a daunting task, especially if you have never done it before. There are many things to do in terms of effectively starting up your group.
Make sure you have properly set up your group's gallery folders and front page in a "user-friendly" manner. Make things clear, simple, organized. An appealing layout and organized structure is attractive to potential new members.
Make sure you have listed out your group's rules on your front page, and have explained the purpose/focus of your group clearly. This will help visitors f
Chat event - win subs, points and get critique NOWCRPhotography are hosting their first Photography Chat Event of 2014! RIGHT NOW!Kaz-D
The event will be hosted in :#communityrelations:, a chat room here on deviantART
Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 8pm GMT/ 12pm PST/ 3pm EST
We will have a few Photography related games followed by a critique session so be sure to bring a piece along that you'd like some feedback on. There will be the chance to win deviantART points and deviantART subscriptions!
If Photography isn't your thing, or you want to know what else is going on check out the Chat Events Calendar.
The Monthly Contest is here!Yes, believe it or not. From now on CRPhotography is going to holdmylittlebluesky
a photography contest every month with amazing prizes and awesome themes!
And the best thing is that you are welcome to join in
Keep reading for February's contest rules and prizes!
What's the theme?
Scapes of natural places such as landscapes, waterscapes or skyscapes. Not cityscapes though! Some examples are:
Each month the theme will change and we’ll try to choose themes from different photography categories/galleries so that all kind of photographers can join!
You don't have pictures of scapes? Do you take photos of other things? Don't worry. We'll have Still-life, People&Portraits, Urban&Rural, Abstract&Surreal...
How to enter?
Only 1 entry per person! It must be a NEW 2014 photo (TAKEN after 1st January!)You should ment
Lightning Returns: FF XIII ContestMoonbeam13
LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII allows players to customize its heroine, Lightning, in ways the series never has before. To celebrate, deviantART and Square Enix invite you to design your own customization of Lightning in the first ever contest of its kind! Su