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October Contest: Abstract Colours

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:06 AM
This month we're launching a contest for all the abstract photographers out there - and all the wannabe abstract photographers! The beauty of Abstract Photography is that it's incredibly easy to capture - if you know what you're doing. So this month we're challenging you to capture some abstract colours - and giving you the chance to win some fantastic prizes along the way!


:bulletblack: Entries must be NEW i.e created on or after 1st October 2012
:bulletblack: Entries must be Abstract Photography - minimal manipulation
:bulletblack: You do need to be a group member to participate!
:bulletblack: Promotion of our contest is much appreciated - but not a necessity!


1st Place: 6 month subscription and 200 Points

2nd Place: 3 month subscription and 100 Points


Start: 1st October 2012
End: 30th October 2012

How to Enter?

Just pop along and submit your work to our group gallery found at here!


Judging will be carried out by the administrative team of Abstract-and-Surreal Any questions on our judging process must be directed straight to the group. Prizes are provided courtesy of communityrelations so there could be a small delay in receiving them.

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For many Photographers, Autumn is now officially here and is one of the most exciting seasons to capture in terms of colour, change and vistas. Early morning mist, late afternoon sun, orange, red and golden hues - Autumn has a lot to offer in many countries. If you're like me, Autumn often arrives all at once and it can be tricky to know how to make the best of the season before it's over. A couple of days of high winds and rain can ruin the best Autumnal captures by ripping the leaves down before you've even got the chance to snap - so it's great to be prepared for the season.

Welcome 2 Autumn by DennisChunga

Leading lines are particularly useful. Yet so many people quote ' Look for leading lines...' or 'You've captured the leading lines here perfectly' and really do we even know properly what they are? The purpose of a leading line is to draw a viewers eye into the photograph and then on a journey - through it. Think of it as a visual narrative. They can be intentional and indeed unintentional in captures. Where Autumn is concerned, photographers often wish to tell a story.

Autumn by pkritiotis

Bridges are the obvious choice for grabbing a shot that leads a viewer into the image. In Forests especially, Bridges are likely to be bordered either side by Autumn trees and, if you're lucky, up ahead too. This creates a lovely view especially if you have a vanishing point in the distance. But the other location that Photographers often forget to think of - especially in the UK - is motorway bridges.

Autumn Travels. by GaryTaffinder

Established roads that have had years of trees and forest growing up alongside them are perfect in Autumn, especially when you can get a high vantage point and look down the length of the road. These sorts of locations are especially awesome for grabbing leading lines in a shot. You can get creative too, crouch down, reach up, turn the camera and so on.

Look Above In Autumn by Last-Savior

Don't forget to look UP. Sometimes, the best shots are the ones captured when you stop looking around at eye level and point your camera skywards to capture the Autumn trees above. Even better if you capture a crisp blue sky too. This is particularly useful in dense forests and woods, where the canopy is thick and inter-twining. It's unusual, it's not often captured and it's just different.

fall colors - 7 by mystic-darkness

The best types of lens for this kind of shot are wide angle, or fish eye if you're lucky enough to have one. Portrait/macro lens can also work well depending on what focal length and angle you've got on them. Use the tree trunks to your advantage and look for linear patterns, symmetry and abstract shapes to enhance your shot.

My favourite floor by nicolorion

In complete contrast, look down too. Forest floors are the favourite for capturing leafy orange carpets and other things such as Conkers and fir cones. But what about looking at a street floor too? Or shooting on the eye level of a bench surrounded by Autumn leaves? Those sorts of views are a bit different and again offer something unique, often. Shooting at the eye level of another person is also useful, a child in particularly. Crouching works well for different vantages, similarly laying your camera on the floor is also useful - careful though!

Insect's Paradise by silverdragon

Your long lens also shouldn't be forgotten in Autumn. Focusing in on a single leaf with a spectacular orange background works really well. Additionally capturing Autumn leaves in sunlight creates a nice bokeh affect in the background which always works well. You can also use a macro lens to get close, but zooming in from afar works well too. If it's particularly blowy, use a tripod or stabilise your body as best as you can to avoid too much blur. However...sometimes a blurry leaf can look awesome too!

