Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural LightingWelcome to the second installment of Let's Learn Portraiture! The previous installment was about Model Communication. For this installment, we will be tackling a topic for those photographers who enjoy taking portraits outdoors.
Portraiture with Natural Lighting
1.) Avoid Direct Sunlight
While it can really bring out the color of the eyes and make them pop, having your model stare into the sun should never be on the agenda. Not only is it exceedingly uncomfortable for your model, but it casts very harsh shadows. In most cases, you want to position your model with the sun behind them, or to the side.This will illuminate the hair and offer a nice glow. The issue then is that the subject's face may be too dark (underexposed). To solve this, you can bounce some light back into th
Let's Learn Portraiture: Model CommunicationIn an effort to further give back to the community, I have decided to kick off a series of informative articles called 'Let's Learn Portraiture.' The goal will be to cover topics related to people and portrait photography. To start, we will cover a topic suggested by *ThomasJergelLet's Learn Portraiture: Model Communication1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Communicating With Your Model
Get to Know Your Subject
Different photographers take different approaches to how they interact with their models, but I've always taken a personal approach. Learning about your subject's interests can not only make them more comfortable, but it can also lead to more striking images that follow along with those interests. Communication is key when it comes to interacting with your model, and building a quick rapport is important in order to solidify that.
When working with amateur models who may not be familiar with posing for the camera, you may often find that they will resort to e
Photography Troubleshooting: Winter WildlifeFor many parts of the world, Winter provides a beautiful backdrop for some of the best landscape and water scape Photography out there. Snowy hills, Frosty trees and more help to convert a world of vibrant Summer or Autumn into subdued yet awe-inspiring Winter. But what about the wildlife? Extreme weather conditions can make it more challenging to get out and about with the camera, but can also give you more opportunity to capture those elusive animals.Photography Troubleshooting: Winter Wildlife1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
When I first started investigating Winter Wildlife Photography I thought that I would have to aim for things like Foxes, Deer and other wild and sometimes elusive animals. But actually, wildlife Photography and in particular in the Winter - can start right in the back garden.
Birds in particular get hungrier and needier during Winter months in England. I'm sure this is true for many parts of the world too. Depending on the kinds that frequent your garden, you could encourage them to linger pretty quickly or it might
Photography Troubleshooting: PetsPhotographing pets whether for yourself or as part of a job, is becoming increasingly popular and the demand for tips and tutorials is ever on the increase. Within this weeks article we hope to give you a few pointers and answer a few queries that might have come up. `Talty asked us this...Photography Troubleshooting: Pets1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"My camera has a pets & kids setting but they still come out blurry.
I've tried every setting, so far I've had better results with the "EASY"
setting, but they still come out only decent."
`Talty is using a high end Canon Powershot which is fantastic for things like still life photography, landscapes and working up close with static options and scenery. But when it comes to photographing animals and in particular as `Talty is attempting - kittens, it doesn't compensate for the difficulties such a subject poses. For example kittens are incredibly wriggly, and as `Talty has found, getting them to stay still in any one place is a nightmare! So naturally you need a camera that can al
Photography Troubleshooting: How to work with MistGetting the camera out, and the scarf, hat and gloves, and heading into a misty morning or hazy evening can result in the best kind of photographs. Atmospheric, moody and ultimately a fine example of whatever current season you're in - these kinds of shots present themselves at awkward moments so it's vitally important to be prepared. In previous years I've got up at the crack of dawn and ventured out with all the excitement of a young child on their first day of school - only to come home with a grazed knee and broken felt tip pens. Or rather, washed out, blurred and altogether rubbish photographs.Photography Troubleshooting: How to work with Mist1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Fog is a popular mist - we often get confused and just term it all as fog or all as mist. It's not quite like that. It's all about the visibility, if we can see less than 1km through it then it's fog. If we can see between 1 - 2 km then it's mist. So when is the best time to catch these ground level clouds at their best? Fo
Photography Fortnightly: Edition Forty NinePhotography Fortnightly: Edition Forty Nine1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase"
- Percy W. Harris
The other week, a piece of my writing was selected for a Daily Literature Deviation. If you're curious you can see the article here. I was humbled by that, but my reason for mentioning it in Photography Bi-weekly is that *0hgravity then highlighted a website to me that I found absolutely fascinating. It's soul purpose is to highlight Endangered Languages through Photography. 3170 lens are capturing the people who hold the key to the worlds most secret languages. Once again something like this highlights the complete and utter importance of Photography and reminds us of how far we've come, and how much we can do from mobile ph
Photography Weekly: Edition FortyPhotography Weekly Header created by ~TouchedDPhotography Weekly: Edition Forty1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
"Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity..."
