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With the start of a brand new year, lots of resolutions are set, promises made and aspirations begun to be aspired to. What are your Photographic hopes and dreams this year? Have you just finished the 365 photography challenge? Or the 52 week Photography challenge? Are you ready to take a break? Or are you just embarking on something like that and are fresh and excited for what it might bring? With that in mind, take a look at a very interesting article from Tahog it explores the Photography Gallery Records. And why not consider heading over to deviant365 to begin your 52 week journey of challenges and inspirations?
Our December Troubleshooting article focused on How to capture Christmas Lights but can pretty much be put into use all year round. Check out if you're looking for some inspiration, tips and if you've still got the decorations up and want to get some great captures! Another troubleshooting article last month explored How to Group People! There's another issue of All Snapped Up out from 3wyl!
Community Relations News
Ongoing Community Projects
Photo-manip: Ask the Artist
CR November -&gt; December Newsletter
Not so Traditional Tuesdays
Pimps and Whoas
News + Events from Chats
Check out the Chat Events Calendar for all the upcoming events and find out there how you can get involved in running your own event here on deviantART! Oughter has put together another issue of dAmnit - a feature which aims to focus on a particular deviant on the chat networks and some of their legendary quotes across the months. Check out the latest issue here!
Coming up, on the 12th of January, is an epic game of photohunt hosted by the wonderful AshleyxBrooke Check out This article for all the information you need!
Tuker117 is our spotlight deviant this week - the first of 2013! Here for three years, he has a gallery that spans several genres with emotive and inspiring works. Check his gallery out for yourself!
Contests + Challenges
Black and White Contest Ends February 21st!
Abstract &amp; Surreal Monthly Contest
Still Life Monthly Contest
People &amp; Portraits Monthly Challenge
Still Life Recipe Challenge
We've rounded up all of the articles submitted across previous projecteducate weeks and they are all available in our gallery over at the group for you to browse when you need info, features or tutorials! Additionally the 2012 Roundup Article is a really useful tool with a list of all the galleries and links for ease! Community Weeks are continuing with a useful article there to help you find out how you can get involved. There will be a community week each month this year so be sure to stop by and see what's going on! Finally the Calendar for 2013 is up to date and ready to show you what's going on this year!
Photography month is well and truly underway, but if you want to contribute and haven't signed up yet, there's still time! Just note the group. It has launched with an article letting you know what's going on who is who within the Photography CV team, check that out here. Additionally a brief History of Photography has also been shared and an article exploring the first of a series of Famous Photographs is out! Stop by the group for lots more going on this month.
Abstract + Surreal Photography
Community Volunteer arctoa
There are many areas of art here on deviantART that spark controversy and unrest between members of the community. For the majority, it is the fact that they cannot understand what makes a piece special or what a certain genre means, that causes them to get antsy. Remember that not everything is to your taste. There are lots of ways in which you can explore and learn about the galleries here on dA - consider stopping by ArtHistoryProject and checking out the historical facts about Photography this month. The Monthly Feature is out from WhoNeedsColour and shares many monochromatic works set to inspire! Within the Abstract + Surreal Community arctoa has been hard at work with various features and goings on. There's a Preview Feature of a truly fantastic artist, a Pinboard of current events and Last months daily deviation report. Don't forget to send your Abstract and Surreal Daily Deviation suggestions his way! There are some truly inspiring abstract works being featured from the gallery at the moment.
Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska
Architecture has featured widely in the news the past few days with a fantastic headline, If you build it, they will come (and copy it). In China, the race is on between two identical buildings to see who will finish first. Dame Zaha began her plans in August 2011, but someone else has come along, swooped in and is replicating her work in South-West China! The article is a great example of how we live in a world that's ever changing, and ever developing. And proof that even off of the canvas/camera or page in a book, works can be copied. Check out AnaNaszynska's DD roundup for December 2012.
Animals, Plants and Nature
Community Volunteer IsacGoulart
Yesterday on facebook, I spied a post from a wonderful Photographer who I found on deviantART some time ago sharing the fact that his work had been selected by National Geographic. You may have seen it on the most popular page the past few days. Huge congratulations to Zoran Milutinovic aka ZoranPhoto for his wonderful achievement with this shot!
Also within the APN community this month, IsacGoulart has shared the Top 21 DDs of 2012 in two parts. You can check out Part One + Part Two respectively!
