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One of the categories that has been highlighted in the theme of the month is Darkroom. There are many ways these days that Darkroom Photography can be made. But from Analog to Digital Photography the processes which involved are endless. Check out the basics and the fun you can get with a pinhole camera. You'll find in the tutorial section of this newsletter, some links which may be useful in creating it. Stefan Bucher, a great photographer provides some fascinating examples about this type of photography.

The other topic for discussion this month is Categories. How do you consider categories for photography when submitting your work to DA? Have you ever stopped to think about whether you are categorizing your work properly and gaining it the maximum exposure? Do you often run into the problem of having your work fit into more than one category? When Community Volunteers select works for Daily Deviations they have to check the category and if your work is incorrectly placed you may lose out...

Kamrette have released something they are calling the first leather camera bag. What do you think? Check it out here. Is it a sensible solution that you would splash out for or just a glorified handbag? (Purse to you Americans..)

Word of the Month

Exposure simply refers to the amount of light recorded on the film or sensor.
It is all related to ISO setting and aperture setting. When dealing properly with these two parameters, you will find you are on your way to take great photos consistently.

Photographers of the Day

The photographers of the day that have been featured for the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, send us a note!

:iconherculanum: :iconkristynakvapilova: :iconmichalobrzut: :iconwizardhat: :iconhorstschmier: :iconandy-j-s: :icondunvael: :icong-p-photography: :iconsarahredhead: :icondreaervin: :iconalexandrucrisan: :icon60india: :icontwindisch: :iconrhcheng: :iconyamyamart: :iconalicenatalie: :iconmiobi: :iconezkilzon: :iconericseye: :iconcsyyt: :iconoaykee: :iconlain-awakeatnight: :iconanchorup: :iconyorkshiresam: :iconart0fck: :iconbr53199: :iconkparks: :iconporbital: :iconannamazur:

Contests & Projects

General Photography News

We said farewell to 3wyl at the beginning of March as she stepped down after three years of being awesome on the Community Volunteer team. If you haven't already, drop by her page and show her some love - she's still around as well in her groups including CRPhotography!

In order to highlight more deviants and their fantastic photography we have started another interview series at CRPhotography. If you'd like to be interviewed and have your work showcased just note Kaz-D. In the meantime check out the latest articles and meet the photographers that they explore...

Mrs-Durden has also started a new article series in which she highlights the Daily Deviation suggestions that she does not feature, into a comprehensive article including both the photographs and their suggestors! Check it out here!

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone


There has been lots of awesome news this month focusing on Abstract and Surreal photography. Check out Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 67 and the Nature-Abstracted : February Selection, 2015. Also don't forget to browse MarinaCoric's Light Hunters Feature #106. There's also an article which will show how you can become Obsessed with Elle Moss.
And if you don't know about him check out Stefan Gerrits and you'll discover some great natural abstract photos.

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

After our eyes, as photographers our second most important body part is our hands. this article gives you some tips for keeping warm on cold days and isn't just for the nature photographers (but we are bound to be the coldest of them all!) One of the most useful things that I have is a tripod with 'leg warmers.' It's much nicer to grip when it's cold! (Leg warmers made from carbon fibre material).

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)* There has been a lovely feature shared lately by ZephyraMilie check it out -> Artistic Nude Feature #3. Elsewhere online, 20 Korean Men show how artistic nude photography can be. And here you can find an Unusual exhibition with Milo Moire..



Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

nadjasybill is relaunching a popular Conceptual Photography group the-mirror-club - and is looking for members and people to join the admin team. Check out the journal - Conceptual Photography Community. MarinaCoric has released another feature Conceptual Spotlight Vol. 122. Elsewhere online check out this Series of articles about Conceptual Photography. And finally, check out Conceptual Madness #3.


Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

ElyneNoir has released another feature - Darkroom Feature - 4 which showcases some wonderful works. And PsycheAnamnesis has put together a feature as well which is very inspiring... prohibited conversations in the darkroom. You will likely be amazed when you look at Diane Gabriel's Website showing amazing and beautiful Darkroom photography.


Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight

Mrs-Durden has published her latest edition of Fashion Makes the World go Round in which amazing fashion photography and news have been featured. Check it out here.

Pin Up & Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

The LUSH! Articles focus on some beautiful features from the Pinup & Glamour galleries, you can see the latest articles here: 4th Mar | 11th Mar | 18th Mar
A collection of Chicks in Corsets was recently published highlighting some of the glamour and pin up photographs from Death-Chicks!



Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez

If you want to get started in Macro photography or you already do it but you are lacking in ideas, check out these nine tutorials at, you will find a tutorial about different techniques of doing Macro, a couple that will inspire you to get original pictures and also some "how to" articles.

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

It was People and Portraits month at CRPhotography this month which means there have been lots of useful articles and features. Firstly there has been the CV Features: People and Portraits which is a collection of the Community Volunteers chosen images. There was also the March contest: People and Portraits. And finally an article looking at People and Portraits Challenge Vol. 1. Want some tips for capturing portraits with a 50mm lens? Check out this entry on the excellent Phoblographer Blog.


Community Volunteer tanikel

Get into the habit of staying tuned to our world news throughout the eyes of these great photo-reporters - you can find shots and articles over here (Reuters).

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

Over at Still-Life-Stills lots has been going on! Nom Nom 83 - Salami features a tasty looking food item this month! The What You Love - Contest Winners! have been announced and finally, the photographer of the week is back up and running. Photographer of the Week: ifsantag. Why not get some advice  about how to make your own still life personal studio? If you're looking for some reasons to make still life photography, find them here!


Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

Garry Winogrand is described as the Man who defined Street Photography. If you haven't read about him already but you're an avid participant or fan of Street Photography then you honestly should. During the 50s and 60s, Winogrand stalked the sidewalks of New York to capture scenes in the decades that followed the second world war. His work is and will remain fresh, a clear definition of street photography that will leave you with no doubt about what the genre involves and how your work should be constructed if you want it to fit in. Check out more information here.
An interesting and great start of thinking about the feelings we can get when taking photos in the street, especially when it is linked to the ethics of taking photos of homeless people, from the excellent blog The Phoblographer.

Street Photography has hit the news once more. Did you know that the Arkansas senate has passed a bill to try and make Street Photography illegal? Check it out here for further details. You'll find on the excellent blog of Eric Kim a very interesting view about how to learn street photography.
Jack Garofalo if you don't know him is the object of this great article about his works : the
1970s Harlem In Street.


Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-Durden

The latest edition of Urbex has been released and this month has focused on Staircases. Things of such beauty but that are often abandoned without a thought and forgotten. Check out the article here. If you'd like to see a topic or some of your own work featured as part of the series just note Kaz-D and I will see what I can do!

Educational Articles and Tutorials

We're encouraging you to share your 'hacks' for creating cheaper DIY photography tools or capturing awesome photos with handy hints or tips. Note CRPhotography if you have a 'hack' for next month! There are some other fabulous journals that have recently been posted and focus on educational information...

:bulletred: A fun weekend project to Turn Your Street Photos into Still Life Photos!
:bulletred: Beginner’s guide to light painting
:bulletred: How to improve your posing skills without memorization
:bulletred: Berenice Abbott: the photography trailblazer who had supersight
:bulletred: The checklist for narrowing down your photography portfolio
:bulletred: This bioluminescent forest wonderland is the result of a projector and a computer

:bulletred: Gear: Making 'Art': we go inside Sigma's lens factory
:bulletred: Gear: Did you know about the rear gelatin filter slot on some wide angle lenses?
:bulletred: Gear: 7 Simple maintenance and care tips to keep your digital camera in great shape
:bulletred: Gear: Don’t be afraid of manual focus

:bulletred: Light: How to use a gridded softbox for portrait photography
:bulletred: Light: Five places for perfect natural portrait lighting
:bulletred: Light: The magic of motivated key lights in portrait photography
:bulletred: Light: How to create dark moody low-key portraits with minimal gear
:bulletred: Light: Studio lighting: an introduction for amateur or semi-pro photographers

:bulletred: PS: How to easily correct colors in old photos using the levels tool in Photoshop
:bulletred: PS: A primer on using Photoshop’s liquify filter for realistic retouching
:bulletred: PS: Which is right for you: Lightroom or Photoshop (or both)?
:bulletred: PS: Unleash your workflow by learning to use Lightroom & Photoshop synergistically
:bulletred: PS: 4 Ways to use the warp command in Photoshop
:bulletred: PS: How to use Lightroom + Photoshop auto-blend focus stacking
:bulletred: PS: A practical guide to creating superresolution photos with Photoshop
:bulletred: LR: Hidden secrets to fast, easy photo publishing

:bulletred: PS: Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0

:bulletred: How To make A Pinhole Camera is a good way to start understanding pinhole cameras.
:bulletred: The Dirkon Camera is a famous one to add to your collection if you are fond of analog cameras. Patience, folding (you'll need cissors!) and an analog film will get you back to the first ever made cameras, but elegantly :)

DeviantArt Photography News of Note...

A Devious Interview of great artists over DA (Andaelentari, JACAC, Cyril-Helnwein, Batsceba, Pierre-Lagarde, ZiaulKareem, ZephyraMilie, Nat-ti), in different art types, but mostly photography.

If you are interested in supporting the Photography Community on DeviantArt, consider applying for an admin position at PhotographersClub! Check out the available positions here. :la:

nadjasybill has an awesome daily photography series, "Best in Photography Today"! If you would like to look at gorgeous photographs on DeviantArt, check them out! #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletred: The Nikon D7200 got announced
:bulletred: News: Apple Photos, a first look
:bulletred: Gear: Canon 5Ds vs 5DsR, canon cancels low-pass filter effect with second low-pass filter

Dev Meets!

There's going to be a Boston Dev Meet in August courtesy of the group EastCoastDA! You can note AshleyxBrooke or JenFruzz for more information and you can read more here.

Forum Posts

Creating a photography portfolio? When did you start yours? (Also, a question about printing!)
photographing at an aquarium
New to film, need some advice.
How far have you come?

Groups to Check Out!

:iconvenatoreslucis: :icondevpremium: :icondeath-chicks: :icondeath-guys: :iconyoung-photo-club: :iconhuman-photography: :iconbokehlicious: :iconsoftness-art: :iconmodelmayhemmassive: :iconlightinspired: :iconbird-photography: :icontaintedart: :icondialed-in: :iconode-to-simplicity: :iconda-film-alliance: :iconfashion-show: :iconsuicidegirls: :iconfashionelite: :iconstand-out-shots: :iconamazinglybeautiful::iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh::iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconcritique-it: :iconphotography-inc: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics: :iconphotographlove: :icondevnews: :icondeviantkitchen: :icondecisive-impression: :iconwow-macros: :iconphoto-obsessed: :iconiphotograph:

Thanks to all of our contributors this month - the team at CRPhotography have put this newsletter together for you including... Kaz-D, 3wyl, Mrs-Durden, hosagu, MarcosRodriguez, JenFruzz, DistortedSmile, daguerreoty-pe and Andaelentari.  If you would like to have something included within it just note the group!

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G-P-Photography's avatar
Many thanks for the mention!