Day 258: All the leaves are golden by Kaz-D

Don't always rely on colour. You can up the saturation of an image after you've taken it if you wish to. But you don't have to rely on the golds, reds and oranges of Autumn to make a beautiful image. Particularly where there is mist - there is the opportunity to capture some fantastic shots in monochrome. Don't forget about black and white, and don't be disappointed if your Autumns are not as vibrant as you want them to be - you can make the best of bad weather!

Falling in autumn by LutherBash

There are other tools which can help you capture Autumn in the best way possible. One of these is a Graduated Neutral Density Filter. They help particularly with controlling light. If you've got too much bright sky they are really useful but they also help to balance light in other situations too. Lens hoods are great to avoid sun flare, unless you want those captured - which some people do in the right circumstances! Also don't forget your tripod - you never know what opportunities might present themselves.

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Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 6, 2012, 6:05 AM

"Ware those who leave the safety of the fireside after the midnight hour on Old Hallows Eve; lest the dead steal your soul and your body be turned into a creature of the night!

Would you turn towards the waning moon or turn away? 
Witch, or Witch Hunter, Demon or Demon Hunter...  undead, ghost, vampire or werewolf?

:pumpkin: THEME

Create your creature of the night as stock for your fellow artists to turn into Halloween themed art!   Go to town with makeup and props and strike a zombie pose!

:bulletorange: We are looking for some really outstanding "creatures of the night" stock, it doesn't matter if you are a zombie or a ghost, or a demon hunter - but we want you to push the boat out and be as different and as original as you can manage!


Digital work:  images rendered on a computer using 3rd party software such as Daz Studio etc

Photography: photographs focusing on a single element; in this case a model

:pumpkin: JUDGES

PirateLotus-Stock Elandria & guest judges to be announced



:pumpkin: PRIZES**

:pumpkin: 1st Place :pumpkin:
12 month subscription,
 DA Icon T-Shirt (must be placed on your wishlist)
Features from StockandResources Elandria PirateLotus-Stock Dreamers-of-Avalon DesigningDivas Inspirational-Stock ManStock The-Stock-Directory
Exclusive stock from PirateLotus-Stock Elandria pranile

:pumpkin: 2nd Place :pumpkin:
6 month subscription,
Series 1 keychain set (must be placed on your wishlist)
Features from StockandResources Elandria
PirateLotus-Stock Dreamers-of-Avalon DesigningDivas
Inspirational-Stock ManStock The-Stock-Directory
Exclusive stock from pranile

:pumpkin: 3rd Place :pumpkin:
3 month subscription,
series 3 sticker set (must be placed on your wishlist)
Features from StockandResources Elandria
PirateLotus-Stock Dreamers-of-Avalon DesigningDivas
Inspirational-Stock ManStock The-Stock-Directory
Exclusive stock from pranile

**More prizes to be announced, want to support the contest? Get in touch with us via note!

:pumpkin: THE RULZ

:bulletorange: Each participant can enter up to 3 entries PER category (only 1 deviation can win)
:bulletorange: Each submission must conform to's submission policy
:bulletorange: Entries must be newly created and submitted for this contest from the start date shown above
:bulletorange: Entries must be submitted to the stock & resources gallery in the correct sub category for its type
:bulletorange: ALL contest entries must link to this contest journal in the description to confirm that you have read these rules
:bulletorange: Entries should be submitted to the appropriate folder in StockandResources (Membership is auto signup!) DIGITAL STOCK / PHOTOGRAPHIC STOCK
:bulletorange: Entries should cover the minimum stock guidelines highlighted here FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?
:bulletorange: Entries should clearly show the theme in a character portrayal
:bulletorange: Digital stock entries MUST BE ORIGINAL IE pre-purchased/pre created characters by other designers are NOT acceptable.  If required artists must be able to provide evidence that they have developed the character from basic rigs EG the Victoria/Michael et al starter rigs

Halloween 2012 Stock and Resources Contest "Creatures of the Night"
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Texture Your World Contest

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 6:55 AM

Tell us the story of your world in textures!

We are surrounded 24 hours a day by objects that have texture, they may be smooth or bobbly, old or new, bold, bright, shiny or dull. You might see a texture every day and never notice it until you start looking. Do you sit at a desk that's textured, or pass an interesting tree on the way to work or school?