As the year crawls into the final quarter - lots of challenges and daily photo tasks and so on begin to conclude. I have personally been challenging myself with the 365 Photography challenge - a photo a day for a whole year. It has been tricky to say the least, especially as I set myself a high standard of capturing more than one Photo a day - but also rewarding. Setting yourself a challenge, whether it's following the 52 week photography challenges that are out there, or doing a themed challenge such as 365 breakfasts - is a great way of expanding on your portfolio. Whilst it sometimes means that you struggle to find anything interesting to photograph or share, on the days that you do, you're one step closer to building another aspect of your portfolio.
Next week in Photography Troubleshooting - we will be looking at Money Matters and so
Photography ResourcesLots of people have had troubleshooting queries over the past few months that we've addressed through various articles you might have seen over at %communityrelations. This blog is a roundup of all those resources including a few others from around dA that you might find useful. If you've got something you'd like to see included then please note us with the information. Enjoy!Photography Resources9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Dull Images on dA
CR Newsletter - July/August 2013 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :CR Newsletter - July/August 20134 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Table of Contents
1. Gallery Makeover Project
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2013
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries
1. Gallery Makeover Project
First, thank you for all of your feedback concerning Gallery Makeovers! That information is being sorted and organized and I'll be working on one gallery at a time going forward. Recently, we announced the changes to the Journal Category tree and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I have been collecting feedback from the announcement for future consideration when it comes to future gallery additions. At this time, I will be monitoring the changes and should we ne
Troubleshooting:How to Photograph Christmas LightsTroubleshooting:How to Photograph Christmas Lights1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I recently read an article on Reddit that explored the best way to photography Christmas lights and it raised some interesting points. Rather than re-hash what has already been said, I've delved into a few tutorials around the web to give an overview of some hints and tips - and will link them all at the end of this article so that you can investigate for yourself.
When you take a Photograph, the camera will often over-compensate with the colours that it's trying to capture and objects that look fairly white to the naked eye don't appear so in the photo that you've taken. White Balance aims to override that. But just setting your camera to Auto White Balance and hoping for the best is not good enough...
The above shots show the same location taken firstly with auto white balance - and then secondly with the white balance set to shade. Setting Shade me
People + Portraits Exposed 14# Movember Special Classic PortraitsPeople + Portraits Exposed 14# Movember Special1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Infants and Children
hellogroom by ~hellonata
The Marx Siblings by ~OcelotPie
Jerry Uelsman and Why Surrealism is ArtJerry Uelsman established his unique and famous Photography style in the 1940s by using multiple photos to create a surrealistic and impressionist composite image. He's what we'd call 'old school' and is a modern day photographer with old style equipment. Even though he lives in an era when digital Photography is widely available, he chooses simply to stick with his film cameras and is famously quoted as saying...Jerry Uelsman and Why Surrealism is Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
"I am sympathetic to the current digital revolution and excited by the visual options created by the computer. However I feel my creative process remains intrinsically linked to the alchemy of the darkroom."
Uelsman exhibits up to this present day with his work being showcased across much of the USA. His exhibition is famously titled, Faking it: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop and serves as a poke that perhaps we can learn a thing or two from this great man.
Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing AutumnFor 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.Photography Troubleshooting: Capturing Autumn1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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 ind
Photography Troubleshooting: Understanding ISOHeader created by ~TouchedDPhotography Troubleshooting: Understanding ISO10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
=TheGalleryOfEve asked recently about SLR settings and in particular, a troubleshooting article focusing on ISO. So here it is! Hopefully this article will help you to understand ISO better, whether a beginner or not.
What Is ISO?
