Artist Meeting: Dog_God (Figure VS Figuration)Artist Meeting: Dog_God (Figure VS Figuration)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dog_God by Lafirme; The Hangman's daughter by derkert
Portrait of Pope Innocent X by Diego Velázquez; Pope I Study after Pope Innocent X by Velázquez by Francis Bacon
Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing BabiesOkay so one of the biggest subjects within portraiture photography are infants and children! Children and in particular newborn babies bring out the photographer in all of us. So whether or not you're looking to go pro and snap babies professionally or whether you just want to brush up on some tips for your own family or friends, this could be the article for you! I always thought that when I got my first baby shoot booked, it would just be a case of snapping them on the carpet or wrapped up in a blanket. I had no idea how creative I could really get - and how simply it would be to do that.Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing Babies2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Until a few weeks ago, I had never photographed a baby in my life, let alone had to pose and arrange one in cute positions with lots of fluffy toys surrounding it. I had also never used a lighting kit before, but that's another story. Anyway, I found it incredibly easy once I knew what i needed, to set up for the shoot and since then I haven't looked back. Whether yo
Project Educate: Permission to Photograph People Permission to Photograph PeopleProject Educate: Permission to Photograph People2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's a tough topic and one that most of us like to shy away from rather than embrace, but the honest truth is that the shots of people that you get - the best kind - are the ones that are candid, journalistic or spontaneous. That usually means asking permission afterwards, or not asking permission at all - which can appear quite odd, to some. One of my biggest concerns and anxieties is having my camera out in public. I recently went to a beach, of all places, and was shooting the coastline when a horrible feeling crept over me and I realised that there were lots of people around and that I was invading, a little bit, on their privacy. These guidelines are useful for shooting on the street, at public gatherings and events and at more formal occasions such as weddings.
If the person is going to be the main subject of your photo - then it's kind to ask permission, get perm
Ten Macro Photography TipsMacro photography is photography magnified. It is generally recognized as “macro” when you are increasing the size of an object in your picture from about half life-size, as represented on the image sensor, to five times life-size. Here are some top tips for capturing great Macro Photography. If you have any to add please leave them in the comments below the article!Ten Macro Photography Tips9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
1) Lens choice...
Many lens choices have that very tempting 'Macro setting' on them which supposedly allows your camera to magically transform itself into the ability to be a complete perfect macro lens. It works sometimes! Depending on your camera. However if you want to capture true Macro photography then you need a true Macro Lens. What Digital Camera? gives readers some advice on which lens to choose and
Project Educate: Photographing Infants + ChildrenPhotographing infants and children can either be really painful and frustrating, or incredibly fun and rewarding. It depends entirely on the child. I kid, sort of. It's what you make of it and how you treat the moment. Children are fast, sometimes moody, sometimes hyper and nearly always think they know what you want them to do when you turn the camera on them. Either run, or crack that huge fake camera smile that they've been taught to do for their school photographs.Project Educate: Photographing Infants + Children2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Don't force a smile. If the child doesn't want to smile, don't make them. You'll end up with the fake smile. However having said that, you can try and be funny, but again don't push it. They're smarter than many give them credit for. If you're not getting a smile but you're getting a rude funny face, then accept it. Those sorts of shots can be awesome as well.
Learn to accept imperfections. Whether the children are strangers to you or not, you can't have it perfect all of the time. Messy hair,
5 Tips for Smartphone PhotographyThey're getting more and more popular, so what is the best way of utilising the camera on your Smartphone to ensure you get the best results possible? This article shares some fantastic tips that offer a few guidelines for capturing good images with your phone. If you've got a top tip that you think is useful please share it in the comments as well - this list is by no means finished!5 Tips for Smartphone Photography10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
1) Clean Your Lens!
Unlike 'Proper' cameras, we're not overly precious about our smartphones. They go in and out of pockets and get left on all sorts of surfaces a lot of the time. Depending on the phone you have, you may be pressing your fingers into the lens whilst making a call without even realising it. So to get the best results, ensure your lens is cleaned regularly.