We want you, in the form of a triptych (thats 3 images forming a larger image see example here - ) to tell us the story of your textured world. Each individual texture should stand on its own, both as a useful resource and as a cohesive part of the whole story. What story you tell through your texture triptych is up to you - but they must be textures that tell a story of your world in some way.

There are 3 categories for this contest, each of which you can submit to twice.

Digital stock
These are textures created digitally by either manipulation of other stock or painting etc

Photographic stock
These are textures which have been photographed with either a film or digital camera with minimal post editing (if you do a lot of post editing on your textures you might want to consider submitting them to the digital category instead)

Traditional stock
These are textures created with traditional media then either scanned or photographed to convert to a digital medium for submission

Submission Examples




Submission Rules

  • Each individual texture making up the triptych must be a minimum width/height of 1000 px
  • Full submission triptych must be a minimum width/height of either 1000 px or 3000 px depending on the orientation/formatting you choose, please see examples above.
  • Each deviant may enter up to 2 times per category. (Essentially that's 2 triptychs per category or 6 textures)
  • Judges reserve the right to eliminate entries that do not meet the minimum size requirements shown above
  • Only complete triptychs will be considered as legitimate entries. (3 textures on 1 file/deviation)
  • Triptychs must be submitted to the correct folder as per the contest category in StockandResources
  • Triptychs must be submitted into the correct Resources /Stock Images /Textures /... sub category depending on their style
  • Judges reserve the right to eliminate entries that are not submitted to the correct gallery or contest folder
  • Entries must be new as of the start date of the contest and must be your own work
  • Please state clearly in the description that the work is being submitted to this contest
  • All contest submissions must adhere to DeviantART's Submission Policy

Important Dates

Start Date
21st January 2013

End Date
11th March 2013

Prize List

Category Winner x3

:bulletorange: 4000 DA Points donated by communityrelations
:bulletorange: 200 DA points from Elandria
:bulletorange: 200 DA points from somadjinn
:bulletorange: 100 DA points from So-ghislaine
:bulletorange: 12 month Premium Membership donated by communityrelations
:bulletorange: Exclusive stock pack donated by kuschelirmel-stock & WDWParksGal-Stock
:bulletorange: Features from a whole host of resource groups and stock providers including:
Elandria PirateLotus-Stock CelticStrm-Stock StockandResources ManStock The-Stock-Directory DesigningDivas Dreamers-of-Avalon miontre kirilee kuschelirmel-stock Nameda BKennedy-Photography So-ghislaine WDWParksGal-Stock
:bulletorange: Llama badge from WDWParksGal-Stock

Category Runner Up x3

:bulletorange: 2000 DA points donated by communityrelations
:bulletorange: 100 DA points from Elandria
:bulletorange: 100 DA points from somadjinn
:bulletorange: 6 month Premium Membership donated by communityrelations
:bulletorange: Exclusive stock pack donated by WDWParksGal-Stock
:bulletorange: Features from a whole host of resource groups and stock providers including:
Elandria PirateLotus-Stock CelticStrm-Stock StockandResources ManStock The-Stock-Directory DesigningDivas Dreamers-of-Avalon miontre kirilee kuschelirmel-stock Nameda BKennedy-Photography So-ghislaine WDWParksGal-Stock
:bulletorange: Llama badge from WDWParksGal-Stock


:bulletorange: somadjinn 's personal favorite entry will receive 100 DA points



:iconpiratelotus-stock: :iconelandria: :iconcelticstrm-stock:

Enter the fascinating world of the triptych image

triptych by leenik Existence I by joereimer
e come il vento by touch-the-rainbow
Triptych by TheXILexile . Poppies triptych. by Lp-dream
Triptych by FractalDesire
Triptych. Paper. by deus-and-silma ocean sunset triptych by september28
Tell Me - Triptych by xFotoPhreek

For more information and hints/tips on making the most of your entry please see the following journal -

Community Relations
Stock & Resources, Texture Your World Contest Jan 21st - March 11th 2013
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devID Spooky Make-up Contest!

