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Welcome back! If you haven't done so already, have a read of Getting the most out of your CSS Journals Part One. Part two deals with Dressing up your mood boxes, adding extra lines to your Journal title, and will touch upon dynamic images in your journal, amongst other things. So without further delay, let's begin!

Mood boxes

"Mood boxes", or the little box that shows what you're listening to etc, is now available to everyone. Subscribers and non subscribers alike. It would seem that there's not a whole lot you can do with these, asides from change the colours and such. But something a few people don't know, is that you can move your mood box anywhere you like, and do so much more than just colourising it. In this example, we'll show you how to shift your mood box to the right, just like in This example.

CSS:

.journalbox .list {
position:absolute;
right:0px;
bottom:0px;
width:25%;
}


And that's all you need! When you look at your mood box, it will be 25% wide, and sitting on the bottom-right hand corner of your journal! Please note that this will look shocking on smaller journal entries, or some journal views (ie. on the userpage, full-view etc.). Now you can stretch out your box to wherever you wish, put half on one side, half on the other, hide bits of your mood box. It's all up to your imagination!

(A tip: If you find you can't rid of the mood box, because there is no "remove mood" feature, try this code:

.journalbox .list {
display:none;
}

to rid of the mood box altogether)

Journal Taglines

Ever wish you could add a small bit of text underneath your journal title, like you can on the major blogging systems out there (Think Wordpress and such)? It's really easy with CSS. Just add the following to your "Header" section of your journal, and your CSS section:

HTML:

It's all in a day's work!


CSS:

.journal-subtext {
top:30px;
position:absolute;
}

.journalbox .journaltop {
font-size: 0px;
}


Just remember to tweak "30" to whatever value you wish, depending on where your .journaltop h2 header is placed, and if you want to keep the date / time, leave out the font-size:0px; And there you have it! It'll now show your sub-text (or personal message) below your journal title. This can be done with images, CSS menus (as per last week's example) or anything else dA supports. It's only limited by your imagination!

Dynamic Images

Imagine if you could use your dA journal to tell people what TV show you were watching at that very second, or if you could display your computer's uptime, temperature and the last program you ran, or even display news headlines, images from your gallery, new posts on your forums, or so much more. Impossible you say? No way! Thanks to the magic of GD

For those in the know, or people who have used Last.fm, AudioScrobbler, or any other services like that, GD / Dynamic Images should be nothing new. For the rest of you, GD is a PHP library that lets us draw text on a picture, or draw a completely new picture from scratch. The output, can be a standard JPG, GIF or PNG file, which dA is more than happy to support. The trick comes from writing a PHP script that returns an image instead of text. Now I won't go into PHP and GD and the like. That's wayyyy beyond the scope of our article. Instead I'll give you an example. Check out my Userpage, and look at my webcam. That is a dynamically created image. Every time it's viewed, it grabs my base image (the green), adds text to it, depending on what's in the database, and shoots it off as a JPG picture. Our browser sees the JPG data, and displays it as such.

With a bit of manipulation, you can write a script that reads your computer's uptime, shows off some images, even parse a website to get images for displaying. It's limited by PHP's engine, and your imagination!

Have a read of PHPFreak's GD Tutorial for a starter on GD. Some PHP knowledge is required here ;D


That's all for this week. Remember, if you have any suggestions, note them to Grayda for inclusion in the next part of Getting the most out of your CSS Journals. Thanks for reading, :+fav: if you get some use out of this, and keep watching the skies!

Previous Weeks
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America

America - blog-imgs-31.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Colonial - i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm…
Cowboy - fav.me/d2a1ybt
Bride - fav.me/d2a4acy
Female - fav.me/d2wnl94
Superman - Part 1: fav.me/d2w91pm Part 2: fav.me/d2w91tc
World Cup - fav.me/d2x7e9y
Child - fav.me/d34nn37
Christmas - fav.me/d35l7ew
PJ - fav.me/d3kk3j6
Halloween - fav.me/d3kk4zf
Beach - fav.me/d3kk60t
Uncle Sam - Part 1: fav.me/d3kwukg Part 2: fav.me/d3kwun3
Tux - fav.me/d3l7lhp
Gakuen - fav.me/d3fyk1u
Dr. Hero - fav.me/d427hpn Coat: fav.me/d427ha9
Bathing Suit - fav.me/d465ocv
April Fools - fav.me/d4bhrjv

Rome

Ancient Rome - fav.me/d2a1t54
Rock - fav.me/d3e7dfl
PJ - fav.me/d3kk373
Chibi - fav.me/d48u0h1
Dr. Love - fav.me/d490812 Coat: hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/a…

Australia

Australia - Part 1: i59.photobucket.com/albums/g29… Part 2: i59.photobucket.com/albums/g29…
World Cup - fav.me/d2sas7z

Austria

Austria - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2wulcs
WoAS - fav.me/d2w5upe
Gakuen - fav.me/d3df6fl
Halloween - fav.me/d40htbb
Jack of Clubs - fav.me/d4285ne
White Rabbit - fav.me/d4e4mqa

Canada

Canada - s29.photobucket.com/albums/c25… (You'll see Canada if you scroll down a little)
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2a4boi
Mountie - i43.tinypic.com/33wwgbd.jpg&nb…;
Casual - fav.me/d2bchga
Female - fav.me/d30pqhz
Gakuen - fav.me/d3f0ey7
Nurse Who - fav.me/d41ntm1

Belarus

Belarus - Part 1: fav.me/d2whjbc Part 2: fav.me/d2whjg1
Uniform - fav.me/d2a1z53
Nurse Knives - Part 1: fav.me/d41s0j4 Part 2: fav.me/d41s0nk
Star Halloween - Part 1: fav.me/d41zkc1 Part 2: fav.me/d41zkhq
Sweets - Part 1: fav.me/d46ie5r Part 2: fav.me/d46ief3

Belgium

Belgium - pics.livejournal.com/susi_sinn…
World Conference - fav.me/d2a4atq

Bulgaria

Bulgaria - fav.me/d39dvuo

Chibitalia

Chibitalia - fav.me/d2a1tok
Maid - fav.me/d3cxy08

China

China - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Counting Sheep - fav.me/d3313tn
Gakuen - fav.me/d3317ru
Character CD - fav.me/d31bs4l
Maid - fav.me/d327oc9
Halloween - fav.me/d37evhn
Sailor Uniform - fav.me/d39oq5b
Female - fav.me/d3akg7z
Valentines Day - fav.me/d3ca5vp
Beach - fav.me/d3kk70g
Jack of Spades - Part 1: fav.me/d45mjec Part 2: fav.me/d45mjne
Bathing Suit - fav.me/d465dt7
Nurse Aru - fav.me/d476ll1
Panda - fav.me/d4bhqvl

Cuba

Cuba - fav.me/d2r4o03

Cyprus

TRNC (Cyprus) - fav.me/d2it3v4

Denmark

Denmark - fav.me/d29zfkh
Sailor - fav.me/d2uhss1
Sailor v.2 - fav.me/d2wnkjb
Bride - fav.me/d2a46b9
World Cup - fav.me/d2uhtd8
Halloween - fav.me/d35fe8e
Viking - fav.me/d36k7mh
Sexy - fav.me/d3akiy3
Middle Ages - fav.me/d3bj10d
Nurse - fav.me/d47dgeg

Egypt

Egypt - fav.me/d2iww14
Egypt V.2 - fav.me/d2itwoi

England

England - blog-imgs-31.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Colonial -i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm…
Sexy Waiter - fav.me/d2a1vxs
Bride - fav.me/d2a4b9o
Female - fav.me/d2wnmfo
Christmas - fav.me/d33rxr6
Britannia Angel - fav.me/d2a1vfs
Fantasia - fav.me/d2iyyta
World Cup - fav.me/d2x7eig
Wonder Woman - fav.me/d2w91xb
WoAS - fav.me/d2tpbss
Character CD - Part 1: fav.me/d2rh0u2 Part 2: snowsnowgoddess.deviantart.com…
Pirate - (See comments)
British Empire - fav.me/d24qlol
Beach - fav.me/d3kk6du
Valentine - fav.me/d3l7l7o
Halloween - fav.me/d40hvt1
Arte Stella - fav.me/d3i1rf5
Gakuen - fav.me/d3g0qs2
Nurse - fav.me/d45umyi
Bathing Suit - fav.me/d465ogp
Chibi - Part 1: fav.me/d493wod Part 2: fav.me/d493wr2
American Discovery - Part 1: fav.me/d4e5c2j Part 2: fav.me/d4e5c8b
Union Jack Casual - fav.me/d4e990n