As with all photographs, composition is key. However you don't get much in the way of editing allowance after you've taken a photograph on your phone. You can chang
Troubleshooting:How to Photograph Christmas LightsTroubleshooting:How to Photograph Christmas Lights2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I recently read an article on Reddit that explored the best way to photography Christmas lights and it raised some interesting points. Rather than re-hash what has already been said, I've delved into a few tutorials around the web to give an overview of some hints and tips - and will link them all at the end of this article so that you can investigate for yourself.
When you take a Photograph, the camera will often over-compensate with the colours that it's trying to capture and objects that look fairly white to the naked eye don't appear so in the photo that you've taken. White Balance aims to override that. But just setting your camera to Auto White Balance and hoping for the best is not good enough...
The above shots show the same location taken firstly with auto white balance - and then secondly with the white balance set to shade. Setting Shade me
Post-Processing Thoughts : Part 1In photography, the term Post-Processing, or Post-Production, is the act of improving photographs by performing a series of alterations and changes. This can happen in traditional or digital photography, where the latter uses digital programs for digital post-processing. In this article, we will be going through a few basic things that you may want to consider if you are just a beginner of post-processing, a seasoned user, or just a person who has never post-processed before.Post-Processing Thoughts : Part 11 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Well, you may feel that your photographs are lacking a special something. Sometimes, this is because of the actual equipment you own, which may affect the quality of the photographs. Other times, we just need a little boost to give our photographs that power to stand out. While you may improve upon your photography purely on execution alone (and perhaps that is the best), knowing basic post-processing may help you go further, in the sense that it may be the cherry o
Surviving Sports PhotographySports photography.Surviving Sports Photography2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This category of photojournalism is one of the most sought after positions in professional photography. VIP access to pro athletes, frontline seats, locker room interviews, and a paycheck to photograph the whole experience year after year?!!
Sign me up!!
Well, that's how my story began anyway. Years ago, I made the mistake of going to a pro hockey game and within three hours fell madly in love with the smell of ice and the sound of blades. I left the building thinking to myself (and telling anyone who would listen to the ravings of a madwoman): "There has to be some way I can be involved in this for the rest of my life." What actually happened after that night is one of the wildest stories I've ever told and it's still a crazy ride. But getting on that ride and staying on is tricky.
So here's what I've learned so far about actually surviving sports photography
Project Educate: Basic Photography TerminologyPhotography TerminologyProject Educate: Basic Photography Terminology3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This is a term that refers to the way the lens blurs the image and the aesthetic quality of that blur. Some lenses cause the image to blur that is pleasing to the eye, whereas others blur in a more unpleasant or distracting way. It is considered good practice to have the subject of the image in focus, while the background is blurred. Bokeh occurs in the part of the image that lies outside the depth of field and photographers sometimes use a shallow focus to make the out of focus regions more prominent.
Depth of Field
This refers to how much of the scene is in focus. In portrait or macro photography, it is better to have a shallow depth of field and keep only part of the image in focus, as opposed to landscape photography where you'd generally want a larger depth of field and keep everything in focus.
Project Educate: Natural Still Life PhotographsProject Educate: Natural Still Life Photographs10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Using Natural Lighting and Outdoor Environments in Still Life
Many wonderful still life photographers use indoor setups and lighting for their photography. But, since I started out as a nature photographer, I like to utilize natural light and shoot my still life photos outdoors. However, taming the outdoor world can be a little tricky, so I wanted to write an article discussing several tips for improving outdoor still life shots and explaining how I shot several of my own still life photographs.
Here are several tips...
1.) Try different angles. Outdoor lighting environments can look widely different depending on the angle, since the angle you shoot at can change lighting, general perspective of the subject, and what is in your background. So for each shot I take, I always try several different angles. I also try re-positioning my subject a few times and even moving to a different outdoor area.
