Another hot topic this month has focused on a teenage 'hobbyist' photographer in the USA who has developed a passion for photography and who has been donating all of his 'pay' to charity. He's almost raised $3,000 and encourages other people like him to put their hobby to a good use. Which brings us nicely on to our next topic - when does a hobby become a profession? Can a profession be both a career and a hobby? What do you define your art as being?
What would you tell your college self, if you could go back in time? That's assuming you've left the college thing behind you (those were the days!) Check out this article which explores a candid letter to Photography students graduating college and entering the big wide world of work.
And finally, how far would you go for your Photography? Would you strive to exist just for creating? One Photographer talks about how he beat depression to persevere on with his passion to create. It wasn't easy, it wasn't always pretty but it definitely was inspiring. Read more here.
Word of the Month
Humility. It can make an artist go further than they imagined when creating their artwork and it can stretch across various genres to touch all aspects of Photography...
Humility for a street photographer happens when you are approaching life scenes and capturing exquisite moments. For a photojournalist Humility occurs when dealing with a story, with news, in order to capture beautifully and accurately something that's happening in the moment. Check out this example of a rich and interesting Interview focusing on three fantastic Deviants who have Humility oozing from their stories, experiences and talents.
Humility for a portrait photographer is about being able to step away from themselves and highlight the true beauty, emotion and spirit of the model in front of them. C.S Lewis coined humility perfectly in the following phrase...
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
This is how we should always aim to approach our photography - never losing our minds and always having an eye on our sense of purpose and the aim behind taking the photograph. Let's be humble next time an awe-inspiring scene plays out in front of our eyes.
Photograph of the Day
The photographers that were featured for Photograph of the Day during the past month at CRPhotography are listed below. If you'd like to see yourself featured, or a friend, suggest photographs here!
Contests + Projects
CRPhotography hosts a monthly contest and you can read about the latest one 52 Week Photography challenge as well!
Still-Life-Stills have just published their Recipe challenge! Fancy winning a membership to DeviantArt? Fancy making a smoothie this month? Then this contest is for you!
Abstract-and-Surreal Host a monthly contest, head over to the group front page to find out what this month's theme is. Again you can win some fabulous prizes!
Elsewhere there are many contests to be entered with Summer fast approaching many of us. Enter the world’s richest photo competition for a chance to win $120,000. From year to year, this incredible photo contest is the worlds richest photo competition.
The Transparency International photo contest is going to close on June 12nd, so hurry up and enter! The theme is very interesting, and symbolic of many situations in countries around the world.
Have you ever heard about Life Framer's Monthly contest? If not head over and discover a contest with various monthly themes.
Shoot The Frame is an online international contest, worth having a look at and entering if you can since there are many contests going on over there.
Abstract and Surreal
Community Volunteer justanothersomeone
National Geographic has published a beautiful selection of abstract photos in this Portfolio. Check it out! Don't forget to head over to Abstract-and-Surreal and see what's going on this month...
Animals, Plants and Nature
Community Volunteer JenFruzz
There's a NEWBIE in town! Please join us in welcoming JenFruzz to the Community Volunteer team as the brand shiny new Animals, Plants and Nature community volunteer! Jen will now be accepting all of your APN suggestions and any outstanding in our inboxes will be forwarded to her.... give her some love!
This selection will make your jaw drop - the photos are a fantastic representation of Africa.
Ever wanted your four legged friends to be the photographers? Well want no more! Nikon have made a doggy camera mount that's triggered by heart rate. How cute and awesome! Read more about that here. These 6 tips for better photographs of plants will add some experience to your skills and attempts at photographing plants! On DA check out these beautiful photographs that won rainylake's Fields of Flowers contest!
Community Volunteers Nyx-Valentine*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)*
Check out Eric Ceccarini's site for some inspiring contemporary photography. His work is just fabulous and he plays with shadows and light. On DeviantArt check out Batsceba, a fantastic Art Nude photographer who has created a project called Non Violence. See some examples here and here. Also check out this Timeline of Artistic Nude photography which reveals some great shots and artists!
Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-DurdenCheck out this website which explores the mysteries of life through Conceptual Photography. Read more here.
Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden
Photographers looking to become professional or those that area already there may want to look at this article for some pointers on what may need to be included their terms and conditions. If you're working Photography then you need a contract and the article will give you a few ideas - but seek professional advice for anything official!
Community Volunteers Kaz-D and Mrs-DurdenCheck out this article about Photo Formats! for information on what formats your work should be in. Also thanks to EveryNextDream for sharing this article which looks at the 15 best cheat sheets - printable infographics for Photographers.
Community Volunteers Pixel-SpotlightZhang Jingna’s Top 10 Fashion Photography Lighting Tools will definitely help you and give you some great advice about light management! Also, don't miss this incredible Time Lapse video for retouching with photoshop. Check out the latest edition of Fashion makes the world go round courtesy of Mrs-Durden.
Horror and Macabre
Community Volunteer pullingcandyDon't miss out on Mr Hoffine's Interview - some fantastic insight into a photographer of horror!