Estonia

Estonia - img.photobucket.com/albums/v20…
Sexy - fav.me/d2iwxoe
Ballet - fav.me/d3eljyn

Finland

Finland - fav.me/d2a1p3e
Halloween - fav.me/d35smhp
Christmas - fav.me/d35z0yt
Viking - fav.me/d39aqoy
Sexy - fav.me/d3akhz4

France

France - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Naked - fav.me/d2a1wvs
Sexy - fav.me/d2iwzhk
World Cup - fav.me/d2u0q58
WoAS - fav.me/d2tpbhj
Bad Touch Trio - fav.me/d2hk9nl
Female - fav.me/d3akeoz
Beach - fav.me/d3kk6ku
PJ - fav.me/d3kkhr2
Dress - fav.me/d3pplyt
Visiting Japan - fav.me/d3raptz
Halloween - Part 1: fav.me/d40hums Part 2: fav.me/d40hv8g
Gakuen - fav.me/d3gfegq
Dr. Francis - hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/g…: fav.me/d427ha9
King of Diamonds - Part 1: fav.me/d429vj5 Part 2: fav.me/d429w3w
Bathing Suit - fav.me/d465oa1
Red Shirt - fav.me/d47cbwt
Mime - fav.me/d4cuxap
American Discovery - Part 1: fav.me/d4e5cmm Part 2: fav.me/d4e5crg

Germania

Germania - fav.me/d2a1v70
Chibi - fav.me/d48u0c3
Nurse - fav.me/d4908cy

Germany

Germany - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Child - fav.me/d2iz1ru
Bride - fav.me/d2a472e
Movie - fav.me/d33duem
Bride - fav.me/d2a472e
World Cup - fav.me/d2txjr3
SS - fav.me/d341anq
Lederhosen - pics.livejournal.com/theonenam…
WW1 - fav.me/d39j8h1
Sailor Uniform - fav.me/d39tny4
Female - fav.me/d3akdq9
Gakuen - fav.me/d3be3tk
PJ - fav.me/d3kk3xw
Beach - fav.me/d3kk57y
Love Bug - fav.me/d3kkh3g
Wounded - fav.me/d3kwn5z
Halloween - fav.me/d40hre3
Hetaquest - fav.me/d4433mr
Mended Underwear - fav.me/d46u9c7
Beer Drinking - fav.me/d47a5ym
Kitty Maid - fav.me/d4bqo22

Greece

Greece V.1 - fav.me/d2a1r9k
Greece V.2 - fav.me/d2a1rku
Greece V.1.5 - fav.me/d2a1rth
Catwoman - fav.me/d2iz194
Toga - i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad…
Dr. Greece - fav.me/d47dy95 Coat: hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/a…

Hong Kong

Hong Kong - fav.me/d2w6ewj
Sexy - fav.me/d2ix08g
Nurse - fav.me/d47diqi

Holy Roman Empire

Holy Roman Empire - fav.me/d2a1sw7
Knight - fav.me/d342wwt

Hungary

Hungary - fav.me/d2a1quz
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2a4cid
Child - fav.me/d300esc
Halloween - fav.me/d40hu3w
Queen of Clubs - fav.me/d45g8nx
Nurse - fav.me/d47djuy
Maid - fav.me/d4e5bt2

Iceland

Iceland - img25.imageshack.us/img25/7311…
Iceland v.2 - fav.me/d46dyeb
Sailor - fav.me/d2ubxj3
Sailor v.2 - fav.me/d2wnkt7
Female - fav.me/d34bd3k
Viking - fav.me/d395ce1
Halloween - fav.me/d3ah511
Sexy - fav.me/d3akmnv
Gakuen - fav.me/d3jglc5
Nurse - fav.me/d47dg0n

Romano

Italy Romano - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Bride - fav.me/d2a47zo
Sexy - fav.me/d2iwyks
Mafia - i34.photobucket.com/albums/d10…
World Cup - fav.me/d2s5mu3
Nurse Chigi - fav.me/d41587u
Sailor - fav.me/d424gia
Baby - fav.me/d48a109
Bandana - fav.me/d465b5b
Female - fav.me/d4eliad
Chibi Maid - fav.me/d4e996c

Italy

Italy Veneziano - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Female - fav.me/d2wnmzy
WW1 - fav.me/d39lts0
Gakuen - fav.me/d3c7htx
Valentines Day - fav.me/d3cabq6
Nurse - fav.me/d3kdszg
Yandere - fav.me/d3kk2yc
Bride - fav.me/d3kk4n1
Beach - fav.me/d3kk5i3
Love Bug - fav.me/d3kkhbw
Black Uniform - fav.me/d3kkics
Unified - fav.me/d3yts92
Halloween - fav.me/d3z8i21
Halloween Wolf - fav.me/d41hy48
Sailor - fav.me/d424gbl
Jack of Hearts - fav.me/d42dblo
Hetaquest - fav.me/d42vbsk
Angel - fav.me/d45rihv
Baby - fav.me/d48a0v7
Dark - fav.me/d48yj3x
Yandere Fem - fav.me/d4a1zi7
19th Century - fav.me/d4cjzjv
Bar Casual - fav.me/d4e99be
Visiting France - fav.me/d4e99qp

Japan

Japan - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Black 1 - fav.me/d2oyx9m
Black 2 - (See comments)
Female - fav.me/d3akd2b
Earthquake - fav.me/d3blbcw
Kimono - fav.me/d3f6nev
Valentines Day - fav.me/d3d9n57
Winter - fav.me/d3f64fr
Beach - fav.me/d3kk5rq
Halloween - fav.me/d40hslq
Meiji Milkman - Part 1: fav.me/d45ggnn Part 2: fav.me/d45gh4g
Queen of Hearts - fav.me/d45n30l
Dr. Kiku - fav.me/d47a5tk Coat:hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/a…
Bar Casual - fav.me/d4e99gc

Jeanne d'Arc
Jeanne d'Arc - fav.me/d45wo7i

Korea

South Korea -  media.photobucket.com/image/ko…
North Korea (OC) - fav.me/d2sdouc
Dr. Da Ze - fav.me/d47c3wc Coat: hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/a…

Latvia

Latvia - pics.livejournal.com/kuroqwert…
Latvia V. 2 - fav.me/d2kltrt
Neko -fav.me/d2kpkwm
Sexy Waiter - fav.me/d363oav
Ballet - fav.me/d3elhcq
Farm - fav.me/d4bbro9

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein - i34.photobucket.com/albums/d10…
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2iwwn8
Queen of Diamonds - fav.me/d45jso1
Farm - Part 1: fav.me/d4bbs3r Part 2: fav.me/d4bbs8y

Lithuania

Lithuania - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Maid - fav.me/d2iz0fq
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2wulok
Kitty - fav.me/d363nzo
Ballet - fav.me/d3ejenk
Nurse Rue - fav.me/d426uqr
Star Halloween - Part 1: fav.me/d42a71a part 2: fav.me/d42a75h

Netherlands

Netherlands - snowsnowgoddess.deviantart.com…
World Cup - fav.me/d2tpehq
Nurse - fav.me/d47dsoa

New Zealand
New Zealand - fav.me/d3hfog9

Norway

Norway - fav.me/d2a1sfj
Norway v.2 - fav.me/d46aeca
Sailor - fav.me/d2ubwei
Viking - fav.me/d3523us
Female - fav.me/d30c3zf
Maid - fav.me/d30c31n
Halloween - fav.me/d39wa6x
Sexy - fav.me/d3akjvc
Nurse - fav.me/d47dxi1

Poland

Poland - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2iwwy2
Christmas - fav.me/d35z248
School Girl - img19.imageshack.us/i/poland2.…
Kitty - fav.me/d363nj0
Halloween Maid - fav.me/d41cpij
Star Halloween - fav.me/d42a7dw

Prussia

Prussia - blog-imgs-31.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Winter Uniform - fav.me/d2iyzqm
WoAS - fav.me/d2a48le
SS - fav.me/d2a1xdt
Bride - fav.me/d2a47lk
Halloween - fav.me/d338p3b
Child - fav.me/d300f6u
Sailor Moon - fav.me/d2p9xvs
African Uniform - fav.me/d2a1qef
World Cup White Version - fav.me/d2wqv9m
World Cup Black Version - fav.me/d2txk2j
Bad Touch Trio - Part 1: fav.me/d2fxenp Part 2: fav.me/d2fxfg1
Gakuen - fav.me/d3bdupx
Chibi - fav.me/d3ke8jl
King - fav.me/d3kkfj4
Medic - fav.me/d3kwmnq
Teutonic Priest - Part 1: fav.me/d4257vi Part 2: fav.me/d42583x
Joker - fav.me/d42gsff
Beer Drinking - fav.me/d47em0m
Yandere Fem - Part 1: fav.me/d492x1u Part 2: fav.me/d492x5z
Dr. Awesome - fav.me/d4d9ec2 Coat: hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/a…

