*What REALLY Defines a MarySue/GaryStu Character?Frankly, I ignore most people's craptastic Mary Sue/Gary Stu OC's because they are so badly written/designed it makes me utterly sick as a long time RPer in live action and tabletop RPG's. This crap people are doing on DA and calling it Role Playing, that's childish BS compared to what I've grown up doing. And sorry to burst people's delusional bubble here, but yes, your whatever-its-name-is characters are Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters. Want to know why? The traits that define all Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters include the following:
Making a character that is a carbon copy clone of a canon character's appearance in an established fiction.
Making a character that is a bastardized, masculinized, or feminized clone of a canon character's appearance in an established fiction.
Making a character that has the exact same physical and/or special abilities as a canon character in an established fiction.
Making a character that is more powerful than
*RP Rules and EtiquetteWell now, it seems that a lot of people on DA, and across the internet for that matter, have a huge misconception about what Role Playing actually is, let alone the fact that they have no idea how to do it properly. Most of those who are clueless are children (under 18) who not only have no idea what they are doing, but also clearly had no proper instruction, or very bad instruction, on how to Role Play correctly, let alone proper Role Play etiquette. The rest of the clueless ones that are actually adults are one of four things: generally ignorant and need proper instruction, received bad instruction on how to RP, are arrogant jerks who think they are the center of the RP, or are drama queens seeking attention and will throw a childish tantrum if they don't get their way.*RP Rules and Etiquette3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Me, I usually like to give people the benefit of the doubt and try to give them proper instructions on how to RP correctly. As a lifetime RPer, from Live Action ReCreationism Role Play, to COStume PLAY, to Live Act
Bare vs BearI get SO tired of people, especially native English speakers, being completely inept when it comes to using the correct words for things. I realize some words can get confused with ones that have multiple spellings and sound the same (There - location, Their - possessive pronoun, They're - contraction of They Are /// Too - also, Two - number, To - direction /// Weather - atmospheric conditions and resulting destructive forces, Whether - case or fact), but I mean REALLY, it's not that hard to remember guys, seriously. We all went to school, will you at least TRY to type like you actually paid attention and learned something in class? This includes correct spelling and at least an attempt at correct grammar and punctuation, guys. Below is the actual definitions for both terms Bare and Bear. (The short version: Bare = Naked... Bear = All other definitions... You see? It's not that hard.) Non native English speakers at least TRY to be legible and understood, so why canBare vs Bear3 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Regarding Fan Art LawI'm sure you all saw it in your messages, and I thought I would offer my answers to the two questions regarding fan art and how I see it on the side of an artist who draws it. You may agree with it, you may not. We all have our own views and opinions, after all. If you wish to read more, have a look at the conversations here --> http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/journal/Fan-Art-Law-326536193*Regarding Fan Art Law3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The original posting of my comment can be found here --> http://comments.deviantart.com/1/326536193/2739437857
1. How do you feel when creating a piece of fan art or fan fiction around your favorite character or story?
I feel like I'm part of the fantasy, part of the story; whether as a direct observer involved in the creation of a story, or by mentally slipping into the mind of a character within the story. It is a primary reason I enjoy both Role Playing as well as writing, whether fan fictions and fan RP's or whether the story and characters are completely my own original works.
Project Educate 2011-2012 Part 2Project Educate 2011-2012 Part 24 years ago in Personal More Like This
11thIntroduction!Welcome to Digital Dolls!Dolling 101 (Or Dolling For Beginners)Interview with LadyHazy12thHistory and Interview!History of DollingInterview with Metroid-Tamer!13thPageants!Intro to Pageants14thInterview and Resources!
Project Educate: Photographing Infants + ChildrenPhotographing infants and children can either be really painful and frustrating, or incredibly fun and rewarding. It depends entirely on the child. I kid, sort of. It's what you make of it and how you treat the moment. Children are fast, sometimes moody, sometimes hyper and nearly always think they know what you want them to do when you turn the camera on them. Either run, or crack that huge fake camera smile that they've been taught to do for their school photographs.Project Educate: Photographing Infants + Children3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Don't force a smile. If the child doesn't want to smile, don't make them. You'll end up with the fake smile. However having said that, you can try and be funny, but again don't push it. They're smarter than many give them credit for. If you're not getting a smile but you're getting a rude funny face, then accept it. Those sorts of shots can be awesome as well.
