|Some great photography created by other members of the deviantART community.|
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait PhotographyTen Portrait Photography Tips by Kaz-D
Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo
When and How to EditLit Basics WeekWhen and How to Edit by neurotype
Earlier in the week I got into what editing is and how to love it. Now, let's talk about the entrée following this apéritif: when to edit, and how to do it. And, perhaps even more importantly, how to stop.
Stop, you say?!
Yeah, it's really not that hard to get caught up in this perfectionist funk where all you do is wind around in circles on the same piece. Curb it from the beginning by having an idea of where you want to end. What should the reader walk away thinking about? What should the reader walk away feeling? Do things move fast enough to be interesting?
I stop editing when I get to a point where all my edits are just minor wording tweaks. At that point I'll go back and forth, and I'm not even changing the overall impression the story creates. If it's not productive, it's not worthwhile.
Now that we've gotten dessert out of the way:
PE: Profile Designing with CSS[deviantART related]PE: Profile Designing with CSS by SimplySilent
Want to learn how to make your page not just nice or pretty, but spectacular, unique, and all-around awesome? This article covers the newest stage in the evolution of profile design: Profile CSS.
Please keep in mind that this article is only for Premium Members who are not beginners to profile design. If this is your first time trying your hand at customizing your profile page, you'll probably find the following articles more helpful than this one.
Why use CSS?
Although setting up and learning to code CSS for your profile can be a hassle, there are a great deal of benefits to using CSS instead of only HTML:
Fonts: CSS allows for almost complete control over font styles, colors, and sizes (only limitation is that fonts must be Web Safe fonts or Google Fonts). HTML on DA is limited to only a certain n
How to 'Proofread' your ArtCommunity WeekHow to 'Proofread' your Art by meiyue
Ever feel like there's something wrong with your art, but you just can't identify what?
Here are some surprisingly simple tricks that you should do throughout painting that will help you easily 'proof read' your art for mistakes and issues:
Check your values
If you're painting a picture in colour, this technique is really helpful. Values are important in a painting to give a 3-D feel and to make the painting not feel flat. 'Value' is how light or dark a colour is. It's often hard to tell the value of a colour as colours can easily trick your eyes into thinking they're lighter or darker than they actually are.
For example, take a look at these two colours:
Which is darker? The blue probably appears to be. However, when we make the image greyscale (take away the colours), you'll see that the values of the colours are almost identical.
Oh noes! How do I prevent myself from being tricked? Check your
PE: Your Worst EnemyPE: Your Worst Enemy by goldnretriever
Courtesy of ResoluteAssassin
Yeah... I guess you've heard of him...
And even if you haven't...
There was at least one time where you had him coming your way...
And he comes back over and over...
This is the most common name given to that certain time where artists just sit there and become unproductive against their own will. Yes... against their own will! Artists have art block and writers have writer's block... it's still the same thing, though. It must be avoided at all costs, but once it arrives, it doesn't leave until it is satisfied of seeing your misery. Minutes... Days... Weeks... Even up to months! Art block claims the productivity of thousands of artist at any given moment and there's no escaping its ensnaring tentacles.
Oh yes... search up "art block" on deviantART and you'll find some rage comics. I picked a few favorites for me to share that actually go hand-in-hand with this article! ^__^
The Art of CritiquingThe Art of Critiquing by JenFruzz
You are probably (hopefully!) already aware that deviantART allows users to comment on each other's deviations. What you may or may not have noticed is that dA also has a handy feature called Critiques. Critiques are a Premium Member feature that allows users to leave in-depth observations of your work in addition to a ratings system. A critique allows the artist to receive specific comments about their work.
Before we begin, let’s take a look at what deviantART designed the critique system to be:
“Critique is designed to be a thorough evaluation of a Deviation on a number of different qualities. It is intentionally designed to inspire thoughtful and constructive feedback from committed Artists and Enthusiasts to fellow Artists requesting meaningful responses to their artwork.” ( :faq95: )
Generally speaking, a critique is not intende
|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!|
Dear deviantART...I am refusing to use the rebranded name because, I'm annoyed about the rebrand. I'm annoyed about your direction, your lack of focus in key areas and your lack of communication. I said I'd never be a bitter former staff member, but it seems that I am.
Last year you spent a lot of money on a rebrand, this year you've cut 50% of your work force, entire departments have been decimated and peoples lives have been thrown upside down without notice. But you never really communicated to anyone why. You still don't, you're not telling the community what's happening and that's only going to hurt you. People will see that helpdesk tickets take longer to get a response, people see that lots of people are no longer staff and you're not letting them know why. You know that people have a belief that the site is dying, you're only furthering it right now. How much of a better state would the site be in if the rebrand hadn't happened? Would I and the rest of the people that lost our jobs without notic
How to write an article for Project EducateProject Educate
Welcome to a step-by-step tutorial addressing how you should be writing your article for projecteducate! Please read carefully through this article, and closely observe each screenshot so that you can have a good understanding on how to proceed as you publish what might be the first of many PE articles!
Step 1: You're on DeviantArt, possibly wondering what "sta.sh" is and where you can find it.
Step 2: Hover over that big "Submit" button, and you'll find a few drop-down options. One of them is sta.sh! Click on it.
Step 3: You've clicked on sta.sh, and now you're seeing this page. As you can see, there are many options. The one you're looking for is "Compose in StashWriter"
Step 4: You've clicked on "Compose in StashWriter" and now you're seeing this page. This is where you write your article!
Photographers - Your Terms and Conditions
When your hobby becomes a profession there's a lot to think about. The most important thing that I've found is to get yourself some terms and conditions and a contract written up so that you can make sure you cover all basis. There's nothing worse than getting your ass bit in the first few months of stepping out into a 'profession' and having your confidence knocked. With Photography there are some specific bases that need covering. The below advice is assuming that you have a booking for whereby the client will write out dates, times, location, shots and so on. Below is the advice for the contract or terms and conditions, which should go out with your booking form...
-Health and Safety
-Provision of Photographs
-The Entire Agreement
I'm not legally trained and I didn't have a lawyer or 'attorney' look at my terms and conditions (yet). If i
Should you become a professional photographer?Art in the Professions
This week at projecteducate you'll be seeing a two part article by silber-englein about what is necessary for you to strive as a freelance portrait photographer. This article will be focusing on the internal decision you must make before you even get into the details of how to be a successful professional photographer. Because let's face it, you should probably do some serious thinking before you make such a huge life decision. I will also be covering freelance photography, as that is what I know the most about. So here are a few things I believe you should go over in your mind before making your decision:
What is your goal in life?
This is a pretty damn confusing and serious question, right? After all, many of us have no idea what our life goal might be. As it is, we already can't figure out what career to pursue! Let alone a lifetime goal! But what I mean by this is that every individual has their own calling. Everyone has something th
Winners feature!Hi lucky winners! I'm from :iconPure--Nature: First of all, I'm so sorry for the late! I had this in my mind all the time and now I'm very excited to do it, so here we go!
Let's begin with the first place: :iconElliSpirelli: ElliSpirelli
Fall Leaf Divider Line Graphic by Mirz123
Second place: :iconjxsnyder:jxsnyder