ISO within traditional photography, was an indication of how sensitive a film was to light. Within digital photography it measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. Basically, the lower the number then the less your camera is sensitive to light. Higher ISO numbers are generally used in dark situations to get faster shutter speeds but this can often mean that your shots are noisier. ISO 100 is the most widely used and gives crisp shots with little to no grain. Shooting in automatic means that the camera will select the appropriate ISO for the situations that you are facing, and work out the rest for you to reduce noise as much possible. But it's when you start getting more technical and
ProjectPorkchop Vol230#ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.ProjectPorkchop Vol2307 months ago in Art Features More Like This
David Bowie by ~TSOR1Matt Bellamy by ~TSOR1
Suggested by *TinyWild
The Devil will have his due... 4 by ~2LucidThe Devil will have his due... 2 by ~2Lucid
The Devil will have his due... 1 by ~2LucidDune by ~2Lucid
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ProjectPorkchop Vol221#ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.ProjectPorkchop Vol2218 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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rapunzel by *PaulKolvenbachArts Pareidolia by *PaulKolvenbachArts
The Tit by ~WielkiBooDragon by ~WielkiBoo
Water by ~WielkiBoo Sleeping lion by ~WielkiBoo
ProjectPorkchop Vol192#ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.ProjectPorkchop Vol1921 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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The sunny morning by ~h-i-l-e-x The foggy morning by ~h-i-l-e-x
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Kratron by *Zachula Foxglove-Tuffnut - Commission from Toastystroodle by *Zachula The Reflected Land by *Zachula ''Fare well to freedom in the Adriatic...'' by *Zachula
Pimps and Whoas - January 3, 2013PimpsPimps and Whoas - January 3, 20131 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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Colour Feature: GREENColour Feature: GREEN1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
120 by ~YanaBondareva
Strange Island by *MonsterBrandFresh Circus by ~passion-aesthete
Rust...behind me by ~ALEXANDRA-BANUTHomage V by ~DinnerSpoilerMadame Poupee by *MADmoiselleMeli
Ross creek 16 by *shadowfoxcreativeThe Cauldron by ~vincentfavre
Vintage wind by ~AlexandraSophie
Nom Nom 30#Nom Nom 30#1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Many thanks to ^pica-ae for this weeks suggestion of NUTELLA!
| Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti |
Friday Feature: Issue 003A Collection of -Friday Feature: Issue 0031 year ago in Art Features More Like This
There by ~liutawras
Danse lente by *NVENTFISCHER
Aftermath by *intao
Parting The Sea V6 by *KizukiTamura
amount of dark light II by ~carrex
ediscon by ~analogphoto
:iconabdohad: :iconslushy-pye: :iconjunnyphotography: :iconkim-e-sens:
:iconelysabet: :iconfilterkaffee: :iconmegalithicmatt: :icondyloulee:
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Fan Art DD Summary - October 2012:iconj-z-belexes:Fan Art DD Summary - October 20121 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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monsters elementary by ~lilibzkise-kun by ~ymkwPortal To My Heart by *JalbhennAssassin's Creed 3 - Connor by *betti357Marillo de Oro by ~pegosho:thumb273714054:Gandalf and the Balrog by *gonzalokennyCATCH Love Deadpool "UPDATED" by ~kylecbastianCave Of The Inferi by ~DubischThe Seven-color Warrior by *HaychelYou can have my everything by *fdasuarezDaniel Craig as James Bond by *DevonneAmosThor by ~jedskiJourney by ~FarukHussainMOTU 27x39 FINAL by ~TheBeastIsBack
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Remember about Theramore by ~Yulcha You rain... by ~Kodomo-no-luna Poppy by ~YOGISHA IN THE SEWERS by =CaziTena AC - Altair by *offrecord CN20TH by ~SakikoAmana Hawkeye by ~kittrose Shall we dance? by *kunoichi-san Phantom Detectives by *VerminFu Lights by ~raemz-desu Totoro's secret glade by ~Mattiasedstrom We're All Mad Here - The Cheshire Cat by *NickyBarkla I'll Decide For You by ~Alrynnas Lady in Red from Game Ib by ~AliceYuric CHRONOS by ~christadaelia TRON: Digital Sea by =Kofeyshka World End by ~nako-75 Violet Ash by ~Zucreelo YU-GI-OH Bakura and Marik by ~hikarra The Three Broomsticks by ~TwiggyMcBones O Fortuna by *Aurasama Assassin's Creed - Naara's Hunt by ~KimiSz Gabriel- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by *Esther-Sanz King of the Woodland Realm by ~saramondo TM Commission 1 by ~sheryth Pokemon Gijinka: SKITTY by ~hellcorpceo
ABCs of Deviants: KovoWolfWelcome to ABCs of Deviants! Where I interview deviants from A to Z!ABCs of Deviants: KovoWolf1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Amber is the Community Volunteer Mentor for Anthro within the %communityrelations team. She is not only a pillar for the Anthro community, but for the whole deviantART community too.
Now, on with the questions!
Guardian Of Light by ^KovoWolf
Hi Amber! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm an enthusiastic, multitasking, motivational, always try to inspire kind of person! I was born and raised in Southern California, I'm an identical twin, and I've been an artist all my life (or at least since I could remember).
How did you discover deviantART?
A friend of mine back on IRC had mentioned something to me about an art website that I might be interested in. Curious and excited I came