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 4:50 PM
It's time for the deviantID Spooky Make-up Contest! :eager:

Halloween is always a fun time of year, especially when you dress up for halloween. Take a portrait of yourself with spooky make-up on! No, not like Snooki. Like these:

Cannibal. by mad-englishman Blood Wrestling: pt 2 by AshleyShyD ZOMBIE ME by LordNetsua

Contest Guidelines

  • Your entry must be a photograph showing you as the main subject (or one of the main subjects).
  • You are more than welcome to wear a costume in the photo!
  • Please keep photo-editing to a minimal. i.e Cropping, slight colour changes, etc are permitted.
  • Your entry must comply with deviantART's Submission Policy
  • You must credit any stock or resources you use in your entry.
  • Multiple entries are encouraged, but you may only win once.
  • You must be wearing make-up or face paint.
  • Your entry must be submitted into the contest category: Contests > 2012 > devID Spooky Make-up Contest

Notable Dates
  • Your entry must have been submitted on or after October 5th, 2012.
  • Deadline is November 2nd, 2012; 11:59PM (Los Angeles, CA time). Any entries submitted after this will not be considered.
  • Winners will be announced shortly after the deadline.


1st Place
  • 1,200 points
  • A deviantART Gear T-Shirt

2nd Place
  • 800 points
  • Emoticon Buttons

3rd Place
  • 500 points
*Prizes will NOT be exchanged for the points equivalent, but can be donated.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

It's time to Halloween-ify your make-up! DEADLINE EXTENDED. New deadline is 2nd November, 2012
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Capture Your PUMPKIN Contest

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:21 AM

Capture your PUMPKIN!

Update: The contest deadline is fast approaching and it's HALLOWEEN! So get creative now and capture your pumpkins! Remember that your entry must be still life photography, therefore it cannot include any people!


Start Date: 5th October
End Date: 5th November


The aim of this contest is to promote, educate and understand Still Life Photography. So your captures must have a still life element to them i.e. arranged (they can't be pumpkins growing in a field) and it must include pumpkin in some way, shape or form. So you could carve a pumpkin, make a pumpkin soup, decorate a pumpkin, make pumpkin pie...and so on. The Overall Winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are eligible to win in the sub-categories too.


:bulletorange: 1 entry per person
:bulletorange: Must be still life photography WHICH EXCLUDES PEOPLE!
:bulletorange: Must be your own work
:bulletorange: Must be created on or after start date
:bulletorange: Must link contest in the comments so we know you've read the rules!


1 year subscription
1,000 Points
Print to the value of $25
Fella Skull T-Shirt (subject to availability)…


1 year subscription
500 Points
Print to the value of $15
Fella Skull T-shirt (Subject to availability)…


6 month subscription
250 Points
Print to the value of $15

The Best "Captured" Pumpkin

Be as creative as you like with this one - note the key word 'captured' ;)
3 month subscription
250 Points

The Most Creative Carving

We know that some of you can get really creative with your carvings, so why not go wild and see if you can nab the most creative carving title?
3 month subscription
250 Points

The Most Creative Dish (Recipes must be included and it MUST be made by you and not shop bought!)

Make some delicious (or disgusting) looking food with your pumpkin - whatever you do make sure it's creative!
3 month subscription
250 Points


Savaliste claremanson 3wyl Kaz-D maytel and TouchedD


To submit your work enter it into the official folder Here
To browse existing entries click Here

All Community Relations hosted contests end at Midnight PST.

Halloween is creeping up on us and so we challenge you to capture those pesky pumpkins in any way, shape or form that you can provided that they're not growing in a field! So get creative, have a look at the sub-categories we will award prizes for and CAPTURE YOUR PUMPKINS!
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Contest Update
Just a few days left to go! Get your entries in NOW!

A recent discovery of the very innovative idea from Alex Valentine on Four Line Long Poems has prompted a mini-revolution here on deviantART as 3wyl and I plotted and schemed to create something not dissimilar to SixWordStories. Thus, FourLinePoems was born! It's a group that's completely open to everyone and anyone who would like to join and the exciting news is that, with its launch, we are announcing the first Four Line Poem Competition!