Russia

Russia - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Childrens Day - fav.me/d2a4bhf
Ded Morez - fav.me/d341jqz
Soviet - fav.me/d35p2yy
Nice Primorski - fav.me/d323xdy
Maid - fav.me/d2ojp0a
Sun Flower - fav.me/d2blrdv
Apron - i36.tinypic.com/29d8cpk.png
Halloween - fav.me/d37pir6
Bloody Sunday w/Blood - fav.me/d36zchm
Bloody Sunday -  fav.me/d36zc3u
Gakuen - fav.me/d39oaps
Female - fav.me/d3akbp6
Beach - fav.me/d3kk6r8
Sunflower 2 - fav.me/d3l7lsk
Dr. KolKol - fav.me/d427hua Coat: fav.me/d427ha9
King of Clubs - Part 1: fav.me/d44xz3s Part 2: fav.me/d44y4m6
Panda - fav.me/d4bqq48
April Fools - fav.me/d4btxk1

Sealand

Sealand - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Neko - fav.me/d2kpkh0
Joker - fav.me/d432e0w
Intern - fav.me/d47dwkp

Seborga

Seborga - fav.me/d37so0h
Intern - fav.me/d47dx43

Seychelles

Seychelles - fav.me/d2a49u7
Nurse - fav.me/d47dgab

Spain

Spain - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Matador - fav.me/d2a4c8n
World Cup - fav.me/d2tpay2
Mexican Independence - fav.me/d2ytmio
Conquistador - fav.me/d2bchuu
Shut Up - fav.me/d2tpbaa
Boss - fav.me/d3r9wwk
Dr. Boss - fav.me/d427hku Coat: fav.me/d427ha9
Pirate - www.pixiv.net/member_illust.ph…
Female - fav.me/d4emg40
April Fools - fav.me/d4bhrwy

Sweden

Sweden - fav.me/d29zgbf
Sexy Thong - fav.me/d2o6s87
Halloween - Part 1: fav.me/d38zycn Part 2: fav.me/d38zyel
Viking - fav.me/d3912zi
Sexy - fav.me/d3akkiw
Middle Ages - fav.me/d3aqnlj
Dr. Su - fav.me/d47dr7g Coat: hamazakiakimi.deviantart.com/a…

Switzerland

Switzerland - fav.me/d36yxfk
Sexy - fav.me/d2iwy3g
Halloween - fav.me/d2iz29f
Drag - blog-imgs-26.fc2.com/n/i/i/nii…
Red Dress - fav.me/d37d8mg
Sailor Uniform - fav.me/d39ohoa
Gakuen - fav.me/d3df9rd
Jack of Diamonds - fav.me/d45rrq7
Nurse - fav.me/d47dgk7

Taiwan

Taiwan - fav.me/d2a451q

Thailand

Thailand - i128.photobucket.com/albums/p1…

Tibet

Tibet - pics.livejournal.com/susi_sinn…

Turkey

Turkey - fav.me/d2a1usa
Nurse - fav.me/d47cvg9

Ukraine

Ukraine - fav.me/d32b2x7
Uniform - fav.me/d2a48vy
Nurse Bustier - fav.me/d41s0yz
Farm - Part 1: fav.me/d485re1 Part 2: fav.me/d485rhm

Vietnam

Vietnam - Part 1: i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/… Part 2: i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/…

Wy

Wy - fav.me/d4e0psu

Shinatty, Tony, Steve & Kumajiro

Shinatty - pics.livejournal.com/susi_sinn…
Tony - fav.me/d3kkfxd
Kumajiro - fav.me/d3kkgll
Steve - fav.me/d48dtr8



Nekotalia Papercrafts

Italy, Japan, Germany - fav.me/d31te7v
Romano, Spain - fav.me/d31ybbx
Austria, Hungary, Prussia - fav.me/d320xz6
England, France, America - fav.me/d329wft
Denmark, Norway, Iceland - fav.me/d32kdrk
Sweden, Russia, Finland - fav.me/d32ps74
Greece, Turkey, Monaco - fav.me/d32zq81
S. Korea, Taiwan, China - fav.me/d3320p3

Mochi

www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura/ga…
Prussia Mochi - fav.me/d4er5mx

Other

Shinatty Head - fav.me/d2m068c
Gilbird - www.mediafire.com/?xytujovwtyn
Chibi China - desubunny.deviantart.com/art/C…
Chibi England - fav.me/d33su9t

Please tell me if there's something wrong with the list, or if I've missed some ; )
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The Street Photography of Chris Weeks








It was only after many long frustrating hours of trying to describe what’s so special about the photographs of cweeks...


That I finally realized I was trying to describe something that wasn’t there.








I finally realized that the magical something that sets cweeks’ works apart from others is that his camera disappears. There is no sense as you look at his photos of street scenes and other captures that you are looking through a lens, even the lens of a particularly talented photographer.  There is a sense of simply walking through a town and seeing what you happen to see – without the usual subtle “commentary” of the photographer winking back at you with his framing, his lighting, his signature technique.





cweeks has no need to announce his presence in his pictures, letting his lens be the viewer’s own eyes with no separation from the subject. Photography becomes art when all trendy technique and “stylization” disappears and the viewer absolutely believes, knows, he or she is seeing what “is”, believes he or she is seeing a capture of what has just “happened”, thanks to an unbiased, un-opinionated reporter.





A series of seamless artful strokes in front of and behind the camera.















Such ego-less presentation and sharing are rare in our times of self-promotion, especially when the artist is quite talented enough to be
allowed such indulgence if he chose to partake of it. cweeks photos have such a purity and sense of immediacy that after perusing them for a while one
doesn’t feel a sense of “documentary” but of having been on an actual journey. I’m sure people often “remember” `cweeks’ photos as being from their own
experiences rather than being photos they saw.












colin farrell by cweeksmr. west by cweeksmiss cruz... by cweeksi heart charlize... by cweeks



Weeks creates celebrity portraits as well as street scenes, but manages to bring his street sensibility to the photos even when the settings
are relatively intimates, e.g., celebrities’ living rooms and backyards. Again, there is no feeling of the expected posed portrait. Again, the camera disappears.
Somehow he “disrobes” his subjects, cajoling them into dropping the façade of their “posed identities”, so that it feels as if the viewer is a member of the
family just glancing over at the subject, who just happens to be famous. This is something I find unprecedented. (O.K., have at it, deviants: Here’s where you
slam me with other photo artists who achieve a similar effect.)





Even the best “celebrity” celebrity photographers are unable to present truly naturalistic presentations of their subjects – there always being that identifying
patina of “demi-god” glow about a rock star or movie star. Instead, cweeks allows us the experience of looking at stars as if we were one their best friends
or family members.  The effect is far more startling than the rowdiest shock shots.


























cweeks exemplifies the best street photography, which is not the capture of the most ultra-hip moments in the hottest of hot spots, but rather the selfless recording of a place and time as it was and would have been experienced by any person had they been there at the time, no matter how distant in time or geography the photo is separated from the viewer experiencing it.





There is a real magic to photography that comes when the artist is able to “disappear” his camera and equipment, and even his own presence...



And let himself be our eyes, the eyes of all those lucky enough to discover the places he’s been and the moments he’s seen. cweeks is one such street magician who hopefully will inspire many to emulate his achievement.







Interview with Chris Weeks




Bio:


cweeks is an editorial photographer with an emphasis in entertainment based in Los Angeles covering assignments for the world’s most recognized brands, wire services, magazines, advertising and public relations agencies.  His work has been published all over the world in newspapers, magazines and websites such as InStyle, Vanity Fair Italy, USA Today, People and hundreds of other publications both in print and online.








techgnotic:
What is there in the experience when a person looks at a photograph that determines the artistic or human value, the success or failure of that photograph?


cweeks:

Photography, much like so many other mediums, is personal.  What moves one person may not affect another in the same way.  I’m pretty crass:  If a photograph moves me – in whatever way – the photograph is successful to me.  I mean, really, what is artistic value?  If something speaks to you, it speaks to you and really doesn’t need any other explanation.