Post-Processing Thoughts : Part 2In Post-Processing Thoughts : Part 1, we discussed the reasoning behind post-processing, the benefits, do's and don't's, the 'good' or 'bad' points and when post-processing becomes too much.Post-Processing Thoughts : Part 21 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I would like to thank everyone who replied to the questions asked in the previous article. For those that are thinking about post-processing, I would encourage you to read those responses as a way to discover different perspectives, thoughts and opinions on the matter.
In this article, we will briefly go through how you can post-process your photographs and the variety of options there are.
Firstly, you will need a software to post-process your photographs. This could be the software that came with your camera on a separate disc, Photoshop, Lightroom, GIMP, an
Camera Raw Tools for PhotographersCamera Raw Tools for Photographers10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
This article aims to highlight some of the more useful tools that you can find in Camera RAW. It's doesn't cover everything, and purely focuses on the useful things for the image used. But hopefully it will give a bit of insight and maybe even highlight something that you haven't used before...
This tool will save your life. Honestly. I'm not exaggerating! Whilst it is possible to 'over' soften an image, most of the time all that's required to reduce a little noise is to up the luminance slider just a little bit.
Auto White Balance
Quite often , the white balance can be the only thing that upsets an image. In the example that I'm using, the day was fairly dull but the whiteness of the sky was quite overpowering. Therefore the clarity of the image turned out to be weaker than I wanted and the light 'harsher.' Using 'Auto White Balance' gave it an Autumnal sort of feel and a tinge of orang
4 Top Wedding Photography Tools Memory Card4 Top Wedding Photography Tools1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Use the fastest memory card that your camera will allow. Don't skimp on it! Spend some time investing in your memory cards - and yes, cards because you need more than one. A lot of manufacturers will tell you the read speed maximum for the card, but not the write speed. The latter is the most important for us as we need to know how quickly the photos will write to the card before allowing us to shoot again. I found out the hard way about memory cards, whilst trying to shoot a santa fun run. I was in sports mode to capture as many shots as possible but my memory card allowed about five before 'writing- unable to operate' flashed up. Needless to say I ended up with a lot of backsides and not many faces! There's nothing worse than snapping the wedding speeches only to find that the cake has been cut and everyone has gone home by the time you're ready to take another shot. Shocking.
Photography Troubleshooting: Caring for your D-SLRTaking care of your camera doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Since I spent some time cleaning mine this weekend, I thought I'd share the equipment I use and how effective it can be. Feel free to add your own tips and experiences in the comments of this article! For general camera protection at all times - the following are great tools:Photography Troubleshooting: Caring for your D-SLR1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
1) UV Filters - a lifesaver - really and truly it's not worth not having one!
2) LCD Screen Protector - great for putting on the display on your camera to protect it from scratches.
3) Lens Hood - Useful in the sunshine but also as added protection for your lens!
4) Lens caps - I don't take my own advice, but really lens caps are great, use them!
I work with a Sony D-SLR A57. It has lots of bits and pieces that require the odd bit of upkeep here and there (don't we all!) but nothing too complicat
Shaped Bokeh ( Tutorials and Feature )Since i got asked a lot how i do the shaped bokeh photos i decided to write a short journal about itShaped Bokeh ( Tutorials and Feature )1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I won't write my own tutorial since there are already a lot of great tutorials out there and i do the absolutely same thing
First some "normal bokeh" tutorials :
and the Wiki Article : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh
most important facts :
- aperature as big as possible -> small number ( i use the canon 50mm 1.8 )
- some sort of light to create visible bokeh ( e.g. christ
Photographing Fireworks: Equipment EssentialsI've written a few articles over the past few years about Photographing Fireworks - it can never hurt to emphasize a point again so hopefully some of you will find this useful. In particular UK deviants might find themselves faced with a firework display this evening - the perfect opportunity to test out the tools within this article!Photographing Fireworks: Equipment Essentials1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Tripods can be cheap or pricey. If you're looking for something decent, expect to pay a price! If you're unsure whether you can justify getting a tripod just to shoot fireworks then check out this article that I wrote - Tripod or Not? There's also a nifty DIY tripod trick you can try which I've written about here - but for fireworks, you need stability.