:bulletblack: Contest Open: 15th December 2012, Midnight PST.
:bulletblack: Contest Close: 15th January 2013, Midnight PST.
:bulletblack: Winners Announcement: After 1st February

Rules & Examples

Four Line Poems are exactly that - just four lines long!

:bulletgreen: One entry per person.
:bulletgreen: Entries must be newly submitted to deviantART, in Literature Format: FAQ #79: How do I submit art?
:bulletgreen: Entries must contain only four words. Only one contraction, such as "Don't", is allowed.
:bulletgreen: The Author's Description on the deviation must include: FourLinePoems' Competition (Or you can copy and paste: :devfourlinepoems:' Competition)

There are many examples of how a Four Line Poem works, but, simply, it is four words presented clearly and succinctly that tell a story or make a statement.

For example:

              Nine                         Play
              Nine                         Ball
              Nine                         Like
              Help                         Pele

Traditionally, each word is just four letters long and you can stick to that pattern if you wish, but it's not a requirement. :D


6 Months Premium Membership to DeviantART & 500 :points: & Front Page Feature at FourLinePoems each for the Top Three Winners.
3 Months Premium Membership to DeviantART & 250 :points: each for Ten Honourable Mentions.
News Feature for all winners through FourLinePoems and communityrelations, as well as from 3wyl and Kaz-D.

How To Enter?

Just upload your deviation to deviantART in Literature Format and choose the Contest Category for your entry - this can be found here and you can browse existing entries here.

It would be best to :+devwatch: FourLinePoems just in case there are any updates. We wish you the best of luck and hope you have fun as well! If you have any queries (or anything else), please do not hesitate to contact us 3wyl & Kaz-D! :love:
With the launch of the group #FourLinePoems our first contest is now live! Check out the article for full details of all the epic prizes to be won and find out how you can participate - with just four lines! :love: Don't forget to :+fav: the article if you enjoyed it!
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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 Weekly Header created by TouchedD

"Surrealism is embedded in the everyday, in the daily experience." - Katharine Conley

Home Tree - infrared by MichiLauke

This week the general theme of the article is Infrared Photography. You may know it well for its vision into a dream like world where the trees appear to be fluffy candyfloss and the grass is blue or Orange...Infrared is not as far away from achievable as you might think. This week some wonderful Deviants have shared their infrared views and art to try and help us understand the technique a little better. I rather thought it was time that the infrared community on deviantART had a bit more recognition too!


:bulletblack:Check out Trees-With-character who are holding the Sky is the Limit Contest and think about entering. Why not couple Infrared with trees and make an entry?

Community Relations News

:bulletblack:The Community Relations Newsletter for April is out full of  lots of news and happenings in the community. Check out the link for more info.

:bulletblack:This week we say goodbye to ChewedKandi who has stepped down from her role as a mentor volunteer on deviantART. Drop some love  her way!

:bulletblack:The 121st Issue of The LOL Corner is out and well worth checking out for some lulz.

00:28:06 <malevolentman> perverts of america
00:28:08 <malevolentman> UNITE
00:28:09 ** thestripperspole has joined

:bulletblack: Once again our Daily Deviation Roundups have been nicely compiled into A blog so you can read with ease!

Spotlight Deviant Phostructor

There are many perfectly wonderful dreamy Infrared shots out there - many of which I will share at the end of this article. But Phostructor explores something a little different.
Yes, Austin, this is an Emu by Phostructor
Grave Decor by Phostructor
Pathos by Phostructor

Spotlight Group Abstract-and-Surreal

To edge away from infrared (but only a little) this week I'm spotlighting my very own group! However really the credit goes to the wonderful team over there (which has just grown incredibly) who keep things ticking over and in general make it what it is. The group has folders for traditional, digital and photographical abstract and surreal works including a folder for Infared Photography.
the greenhouse - das glashaus p3 by EvaShoots
bristled chestnut by gndrfck
amok by nenmayk
Memoirs by SilverScreened
Oblivion by anaPhenix
tree island by windrides

Check out one of our latest blogs The Surrealist written by the fantastic AFineWar
The inner side of the outside by blue-a

Deviants to Check Out This Week

Infrared Pond by La-Vita-a-Bella

Magic Forest by PoLazarus2

Castles of Dreams - VIII.a by DimensionSeven

Project Educate - Week Off!