I remember covering the opening of an “important artist” hosted by a very important art dealer.  He saw me looking perplexed at one of the “pieces” and I said, “How does this move you?”  Curtly, he replied “It’s 3 million dollars and I sold them before this show was even open.  That’s how it moves me.”  He’s not a very nice guy.


Art can mean many different things to many different people.  I prefer to be emotionally moved in some way, shape or form.






techgnotic:
What is it in a photographer’s aesthetic sense (his “eye”), in his expertise with his technical craft (his camera), and in his years of labor capturing moments and images that makes him as truly an artist as any fine arts painter?  (i.e., What is your response to pre-Stieglitz cavemen who still denigrate the idea of photography as genuine artistic expression?)


cweeks:

I think photography and fine arts painting are wholly different and I’m not so sure even though they are both art, per se, can be compared.  In mentioning Steiglitz I think he explained it best, “"Photography is not an art. Neither is painting, nor sculpture, literature or music. They are only different media for the individual to express his aesthetic feelings… You do not have to be a painter or a sculptor to be an artist. You may be a shoemaker. You may be creative as such. And, if so, you are a greater artist than the majority of the painters whose work is shown in the art galleries of today."


Stieglitz when he had one of the first shows of photography in New York back in the day had other photographers, not painters, as was the norm, as the judges.  Photographers and painters and sculptures all have different sensibilities in the context of their respective “eyes.”  There is cross-over for sure, though.  I do think that each kind of artist sees work in their own medium differently than artists in other mediums.


I don’t think that Henri Cartier-Bresson ever wanted to be known as a photographer but rather a painter.  Don’t think it worked out that way for him.


When I look back at the part of your question that says “…years of labor capturing moments…” it’s hard for me to imagine any labor at all doing what I’ve done since I was 11.  Not gonna say my exact age but it’s been a long-ass time.  Decades.  No matter if I’m shooting a commission for a magazine, an assignment for a wire service or a public relations agency … whatever the situation may be … I know exactly what they need.  I give them exactly what they need.  Many times what they need is straightforward illustrating whatever they need illustrated.  Sometimes, though, they’ll see something else in the edits that they may not have known why they needed it but they did.  I’m always happy when that happens.


It’s funny.  My friends – yes, they’re mostly working photographers – will always share the story of the beautiful ambient light photograph or the not-so-common juxtaposition that plays (our parlance for being published) over the other photographs we’ve moved or file that are more straightforward or “expected.”


You also mentioned “technical craft.”  Like other mediums that use different size brushes or whatever it is they use in their craft we know our equipment and exposures without a camera telling us what to do.  For me given an ISO I know the pair (shutter speed/aperture) within a half-stop just by looking at the light.  Knowing what’s there allows me to adjust that so that the moment I want to record is properly framed.  Usually, within an instant.


That isn’t to say some photographers can’t do as well or even better although they use programme or automatic settings.  I know at least a few photographers who shoot big commissions who use less-than-desirable glass and have their cameras set to programme.  One doesn’t always have to know everything in a technical sense to be a photographer.  That having been said when you deal in moments like I do most of the time if you’re going to rely on the camera to be tricked by some element of exposure it didn’t know how to handle, a guy like me may possibly make a beautifully exposed photo of a moment someone else botched.


I’ve watched that happen.  On several occasions.










techgnotic:
What is the difference between taking a picture and real photography?  What is “photography” for the genuine practitioner?


cweeks:

For the most part “taking a picture” is what you see being done by people on Facebook with their Blackberries or iPhones.  If it’s a picture of their friends, there’s too much head space and they cropped above the waistline making people amputees.  It’s a picture of their dog cropped at its knee.  It’s a picture of their girlfriend with an unfortunate tree growing out of their head.  It’s a picture of a family vacation of which they spent ten thousand u.s. to see some of the wonders outside of their own city … and they take one picture.  Someone looks wonky.  Someone photo bombs them.  And all they have is that one photograph.


I’m not saying beautiful photos aren’t made with smart phones.  In fact, many of my favourite personal photos are made with my iPhone 4.  Then again, I know the difference between a picture and a photograph even though there is no difference because technically each word is interchangeable for the other.  In this context I’m talking about the difference between “taking a picture” and “making a photograph.”


When one makes a photograph they’re making sure a group shot is balanced.  They’re making sure they’re not making people (or animals for that matter) amputees.  They’re making sure that there’s nothing unfortunate growing out of their subject’s head.  And they’re making more than one photograph so they have “insurance.”  The list could go on and on.


I’m not saying that when someone makes a snapshot or making something look like a snapshot they’re not really making a photograph.  Making a photograph is more thoughtful than taking a picture.


For me I like a well-balanced frame.  I like my subject to be positioned in the golden section but I also like other elements, whether they are in-focus or part of a beautiful blur, to balance the frame.  I like to give the frames some sense of their environment … sometimes only a kiss of the environment.


Photography for the general practitioner is probably different for each individual general practitioner I would think.  It’s hard to make a blanket statement about someone’s current level of desire of knowledge about a subject, passion or whatever motivates them to put viewfinder to eye.










techgnotic:
What is the most gratifying response you’ve ever received from someone particularly affected by one of your photographs?


cweeks:

Because I do what I do because I love making photographs this kind of question has different answers for different situations.  Is it absolutely lovely to hear the creative director for a worldwide ad agency tell you how beautiful the selects are?  For sure.  Is it equally as beautiful to make photographs of your aunt’s aging champion dog with a puppy-glint in his eye at 16 years and then he dies the next week?  Seeing her face when she looks at that photograph is very gratifying knowing you recorded a moment of her personal history that means a lot to her.  Is it hearing when you go to pick up your new reading glasses – yes, because you’re getting old – “I went to your website.  I love café’s.  I love cafés exactly for the reason you seem to like them.  Your photos took me back to Paris and make me want to fly there next week.”  Or could it be when you’re showing your own child how to edit photos on Apple’s Aperture and you start browsing old personal archive frames that bring back memories for her?  Fond I’m hoping, of course.


There are many gratifying responses and all of them are unique and special.  Honestly, it’s one of the best parts of being a photographer.






techgnotic:
Can you explain to the clueless why there is a yawning abyss between what you or Annie Leibovitz does and what paparazzi do?  Does the ubiquitous presence of paparazzi present problems for you in trying to record events?


cweeks:

First off, Annie is an editorial/advertising God and when she’s on set she’s usually a bigger name than the subjects, which is one reason people commission her.  I’m not all that comfortable putting my name in the same sentence as hers.  I enjoy the work of Norman Jean Roy or Douglas Kirkland much more than hers.  Yet, I wouldn’t want my name in the same sentence as theirs either.  I get plenty of play on my commissions and assignments but I’m not in that league.  That league requires more time than I’m willing to give to “work.”


In the context of making sanctioned and commissioned photos we try and make the subjects look as good as possible.  Paparazzi on the other hand try and make someone look bad.  Compare a cover of Vanity Fair or V and that of the National Enquirer.


Even with street photography I’m not down with shooting homeless people.  I want to represent the human condition as dignified.  Whether that human condition in front of my lens is an editorial context or a personal context I’m not okay with making people look bad.


Perhaps the “paps” as we call them in L.A. have a whole different motivation for making photographs?  Perhaps they’re in it for the money as I suspect they are.  Honestly, I don’t think they’re very good photographers.  They represent – to me, at least – a sub-genre of photographers.


The funny thing that I recently found out was that Ron Gallela – the same guy that Jackie Kennedy won a restraining order against and who is known as the grandfather of paparazzi –graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  I mean, really?  Certainly in his education there he learned how to make a photograph in an editorial context but got sucked into the dark side of dogged pursuit of the famous in their private time.  I will say that his black and white photographs from back in the day are far more beautiful than most of his contemporaries.


Paps are everywhere in L.A. and N.Y.C. and London for that matter.  They make it a bit more difficult to go from my car to my assignment if my equipment is on my shoulders.  Tourists ask “Are you a paparazzi.”  No matter how you answer that you know they don’t believe you because of the coverage the paps get.  And then they generally have a bad tourist memory of the “asshole they met in L.A.”  Whatever.  They have only a surface understanding of the photo world.  Sometimes they’re corrected.  Sometimes it’s not so nice.


I’m hired as a house photographer for big fancy events on occasion.  Sometimes, even if the party is low-key, the paps find out from the wait staff or valet guys.  If a celebrity is swarmed before they come in, they need some time to decompress.  If the paps weren’t so aggressive, perhaps that wouldn’t be the case.