Learn to accept imperfections. Whether the children are strangers to you or not, you can't have it perfect all of the time. Messy hair,
PE: The Basics of Giving CritiqueA lot of people seem to think that giving a critique requires you to have an art degree and a lifetime of experience. This is merely an excuse barrier to stop you from trusting yourself in the art of delivering a fine critique. Today's Project Educate guide is an aid to help you consider the basics of critique, and in particular critique on dA.PE: The Basics of Giving Critique4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This article has been written as a guideline overview only and one persons advice. There are hundreds of existing "how to" guides for critique already existing on dA, so if this one doesn't suit you, take a browse and see what else you can find!
The key rules to critique
1. Keep in mind you are writing a CRITIQUE not a CRITICISM. Be wary of your word choices and make sure you keep in mind you are helping the artist for improvement. Be Constructive, not Destructive.
2. Consider you audience- who is the artist reading this critique? How may they react to your words? Be wary of patronising the person you are c
Project Educate: Being a People PersonSo you've got the equipment, you've got the top notch camera, the lighting, the studio, the backdrop and even the perfect weather - everything you need for a portrait photography shoot right? Wrong. The key behind all photographs that contain a living and breathing subject is to have the natural look. Just like the key to a conceptual shot is having the idea, the key to portraiture photography is having the eye. Co-operative subjects help too!Project Educate: Being a People Person3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I have especially found in the past, that people develop a pained and strained look on their face when the camera is pointed in their direction. Interestingly enough, it happens more often at Weddings. The bride and groom quite often develop the look that they might have when they've just finished writing out the cheque for me to photograph their big day...
Then, quite suddenly one day, I got it. It was when a stunning bridesmaid at a wedding lifted her hands in front of her face and squealed when I clicked the camera in her
Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing BabiesOkay so one of the biggest subjects within portraiture photography are infants and children! Children and in particular newborn babies bring out the photographer in all of us. So whether or not you're looking to go pro and snap babies professionally or whether you just want to brush up on some tips for your own family or friends, this could be the article for you! I always thought that when I got my first baby shoot booked, it would just be a case of snapping them on the carpet or wrapped up in a blanket. I had no idea how creative I could really get - and how simply it would be to do that.Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing Babies3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Until a few weeks ago, I had never photographed a baby in my life, let alone had to pose and arrange one in cute positions with lots of fluffy toys surrounding it. I had also never used a lighting kit before, but that's another story. Anyway, I found it incredibly easy once I knew what i needed, to set up for the shoot and since then I haven't looked back. Whether yo
Project Educate: Expressing and EmotingEssentially, these are mostly the same thing with a few minor differences which are explained below. But before we move onto that, there's an important message to share when it comes to categorising your work. To get the best out of the photography galleries it's vitally important that you categorise your work properly. That' why these weeks exist in some respects, to help educate you through that. With regards to Daily Deviations - Community Volunteers will not give features to pieces of work that are mis-categorised. They might assist you by moving your work or explaining where it should go, but seeing a deliberate miscat is a bit off-putting when it comes to choosing pieces to showcase. Take some time to have a look through your gallery (I'm going to do the same!) and figure out if everything is in the right place. If you're struggling, just ask. We're here to help. What we won't do is rearrange your whole gallery for you. We will however, work with you to try and straighten thingsProject Educate: Expressing and Emoting3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Daily Literature Deviations for May 23, 2012Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsDaily Literature Deviations for May 23, 20124 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Daily Lit Deviations for May 23rd, 2012
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People + Portraits Photography - Uncovering TalentJaredWingate has been on deviantART for over a year and has a rather varied Gallery. You may have recently seen him quoted in Photography Weekly as his reasons for taking up Photography as a hobby are quite poignant. He shoots with a Nikon d5100 and a Nikon d800 with an array of Tamron and Nikon lens. JaredWingate uses photo editing software for light retouching depending on what his subject desires.People + Portraits Photography - Uncovering Talent3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Firstly, and most importantly - Why people?
Well, as a lot of people already know here... I have Autism, and like most people with Autism we have a lot of problems understanding people & facial expressions.... I believe I was drawn towards people to learn more about this. I gravitate towards Street Photography specifically people in the street because people are alive and moving which makes them harder subjects than say, still life.
What do you find are the challenges of staging y
PE Architecture Photography: IntroductionPE Architecture Photography: Introduction3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Architecture Photography: Introduction
Welcome to the projecteducate Architecture Photography Week!
