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12th BirthdAy Shenanigans

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:00 AM by bradleysays:iconbradleysays:
A compiled list of any current (or upcoming) deviantART 12th Birthday activities. :) If you are holding and event or know someone who is, leave a comment below!

Official 12th Birthday Announcement

Read all about deviantART's Birthday here!


:bulletyellow: deviantART Birthday Subscription (run by Katara-Alchemist)
Win yourself a Premium Membership!

:bulletyellow: 7-Day deviantART BirthdAy Giveaway! (run by bradleysays and lightpurge)
The draw to win prizes is closed, but winners will be drawn all week!

:bulletyellow: 20000 Downloads/dA Birthday Giveaway and Surprise! (run by Pickley)
Comment on the linked blog for the chance to win free copies of dAmnMobile or dA Messages for iOS!

:bulletyellow: Premium Membership Giveaway (run by KnightAR)
Want to change your username? Give a reason and you may win a premium membership!

:bulletyellow: Get a 1-month Premium Membership! (run by ArtBIT)
Are you an aspiring artist? Leave your best work in ArtBIT's journal and you may win a 1-month Premium Membership!

Contests and Events


:bulletyellow: DeviantART's 12th Birthday Hat Contest! (run by KovoWolf)
Create your OWN birthday hat to wear for deviantART's birthday!

:bulletyellow: Official Birthday Card Contest (run by UnicornReality)
It is up to you to make a card celebrating dA's 12th birthday!

:bulletyellow: Birthday Wallpaper Contest (run by Infinite705)
Create a deviantART 12th Birthday themed wallpaper!

:bulletyellow: Quirky Horoscope Contest (run by Lyricanna)
In this contest, using any visual media, you have to draw a representation of at least one of the Western Zodiac signs and create a daily horoscope for that sign set for the date of August 7th.

:bulletyellow: Chinese Horoscope Contest (run by SRaffa)
How will your own birthday contribute to deviantART's 12th birthday celebration on August 7th, 2012?

:bulletyellow: deviantART Birthday Contest (run by RTNightmare)
A birthday contest which covers pretty much all media!

:bulletyellow: Free Premium Membership Day! (run by deviantART)
August 7th is Free Premium Membership Day!

:bulletyellow: Thursday: Birthday Cake (run by PremiumMembers)
Collaboratively draw deviantART's Birthday cake!

Using muro, draw a slice of cake!

Fancify dekorAdum and you may win a Premium Membership!


:bulletyellow: 12th BirthdAy Muro Fun (run by dekorAdum and KovoWolf)
Draw something deviantART related containing the number 12 in the forum linked above!

:bulletyellow: Birthday Party! (run by 3wyl)
Tell us what deviantART's birthday party will be like, using only 12 things! More details in the forum. :)

:bulletyellow: deviantART's Birthday Hunt! (run by 3wyl)
Another hunt, but based around the forums this time!

:bulletyellow: DeviantART has turned 12! -- 1 year PM up for grabs (run by Hardrockangel)
Find and share deviations that contain the number 2, or 12 similar things. :)

:bulletyellow: dAmn Game: "Pointless"-styled game (run by Kaz-D and 3wyl)
More information in the blog. But hurry, you must sign up before this coming Tuesday!

Complain about the worst Birthday Cake you've ever gotten.

Complain about the worst Birthday Present you've ever received.



:bulletyellow: Rock, Paper, Scissors! (run by 3wyl)
Play deviantART-styled Rock, Paper, Scissors in #devart!


:bulletyellow: Stock/Resources and Photomanipulation Chat Event and Challenge
(run by Aeirmid, Elandria and Dan-Heffer)
Chat events and challenges hosted by your resident Stock and Resources and Photomanipulation volunteers!

:bulletyellow: Muro Event
(run by dekorAdum and KovoWolf)
Practice your DeviantArt muro skills for this event!

:bulletyellow: Trivia events hosted by Kaz-D.

Meet and Greet with the Community Relations Team! :happybounce:


Meet and Greet with the Community Operations Team! :la:

:bulletyellow: deviantART Birthday #devart Hunt 2012! (run by all the people :iconxalltheyplz:)
It's an image hunt, with killer prizes! More details in the blog!

A compilation of deviantART's 12th Birthday activities!
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After a long pause in which nobody seemed to have very many questions, we've got a very intriguing one which came up during the People & Portraits projecteducate week and it's something that has always played on my mind, and no doubt on yours too. Once again sine-out has provided a fantastic answer, so hopefully that will help somewhat in clearing this issue up. Have a question? Drop it on this article and we'll work on an answer!

"It seems like colorful pictures made in adobe look good, then after
they have been uploaded on deviantART... the color is more dead.. not so this an issue?" ~ kayjensen

"Hi kayjensen, the issue your describing is most likely a colour profile issue. Colour profiles essentially describe how each colour is represented and there are different profiles for different purpose but mostly for getting accurate colour out of a printer or a screen.

By default the internet works with and assumes that every image uses the sRGB colour profile, this is a very narrow colour profile, but it's nearly ubiquitous (hence the reason why it's a defacto standard), so nearly all web based images are saved using that profile.

Photoshop, however, is colour space/profile aware, and can save images to virtually any colour profile imaginable, most of which are much larger than the sRGB colour profile. One of the most popular of these is the AdobeRGB colour profile.

If you save an image using the AdobeRGB profile and then display it in a web browser, the images can appear duller (it should be noted that most modern browsers support colour profiles these days, but a lot of websites strip the colour profile information from any images uploaded, which forces those web browsers to assume the image is using sRGB).