But what is a pap?  To me a pap is a exploitive mindset.  I know legitimate photographers with killer credentials that when you see them enter “your event” where you are the official photographer and you’re doing the dance with the talent to get your client the right photos that will play and make the talent (celebrities) look great … I cringe.  I know that they see A-listers and see dollar signs.  They don’t care what they have to do to get any photo.  Whereas someone like Scarlett Johansen can see me at a party and say, “I’m really not feeling well and don’t think I look too great…”


“Don’t worry I want you to feel great about how you look even though you always look amazing.”


Some of the others don’t give a rat’s ass and will “get the photo and answer questions later.”


No, I don’t need to be a starf*cker like others in my world but I also don’t want them to hate me when they see me.  I don’t know how some of these guys masquerading under proper credentials live with themselves knowing they made someone feel horrible.  It really sucks.


Thing is … paps are only a part of the equation.  The other part of the equation is the median reader of publications or sites that feature celebrity gossip.  Your sister, your mom, your aunt … they’re all guilty of buying the magazines or visiting the sites thereby employing the paps.


Vicious vicious circle that whole thing.











techgnotic:
What was the recent legal ruling about concerning the rights of street photographers that your document was a contributing factor to?


cweeks:

One day when checking my dA notes I saw something interesting.  I opened it, went to the link, saw it was in Slovenian and kinda shook my head.  What ~tjaz told me was that the Privacy Commissioner, because of “Street Photography for the Purist” and other references, was able to make an exception for street photography as an acceptable artistic expression.


That’s the first time I’ve gotten that type of email about something I’ve put on the internet.






techgnotic:
Can you share with us a little bit about the current state of laws around the world regarding street photography?


cweeks:

The laws concerning street photography are different country-by-country.  In the U.S. we’ve been pretty happy about the decision in the Supreme Court case Nussenzweig v. DiCorcia. Basically, it says that as long as someone is in an area designed for public egress and ingress there is no reasonable expectation of privacy and as long as there is no commercial intent behind making the photo you can pretty much do whatever you’d like photographically, of course.  You can’t sell a photo of someone for use in a Herpes advert because the subject of the photo is tacitly endorsing the product in some way.  If it’s art and someone wants to pay you tens of thousands for a print, it’s all good.


That’s really not the case in many countries in the E.U., though.  I don’t know the specifics but from what I understand the citizens of France or Germany own the copyright to their image and cannot be photographed without their permission.  If one publishes these images, there are damages to the subject.  Again, I don’t know the exact laws as I don’t live there nor am I a citizen there.  In those countries I’m either working or just “a dumb tourist.”


Even though street photography is legal in the U.S., there are situations like the one in Long Beach, California wherein a police officer can stop you from taking pictures if he feels “there is no artistic merit” to the picture and feels you could have other motives for taking the picture.   That’s a slippery slope for a law enforcement officer to also act as an art critic.  He could stop me from making a photograph of two longshoremen having a funny moment together if they were around some kind of infrastructure that the police felt had no artistic value.


I know other street photographers who have been harassed whilst making photographs in and around public transit. Unless it is specifically posted otherwise you have every right to make a photograph anywhere you choose in the U.S.  Sadly, that’s not the case in other countries because of “privacy fears.”






techgnotic:
What is your position on laws to curb paparazzi vs. those laws infringing upon artistic expression?


cweeks:

I believe that celebrities should have some kind of protection against stalkers with cameras.  There are no laws I know of that specifically target the stalkerazzi and infringe upon artistic expression.  I know that some news/media outlets are opposed to some laws that could infringe upon freedom of the press.  Those laws have nothing to do with me so I don’t pay a lot of attention.  I’ve never had a situation where I was stopped from completing a news assignment or even an entertainment assignment.


I have gone through some pretty serious background checks to be able to be credential to certain news and entertainment assignments and commissions.  Last July I was introduced to a guy from Scotland Yard.  I extended my hand and said, “Hi, I’m Chris.”  To which he laughed and replied, “We know exactly who you are.”  I was “in the bubble” with Will and Kate during their California visit as their photographer; I’d hope to high hell they knew who they were putting in the bubble.


Legitimate guys with a non-exploitive mindset have nothing to worry about no matter what laws are considered or passed.






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techgnotic:
What is your advice to a young deviant wanting to pursue photography as mostly an art form? Is there any great difference in your advice for someone wanting to pursue photography as a career? Is there really any line between the two at all? And where in your opinion with 30 years of experience as a photographer is that line drawn?


cweeks:

First off, there is no difference between being a working photographer – I hate the term “professional photographer” because it doesn’t mean shit – and pursuing my own artistic expression.  I know that’s not the case for many.


If you are interested in photography, I’d look at a lot of photography and see what you’re drawn to.  Then I’d look for more photographers who do work that you’re drawn to.  I would buy a simple camera.  I would buy a simple lens.  I would buy simple books about the mechanics of photography.  You don’t need the latest and greatest piece of bullshit published by supposed photographers who are only in it for the money.  Again, it’s the motivation behind the photography.  Is it because one loves it or because they want to make a lot of money?


Without copying the photographers you like attempt to emulate the work you’re drawn to.  Practice.  Get to know exposure pairs for whatever ISO or film stock you like given whatever lighting scenario that’s thrown at you.


Once you decide you really want to pursue making better photographs you can even take a workshop taught by someone who photographs material you like.  Stay away from Photoshop-jockeys, bloggers and others in it for the “paid meet-up masquerading as a workshop.”  Research the photographic background of the organizer and make sure they’re proper working photographers.  Stay away from manufacturer-led workshops.  Although my friend and partner Severin Koller and I put on the Street is Serious series of workshops, we don’t do it for money alone.  We genuinely want to coach street photographers who want to know more about making better photographs.  So far we’ve lead workshops in Los Angeles, Berlin and New York with an upcoming date in Rome next month.


Practice more.  Post work on sites like dA or flickr.com – avoid gear-heavy forums as the saying “birds of a feather” couldn’t ring more true – and see what feedback you get.  Comment on other work and ask questions.


And practice some more.  Never stop.  I don’t.


The word amateur means one who does what one loves.  I may get paid for what I do but I do it because I love making photographs.


Pursuing photography as a career is a whole other issue but is rooted in the above.  Although talent isn’t always requisite – especially considering some of the people I know who’ve “made it” – you have to be a people-person and be able to market yourself.  If you think “I’m good, they’ll find me,” well, you’ll probably suffer from that entitlement issue.  There are A LOT of talented people you’re going to be competing with.  And I guarantee they’re going to know how to market themselves.


No matter if you’ve gone to art school or a photographic technical school you’ll want to assist.  You’ll probably assist for free in the beginning.  Get as much experience as you can.  Shoot when you’re not assisting.  Build your book.  Edit your book.  Let your book always evolve.


Whatever you do don’t fall into the trap of buying “How to Make it as a Pro Photographer” books because they’re written by guys who don’t have the first clue how to make it.  They make money by selling books … not by actually working as photographers.  Sites with accompanying workshops will most likely not result in an aspiring photographer’s success.  The enthusiast photo world is filled with imposters selling snake oil.


Hopefully, an art buyer or whoever is hiring you will see “your style,” like it and hire you.


It’s a tough road but it’s not impossible.  I’d do this job for free but luckily I don’t have to.  I’m fortunate to have amazing clients who assign and commission me to travel to places I wouldn’t normally go, to document world class events and make photos that will be seen by millions of eyes.  That’s one of the reasons I’m there:  I’m taking the place of millions of people and showing them what I saw.  I have a responsibility to those people to show them exactly what happened.






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techgnotic:
How do you feel about “political” photography and trying to express a message in one’s pictures? Is this a corruption of the art of street shooting if the scene isn’t one hundred percent “natural” and spontaneous? Does the presence of a photographer at a political demonstration automatically heighten tension and provoke people to do things they might not otherwise have done? By the same token, does the presence of cameras curb police malfeasance as well as making documentation of such abuse possible?


cweeks:

If you are a photojournalist or visual journalist as they like to call it today, you cannot insert your own personal views in your reportage.  Your job is to document and tell a story which isn’t imbued by your personal bias.  A Reuters stringer was “not used any longer” over his reportage in Beirut.  He wanted to make the smoke resulting from Israeli bombing more prominent to call attention to his particular view by enhancing the photo in Photoshop.  His smoke looked like American footballs.


Interestingly, the same photographer a few days before his “big mistake” was placing an item near a woman he was photographing in a heavily bombed area.  A friend of mine was covering the same area and saw him doing what he was doing and called him out.


“It makes the photo better; there’s nothing wrong with that.”


I doubt he works for any major wire services any longer.  Perhaps he teaches others how to Photoshop.