Boy oh boy! I've been preparing this for a few weeks now so I gathered quite a few articles for you guys! To begin with, I will introduce you to the Architecture Photography Gallery on deviantART with all its sub-categories. Then we'll move on to the basics in Architecture Photography in order to help you take successful photographs. We will also see some of the trends around the Gallery with inspiring examples, just to give you a taste of what you can do and encourage you to give it a try as well!
Along with all these articles, I've also prepared interviews with remarkable architecture photographers within the community, but also outside deviantART! I hope you'll enjoy to get to know these people better.
There is an Architecture Photography Critique Event plan
Project Educate: Classic Portrait PhotographyClassic Portraits are Photographs of people in traditional pose. These are often formal, refined and restrained in style. As you will see within the Gallery they often involve a plain and simple background which is a popular feature of Classic Portraiture. One of the most notable things within the Classic Portrait Photography Gallery is that there are a lot of art nudes. This actually occurs across the board with People & Portraits and I cannot stress enough - that if your work features nudity, it belongs within the artistic nude gallery!Project Educate: Classic Portrait Photography3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Conversion to black and white with concentration on bringing out tones and shadows creates that timeless classic look and is often favoured by the elite artists that submit to the People & Portraits - Classic Gallery.
Whilst D-SLR's have a monochrome function, for the most part (mine h
People + Portrait Roundup and Winners! This Week We've Covered...People + Portrait Roundup and Winners!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
How to be a People Person
Getting Permission to Photography People
Photography Troubleshooting:How to Photograph FoodMany of us lament about a lack of subjects to Photograph - and almost just as many of us create something on a daily basis that with a bit of presentation, can look like a masterpiece. Food is one of the most accessible Photographic subjects and if you've no idea where to start, hopefully this article will give you a few pointers. Firstly, you don't need an expensive D-SLR in order to capture some of the food masterpieces you see around.Photography Troubleshooting:How to Photograph Food3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The above was taken with a Sony Cybershot which is a good quality point and shoot camera. As you can see, the focus is crisp, the quality is good and the lighting is adequate. It works well - and it's easy enough to achieve whether you have a D-SLR or something smaller.
Before you start cooking - get prepared. It's the simplest easiest thing to say and you'll likely roll your eyes at such a mundane instruction but there have been many times when I've found mysel
Photography Troubleshooting: Dull Images on dA?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!Photography Troubleshooting: Dull Images on dA?3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"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
alive..is 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
People + Portraits: Capturing WeddingsThe Weddings category within the People & Portraits Photography gallery is often misused and misunderstood. It's not for capturing those generic wedding shots of shoes, cakes, decorations and rings. The idea is that there needs to be a person or people captured in the shot to make it portraiture photography. There also (and i know it's mind blowing) needs to be a wedding theme going on! Simply cropping in close on hands or shoes or a part of a dress isn't enough to get it into the gallery. If the gallery were simply 'Weddings' then it would be different of course. You should consider the use of the Photojournalism - Weddings Gallery too and if your shots are journalistic in style they need to be pushed towards that gallery.People + Portraits: Capturing Weddings3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Fiddle with your settings to ensure you capture the bright white of the wedding dress (as this is the common colour anyway). A lot of cameras will over compensate if you've got this large white area in your view finder and expose the dress as being
*Rule 34 and SlashYou know, I've been involved with quite a number of fandoms for quite a long time. One thing I see time and again is what is universally referred to as "Rule #34", which is the rule that states "If it exists there IS porn of it." Well, sure fine whatever. I'm not into porn, but whatever floats your boat I guess. There are more than a few "Rule #34" applications that I personally find disturbing, to say the least.*Rule 34 and Slash3 years ago in Personal More Like This
However, this also brings me to the whole "Slash" thing, whether it's fics, art, whatever. There seems to be a number of people who actually do not understand what the actual definition of "Slash" really is. Well, I'll make it very straight forward and to the point:
Slash = any fan story/art containing a pairing between same-sex (usually male/male) canon characters.
FemSlash = any fan Slash story/art containing a pairing between female/female only canon characters.