To correct this issue, when you're saving off your image for uploading, Click on Edit > Convert to Profile, then select the destination space to sRGB. If the colours shift dramatically when you do that, then click on the 'Intent' drop down box and choose from the list until the image looks as close to the original as possible.

Because sRGB is such a small colour profile, make sure you save this image as a copy and don't overwrite your source file, as this is a lossy conversion. Hope that helps!"
~ sine-out

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"One Signature is worth a thousand implied tones..."
-Charles Swan -
Copyright Expert

In the news this week there has been a spotlight on Karren Brady, a photographer who has won a copyright ruling. The news article itself is interesting but the cautions that it turfs up for the future and current generations of photographers are slightly more concerning. The general feeling that has started to develop is that if you have assistance with setting up a shot, making a scene, posing a model and making up a person for example, those people may well have rights to your work. This is also being debated with regards to post-production and if you get somebody else to edit your work. What are your thoughts on this? And when attributing this to the deviantART community, what are your personal thoughts and opinions on crediting and recognition for models where possible too? And do you strive to get signatures for the work you do?

Community Relations News

There have been lots of happenings the past few weeks including lots of things going on for deviantART's twelfth Birthday which was on Tuesday. The gameshow went fantastically well and subsequently 3wyl and I have secured a date for our next chat event which will have some photography relations but will be about challenges and contests. To find out more check out the Gameshow results and next event details.

Congratulations to all those who applied for a creative grant in the first round and got accepted! There are some really exciting projects receiving a bit of funding to help them get kickstarted or progress and you can read all about it here!

:bulletblack: July Daily Deviation Roundups
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:bulletblack: Ongoing Community Projects
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:bulletblack: How to create a chatroom!
:bulletblack: Pimps and Whoas
:bulletblack: Bi-weekly Critique nights


This is a section that will be expanded on when you note me your contests and events on deviantART!
:bulletblack: Photography and Challenges evening on 4th September at 8pm UK time in #CommunityRelations
:bulletblack: The Self Portrait Contest

Spotlight On dadar

dadar was brought to my attention this week by dutchshun who sent me a note along with a beautiful piece of his photography.
Photography is a powerful tool, we have the ability to capture a thousand moments and a million unsaid words with just a few clicks of a button. dadar's work is a fine example of those moments, those little treasures, captured.

Beginning of a New Life by dadar

Spotlight On UKPhotography

The group does exactly what it says in the name and spotlights UK photographers and shots taken within the United Kingdom. Many don't know, but the UK is actually made up of four Countries which includes England, Northern Ireland (as Southern is independent from the UK), Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is the term used to describe Scotland, Wales and England. And England...well we're just England! The UK has some fantastic photography spots and the group highlights those by showcasing artists from across the Kingdom.


Deviants to Check Out This Week

Each week we bring you a selection of Deviants introducing a wide range of works that might interest you. If you want to be considered or you know somebody who deserves a spotlight just send me a note!

stories of the forest by mihai2k
Blackpool Tower Ballroom by kippa2001

Project Educate

projecteducate is a Community Volunteer led project that aims to help educate the wider deviantART population in many different areas of art. It's about tutorials, features, interviews, education, guides and much more. Every few months members of the community team at projecteducate put together a Community Week - something which you are invited to get involved with, as members of the community. If you're interesting in writing for Community Week then please note the group for more information.

DpressedSoul has been extra busy this week in the Abstract & Surreal Community as it's his turn with Project Educate. There are some fantastic informative articles, awesome interviews and a few more bits to come to get you inspired, educated and artistic.

:bulletblack: Introduction
:bulletblack: Lines
:bulletblack: Interview with Eintoern
:bulletblack: The Colour and the Shape
:bulletblack: Interview with Tuminka

Art History

Throughout the month of August the ArtHistoryProject has been publishing informational and historical blogs covering many aspects of Graphics. There are some really beautiful articles there to read and lots of information to cover in order to get yourself clued up on your favourite artforms.

:bulletblue: Graphics Month!
:bulletblue: The Beginning of Manga
:bulletblue: The Beginning of American Comics
:bulletblue: Manga AND WAR!
:bulletblue: History of Comic-Con International
:bulletblue: Akira Toriyama

:new:Literature Is Coming! Throughout September the Art History focus will be on Literature and there are many ways in which you can get yourself involved. Have a read of the blog to find out more!

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl | IsacGoulart  

Nom Nom is out once more and explores Bread! If you've a suggestion for themes for Nom Nom then please send them my way! Additionally our Still Life Monthly Photography Contest has opened over at Still-Life-Stills. Be sure to read the rules and get submitting your yellow works for a chance to win some prizes!

All Snapped Up is a brand new series of articles from 3wyl that's worth keeping an eye on and if you've any ideas of photographers that should be snapped up send them over to 3wyl!

Every Picture tells a story, whether that's about the content of the shot, the photographer or indeed both. IsacGoulart has begun a series of articles that take you inside the mind of the photographer in order to explore where he or she was coming from, and find out exactly how they captured that moment. Check out the Full Article Here for more.

Ablutophobia by CaitlinWorthington

Architecture Photography

Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska

The July Summary of Architecture is out and there's lots going on - or lots has been going on and if you've missed it that's the place to go for a catch up! Don't forget that you can suggest Architecture Daily Deviations to AnaNaszynska via note.