If you are doing a particular theme such as “The Plight of the Itinerant or Homeless” in a street photography context as a personal project I don’t see anything wrong with showing their plight.  Just be upfront about it.


If you want to make rich people look stupid because you’re either jealous or against materialism and you go photograph in posh areas only to make the more affluent look bad, I’m not down with that.  Your motivations would be more in line with what I think of the paparazzi.


I believe that all street photography should be spontaneous.  I don’t like the kind of photographs that someone like Bruce Gilden does by getting in someone’s face with flash.  I’m sure some people love it.  I’m sure some who want to exploit street photography and plagiarize someone’s style in search of their own could disagree with me, though.


I prefer to be unseen as much as possible so that my camera or presence doesn’t influence the way a subject acts.


I think that a camera can, in fact, record a moment that is more of a reaction to the camera itself than the events going on around the subject.  It doesn’t automatically heighten the tension but it mostly depends on the sensibilities and motivations of the photographer behind the camera.


Because cameras are so cheap they are everywhere.  Back in the day police could kind of tell who was legitimate and who wasn’t.  As was seen during the 99% protests all over the U.S. it didn’t matter if your state, county or outlet-issued credentials said “New York Times,” “Associated Press” or anything, the police didn’t care in many situations.  They didn’t know who was who and pretty much didn’t care to differentiate.


Interestingly, we still got to see plenty of police abuses play in dailies and weeklies as well as online.  Pepper spray cop.  Jerky NYPD bashing someone in the face.  From NYC to Berkely.


Did it do any good, though?


I mean you can go buy a press pass from people like www.ia-pp.com for USD $60.  How does a cop know it’s usually just purchased press credentials?











techgnotic:
What first drew you to photography and what it is that continues to give you the most pleasure in shooting? Which photographers should deviants who want to learn more about the art form immediately google?


cweeks:

My first experience making photographs didn’t even involve a camera.  I remember sitting in the backseat of my parent’s car and blinking to record an image in my mind.  I blinked and made photos all of the time.  I think I wanted to remember things as I saw them and bugged them endlessly until they bought me a camera.  That was 30 years ago and I haven’t stopped since.


I’m drawn to moments primarily but I’m also drawn to bringing out the “real person” that I’m photographing.  I’m obsessed with making photographs.  I don’t remember the last time there hasn’t been a camera on my shoulder.  If I’m not able to make a photograph of something I see, it drives me crazy.


Google people like Norman Jean Roy, Barbara Davidson, Kwaku Alston, Kevork Djansezian, Adrees Latif, Jaimie Trueblood, Randall Slavin, Doug Menuez, Riccis Vallardes or Douglas Kirkland to name a few.  Those are real working photographers who do really nice work.  And, they’re incredibly nice people as well.






techgnotic:
Can you please share with us your top five photographers on deviantART?


cweeks:

Hmm.  Honestly, it’s hard to think of usernames when I know some people in their real lives and have kinda forgotten.  Let me think.


I don’t know if I have a top five on dA rather than people I’ve known for a long time as good people and who make really nice photographs and post on dA.  I love the aesthetic of Gonzale.  I can tell there’s a caring heart behind her photography.  banxter makes lovely frames.  coxi kicks ass in any genre he shoots.  londn is a great photographer but I see he hasn’t posted for years. claytes makes photographs I like to look at as does SimonSawSunlight.  I also know every single one of these guys/girls in real life.  And I wouldn’t have gotten to know them if I wouldn’t have met them on dA.


dA can be a wonderful place.














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deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place? :dummy:

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Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs and news articles. It won't work in notes, comments and artist's comments. It used to work in artist's comments, but for some reason, it doesn't any more.
:pointr:Also, it's good to know: you can replace "center" with "right" ("left" would be useless since it's default.)

:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles.

:bulletyellow:Horizontal line: <hr>

:pointr:Result:

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles and notes.

Font size - headings



:bulletorange:Headings:Since you can't actually change the font size with normal font size html codes, you'll need to use headings. There are 6 headings types:
<h1>Example text</h1>
<h2>Example text</h2>
<h3>Example text</h3>
<h4>Example text</h4>
<h5>Example text</h5>
<h6>Example text</h6>

:pointr:Result:

Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text

Example text



:new::pointr: This code will work in (premium) journals, news articles, artist's comments and special boxes on user's profile. It will not work in comments.


:bulletyellow:Code: Used for defining computer code, but deviants just use it to change their font. <code>Insert text here</code>

:pointr:Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work pretty much everywhere, I think. I don't use it that often so I'm not sure, but considering the popularity of it, I think it works everywhere.




Links and photos



:bulletorange:Including links to pages: <a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a>

:pointr: Result: Here's a link to deviantART
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, but will not work in group notes.

:bulletyellow:Including photos: <a href="Insert link to the page where the photo is originally coming from"><img src="Insert link to photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: Premium journal entries, Super group blogs, custom boxes.

:bulletorange:Using big thumbs: <a href="Insert link address here"><img src="Insert Image URL here" width="Insert the desired width of the photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries (for premium members only), Super group blogs and custom boxes.

:pointr:To copy a link address, you need to go to the page of the photo you want to link and copy the address in the address bar of your browser. To copy image URL, you need to right click on the photo itself and select Copy image location if you use Firefox or something that implies that you're copying the location of the photo if you're using other browsers. The maximum size of a dA thumbnail is 150×150 which is rather small. Using 300 or 400 or even 500 pixels won't ruin your profile page if you're planning to use this in a journal, but bigger sizes will. The photos might even be cropped, depending on the size of your monitor and the size of the thumb.

:bulletyellow:Description pop-up:You can also include little pop-up text to your links by using this code:
<acronym title="popup text"><a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a></acronym>

:pointr:Result: deviantART




Combining codes



:bulletorange:You can also combine as many codes as you want. Let's say that the letter A is a start code and /A is the end code, and B is a different code that ends with /B, the same thing goes for C - /C and D - /D. The correct closing order goes like this: A B C D insert text here /D/C/B/A.
For example; here's a subscripted text that's bold, underlined, strike, italic, centerd and contains a link:
This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. Here's a link to dA again.


My code for this was:
<div align="center"><sub><b><i><u><strike>This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. <a href="www.deviantart.com/">Here's a link to dA again.</a></strike></u></i></b></sub></div>

I just wanted to show you all how ridiculously long and confusing this looks but it's really, really easy so don't be afraid of it. :nod:




Special characters



Here is the link to the special characters that you will probably use rarely. On the other hand, if you're ever planing to create a plz account or if you need to demonstrate html, these are the most common ones that you'll use:

:bulletyellow:Less-than sign: &lt;
:pointr:Result: <

:bulletorange:More-than sign: &gt;
:pointr:Result: >

:bulletyellow:Colon &#58;
:pointr:Result: :

Thumbs and username and icon tags



This isn't really html, but you'd be surprised how many people doesn't know how this works.

:bulletorange:Usernames: :devusername:, e.g. :devshaplz:
:pointr:Result: Shaplz

:bulletyellow:User icons: :iconusername: (that's how the plz accounts work), e.g. :iconshaplz:
:pointr:Result: :iconshaplz:

:pointr:You can also use these for linking groups.

:bulletorange:Thumbnails:Including thumbnails is very easy because all you need to do is copy the code located on the right side of each deviation. It's under "Share" part of the deviations, below groups and above "Details" and "Statistics".
There is a "Thumb" box with the code that usually looks something like this :thumb208669995:
:pointr:Result: Example by ScarletteDeath

Remember


:bulletyellow: It's very important to close your tags with "</>" because the rest of the text will have the same effect like the one you wanted to point out.

:bulletorange: Also, always hit "preview" button before you post a comment/journal entry/etc. no matter how sure you are you got it right.

:bulletyellow: If a deviant gets carried away with <sub> or <sup> tags, remember to


keep calm
and
zoom the page



:bulletorange: Remember that nobody knows all the tags by heart so don't be afraid to fave this article and visit whenever you need. ;)

:bulletyellow: If you ever need some help with html, remember that Google is your friend.

:bulletorange: If you know some other html codes that can be used on dA, feel free to share them. I never said I knew everything about this, I'm just here to share my knowledge. :aww:

I hope this helped! :wave:

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Youtube CSS!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 15, 2011, 11:49 PM
Get the CSS!
YouTube CSS by Pakaku


Oh wow, after only one day, plus a few hours afterwards tweaking the thing, I'm going to release this CSS. It's just too good to keep from everyone :faint:

It's a pretty straightforward CSS, with one special feature, which is the Youtube video that's at the top of every journal. At the moment of writing this journal, it's still a Subscriber-only feature. But if you're still interested in downloading the CSS and using it, here's how you'd edit the video that's shown:

  1. Install CSS
  2. Find the video you want to show
  3. Copy the video's code
  4. Start a new journal entry and click 'Edit skin'
  5. Paste the code you copied as an embedded link (Click here to learn how to embed a video)
  6. Click Preview to make sure everything worked okay


If you're feeling adventrous, and want a video on your page in style, why not try out the CSS?

