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Stock Radar #10

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 18, 2014, 6:00 PM

The Stock and Resources gallery on DeviantART is a digital treasure trove, filled from top to bottom with creative, imaginative, beautiful, unique and inspirational images - all waiting for you to turn them into masterpieces. Heres just some that caught my eye and my imagination over the past few days.

Stock and Resource providers are incredibly generous with their skills and time providing all these wonderful things for you to use, please don't forget to read their terms of use and to credit them correctly when you use their work!!

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Stock Radar #1 | Stock Radar #2 | Stock Radar #3 | Stock Radar #4 | Stock Radar #5 | Stock Radar #6
Stock Radar #7 | Stock Radar #8 | Stock Radar #9

Stock 057 by Einheit00
Texture 96 by NinjaRabbit-Stock
Complete Rahll Brushset by Rahll
Smoke Textures by JU5TPeachy
Stock 018 by Einheit00
Red Riding Hood? stock by Kato-Fantasy Steam Photo by 13-Melissa-Salvatore
Matterhorn01_Stock by stock0naturegraph
Sea Rocks by Anariel-Stock
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata How To Make A Planet by Fiend-V
Digital Art Texture 209 by mercurycode Stock 280 by lokinststock
Lipizzaner Stallions 20 by Lauren-Lee
Abingdon Stock 16 by Quoth-Raven
Back 2 by Elsapret Swan-wings-2 by Lorinator
Collection of Bottles by RosesLittleSecrets
Remains of St Annes Pier Landing Jetty by kippa2001
water ball1 by mrscats
Red and Black 11 by Kuoma-stock Tudor Stock 5 by DanielleFioreModel
Stock: Turtle Head Peak by Celem
Wast Water 3 by RaeyenIrael-Stock
flowers 1 by jlior
Cemetery angel 2 by dlambeaut Black Kitty [Stock] by IvaxXx
Crystal - Apophylite by Tasastock
Dsc 0024 01 Hever Castle 14 by wintersmagicstock
Skullboy3 by polocola
dungeon 01 by Pagan-Stock Prisoner 2 by BerryBlu
Chillin by alphasoupstock
The Maze 02 by kuschelirmel-stock
Fall by blonboy
Scotland 23 by GothicBohemianStock Armed and Dangerous Stock II by KillerStocks
Arboritum 8 by PirateLotus-Stock
Plaza Espana 2 by EveLivesey

Through-a-Lens Feature Friday #70

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Nature Stock

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 1:00 PM by Cassy-Blue:iconcassy-blue:

Stock & Resources

Stock & Resources

Section I: Introduction

Let’s talk about stock focusing around nature. This is my niche in the stock community. I’m not a big model and I love to be outside shooting animals and their environments. I’m sure many of you also enjoy that too. So let’s jump right in!

Section II: Shooting Nature Stock

What Camera should I use?

You don’t need an expensive camera to shoot nature stock. What you do need is a good camera that’s trusty and can take abuse. A vast majority of the stock in my gallery was shot with a point and shoot canon powershot. The camera worked well and still does despite the sand in it. The big thing you need to watch for when choosing what camera to use that is within your budgte is the image quality and size. DeviantART’s stock policy states that all stock images must be at least 1000x1000 pixels. My recommendation is try to stick with a camera that is 10mp or higher, which honestly isn’t too hard to do considering how much technology advances. You want a camera that takes crisp, clear shots with the least amount of grain. I shoot with a DSLR now and I am still learning since I have only had the camera for about 6 months now. I typically use my 18-55mm kit lens for all landscapes and my 55-250mm lens for wildlife and animal stock.

Good way to get ideas of what to shoot is to talk to artists on deviantART and browse stock. This will give you ideas of what has been done before or if there is a need for certain kind of stock. Think about places near to where you live or day trips you’d like to take.  Here's some examples of stock taken at different types of places you could shoot:

Florida Scrub Jay Stock 1 by Cassy-Blue Boulder Stock by Cassy-Blue Devil's Millhopper Stock 2 by Cassy-Blue Marsh Stock 2 by Cassy-Blue Redroot Stock by Cassy-Blue
State parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and nature preserves are great places to shoot nature stock! Google your state, county, province, town/city and nature preserve/center/park and you'll be able to see all the natural areas close to you. It's likely if you don't live in a big city there is a lot more natural areas around you than you think. Or if you do live in a big city, there are pocket green spaces like Central Park of New York or in Milwaukee, the nature preserves along Lake Michigan. 