Abstract & Surreal Photography

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

Firstly the August Contest is open over at Abstract-and-Surreal and has a theme of Water! Head over to the gallery, read the comment for more info and get your work in for a chance of scoring some points!

New Samples of Magic Infrared Photos is out once more and explores some of those mystifying yet beautiful infrared shots here on deviantART. Also a Surreal Edition of Finding Beauty is out and shares some fantastic but surrealistic works!

As well as checking out the projecteducate articles mentioned earlier in the news article there is also another emotive feature out from DpressedSoul. Memories Punish me Once Again is a feature using music by Anathema and work from the Abstract and Surreal Community.

Strivers by DominikKucera

Animals, Plants & Nature Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | IsacGoulart | 3wyl

Keep sending your Animals, Plants and Nature suggestions to the General Photography Volunteers 3wyl Kaz-D and IsacGoulart. We look forward to receiving them and getting your 'APN' work showcased!

frozen Claws of Winter by alexandre-deschaumes

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

There are still a few more weeks left for you to enter the Conceptual Summer Contest hosted by DemonMathiel! If you need inspiration then browse the current entries here! The Conceptual Photography DD Summary is also out!

Chill'n by Sara-Araujo

Darkroom Photography

Community Volunteer RockstarVanity

The July Darkroom Roundup is out and ready to be browsed. It contains all the Daily Deviations awarded to Darkroom Photography during the month of July! Additionally RockstarVanity has been busy with Darkroom Exposed and has posted a fantastic article exploring Ambrotypes! No idea what I'm talking about? Head over and have a look!

ambro11 by noske

Horror, Macabre & Cosplay Photography

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

The Spooky DD Roundup for July has been posted and is a summary of all the Horror and Macabre DDs given throughout the month. CosplayCosplay is also out too! Remember that although Cosplay comes under People and Portraits, pullingcandy is the person to suggest the DDs to in this case!

300 by Annathetekken

Pin-Up & Glamour Photography

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

The July DD Roundup is out so you can check out all the pinup and glamour Daily Deviations awarded throughout the past month. Some images within the journal will be mature content. Under the Skin is also out once again and highlights undiscovered talent within the community. Check out who has been featured this time around!

Ms. Caitlin by insuh

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

Check out the street photography Daily Deviation roundup. Additionally there's an issue of Friday Night Specials out and another one will be posted today so stop by Stamatis's page and check out some inspirational work.

Cheer up man by cosmin-m

Featured  Action

Photoshop Vampire Action by lieveheersbeestje

From the Forums

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:bulletblack: Photographing Strangers
:bulletblack: Advice on Buying Lighting Equipment
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:bulletblack: Do you print your photos?
:bulletblack: What makes a photo sell?

Photography Books

The Photo Book is an 'anthology' of photography as it were. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Herb Rittz, it explores photographers from across the years to give you insight, education and inspiration!

Weekly Features to keep an eye on!

There's so much going on around the community especially for Volunteers that sometimes the awesome news can be missed out. I hope to share any weekly or monthly features that are ongoing here so that you can browse them at your leisure. If you know of something that needs to be listed let me know!

:bulletblue: Making a Difference from 3wyl
:bulletblue: dA Love for Everyone from lintu47
:bulletblue: Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: Under 1,000 Views from L0NE-W0lf
:bulletblue: Square-ishSquare-ish from dragonfly-oli
:bulletblue: Hairflow from MarinaCoric

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl | IsacGoulart

Architecture AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Darkroom: RockstarVanity

Urban and Rural: itsfrits

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism: xbastex

Street: StamatisGR

Groups to check out
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Run your own Community Project!

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 5:24 PM
Edit: I am no longer looking after Community Projects. For now please contact Moonbeam13 instead. If you're interested in this position, see A New Community Volunteer Vacancy :)

Did you know that everyone on deviantART can organise a project? :eager: Some examples of current projects can be found here. Do you want to raise awareness for a cause? Start a contest or group? Make people participate in something fun and artistic? Make it happen!

Now, you can do this all on your own - but the dA staff and volunteers are here to help you with it, too :) This is a major part of my role as Volunteer for Community Projects, in particular. So if you would like some help, please send me, namenotrequired, a note!

Not sure how to organise it? Want some more exposure for your project? In need of prizes? Maybe you have an awesome idea and want to have a special Community Projects category created for it?

Or do you simply want some advice with it in general? Send me a note and I'll do what I can to support and help you!

Remember, in all cases, you will be in charge of the project, I will only assist you in it, as much or as little as you like.

:love: I look forward to your notes! 

:salute: by blunaowl

Did you know that everyone on deviantART can organise a project? And we can help you!
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Chinese Horoscope Contest- Last Call!

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 2:03 PM
One final week to get your submission in before the full moon of August 31st; deadline is midnight August 30th for 

deviantART's Chinese Horoscope Contest!

Find your Chinese Animal Sign, and you've found the Gallery which needs your contribution (if you don't know your Chinese Animal Sign, please check here; you'll find three animal signs in there, primary of which is your DAY sign, but if you'd prefer, work on either your MONTH sign, or YEAR sign, or ALL THREE! You can enter this contest as many times as you'd like, but try to limit yourself to the BEST work you can do, and not the MOST work you can do :giggle: ):













Contests > 2012 > deviantART 12th Birthday > Chinese Horoscope Contest > 

Submit your finished art through each individual Animal Gallery Link above, or through this Master Link To All Of The Animal Galleries.

Starting right now, you are cordially invited to contribute art or poetry to the Animal Gallery which coincides with your own Chinese Astrology Animal, as listed above.