6 Steps to a better Self-Portrait1. Always use a tripod.6 Steps to a better Self-Portrait1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously. Always. use. a. tripod.
Using a tripod is one of the most important steps to make your self-portrait look professional.
Imagine the model in this picture would hold the camera with her arm. Would it look just as professional?
A tripod is always useful to stabilize your photo, but when you take self-portraits, it is not only useful - it is essential.
If you would model for someone else and he'd give you the camera, there'd be something wrong, right?
You are not only the photographer, you're the model, too.
Doesn't matter how close you are to the camera, don't touch it
And don't you dare to take the camera - or even your phone - and stand in front of the mirror!
So, will you use a tripod when you take your next self-portrait?
If the answe
Celebrating Deviousness - November 2011 Deviousness AwardCelebrating Deviousness - November 20113 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Congratulations to `blepharopsis
Cirque du Soil IV
Colours of Rage
Goth Moth revised
What is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally
handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.
`blepharopsis has developed a truly iconic gallery within our
community. Whilst at first you may be somewhat creeped out by the extreme shots of creepy
crawlies, you can't help but be captivated by the detail and quality of the artwork that has
become Igor's trademark style. Unlike any other insect photographer, Igor manages to
Love dA Lit: Issue 56Welcome to the fifty-sixth issue of my weekly news article, Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this news article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, interviewing various members of the literature community and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 563 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
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TheAlt-Lit is back! They are in need of admins to help bring back the magazine.
Crit Night RIGHT NOW.
The Senior 'Stache | August 7th 2011On behalf of dAseniors, The-Senior-Stache is the base of operations for and News of Senior members, defined as those users who have a ` or a ° as their symbol on deviantART.The Senior 'Stache | August 7th 20113 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is a news article, posted once every two weeks, choc-a-block full of Senior happenings and initiatives, stunning visual features, an awesome mini-interview and much, much more!
Even though this is mainly Senior orientated, if you have something you want to promote or are just looking for something generally, senior or not, we invite you all to take a gander.
deviantART's 11th Birthday Bonanza - Two Contests!
Weekly Hunt: Most Devious
Be in for a chance to win 10 !
The Absurd Spot
By Thiefoworld and his +1
The Ladies of Lit: Volume XIIIWelcome to volume thirteen my news series, The Ladies of Lit!The Ladies of Lit: Volume XIII3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
The premise here is simple. Below you will find an assortment of Literature features from a selection of female deviants here on DeviantART, all of them suggested by you. In this article, you will also find a variety of other things of interest, including:
This articles deviant spotlight: featuring the wonderful Halatia. She has offered to answer a few questions as well, to tell us a bit about what inspires her writing and which piece in particular she favors.
A ladies themed DeviantART birthday mini-contest with extra goodies.
Additional information about our upcoming events, including a special critique Q and A session in our official TheLadiesofLit chatroom. And we also have a selection of other interesting Literature news links to share with you.
Our meet our contributor
Darkroom Exposed: Instant FilmDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.Darkroom Exposed: Instant Film2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Instant film is film which contains all the chemicals necessary to process and fix an image without the need to develop and print it after you take your picture. Chances are, when you think of instant film, you think of Polaroid and retro 70s colours. Fuji also make instant film, under the name Fujifilm Instax, and more recently, the Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plan to produce new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras.
One of the beautiful things about instant film is that you can create unique, beautiful effects in your images even after the film has expired. Instant film also allows for intriguing processes like emulsion lifts, when you extract the image layer from a piece of film to place on another surface...paper, canvas, wood etc. You can also distress your
Darkroom Exposed: Lith PrintsDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.Darkroom Exposed: Lith Prints3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This issue features lith prints, which are photographic prints made in (surprisingly enough!) lith developer to produce grainy images with soft highlights and strong shadows. Lith printing produces stunning one-off pieces because the results change as the developing solution gets older. There's a wealth of information on LithPrint.com if you'd like to find out more or learn how to create your own beautiful lith prints.
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