Morikami Stock 4 by Cassy-Blue Orchid Stock by Cassy-Blue Camellia Stock by Cassy-Blue Butterflies and Moth Precut Pack 1 by Cassy-Blue
Botanical gardens and natural history museums are another good place to take stock. Botanical gardens are a great for place, plant, and insect stock images. Natural history museums are good for taking pictures of specimens for stock, especially for precut stock. Check if you local university/college, they might have a teaching collection of invertebrate or vertebrate specimens that they might let you photograph. 

kookabbura stock 7 by Cassy-Blue Nurse Shark Stock by Cassy-Blue Meerkat Stock 4 by Cassy-Blue Giant Tortoise Stock 9 by Cassy-Blue
Zoos, aviaries, and aquariums are another good place to take stock of animals. Often you can photograph exotic animals easily and get close to certain species. Artists look for references of animals from around the world that are colorful. Just watch out for reflections in glass walls or dirty glass walls which may cause some fuzziness. 

Lizard Stock 6 by Cassy-Blue Gulf Fritillary Stock 2 by Cassy-Blue Squirrel Stock by Cassy-Blue Passionflower Stock 2 by Cassy-Blue
And finally your backyard is a great place to shoot nature stock. Do you have a bird feeder? Photograph the birds that come to it (or squirrels in my case). What about your flower beds? Do you have any stunning flowers or do you have a lot butterflies and bees? The more you look, the more you see. Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, you'll be surprised at how much you'll find.

Taking pictures of the same place throughout the seasons or in different conditions is also valuable for artists since it can show differences and how the year progresses.  Ecosystems are not static, but always changing and dynamic so if you go somewhere one time and go a few weeks later you'll probably see different stuff than you did the first time. I go to the beach a lot and these are just some examples of how the beach can vary from season to season, tide to tide, and from place to place:

Beach Stock 195 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 165 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 122 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 108 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 45 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 33 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 27 by Cassy-Blue

What should I watch out for in my photographs?

Things to be aware of when shooting and processing images are (with examples :la:):

  • Exposure/Lighting—is this over exposed or this underexposed? A stock image should not be too dark or too light. One of my tricks is to use my shadow to even out harsh lighting while out shooting. You want to avoid shooting during the harsh afternoon light. The hour after dawn and the hour before sunset, the golden hours are the best time to shoot any sort of photograph because the light is soft. Generally in the evening and morning even before the gold hours, you have soft light which does not create harsh highlights or shadows. Getting out early in the morning is great because you get to your shooting area before most other people and you have less traffic in and out of the site to contend with (especially if it’s somewhere like a beach). If you are going to shoot in the afternoon, look for an overcast day to go out in the field and shoot. This will diffuse the harsh light and soften things up.
 Capybara Stock 1 by Cassy-Blue  giraffe stock 3 by Cassy-Blue Wallaby Stock 2 by Cassy-Blue
The image of the Capybara on the left is not great stock since the large capybara's fur is overexposed in patches. This is something not fixable in photoshop. You want the lighting to be even like on the giraffe on the left. I took the giraffe photo in the afternoon when the light was harsh like I did with the capybara, but it was overcast which helped prevent the harsh lighting. Sometimes it helps to shoot animals when they are in the shade, but beware of dappling like what is on the kangaroo on the far right which like the capybara makes the image hard to use. And likewise be careful of images that are really dark. 

Beach Stock 111 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 110 by Cassy-Blue
The image on the left is overexposed in some areas which isn't the greatest, but the important parts, the rocks, are exposed ok so I posted it anyways. It can be hard to make a call when things are partly overexposed. The image on the right was taken in overcast light and is evenly lit which is great :la:

Beach Stock 59 by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 125 by Cassy-Blue
These two images were taken at each of the golden hour. The one on the left was taken in the morning and the one on the right was taken in the evening. Notice how the golden light gives it an almost painterly look with soft lighting. This is great for painters who want to paint landscapes like the old masters. 