Your artwork or poetry must illustrate your animal sign, or the sign that inspires you most, and/or some aspect of that sign's characteristics (whether positive or negative), as listed below, and should consist of ONLY your foreground subject with a white background (or, at least, as uncluttered and neutral a background as possible):

鼠 Team Rat
Charismatic, Sociable, Intelligent, Affable, Quick-Witted, Popular
Exploitive, Calculating, Secretive, Greedy, Acquisitive, Devious

牛 Team Ox
Honest, Loyal, Popular, Sincere, Steadfast, Reliable
Stubborn, Impatient, Inflexible, Narrow-Minded, Sulking

虎 Team Tiger
Enthusiastic, Optimistic, Courageous, Bold, Sociable, Energetic
Volatile, Impulsive, Hot-Headed, Restless, Disobedient, Vain, Stubborn

兔 Team Rabbit
Astute, Thoughtful, Refined, Docile, Wise
Cunning, Snobbish, Possessive, Fussy, Obsessive

龍 Team Dragon
Resourceful, Self-Assured, Adaptable, Original, Valiant, Enthusiastic
Arrogant, Hot-Headed, Unpredictable, Critical, Irritable, Discourteous

蛇 Team Snake
Insightful, Shrewd, Discreet, Wise, Compassionate, Subtle
Proud, Manipulative, Malicious, Possessive, Vain, Sluggish

馬 Team Horse
Friendly, Vivacious, Enduring, Witty, Cheerful, Refined, Independent
Selfish, Reckless, Vain, Impatient, Volatile

羊 Team Sheep
Intelligent, Artistic, Gentle, Kind, Cultured, Sensitive
Fussy, Insecure, Ingratiating, Self-Indulgent, Dependent

猴 Team Monkey
Persuasive, Resourceful, Good-Humored, Ingenious, Versatile, Imaginative
Superficial, Restless, Impudent, Sly, Mischievousness, Untruthful

鷄 Team Rooster
Passionate, Resilient, Patriotic, Industrious, Courageous, Protective
Conceited, Blunt, Rude, Bossy, Aggressive, Impatient

狗 Team Dog
Devoted, Resilient, Unselfish, Honest, Resourceful, Reliable
Nosy, Cynical, Cantankerous, Pessimistic, Anxious, Self-Righteous

猪 Team Pig
Sincere, Diligent, Genuine, Obliging, Generous, Friendly
Materialistic, Stubborn, Gullible, Naive, Lazy, Superficial

You are welcome to use any or all of the deviantART categories of art to express yourself; Muro art, photography, traditional art, digital art, sculpture, poetry... Quick sketches, hugely detailed paintings, Haiku, or epic stories-- all are encouraged.
NOTE: Minimum DPI (dots per inch) for each scanned image is 150; maximum DPI is 300.

The deadline to contribute to your Animal Gallery will be by the end of the day on August 30th, 2012.

There will be a total of three prizes for the entire contest; 1st prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize awarded to the three best pieces overall, as judged by members of the Tangentialists.

1st Prize: One Year deviantART Premium Membership, One deviantART Gear T-Shirt, 
One (maximum $30.00 value) deviantART Print

2nd Prize: Six Month deviantART Premium Membership, One deviantART Gear T-Shirt

3rd Prize: Three Month deviantART Premium Membership, One deviantART Gear T-Shirt

PLUS: How will all of these individual images, from all of these team galleries, come together as a single, unified whole?

Find out on September 14th, 2012!

For more information on Chinese Astrology in general, please check these links:……

Extra special THANKS to!

Call for entries from July 31st til the end of day on August 30, all categories, all deviants inclusive contest
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DDs: Suggester's frustrations

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 22, 2012, 6:21 PM

I heart favs. by TastyWithPasta
Yzma and Kronk by ovstamps
hanna by purpleida
Charlie the Unicorn by Mr-Stamp
HEY! by Queen-Of-Cute
HP Hermione + Magic Stamp by TwilightProwler
Big Mac Cats by azianwolfdoll

Welcome to a new journal in this mini series about Daily Deviations. In the first one I let you know about what I think DDs represent, and then about some of my personal criteria to select them.

Now is time to focus on the suggesters. Those amazing (almost always human) beings who take a moment of their lives to go the extra mile when finding an amazing deviation and suggest it for consideration as a Daily Deviation. Ya know? I wouldn't be able to feature so many amazing art on my own! So before anything else, I want to take a moment to thank all the amazing people who suggest. Thank you guys!

As a person who also suggests DDs once in a while,  I do understand the frustration suggesters often get. So I would like in this occasion to explain some of the reasons why these situations happen, I hope this will help you see the complete picture.

My suggestion got featured, however I didn't appear as the suggester / It got featured by a different CV

The reason is actually very simple. It's quite common to receive multiple suggestions for the same piece, by different people. When this happens CVs have various options. Some may opt to list only the person who suggested it first. Others might add a note in the DD description "Also suggested by ____". If the suggestions were too many, maybe the note could be simply "Suggested by many deviants" etc. Also remember some galleries have more than one CV, so it's quite possible another deviant suggested the same piece to another CV and then got featured. Sometimes can be even more complicated. In my case I schedule several DDs in advance, sometimes weeks. In the meantime the deviation gets featured I may receive more notes suggesting said piece. Going back to the deviation to edit the description can, at times, be complicated, confusing and time consuming. Why not investing my time in checking fresh suggestions instead of making sure every single suggester gets listed so I won't offend anyone?