projecteducate is having a quiet week this week with no featured art form. However the schedule has been updated for future weeks bringing us right up until September so check it out Here and see if there's anything you want to get involved with. Check out the Street Week Epilogue!
Glasses by NunoCanha
Japanese Style by kingmouf

General Photography

Community Volunteer Kaz-D

Over at Through-a-Lens the General Photography DD Features are up!
Coffee in the morning by KowalskiEmil
Elevated by redtreeme
hot and cold by dantoadityo

Black and White Stories is a new series of articles from DianaGrigore which is already proving widely popular.
Lady back in black by SuckMyGore
frantic by byebyebeautifool
All i won't say by Nahuask

New Samples of Magic Infrared Photography is out!
Boise in Infrared by vazagothic
woman and scape by hirza
Lyckebyan II by Goro38

Finding Beauty Vol.I is the first of many wonderful articles from RosleinRot
Refreshing by pqphotography
SuperNova meets the Earth by naked-in-the-rain
Niceland IV by JanMoeller

Transportation Under 1,000 is out from L0NE-W0lf
sailing away by burcyna
The Cleveland Cliffs by juengel08
Nissan 300ZX by DeviantPunisher


Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska

codenamepanther has written an awesome article on Architecture Prints
Beautiful Scotland by AJ-Gov
Arc - III - BW by svensson
London by rh89

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

The Street Community is having a CONTEST !!!
The "So you think you can street" Photography Contest is well worth checking out!!!

Check out the Complete Project Educate series from StamatisGR below!
:bulletblack: Street Photography Week Overview
:bulletblack: "Street": The origins - Defining Street
:bulletblack: Street Photography for dummies
:bulletblack: Street Photography for experts
:bulletblack: 52 Street tips from the Masters
:bulletblack: dA Street shooters share their tips
:bulletblack: Friday night Street Specials v4.4
:bulletblack: Deviant Street Books-Inspirational links
:bulletblack: PE:"So you think you can Street" Contest

Urban & Rural

Community Volunteer itsfrits

The Monthly Urban and Rural news is out! with the exciting news that Mondays will be all about Urban Exploration including features, articles and specific Urban and Rural Daily Deviations!
Cloud City by VerticalDubai
Inception Gold by almiller
resurrection by otsego-amigo


Community Volunteer lead DistortedSmile

Recently JamminJo has written some excellent articles for ArtHistoryProject exploring Deaf Artists. In particular it's also worth checking out The Two Sisters - Art History

JamminJo has set a challenge for all readers to go out and take photographs whilst wearing earplugs - to establish the difference between being able to hear and create - and not. Check out the article for more info.

Tip of the Week - How do they do it?

This week the tip comes from MichiLauke who has been a huge asset to the world of infrared on deviantART. One of the biggest questions people have is how can I do that? Well Michael hopefully has some answers...

"If you have a Sony (or another camera model) with a "Night Shot Modus" you should buy a cheap Hongkong Infrared Filter of 950mm at eBay in the correct mm size of your lens and you can make even hand held b-w Infrared."
Horses Love infrared by MichiLauke

"If you want to make colorful Infrared Shots use a Hoya r72 filter and a good tripod and do some "quality" tests of your camera. Nikon cameras are the best for infrared shots with a Hoya r72 filter."
bitter mood - infrared by Konczey-Zsolt

"Buy a converted camera for infrared shots. There are many cheap offers all around. They might not be new but are converted!  You can use these cameras like any other cameras. They just will produce Infrared Pictures. Find some IR Tutorials (see below) for color switch editing and your photos will be magic!"
Holy Trees infrared by MichiLauke

Featured Tutorials

IR Photo + Video Tutorial by nxxos
A video tutorial from nxxos which walks you through how the above shot was achieved.

And gilad has written a fantastic and very informative tutorial which you can find Right Here

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!