Artistic Nude + Fetish Photography
Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine
This week in Photography History, Alfred Stieglitz was born. (Back in 1864!) He was a legendary Photographer, but not only known for his talents behind the camera - he also helped solidify photography into an accepted art form, in particular - artistic nude. And where did he begin with his nude photography? None other than Georgia O'Keeffe. There's some trivia for a pub quiz! So some of the beginnings of Art Nude Photography came from quite a unique relationship between two creative people. It's quite inspiring when you think about it. In keeping with the diverse theme, Nyx-Valentine has Celebrated Diversity again!
Community Volunteer EveryNextDream
An interesting article this week looks at the transformation from using traditional old style cameras and techniques, into having simply an ipad as a means of a 'darkroom.' You can read the full article here. It brings to the fore, the debate of what is truly the best way and whether actually - we could perhaps live in harmony with both forms of developing our Art - and embrace modern technology..? EveryNextDream has also been Celebrating Diversity recently and has additionally rounded up the Darkroom DDs for last month.
Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight
A swimming pool may indeed sound like a strange place to have a fashion shoot - although if you've seen SachaKalis's work here on deviantART it might not surprise you...but Catherine Laura, a fashion photographer, earned herself a Clothes Show Live award for her innovative ideas. A scuba diver and photographer combined, it perhaps was natural that she put the two together for her art. The results though, are truly beautiful. Check them out for yourself here.
Horror, Macabre + Cosplay Photography
Community Volunteer pullingcandy
RAW Photographer of the year winner, Eric Honeycutt, is an artist that's well worth checking out. His work is dark, macabre and has that 'out of this world' element that so many struggle to capture. Check it out if you're looking for an inspirational macabre fix - right here. Don't forget to keep sending your Horror, Macabre and Cosplay suggestions to pullingcandy!
Community Volunteer xbastex
Keep an eye on ArtHistoryProject this month as it's Photography month, and within that we'll be exploring some famous - journalistic - shots from the years. Already, an article has gone up looking into the Afghan Girl. xbastex has rounded up the December Daily Deviations for Photo-journalism and posted them here.
Pin-Up + Glamour Photography
Community Volunteer DistortedSmile
This article from Huntington News sums up Vintage glamour photography perfectly and gives a wonderful oversight into where it all came from. If you're intrigued at all, especially by war time influence, then it's definitely an article for you.
DistortedSmile has rounded up the December Pinup + Glamour Daily Deviations which you can view right here.
People + Portraits Photography
We've begun our monthly challenges over at PeopleAndPortraits - check out the latest one here. We also had a Portraits Exposed Christmas Special and next week will be starting up regular Portraits Exposed blogs again, so if you want to be included, note me!
Still Life Photography
Fix that Miscat! is a brand new series of articles that helps determine the difference between sometimes tricky galleries. The first in the series looked at the Culinary Arts section of Artisan Crafts in comparison to the Food Photography section of Still Life Photography. Check it out if you're confused - it might help! In honour of Christmas, Nom Nom was Christmas Themed last week! Check it out for some delicious Christmas focused food! Now that Christmas is well and truly over, you should have more time, so why not think about taking on the Food Photography challenge this month? It's the perfect recipe of Wintery Spice Cake and you've got until 31st of January to make it! On the subject of food, check out maytel's monthly food challenge!
Urban + Rural Photography
There's a brand new feature out dedicated completely to Urban Exploration! I thought it was time that the rather underappreciated and misunderstood genre had a bit more attention and love. So Urbex was born! If you'd like to see your work in there, or know somebody that should be featured please drop me a note!
Lens Hero is a real life saver when it comes to figuring out what lens you need for your camera. Have a look at it, put your camera make and model in and what you're looking to achieve and a budget - and it will suggest something for you! It's fantastic. (And quite expensive when you add the lens costs up!)
I got a fantastic book for Christmas, so I'm actually able to say with complete conviction, this is a great book! It's for those who like a mix of Photography and a little bit of Psychology added in. In fact, it's the perfect book for me! Check out The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman, you won't be disappointed!
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!
Daily Deviation suggestion drive from LiliWrites
dA Love for Everyone from Lintu47
Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
Project Porkchop from Astralseed
Under 1,000 Views from Postmorteum
Best of December from OliviaMichalski
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl
Abstract and Surreal: arctoa
Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart
Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine
Horror &amp; Macabre &amp; Cosplay: pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile
Groups to check out
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