In every case I think is important to remember that what should matter is that the art you thought deserved to be featured, GOT featured. I'm saying this in the most respectful way: it's not about YOU, is about the ART. I do think is important to give credit to the person who suggested the piece, but the whole point of Daily Deviations is to show great art, not the people who suggested them. If your motivation to suggest DDs is to appear as the suggester so you can get a little extra exposure, maybe you should reconsider your reasons to do it.

I suggest a lot, but my suggestions never get featured

I wish I could say something more inspiring, but maybe the reason why your suggestions aren't picked is as simple as because your personal criteria to determine if a deviation is awesome may differ from the given CV. This includes the skill level from the artist, the exposure the deviation already has and even personal taste.  I said in my previous journal that I do try to leave my personal taste out of the way as much as I can, however is also true that that's impossible. This is a subjective system and ultimately, is the CVs decision to feature the art they want. Try to know your CVs, check their favourites and the DDs they've featured. That way you'll get to know their taste and the art they like to feature. Most CVs have their personal guidelines listed somewhere in their profiles, read them! Another thing that always helps is to give your reason why you think the deviations should be featured. They do work! I've found myself featuring art that at first glance doesn't have anything special, but a good reason can make me change my mind.

Also remember the CVs have very high standards, for as much as you like the deviation, if technically is below average it's unlikely it'll get featured. Yes, the skill level is very subjective, but I don't think you need a degree in Graphic Arts to know when an artwork is not DD material.

Not everything is lost though, fortunately there are some galleries (like literature or Traditional Art for instance) that have more than one CV, more people with different criteria and taste for you to send your suggestions to! If you know for sure your suggestion won't get featured by someone, try sending it to another one.

I never get a response / The CV takes ages to reply

There are a couple of things you should always have in mind.
First off, CVs are VOLUNTEERS. We dedicate some of our free time to do what we do here with no obligation whatsoever, and some of us have school to attend, papers to write and/or a full time job, etc. Some even have family, kids or a husband! (you need to feed them and whatnot). What I'm trying to say is that we love the community and all, but some of us have more or less time to dedicate to it than others. We don't even have the obligation to feature DDs everyday. I know it sounds shocking, but it's true! Also remember DDs are only a portion of what we do as volunteers, and some may opt to do other activities instead of selecting DDs. I also know many CVs who are incredibly active backstage. So remember that a CV who doesn't feature DDs in a daily basis or never replies to their notes doesn't mean they're lazy or they aren't doing their job.

With that in mind, every CV is free to handle their suggestions differently. Some (like me) try to reply to every note, others don't. I know is polite to reply but some CVs are more busy outside DA than others, so maybe some of us don't have time to reply to all our suggestions. It's also worth mentioning that the number of suggestions we receive varies greatly. Some galleries are more busy than others, the range could go from 1 (or none) to dozens a day! That can also give you an idea why some volunteers may not reply to your note, or take a long time to do it.  Have a little patience!

In any case, remember you can always know when your note was already read, when the icon goes from to Even if you don't get a reply you can know if it was already read.

A note about the categories

Now comes the situation of sending your suggestions to the incorrect CV. Remember every category within DA has a CV assigned to it and you should always address your suggestions to the volunteers accordingly. You can always check either FAQ 18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen? or the Community Relations blog, before sending your suggestion.

But there are also times when I receive suggestions for deviations from the Digital Art gallery, so the deviant sent it to me as expected, but then the deviations is actually Anthro,  Manga or Fanart, etc. I get sometimes a deviation can fit several categories, like a digital cartoon can be in the Comics & Cartoons gallery, but it can also very well be in Digital Art, after all is a digital drawing, technically is not incorrect. It's something that I also consider case-by-case, however there are times when no matter how you want to put it, the deviation is a miscat. A good example are fanarts. I know you might think a fanart made with digital mediums could be in the Digital Art gallery, but if the subject and/or scene is based in a TV show, movie, anime, book, etc. then is fanart and it should be in the fanart gallery, so if I receive one of these, it doesn't matter if it was submitted to the Digital Art gallery, I'll redirect you to the fanart CVs.

So what to do? As a suggester you should stick to send the note to the volunteer according to the deviation's category, but if you consider the deviation is a miscat, send it over to the appropiate CV and explain it beforehand.

At the end I think is a matter of understanding each other and putting ourselves in the shoes of the other. In closing: remember volunteers are that, VOLUNTEERS. We do our best but this isn't a job. Every CV is different so it's always best to don't expect the same response from everyone. On the other hand, know that (and I think I can talk for all the CVs here) it's never our intention to be rude, but sometimes situations present themselves and misunderstandings happen. If you ever have a doubt or want a clarification on a particular situation you can always send us a note! We don't bite!

Another journal about DDs! Remember this is my personal opinion and might not reflect the stance of the rest of CVs.
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Photography Weekly: Edition Twelve

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 8:54 AM

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"No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.”
~ Robert Adams ~

Two editions of What Digital Camera appeared today and I'm pretty glad they did because I flicked through and immediately landed on a link for a free online Photography magazine. You can open it up yourself Right Here and I haven't tested but I believe it works in all countries. The reason I'm sharing it is because they have a nifty forum where you can share your own photography with the chance of them picking it to publish either in the online magazine or the 'real' shop versions. What have you got to lose right?
On This Poll Over 180 deviants voted to answer Would you Suggest yourself for a Daily Deviation?   many also commented. I was amazed - really amazed - at the fact that at the time of writing this article 98 people steadfastly voted that they have never and would never suggest themselves for a Daily Deviation. Some even followed it up with comments, and looking at the quality and standard of work - I was amazed at the lack of faith in self that so many have.