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The dA PRO Camera Bag is back with loads of improvements! Now with a larger access flap for your camera, more space for the tools you need, better padding all around, and of course a larger pocket to hold your ever-important mobile phone. It's all built for quick and easy access, designed by photographers for photographers.

Fits SLR/DSLR camera w/ lens attached and up to four extra lenses.

Perfectly sized pocket for iPhone/MP3 player– conveniently located on the front of the shoulder strap.

In the rain, pull the weatherproof cover from the hidden bottom compartment and protect your gear.

Memory card storage system with additional utility pouches for all the little stuff photographers usually lose!

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The Elite Elect #88

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 16, 2014, 10:28 AM
ProfileGalleryFavouritesFriends


"The Elite Elect 88"

GREATEST BLESSING by mentalraymaya
had to get the train by OliverJules SP5 by neverblind ...venezia XXVIII... by roblfc1892
dark by MartaSyrko ...budapest XXXIV... by roblfc1892 *** by Tarasov
Insomnia by Mrs-White from nowhere to elsewhere II by Tom-Ripley 56f6bc9bc5207685585f4e1bc7eb5ee0 by kuvars
Sleep attacks by Blakk-mamba Vital Spaces by Blakk-mambaAngry Schoolgirl by PatrickMonnier
 november rain by JoanLlado Psycho: Victim #6 by Miguel-Santos The Gravediggers by DougNZ
Saturday Shopping Crawd by RaeymaekersP Tokyo!! by Relin27 ny2014_032 by br53199
Pobiti Kamani by thenSir Burning Horizon by o0oLUXo0o Under the Table by LAlight
<da:thumb id="491936479"/> 1009 by Nigrita Guichard Lake II : Spectacular Dawn by MaximeCourty
Padarn Tree by CharmingPhotography Umbrella by ildiko-neer It's a foggy world today.........XV by Betuwefotograaf
 
Untitled by jonniedee Hands and heads by xbastex Untitled by jonniedee
The Happening by mldzz Violence Is Funky by bliXX-a March Of The Pigs by bliXX-a
Instant 3315 by SUDOR Untitled by jonniedee a lady and two trams by onurrus
*** by Tarasov Jefferson Market Branch by steeber LIGHT AND DARKNESS by mirpiphotography
Crane House No.3 by wulfman65 Where do we go? by Trashins Birds in a Cage by Draken413o
Ignore This Shit! by bliXX-a Old Soviet steam locomotive. by fly10 Delta Machine by bliXX-a
A quiet moment by erynlasgalenphotoart
Tirol Tour-24 by wulfman65

On a personal note,would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who
went out of their way to come here and wish me a Happy Birthday back on the 1st.
I never got round to replying to you all individually and that`s very unlike me
so apologies at the same time.
Big thanks too for these very welcomed and appreciated Birthday dedications from
these great DA friends here!


:iconjacac:  Postcard from China 20 by JACAC Come On Brain, Work by EarthHart :iconearthhart:
The Emptiness by k-i-mm-i-e Life in the back streets by RezzanATAKOL
:iconk-i-mm-i-e: :iconrezzanatakol:

Can`t link Kimmie`s icon for some reason
:o
k-i-mm-i-e.deviantart.com/

:iconthe-yard-collective:
For Lovers of Street Photography:
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If you are unfamiliar with the binary (base 2) numeral system, you may want to do some reading here before going through the rest of this post.

The aim of this skin is to create a binary-coded decimal clock in Rainmeter.To keep this short, we'll just do the hours and minutes (especially since the code for seconds is virtually identical to the minutes anyway).



Download Full Skin Here
(package includes several variants - we'll be going through "Decimal_HM.ini")

The Groundwork


To begin, we'll need [Rainmeter], [Metadata], and [Variables] sections.Once again, we'll use include to put the variables in an external file (called Appearance.txt) so the end user can change settings easily.

[Rainmeter]
Author=Flying Hyrax
Version=2001000

[Metadata]
Name=Binary Clock - Encoded Decimal - Hours and Minutes
Version=1.0
Information=
License=Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0

[Variables]
include=#CURRENTPATH#Appearance.txt

(Here's the contents of Appearance.txt, for reference:)

[Variables]

Hour0=200,200,200,100
Hour1=250,250,250,200

Min0=200,200,200,100
Min1=250,250,250,200

Sec0=200,200,200,100
Sec1=250,250,250,200

Radius=6
Space=12

Next, back in the main file, we need Time Measures to return the "raw" time information that we will be converting into binary:

[mHour]
Measure=TIME
Format=%H

[mMin]
Measure=TIME
Format=%M

Math!


Now we get to the fun stuff.For this version of the binary clock, the different place values of the decimal time each have their own column.In other words, we'll need to convert the tens place of the hour and one's place of the hour into binary separately.Lets say it's 1 o'clock PM (13 in the 24-hour representation) - we'll need a way to separate the "1" and the "3" in 13 from each other.To do this, the solution I came up with is to use some Calc Measures and the FRAC and TRUNC functions.Both functions take a number as their input. FRAC returns the fractional part (i.e. FRAC(1.234) returns .234) while TRUNC returns the whole number (TRUNC(4.321) returns 4).Here's what we do:

[mHourTens]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(TRUNC(mHour * 0.1))

[mHourOnes]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(10 * (FRAC(mHour * 0.1)))

[mMinTens]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(TRUNC(mMin * 0.1))

[mMinOnes]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(10 * (FRAC(mMin * 0.1)))

Here's what's going on there, using 13:27 as an example time.[mHourTens] multiplies 13 by 0.1, giving 1.3, then uses TRUNC to isolate the 1.[mHourOnes] multiplies 13 by 0.1 (gives 1.3), isolates the fractional part (0.3), then multiplies by 10 (returns 3).[mMinTens] and [mMinOnes] do the same thing, but with the numerals in 27.Using these Calcs, we now have the individual digits that make up the current time: 1, 3, 2, and 7.

More math!


Now we're going to start converting those numbers into binary.I'm sure there are several ways to do this, but for this particular skin this is the approach I took, and I think it worked rather well.Using this method, you get one measure for each of the place values of the binary numbers, each of which returns either a 1 or a 0.These raw numbers can then be used in a variety of different meter types.

The algorithm I used is described here, under "Short division by two with remainder."Read that section to better understand what I'm doing in these next sections, but the TL;DR is that to convert a number from decimal to binary, you divide by two, and the remainder becomes the next least-significant bit (the next place to the left, starting at the radix point).The quotient of the division operation is again divided by two leaving a remainder of 1 or 0; repeat until the quotient is zero.For example, here are the Calc measures to convert the decimal ten's place into binary values:

[mHourTensBin1]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mHourTens >= 1) ? (mHourTens % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mHourTensBin2]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mHourTens >= 2) ? ((TRUNC(mHourTens / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

Here's the rundown.In [mHourTenBin1], we first check if the ten's place of the decimal hour ("1" from our example above; the result of [mHourTens]) is greater than or equal to 1 using a Conditional Operator (see here also).If the input is at least 1, we use the Modulo operation (%) to do the remainder division.

Modulo divides one number by another number, but returns the remainder of the division operation, not the quotient.For instance, (5% 2) would return 1, and (7 % 4) would return 3.Especially, note that 1 % 2 returns 1, because 1 / 2 in remainder division is 0 remainder 1.(That's pretty much the principle that makes this skin work).

[mHourTensBin2] is where things start to get fun.Now that we've evaluated the 2^0 place using [mHourTensBin1], we need to evaluate the next least significant bit - in this case, 2^1.Recall from here that we do this by performing remainder division on the whole integer answer from our first operation.So what [mHourTensBin2] does, after checking that the input value is greater than or equal to 2, is divide the input by 2, TRUNC the answer to give us the whole integer, then use the Modulo operation on that.If you are confused by my mediocre writing, it helps to use actual numbers as examples.For instance, "2" (the ten's place if our hour is between 20 and 23):

2/2=1.0
TRUNC(1.0)=1
1%2=1

Alright then.Next, the decimal one's place.For the decimal ten's place there are only three possible options (0, 1, or 2), which can be represented by 2 binary places (2^0 and 2^1).But the one's place has 10 possible options (the digits 0-9), which needs 4 binary places (2^0, 2^1, 2^2, 2^3).