  • Focus—Is this blurry or this sharp? Out of focus images are hard to use for both manipulators and painters since the details are lost.
Blurry Butterfly Example by Cassy-Blue Great Southern White Butterfly Stock by Cassy-Blue
These two images are of the same butterfly. Which one as an artist would you use? I know I'd use the one of the right that is in focus. Sometimes it can be really hard to get small animals like insects all in focus. You want to get most of the animal in focus like on the butterfly on the right. Tips of legs and the ends of antenna are ok to be out of focus, but it's preferable to get the whole animal in focus if you can.

  • Grain/Noise—Is this image too grainy/noisy? Grain and Noise makes the images hard for manipulators to use. Sometimes other artists can use it if the grain is not too bad, but it impacts the quality of the image.
Grain Example 2 by Cassy-Blue Squirrel Stock by Cassy-Blue 
Notice how the image on the left looks speckly and somewhat gritty? It has a lot of noise in compared to the image on the right. Notice how the grain impacts the quality of the image compared to the example on the right. 

  • Crop/angle—Is the whole subject in the frame? Is this angle usable? You want to be careful that if you are shooting fullbody of an animal that all the parts are in the frame since a cropped off foot can make it hard for the image to be used. Manipulators and other artists want to see the whole body of the animal so that they can get all the details correct. Angles are good, but you want to be careful what kind of angles you use for stock. Some extreme angles are very hard to use in manipulations and paintings/drawings.
Cropped Off Wierd by Cassy-Blue Giraffe Stock 13 by Cassy-Blue

  • Is the Horizon Straight?—This is my kryptonite. Using a tripod helps get straight horizons. My tripod is a cheap one from Walmart and works fine. You don’t want the horizon to be crooked on any stock photograph even if the artists will straighten it later. You want to save artists that extra step and also it makes your image look more appealing and natural. 
Crooked Horizon by Cassy-Blue Beach Stock 13 by Cassy-Blue

  • Photobombs—Cars, people, etc can all get in your photo.Try a different angle if you have issues with photobombers or if you can wait a few minutes until the bomber passes and try shooting again.
The most important thing to keep in mind is can an artist use this? That should determine what you post and what you should not post. If there is a super cool shot that you really, really want to post as stock but aren't sure if it’s useful, ask artists and other stockers. And if it’s not, hey then you can submit it as photography if you really love the shot.

Section III: Nature Stock Feature

Here is a selection of some of the nature stock on deviantART to get your creative juices going :heart:.

Horseshoe Falls - Tasmania by cbidgie
Grimm's Forest in October 02 by kuschelirmel-stock Snow path 1 by whynotastock These Wild Woods 7 UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Austria Stock 098 by Malleni-Stock Stock: Canyon Stream by Celem 
Low Tide Beach by GreenEyezz-stock
Owl Stock 08 by NellyGrace3103 Blue and Black Butterfly by magpienerd Akhal 7 by Colourize-Stock Monkey Stock 03 by NellyGrace3103 Jelly Fish Stock by Hands-and-Teeth
StockHeaven ~ Flower Leaves Plants fern 7 by StockHeaven
Cats are playing 2 [Stock] by IvaxXx Lotte by CapturedForInfinity Georgia Aquarium 11 by Dracoart-Stock
Butterfly Stock 24 by NellyGrace3103

If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments :D


Stock & Resources

What you need to know about Pre-Cut Images:

Pre-cut images can be a very handy resource for artists looking to save some time on the extraction process of stock.  These images are isolated from their primary background in a .png or .psd format. These resources should be well extracted with a clear attention to detailed removal, and a lack of stray particle pixels.

What these should contain:

- They should come from resources that allow for redistribution, typically your own images.

- The pre-cut image should have its original source cited in the artist’s comments, including your own images.

- They should meet the minimum size requirements of 1000 x 1000 pixels.

What these should not contain:

- They should never contain Google, celebrity, anime, movie screen shots, or retail website images. These so-called “renders” are not permitted in the Stock & Resources gallery.

- They should not be smaller than the required minimum size guidelines.