It's time to start thinking about yourself. It's time to put yourself out there and get your work known. Yes, there are varying levels of work that attract attention. Yes, it's possible that yours isn't the high standard that everybody seems to flock to. But it's unique in the sense that you created it, and it's time to start unearthing those underexposed - lesser-known people out there who deserve a chance at getting a name for themselves. To put it in perspective, I sold my ugliest most awful prints before anyone showed an interest in putting in bulk orders or mass buying yearly calendars. I had a poor portfolio with No Wedding Photography in it whatsoever when I booked my first *heavily paid* Wedding job. I took blurry photos out of my car window when storms hit my local town earlier this week and got a byline in the local paper... You just never know where your next achievement is going to hail from.
I googled my name a few nights ago and found out that the Telegraph had published me...

Read This Journal to find out how you can make a pro-active start and participate in Photography Weekly.

News from Community Relations

The Community Volunteers Team @ communityrelations

Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the group news - but you can watch or join communityrelations to get the updates straight into your inbox. This week our Did You Know? blog focuses on the Discovery Tool and projecteducate. You can also find a handy
Overview of all the previous blogs. Have a read sometime, I learned something!

Once again we've put together our Daily Deviation Roundups and you can check out a blog containing Februarys Links right Here!

Urban, Rural and Architecture News

Community Volunteer itsfrits

u  r  b  a  n  l  i  f  e by Val-FaustinoCrush the Canals by JeRoenMurre
This week is Icons and Handhelds over at projecteducate. Whilst that might not entice your inner Photographer too much - why not head over and learn something new? And if you can be patient enough - itsfrits is launching Architecture, Urban and Rural Photography PE Week next week! You can find out how you can get involved by reading his journal Here!.

General Photography News

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and ScENeYmE

Are you interested in becoming part of the Community Volunteer team? There's an opening in Photography! communityrelations are looking for a Volunteer to cover Photography - Darkroom. To find out how you can apply see This Blog!

General Photography Feature February is a collection of suggested Daily Deviations that were sent to me throughout the past month. For whatever reason I'm unable to feature everything that gets suggested to me so please enjoy the article to showcase some fantastic works.

Life Through a Lens has been published again by ScENeYmE and is well worth having a look at!
lovely morning light by leelloorCounting down the time by dzika-koalaInto Beyond by Oer-Wout

Through-a-Lens is hosting a theme on Marriage this time around so if you have a marriage themed deviation check out the blog and enter your work!

Spotlight Artist piximi

My Deviant ID by piximi
Here for two years with the most charming gallery piximi has less than 40 watchers and averages at around five page views per day. Pretty crazy huh? Take a look at these...
Dancing Notes by piximi
From a long road by piximi
Bakery by piximi

Abstract and Surreal News

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

how far by protaqonist
Check out DpressedSoul's latest feature Far Away!

Infrared-Club are hosting their first ever contest which you can read more about Here. If you're a surrealist or just fancy a new challenge it might be the place for you!

daisicalolliwog who is a fantastic resident of Abstract-and-Surreal has put together yet another informative and useful article about Polyptychs.

My Abstract Playground 2 by Earthymoonnonsence by morgondotter

Spotlight Group PhotographersDream

The group is run by self-proclaimed Lucid Dreamer miontre and I don't know about you, but here on deviantART with groups becoming ever popular it's hard to find a nicely presented gem sometimes. Well fear not - this group is beautiful. The page is set just right, everything you need is but a click away and the rules are clear and concise. They hold weekly mini contests and the latest winners can be viewed Right Here!
last look by arbebuk
The Winter Dream by nnIKOO
Endless Road by Ananyana
land of the lost by arbebuk

Pinup and Glamour News

Community Volunteer - DistortedSmile

The February edition of Pin Up and Glamour News is out right now!
LUSH! a feature of all things Pinup and Glam is also out so go and check it out!
Donought by Kimophobiavon horror 3 by Enigma-FotosVision in the Wild by yayacosplay

Looking for a glamour/pinup based group? Why not check out something different and drop by VanityTheory for Female self-portrait Photography?

Fetish and Artistic Nude News

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

This week I'm bringing you a few groups that might tickle your fancy. Whilst there are many groups out there for all sorts of things, the Fetish and Alternative Groups tend to get overlooked. You have to know "where to find them." Well here they are!
" For Fetish and Alternative Fashion! "

"The wonders of all things fetish."

"Beauty | Tragedy | Controversy"

"Kick Start your Dark Art."

If you're looking for some fantastic Artistic Nude Features check out the latest from Nyx-Valentine
Wednesday Feature - Sepia Nudes
Thursday Feature - Fetish & B&W
Tortured by FrodoPrime

Deviants to Check Out This Week

Sunset, Fence and Trough by KiwiTakeFlight
I know what you're thinking - typical awesome sunset, taken on a beach with the reflection captured in sand. You're wrong (so was I!) this is actually a cattle trough. Pretty fantastic huh? That reflection captured right there that speaks of endless beach and gorgeous land, is in a trough!

The Golden Afternoon by fourteatwo
fourteatwo unique in name (you see what she did thar?) and in Art - her gallery is just amazing! Wonderful concepts executed in the most perfect of ways. It's well worth stopping by to check out.