[mHourOnesBin1]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mHourOnes >= 1) ? (mHourOnes % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mHourOnesBin2]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mHourOnes >= 2) ? ((TRUNC(mHourOnes / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mHourOnesBin4]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mHourOnes >= 4) ? ((TRUNC((TRUNC(mHourOnes / 2)) / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mHourOnesBin8]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mHourOnes >= 8) ? ((TRUNC((TRUNC((TRUNC(mHourOnes / 2)) / 2)) / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

This is the same process we used for the ten's place, only expanded to include up to the binary 8's (2^3) place.The higher the place value, the longer the formula necessary to evaluate the binary value of that place, because you must do one TRUNC(n/2) for every previous place.Hence in [mHourOneBin8] there are 3 TRUNC functions, to account for the binary 4's, 2's, and 1's places.For instance, if [mHourOnes] was returning 9, then the process that [mHourOnesBin8] would go through would look something like this:

9/2=4.5
TRUNC(4 .5)=4
4/2=2
TRUNC(2)=2
2/2=1
TRUNC(1)=1
1 % 2 = 1

Just a bit more math...


Next, we need to do the same thing, only for the minutes.The ten's place for the minutes has 6 possible values (0-5), meaning we need 3 binary places; while the one's place has 10 options (0-9), so we need 4 binary places for that.

[mMinTensBin1]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinTens >= 1) ? (mMinTens % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinTensBin2]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinTens >= 2) ? ((TRUNC(mMinTens / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinTensBin4]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinTens >= 4) ? ((TRUNC((TRUNC(mMinTens / 2)) / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinOnesBin1]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinOnes >= 1) ? (mMinOnes % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinOnesBin2]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinOnes >= 2) ? ((TRUNC(mMinOnes / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinOnesBin4]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinOnes >= 4) ? ((TRUNC((TRUNC(mMinOnes / 2)) / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinOnesBin8]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(mMinOnes >= 8) ? ((TRUNC((TRUNC((TRUNC(mMinOnes / 2)) / 2)) / 2)) % 2) : 0
DynamicVariables=1

...and that's all the binary conversion stuff.To do seconds, the formulas would be the same as for the minutes - only changing all the measure names.

Auto Scaling


Now assuming that you are still reading and that your brain isn't fried (mine sure was when I was writing this), we can move on to appearance stuff.We'll be using Roundline meters to display our binary "1s" and "0s," and it would be nice if the end user could just change some numbers in our Appearance.txt file to make the skin whatever size they wanted.Unfortunately, you cannot use a formula directly in a Roundline meter, so we can't just do some math in each meter to make the various pieces scale to each other.What we can do is put the math in some more Calc measures, then plug those measures into our meters using Dynamic Variables.

[mHourTensYPos]
Measure=CALC
Formula=((#Radius# * 4) + (#Space# * 3))
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinSecYPos]
Measure=CALC
Formula=((#Radius# * 2)+(#Space# * 2))
DynamicVariables=1

[mMinSecXPos]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(#Space# * 1.5)
DynamicVariables=1

[mSizeCalc]
Measure=CALC
Formula=(#Radius# * 2)

[mAlways1]
Measure=FREEDISKSPACE
Total=1
MinValue=0
MaxValue=1
UpdateDivider=86400

Here's a quick diagram showing where these formulas are coming from ([mHourTensYPos], specifically):



[mAlways1] is a little "cheat" measure that we plug in as the MeasureName for all of our Roundline meters - by using it, all our Roundlines will appear as solid dots.

Meter Styles


To accomplish the "lit" vs "unlit" effect for the binary dots, I decided to use Meter Styles and Dynamic Variables.Here's the code:

[sHour0]
LineColor=#Hour0#

[sHour1]
LineColor=#Hour1#

[sMin0]
LineColor=#Min0#

[sMin1]
LineColor=#Min1#

[sCircle]
LineWidth=1
LineLength=#Radius#
LineStart=0
StartAngle=0
RotationAngle=6.28
Solid=1
AntiAlias=1
MeasureName=mAlways1
X=r
Y=#Space#R
W=[mSizeCalc]
H=[mSizeCalc]
DynamicVariables=1

[sCircle] contains all the settings that are common to every single Roundline meter, so that we don't have to repeat them a bunch of times.(You'll see soon how short this makes all of the Meters.)The other Styles are used with the output of the various measures (which will be either a 1 or 0) to change which color the various meters will be, by plugging the output of a Calc measure into the "MeterStyle=" line of the matching meter as a Dynamic Variable...

Meters


...like this:

[HourTens2]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sHour[mHourTensBin2]
X=#Space#
Y=[mHourTensYPos]

[HourTens1]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sHour[mHourTensBin1]

[HourOnes8]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sHour[mHourOnesBin8]
X=#Space#R
Y=#Space#

[HourOnes4]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sHour[mHourOnesBin4]

[HourOnes2]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sHour[mHourOnesBin2]

[HourOnes1]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sHour[mHourOnesBin1]

[MinuteTens4]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinTensBin4]
X=[mMinSecXPos]R
Y=[mMinSecYPos]

[MinuteTens2]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinTensBin2]

[MinuteTens1]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinTensBin1]

[MinuteOnes8]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinOnesBin8]
X=#Space#R
Y=#Space#

[MinuteOnes4]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinOnesBin4]

[MinutesOnes2]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinOnesBin2]

[MinuteOnes1]
Meter=ROUNDLINE
MeterStyle=sCircle | sMin[mMinOnesBin1]

[spacer]
Meter=IMAGE
SolidColor=0,0,0,1
X=R
Y=R
W=#Space#
H=#Space#

As you can see, all the Roundline meters share sCircle, but depending on whether or not the meter is for the hours or minutes, and whether or not the Measure for the appropriate binary place returns a 1 or 0, the second style is either sHour0, sHour1, sMin0, or sMin1; and this second style contains the LineColor for the Roundline meter.The last meter is just an empty box with the dimensions of our #Space# variable, so that when the skin snaps to the edges of the screen or other skins, there is a gap between the circles and the edge.

That's pretty much it.The difficulty with this skin is definitely the Calc measures used to change the Time measures into individual binary digits.Except for that, the rest of the skin is fairly straightforward.

-fh
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[ended] Omnimo 6 Release +$100 Contest

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 12:30 PM
+ $100 Desktop Contest

Ladies and Gentlemen

After almost 18 months, we're finally proud to announce
The Grand release of Omnimo 6.0.
The biggest
Most important
And likely, the last major update
In the lifecycle of this project.



Life's circumstances have a tendency to change rapidly, and indeed, both of us (me and Xyrfo) had experienced rather significant changes which kept us from activelly working on this project. We started it as we were teenagers, but we've grown up and our new lives have begun. Perhaps Omnimo is a tribute to this transition; a hobbyist project that had become more serious with every release. We put our faith in the hope that our efforts were not in vain, and that the long wait had been worth it.

In our previous releases, we hesitated making the changelog out of fear that we won't cover everything that we've worked on. Incidentally, it's also the case for Omnimo 6.0 - we've improved it so much, I don't even know where to begin describing it. Instead, I'll leave it up to you to see and experience the new features.

In the next several weeks, I will try to produce a series of Informational bulletins that will showcase some of the features, both obvious and hidden - revolving around this new version.

TL;DR: It's here

Meanwhile, to celebrate the Grand Release,
we're officially announcing a contest:

CONTEST OVERVIEW

We like to see how people use Omnimo, and even more so the interesting ideas people come up with. There had been similar contests before which were quite fun. This time we have fantastic prizes!
RULES:


Omnimo must be used as the centerpiece
Do not use any age inappropriate material on your desktop
You may enter up to 3 screenshots
Screenshots must be preferably PNG and submitted to Customization>Screenshots>Windows
To enter, post a comment with the link or thumbnail to your Deviation in the comments section of this journal
Do not use multiple DeviantArt accounts to get more entries

JUDGING & PRIZES


Your desktops will be judged both by us and by the community. There won't be a specific standard of measurement for quality or originality, so pretty much everyone has a chance of winning.

The best desktops may be subject to a voting / poll, for 3 days after the contest is over. Winners will be announced after 2 weeks and 3 days from now, prizes to be paid in cash by PayPal transfer (can be negotiated if you don't have PayPal), we'll be spending a whooping $100 out of our lunch money for the prizes:



Let the games begin, may the odds be ever in your favor.
And remember: participation matters.



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