Pink Tree infrared... by MichiLauke
Magic Tree infrared... by MichiLauke
infrared tree by Tschisi
LOST Beach II Infrared by MichiLauke
The Dream Castle by IngoSchobert
04:42 155111527 by UnderFloorboardWorld
Horses infrared... by MichiLauke
Horses Dreams IR Infrared by MichiLauke
Horses Dream infrared... by MichiLauke
Horses Dream II... by MichiLauke
Two Horses IR Infrared by MichiLauke
The Horse IR Infrared by MichiLauke
Pink Tree infrared... by MichiLauke
Three Birches infrared . . . by MichiLauke
Three Birches infrared... by MichiLauke

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

The Community Volunteer Team -  Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey

Architecture AnaNaszynska

Urban and Rural: itsfrits

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy

Macro: hellfirediva

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism xbastex

Street: StamatisGR

Groups to check out
:iconbestofcolor::iconresurgere: :iconshopping-for-stock::iconphoto--assignment: :icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens: :iconabstract-high-key: :iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics:

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"Does Equipment Matter?"

One of the more recent articles on the topic of photography explores how an instagram photograph taken during Hurricane Sandy has been selected to be used on the cover of Time Magazine. Perhaps quite fittingly, the title accompanying the image on the front page is Lessons from the storm. Whilst many have learned a lot from Hurricane Sandy and many more are working on rebuilding their lives, one of the biggest lessons for photographers and the world of media could well be that iphone Photographers can be photo-journalists too. We've covered the topic of equipment, capabilities and qualifications many a time before now in Photography Weekly - but what are your thoughts on this article?

Source: Petapixel

Community Relations News

Welcome to Movember! Traditionally Movember is the month of hairy men. No really. Men across the world grow their beards and moustaches in aid of mens health - specifically prostate cancer. Here on deviantART we are having our very own Movember teams. Even if you can't grow a moustache you can still participate - Men and women alike! Check out this article for more info.
:bulletpink: Celebrating Diversity from DpressedSoul
:bulletpink: Manga and Anime CV
:bulletpink: Traditional Tuesdays
:bulletpink: Creeping Wednesday
:bulletpink: Craft a Moustache Contest
:bulletpink: Show me Bridges!
:bulletpink: CSS Did You Know?

News & Events from Chats

:bulletblack: Chat Tutorial: Requesting Help from dekorAdum is very useful and will also give you info on the other tutorials available!

Project Educate

It's Horror and Macabre Photography week over at projecteducate brought to you by the lovely queen of horror - pullingcandy The end of October saw the end of an epic month of Photo-manipulation and we move into Horror and Macabre Photography as Halloween is upon us. Next week is Cosplay, also with pullingcandy and then the next community week is up! To get involved note the group.
:bulletpink: Welcome to Horror and Macabre Photography Week!
:bulletpink: A brief History of Horror
:bulletpink: Suggesting Horror and Macabre DDs
:bulletpink: Anathema Photography
:bulletpink: Variations of Sinister

Art History

It's Stock and Resources Month over at ArtHistoryProject and there will be lots going on brought to you by various CVs and community members. Head over for all the recent upates.
:bulletpink: Interview with Sandara
:bulletpink: Welcome to Stock and Resources Month!


Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl |

Capturing Halloween was, this week, the topic for Photography Troubleshooting and hopefully gave some useful hints and tips for across the board photographers. We've also rounded up our Daily Deviations for October which you can find here and here. Also I put together an article this week about how to present your work - and how to make it stand out more in terms of Daily Deviations. Check out It's all about Presentation (Mostly). Also another deviant has put together a more in-depth article about Artist Comments which you can read here. And finally, 3wyl has once more put together a fantastic article of
five photographers from across deviantART that deserve to Be

People & Portraits Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl |

Check out the Photographer of the week over at PeopleAndPortraits and don't forget that you can still enter our seasonal portraiture contest - read the article here! This week in honour of it being Halloween we made sure that People and Portraits Exposed was a Halloween Special! If you're looking for some lighting tips for portrait photographer then look no further than Kendra-Paige's article Let's learn portraiture!

Abstract & Surreal Photography

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

Abstract and Surreal DDs is a roundup of Octobers Daily Deviations for the category. The Surrealist from AFineWar explores a collection of surreal works from the galleries.

Horses im my dreams by iwanttobeevil

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

The Power of Ideas is out once more from DemonMathiel and explores some inspirational concepts from the conceptual photography gallery with a Halloween Theme.