- They should not contain excessive amounts of stray pixels or missing significant portions of the image being extracted.

- They should not come from resources that do not allow for adaptation and redistribution. This includes other stock websites and pay sites that have non-redistribution clauses in their EULA.

Relevant FAQ Regarding Pre-Cut Images:

FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?

FAQ #792: As a stock art resource provider, how can I be of help in regards of stock art resource usage in prints?

FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?

In closing:

Your obligation as a stock provider is to provide safe and legitimate resources for artists to use. By using your stock, they trust that you are adhering to DeviantArt Guidelines with the stock that you provide. Failure to abide by the guidelines that dA provides not only impacts you, but our community, and the artists that use your stock.

But what if we see someone sharing celebrity, etc. pre-cut images? Be a pillar of the community and show them how wonderful our stock world can be. Do not go on the offensive with attacks and shaming journals. Work with them, and try to teach them. It may be possible that they are new and are unaware of the guidelines regarding pre-cuts. If all else fails, use the proper reporting channels located on the right hand side of the deviation page.

The Stock & Resources Community is a unique and wonderful place. We support each other, and accept new providers with open arms.

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Thu Sep 18, 2014, 10:58 PM

Fan Art Friday: Legend of Zelda

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 6:00 PM by Lyricanna:iconlyricanna:

Hello and welcome to the 54th edition of Fan Art Fridays :wave: I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature art from the Legend of Zelda :la:

The Legend of Zelda by kowan The Legend of Zelda by SandraInk The Legend Of Zelda by Zita52 Legend of Zelda by Acualina Zelda Wii U: Link by EternaLegend Zelda by Edalie-chan Legend of Zelda by galazy The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword by MissPeridot Legend of Zelda by Jazzmincat The Legend of Zelda: Gerudo's by Nonro Magic Armor Link - Zelda Twilight Princess by pikminlink Legend of Zelda Wall Clock by Athey Legend of Zelda - Sheik by Nissie Malon Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time by ArtemisMoonCosplay TLoZ- Zelda by Elenath

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Hello Everyone,
It's Week 40# of my Features. Hope you are enjoying them thus far - there will be plenty more in coming weeks : D

I have been having long car trips driving to uni each day, and was wondering whether you guys had any good music to fill up my ipod. I like pop, punk, hiphop, dance genres (not so much hard rock and rap). So if you have any, please comment and suggest.

Otherwise, hope you all had a good week and without further ado, I present this week's beautiful art : D

I LOVE U (iv) by Brightsmile-didiSexy by Dybcio
strawberry cake by TheAutumnLeaveswarm promenade by piesong
The Flower Hears Everything by athenapallas87Golden hour by Raining-Insanity
Schuwacht, Lekkerkerk, In the morning by lutfiuzun
All the Small Things by FlabnBoneAfternoon Tea by FlabnBone
Festival of Lights by ArlequinneJump by Norrington1
White Tea by Tamerlana
lilac beauty2 by TheAutumnLeavesingenue4 by piesong
Sisters by Norrington1
Promises to see the.. by A2Matosweek22: daydreaming by cloe-patra
Backlights by Evenio
Untitled by TheAutumnLeavesI woke up in a dream by astridle
Rainbow by JuReam
To say by migdalekL'armoire de Lana by astridle
Dubai At Night (Burj Khalifa) Wallpaper Edition by skywalkerdesign
Inseparable - Hiccup and Toothless by ArlequinneThe Apple II by JuliaTosi
Hello morning by biszkopciikTo the Horizon by Evenio

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Freebie Friday #08

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 9:11 AM
Howdy! Welcome once again to Freebie Friday!

Sometimes you need to declare something. Sometimes you need to show a little support for the people you love. Sometimes you need to let the world know just how much you love toast.

Of course, you could do this with text but it's often so much better with a stamp.

Stamps have visual impact not only with their content but also with their borders. Use the traditional stamp edging for a classic look or wrap your message in lace for an elegant touch. Or, y'know, just go wild and use something unique like a graphic of an open book or computer screen. There's so many wonderful and creative borders on dA that you'll always be able to find something to suit your message.

Especially because toast goes with almost everything!

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