My dA profile will be 'retired' at the end of November (tomorrow).
Today is the last chance to buy prints through dA.
Due to the daft and slightly counter-intuitive way that dA deals with deleted profiles, I will be individually deleting all my deviations. If I don't, although they will evaporate from my gallery, they will stay in other user collections and favourites. As collections and favourites are a part of the reason for leaving, I'm stuck with the laborious chore individual deletion.
That process of removal will begin at midnight tomorrow night UK time.
I would prefer to be able to say that leaving dA is a hard decision. In fact it is an easy one.
I'm closing my dA account because..
1. I have no control over the context in which my images are displayed in collections and favourites.
2. dA is progressively becoming a place that is best known for the puerile scribblings of teenagers, artless exhibitionistic photographs of human genitalia, and copyright infringement.
In short, dA has stopped being relevant to my work as a photographer, and it has too many negative connotations to use as a portfolio site.
If you want to buy a print, then you have up until the end of the month. I will close
When I first joined dA, my deviations attracted almost as many comments as favs. As time has gone on, the habit of leaving comments has dropped off considerably. These days I'm lucky to see one comment for twenty favs.
If you do like a picture enough to add it to your favourites, please also leave a comment so I know what you liked about it.
Many of my images include an element of nudity. Fortunately dA has a very liberal policy on nudity and sexually themed deviations. The problem arises when one of my artistic and carefully crafted images appears embedded in (for instance) a collection of crude self-shot close-ups of genitalia. Currently that collection and my image within it would be visible to all. I would like to have an element of control over my work being included in a collection I would rather not be associated with. I feel so strongly about this issue that, if not resolved, I will have take the only course of action open to me, and remove all my pictures from deviantAR
Capturing subjects in motion.
Ten random tips for getting better results with 'action' photography.
1. If your subject is moving and your intention is that the subject is sharp in your picture, putting the camera on a tripod is a bad idea.
2. There are only two ways to capture a moving target; panning/following the subject, and maximising shutter speed. (Using flash is essentially the same as raising the shutter speed.)
3. If you use flash to arrest movement, make sure that the contribution from the flash is significantly greater than ambient light, and don't try to use shutter speed AND flash at the same time or you'll run into synchroni