OCSlash = any fan story/art containing a pairing between same-sex characters where one
Photography Troubleshooting: Grouping PeopleWhen working with large groups of people, it's often incredibly difficult to know how to direct them, where to pose them, and indeed what to have them doing. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made when embarking on my first group shot at my first wedding as a photographer - was not speaking up when my assistant was shooting alongside me. The consequence? Half the group were looking at him, and half the group were looking at me. Luckily we straightened it out in the end - but when there are a lot of cameras around, or lots of people - you need to speak up and give direction so they can take direction.Photography Troubleshooting: Grouping People3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Knowing who your client is in advance, and knowing what sort of group you will be working with is very useful in terms of preparing. It would be unprofessional to arrive at a Wedding with expectations of 50 people attending and then finding out that you have 150 to work with. Knowing your group and the expanse you'll need i
People + Portraits: TroubleshootingBack at the beginning of this week we opened up a photography troubleshooting blog and had lots of queries to answer and work through. Some of them require lengthy replies so keep an eye on communityrelations this coming week for fuller articles. However the basic ones and some hints and tips that were shared along the way have been compiled into this blog. Feel free to contribute - and of course, ask more questions!People + Portraits: Troubleshooting3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Questions and Answers...
"People often ask me where they can see their photo, after I've taken it - sort of on the street or something. What do I tell them?"
"I tend to take business cards with me when I go out. I slip a few into my camera bag and then if anybody ever asks or wants to know where shots will be, I can say that in the near future they should be on my website. Equally people can contact you if they don't see it, and/or ask for copies.! ~ Kaz-D "
"I did a big series of engagement phot
It's All About Presentation (Mostly)As more and more people start taking pictures of their nether regions on their iphones or posing myspace style in front of their HTC's - the competitive world of getting a Daily Deviation gets just that much harder... I kid. But... daily, I am bombarded with awesome suggestions (which I love) and I'm not complaining about. But there has to be a criteria of sorts, that sets an image above the rest. Here are a few things I look for that you might not have noticed before... The first thing I look at when I stumble across an image or view a suggestion from somebody, is how the artist has presented their work to the deviantART Community.It's All About Presentation (Mostly)3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Your image isn't everything. Not anymore. In the past I have given Daily Deviations to pieces with titles that are a combination of random letters and numbers, or that are very obviously still the source file title - or that tends to be just a keyboard mash-up. Everyday CVs are sent many many notes suggesting pieces o
People + Portraits Photography: Body Art RecapWithin the People and Portraits Photography Gallery there are various galleries that have their own Community Volunteer and go to person for Daily Deviation suggestions and so on. Body Art has its own niche within the People & Portraits Gallery and this has been the case since 2010. Exillior explains the changes more fully in this journal.People + Portraits Photography: Body Art Recap3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Photography Body Art Gallery is for Photographers who would like to showcase the Body Art that has been executed by somebody else. If you've created the Body Art or you have the permission to post the creation of somebody else's Body Art then you need to submit it to Traditional Art -> Body Art. Check out JZino's latest Daily Deviations Roundup for more information on her Daily Deviation suggestion guidelines. Below is a recap of useful Body Art Blogs and Features
PE Architecture: StaircasesPE Architecture: Staircases3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Architecture Photography Trends: Staircases
The staircase is one of the most vital parts of a multi-story construction. The first step in the design of such a building is to find the perfect position of the staircase, the rest of the project would result from this as spaces will find their place around it.
Architecture photographers love staircases just as much as they give opportunities for stunning images with very intriguing visual effects. Check out these wonderful examples of staircases in Architecture Photography gallery!
'Stairs of Art' by Nightline
'05 blue' by gnato
'y h' by gnato
'y star.' by :devgnato'
'Life is Golden' by Matthias-Haker
'Rise 02' by Nightline
'rise and come down' by ChristineAmat
'stair confusion' by kraftseins
PE Architecture: SubjectPE Architecture: Subject3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Architecture Photography Basics: Subject
The central element of every architectural photo is the building. The sheer size of buildings makes them very different from almost every other type of photographic subject. An architectural photographer can not only photograph the subject from outside, but can also step into the subject and capture images of its inner life. Additionally, a building is immovably connected to its environment, which means that the photographer has to make the effort to visit the subject.
The building as primary subject
Typically, all elements surrounding a building play a secondary role in the composition of an architectural photograph, resulting in an image with univocal message. The significance of each individual building in images that contain more than one major structure can vary.
Sometimes a single building will dominate due to its size or central position, while the other times, the arrangement of