Community Volunteers Kaz-D + Mrs-DurdenIt's finally here. After a lot of dedication from the Infrared Photography community, DeviantArt has created it's own Infrared photography gallery so that you have somewhere to put your works! You can read more here here and find out what it's all about.
Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguezMrs-durden's journal is just an absolutely beautiful and fine selection of macro photographs that need to be checked out right now! Samuel Granger, a passionate and innovative photographer, has written a great article about Lighting in macro photography. Some great tips and tutorials to be found there. If you want to add some fine art touches to your Macro Photography then check out the article for more info.
People and Portraits
Community Volunteers Kaz-D + Mrs-DurdenHave you heard about Kallioppe? Her work is beautiful. Have a look at her moving mirrors portraits... You won't believe it...
Community Volunteer tanikel
A very emotional article about the Nepal Earthquake bas been written by the great photographer Daniel Berehulak and is well worth checking out. Don't hesitate by the way to browse through the excellent Lens blog of the New York Times.
The Visa pour l'Image in France plans to open a center for photojournalism. Exciting news for residents and visitors!
Pinup and Glamour
Community Volunteer DistortedSmileCheck this article about a New York's Pinup school!A great initiative for women in New York aspiring to be part of this genre.
Community Volunteers Kaz-D & Mrs-DurdenCheck out the latest Still Life Spotlight which is full of inspiration for all of you Still Life photographers out there and pretties to look at for all you admirers. As mentioned earlier, things are heating up over at Still-Life-Stills and a group facelift is in progress! If you don't want to miss out on the action then head over right now and hit the join button to get all the latest updates sent straight to your inbox. We have recently welcomed Linealonhoiden to the group who is taking over the contests and general bits so hopefully we have exciting things planned. Check out this interesting Video interview talking to Benedict Morgan, a famous still life photographer based in London. For those developing their still life skills, the Still Life Photographer's Guide to Lighting may be useful. For inspiration, check out FrancescaDelfino's Still Life Spotlight over at devPREMIUM.
Community Volunteers Kaz-D + Mrs-DurdenYou may be inspired by Americanphoto Blog's article about how a social photography network might impact street photography.
Check out this video interview with Wayne Laurence which focuses on Street Photography. Don't miss out on Karl Edward's excellent blog about street photography. He is a friend of the well known Eric Kim and you'll find some great photos and articles about street photography. A journal for street photography has been curated in order to take you on a journey through the genre.
Community Volunteers Kaz-D + Mrs-DurdenRead this article on Transport photography for some tips on capturing your transportation.
Urban and Rural
Community Volunteers Kaz-D + Mrs-DurdenCheck out J. Ponchak's interview for some great insight into Urbex and the wonderful images that can be obtained when you explore.
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...
Photography; the world's only common language.
Exposure blending using luminosity masks - a tutorial.
Your basic lighting kit: a spin around the block
14 tips for building a sub-$1,000 home studio
Basic Portrait Lighting by KissMyHuman.
5 common light patterns
How to use flash to mimic the look of sunlight
2 Minute Tutorial: Making Strobe Lighting Look Like Natural Lighting
Applying the sunny 16 rule to strobes and mid day shooting
Eliminating fill flash hard shadows – a controlled test
Dramatic studio lighting: using the beauty dish as a single light source
A lighting build for a boxer
Complete lighting walk-through + behind the scenes footage of a fitness photoshoot
Recorded webinar on complex lighting setups indoors
Masterclass in lighting from Oscar-winning cinematographer Dean Semler
The Still Life Photographer's Guide to Lighting
Using Leading lines
Should you become a professional photographer?
A Brief History of Classic Portrait Photography
Photography Articles and News of Note
The Group-spotlight Project by Mrs-Durden will highlight a group worth knowing for it's dedication to the DA Community and Art in general.
This beautiful selection will show you the incredible and beautiful aspects of design in photography.
CV's can't feature all the suggestions they receive...but they can feature them in a journal, and highlight some of the great artworks which truly deserve attention and love! Check out this selection which is a great example!
New Equipment and Technology
The Fujifilm X-T10 has just been released! Here's a review from DigitalRev.
Technically, this isn't new equipment or technology, but it's quite an interesting find. Someone recently bought this bbq grill. Imagine spending days in the sun grilling your food in a roll of film. Pretty awesome treat for a photography fan - or just extreme dedication?!
Hosagu's App of the Month
There will be two apps presented this month... I didn't want to discriminate ios users and non ios users so have explored both...
ENLIGHT is an incredible intuitive powerful app to edit your photos. Released by LightTricks, this app shows the power and treatment tools of photoshop, on your iphone, and so intuitively. My advice: Handle this app in portrait mode. Android and tablet versions are in development at the moment.
VSCO CAM is probably one of the best apps in my opinion, for photographers using Android systems. Free to download, but some add-on's to buy. This app does all: editing, filters and more.
London: DevMeet Picnic at Albert Memorial in Hyde Park on 18th July, 2015.
Boston: Boston DevMeet on 15th August, 2015.
Groups to Check Out!
Contributors this month: Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden, 3wyl, hosagu, JenFruzz, silber-englein + daguerreoty-pe