Conceptual Photography News

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

Conceptual Project Educate week came to a close on Sunday and it was pretty epic. DemonMathiel shared some fantastic features and excellent interviews to help educate the community. If you're interested in a look back please check out the Round-Up Blog.

Falling In Love. by pinkparis1233
Give me your heart by haania

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

The Couple by PEN-at-Work
The latest edition of Friday Night Specials is out and showcases Street Photography as it actually is. If you're interested in becoming educated on what Street Photography is all about StamatisGR is always happy to help.

Tip of the Week

Another fantastic tutorial from lieveheersbeestje who shows us exactly how to create beautiful bokeh...
Bokeh tutorial by lieveheersbeestje

Day 43: An Apple a Day by ScENeYmE
bokeh bubbles by JeanFan
the city bokeh by Affect-The-World::Bokeh:: by Bntuae
bokeh by Niezaplanowana
Vert et Bleu by ScENeYmE
Bokeh by MichelleStenBokeh 1 by ChrisTrevino by JeanFanbokeh by efeline

The Community Volunteer Team  - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D & ScENeYmE

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey

Architecture, Urban and Rural: itsfrits

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre: pullingcandy

Macro: hellfirediva

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Street: StamatisGR

Groups to check out

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Nom Nom #15

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 3:49 AM
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Hello all! :wave:

Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation.

Why is Presentation important?

Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.

Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be forgotten. However, they could make or break a decision to feature that piece of work as a DD, which is why we’re discussing it in this PE week.

Let’s start with a true story

A few years ago a local friend of mine who is also on dA had made this beautiful corset top, which I had seen physically and knew she was planning on posting it on dA. I decided I would suggest it as a DD as it was that good (in my opinion) and therefore when she posted the picture of it on dA, I sent the suggestion to the then Artisan Crafts volunteer.

A week later I got a note back from the CV stating they couldn’t feature the piece. Looking back it was obvious why- the corset had been taken with a poor quality camera, in a cluttered room where the background distracted from the image. It didn’t reflect the quality of the artwork at all. My friend hadn’t considered the presentation of the piece whatsoever, meaning her great artwork was missed all due to one thing: poor presentation.

This is a great example as to why a little more thought on what your deviation looks like is just as important as the work itself. One of the reoccurring factors for a CV to reject a DD suggestion is purely down to presentation.

Imagine if your work was hanging in a physical gallery for every passer-by to see. Your dA gallery is exactly that and it’s your opportunity to attract and audience and make them interested in your work. You can only do that if you take the time to make that work presentable, to pull your audience in. Your dA gallery is your window to show off your work in its best light- do not miss a trick by making it messy!

Below are some pointers to consider when you are posting your work on dA. These are just a couple, and I recommend you share your own thoughts on what is and isn’t good presentation in the comments of this article (please don’t directly link pieces that’s just naughty!)


Although literature is words and “the words should speak for themselves”, writing still needs to consider the appearance of the work. It can detract someone from taking the time to read your work, before they’ve even begun.

Consider choice of font.  Is Curls MT really an appropriate font to use on a 5000 word story? Could you sit in front of a screen and pay attention to that?

 Consider the layout-- Poetry especially has a very fine line between “style” and “substance”- why are you including those line breaks? What is the meaning behind separating your text all over the page? What is the intent? Not to mention that dreaded “text wall”. The internet sadly has a TL;DR culture, which for writers means you can end up with a raw deal, so make sure you are doing what you can to even entice the lazy!

And what about background? Your beautiful emotional poem about heartbreak isn’t going to reflect with a hello kitty CSS and an uncredited preview image of a llama is it? :)

Visual art already on the computer

It may be considered the easiest to present well, but even digital art and existing visual art needs to have some final considerations before putting into your gallery.

Crop the crap! You may have a beautiful photograph of the sun setting, but do you need the 12 inches of sky above it for it to look that good? Obviously you don’t need to go insane on cropping, but ensuring the right image is captured in your frame could enhance the quality and focus of the image.

What about all those little marks that are nothing to do with the artwork? A rogue pixel in your emoticon or a smudge on the edge you haven’t removed?

Visual art created off the computer

Artisan crafts, traditional art and beyond all rely on creating the work without the aid of a computer. However to show them off on dA, a scanner or camera come in to get an image of the piece for all to admire.

Before you take a picture of that beautiful dress you made- try and think about the background of the place you have decided to take a picture of it in. Whats on the walls? Are there other people around? What will distract from the artwork? If you’ve made an amazing cake, does the dirty washing need to sit behind it?

What about the quality of your scanner or camera? Is using a mobile phone to take the picture the right device to use?

It’s not just how to take the image either- what about the edges of the page you drew on in your sketch book? If you drew on lined paper, how are you going to remove those lines? Does the artwork need a boarder to help it stand out strong?

General notes

:bulletpink: Be bothered about your work! If you don’t care what your piece looks like, why should anyone else?

:bulletpink: Make your artists comment count! I am just as bad as the rest of your on this, but the artists comment is a great space to explain a little about your work and how you feel about it. However don’t write “this is crap”, sell your work! Again if you go into a live art gallery, often there is a paragraph next to the work from the artist. This is your space to share the insight behind the work, don’t let it down.

These thoughts are just my own as to what should be considered when presenting your artwork. Your opinions on this are welcome on this journal- what examples have you seen where presentation has failed what could have been a great piece of artwork? What tips would you offer?

Presentation doesn’t make a daily deviation feature, but it does increase the opportunity of getting one!