Still Life Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D & 3wyl

November Silver Contest has opened for still life photographers so head over to Still-Life-Stills in order to participate!  Nom Nom this week had a Halloweenie Specialty to it! We've also got another roundup of Weekly Gallery Selections for you to enjoy.

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

A Roundup of the Street Photography Daily Deviations has been put together by StamatisGR and is out for all to see!

V by djailledie

Photography Resources

Light Painting with Tutorials is a fantastic article from JeanFan helping those who wish to achieve the wonderful photographic techniques.

News & Events From the Forums

:bulletblack: Forum Features: Contrast
:bulletblack: Monthly Photography Critique Thread
:bulletblack: Help with lens choice needed
:bulletblack: Dream location for a shoot?
:bulletblack: Ideal Wildlife Photography Lenses- Please recommend/help!
:bulletblack: Canon 1100D
:bulletblack: The Film Era's leftover
:bulletblack: Nikon D3200 or Nikon D5100?
:bulletblack: Your dream photograph?
:bulletblack: 35mm Cameras
:bulletblack: The best way to photograph any type of rodent? Tips please (:
:bulletblack: Any Photography Tips?
:bulletblack: Flash Heads and Wireless Triggers
:bulletblack: How to find free photgraphers for a starting out model ?
:bulletblack: Head Shot Tips
:bulletblack: HELP!? Wedding Photos for begginers??
:bulletblack: First Flash
:bulletblack: Advice about getting your first DSLR
:bulletblack: your opinion: fall folliage, kodak gold or kodak portrait
:bulletblack: First home studio kit

Photography Books

Painting with Light by Eric Curry is a brand new book that has had some fantastic reviews. Eric gives some fantastic tips that will help you on your journey of capturing light painting images. It's well worth checking it out, having a read and practicing the techniques shared.


:bulletblack: The Illuminated World  - Hall Place, Kent, England.
A fascinating exploration of early photography and a world that no longer
exists through a recently unearthed collection of glass slide lanterns
by Photographer - Arthur Boswell.
:bulletblack: Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour - Somerset House, London, England.
An extensive showcase focusing on ways that North American and European
Photographers have utilized Bresson's famous decisive moment concept in
their colour work.
:bulletblack: Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea - National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, England.
Including many 'never displayed before in the UK' prints from the famous Photographer - a definite must-see if you're local!
:bulletblack: Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order - 3 Jubilee Place, London, England.
First UK exhibition of Foglia's acclaimed series exploring life off the grid!


:bulletblack: What's Going On? is a great article with projects, contests and happenings that can earn you points and prizes. Check it out for more info.

:bulletblack: <a <br="">Halloween Contests - Find One Here!  is a roundup of all the currently announced Halloween events going on. Check back on the journal for regular updates!

:bulletblack:<a"http:"" journal="" capture-your-pumpkin-contest-329098291"="">Capture Your Pumpkin! hosted in the Still-Life-Stills group this contest is still life photography based. But do not fear - if you've never ventured into the Still Life World it doesn't matter! You can quite easily pick up your camera and get creative on this one. Plus there's a category for best carving why not get creative with the carving knife (and your pumpkin!)

:bulletblack:Monochrome Surrealism has launched over at Abstract-and-Surreal and challenges you to capture Surrealism in Monochrome.

:bulletblack:Recipe Challenge: Pesto be sure to check over at Still-Life-Stills for the recipe for this months challenge and the winners from last month.

:bulletblack:November Contest: Silver  is open at Still-Life-Stills and is
for your Silver themed still life photography. Head to the group to enter!

:bulletblack:Seasonal Portraiture Contest is open and is being hosted by communityrelations along with PeopleAndPortraits. Check it out as it challenges you to capture people in seasonal environments and creative ways! There is a fantastic prize list too.

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: dA Love for Everyone from lintu47
:bulletblue: Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: Spreading the dA Love from Quolia
:bulletblue: Weekly Light Hunters from MarcosRodriguez

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl

Architecture: AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart

Darkroom: RockstarVanity

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

:iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::iconphoto--assignment: :icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics: :iconpeopleandportraits:

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:bulletblue: Underappreciated Deviants
:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
:bulletblue: Themes & Topics
:bulletblue: Featured Tutorials</a"http:>

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