Thank you for reading :bucktooth:

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Photography Troubleshooting: Filters

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 3:30 AM
This week we bring you another issue of Photography Troubleshooting to hopefully give you some tips and explanations behind how to make use of some photography accessories. If you have a question, query or any thoughts you wish to see discussed just drop us a comment or note!

"The use of filters, how to pick them and examples of situations where they would be helpful...."

~ moria330

Hi moria330, filters are a good way of diversifying your photographic opportunities without spending a great deal of money (though, granted, many of the better quality filters can get to be relatively expensive).

In film photography, filters were used a lot more extensively then they are today thanks to the nature of the medium.
For example colour filters were used for white balance purposes on colour films that were balanced for different light types, so, you could shoot artificial light balanced film under daylight if you had a filter that corrected for it.

Filters by Sarinka

Additionally colour filters were used for black and white photography so the film would capture only the spectrum of light you were filtering for, providing emphasis or deemphasis of the features of the subject or scene.

Colour filters aren't nearly as popular today mostly because digital photography has far less need for them, the only exception being with digital black and white cameras (as in cameras that can only capture black and white images), which are, suffice to say, definitely in the minority.

Color Filters... by CanenArt

There are three or four types of filters that (as far as I am aware) are the most pertinent to digital photography: Neutral Density and Graduated Neutral Density filters; Polarising filters; Infrared and Ultraviolet filters; and depending on your perspective UV/Haze filters.

Neutral Density and Graduated Neutral Density (henceforth shorted to ND and GND respectively) both block light coming through them. They're referred to as ND filters because they're supposed to block light equally across the spectrum, leaving no colour casts as a result.

Many may wonder why such things are needed at all, particularly if you've spent the money to buy a fast (wide aperture, or low F/number, like F/1.8) lens.
Plain ND filters are useful because they allow you to use longer shutter speeds, particularly during the day time. Long exposure photography is often difficult at best without a plain ND filter, particularly under direct sunlight.
The visual effect of this can be striking, to give an example, you could use a strong ND filter to take a long exposure of a city centre, and the end result would (or at least could) show that city centre to be deserted.
A less extreme use of a plain ND filter is the ability to use your fast lens at its widest aperture under direct sunlight.

Rua Augusta by jpgmn

A GND has a more specific use, and is less useful for digital cameras thanks to post processing techniques, and has an area of the filter that is filtered and an area that is clear (or unfiltered), and either a small or large transition between those two (often referred to hard and soft, respectively).
Using a GND basically allows a single shot HDR image to be taken, as the highlight area (typically the sky) can be darkened, while the darker foreground can be exposed more normally.

GND's are particularly useful in high contrast landscape scenes, but they tend to rely on the horizon being relatively straight in order for the effect to be best used, hence why post processing HDR techniques can be a better option, in spite of the requirements that HDR photography often needs.

French Alps by alien-sid

Polarising filters do exactly what they say, they polarise the light coming into the sensor. This typically as the effect of increasing colour saturation, darkening the sky, and removing reflections, if the filter is rotated the right way.
This should have several obvious advantages.
A polariser will also work as a ND filter, as most polarisers reduce light entering the lens by 1.5 to 2 stops (so, say a photograph can be taken at 1/200th of a second, all the other settings being equal, with the filter, you'd need to shoot at 1/50th of a second).

Polarity by Ubhejane

Infrared and Ultraviolet filters, and by far, Infrared filters are the most popular of the two mentioned, rely on an image sensors natural sensitivity to both of those spectrums of light.
Infrared and Ultraviolet filters should appear black to the naked eye, though some near-IR filters may appear to be a very dark red, particularly when viewing a bright light source with one.
Because both filters block out all or nearly all visible light, exposures can take upto several minutes, depending on how much infrared light has been blocked on the image sensor (the reason why manufacturers block IR is because it can and does lower overall image quality).
Ultraviolet filters are much less popular, because, while the image sensors found in cameras tend to be sensitive to it, very little UV light manages to reach the sensor thanks to the lens itself naturally blocking most UV light. As such, special UV lenses or known UV friendly lenses are needed for UV photography. It should be noted, also, that only certain lenses work well with IR photography too, some lenses create a 'hot spot', which is actually literally true.

Infrared Landscape Part III by knechtrootrecht

In both cases, it should be noted that IR and UV light have different focussing points than visible light does (which is part of the reason why IR sensitivity reduces image quality in visible light images), as some focus adjustments are often required for either. This can be mitigated some what by using a narrower aperture to increase depth of field, but doing so does mean you'd have to increase exposure time even more.

Finally, please don't confuse an Ultraviolet filter with a UV/Haze filter, they're about as opposite in purpose as is feasible. A UV/Haze filter seeks to block UV light (as opposed to an Ultraviolet filter blocking visible light), and as the name suggests, will reduce 'haze'. As mentioned, most lenses naturally block most UV light anyway, and the image sensor is typically less sensitive to UV light than it is to IR light. So most UV/Haze filters essentially serve as a protection for the lens.
Using a UV/Haze filter is a somewhat divisive subject, as they can have some visual impact on an image, but, can actually reduce the quality of the image by being another piece of glass (thus two air/glass interfaces) the light has to go through, particularly if the quality of the glass is not very good unless you spent a lot on the filter.

my new UV filter by Simobg

Naturally, which ones you choose depends on what you're photographing and what you want to achieve. But, personally, I'd recommend getting a Polarising filter and a ND filter, as both can open up many creative opportunities.

~ sine-out


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