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This month I'd like to talk about a recent Daily Deviation. It was a self suggestion, I know that the photographer won't mind me saying this and he's immensely proud of his work, that much was clear when we talked.

hotamr suggested his Colours of Ramadam series to me and as soon as I saw the image I responded that the series was nice, but it looked very much like photo-manipulation. So hotamr took the time to walk me through all of the steps that he took, the lengths he went to and the hours he spent on getting the final product. I urge you to read his interview at the Phoblographer for more information. Check it out here. It was nice to be reminded of the traditional lengths that can be taken to achieve a shot rather than be walked through the history of Photoshop editing. Both do have their merits - what do you prefer?

On the topic of Self Suggestions, it's often seen as something that we should be ashamed of. I often get a lot of self suggestions with apologies in the note. Never apologise for wanting to promote your own work. As long as you believe in yourself, you should share your work and inspire others to do the same. Have faith in yourself first, and the rest will fall into place later. It helps if you share the history behind a shot, when you self-suggest, and the reasons why you think it should be a Daily Deviation. We ask for this because it helps us gain a little more insight and get to know you as a photographer - just like I did with hotamr.

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden and flornographer

Check out Mrs-Durden's latest Photography Suggestions Spotlight to admire some of the general photography DD suggestions that have been sent her way over the past months! Join us in welcoming JenFruzz as Community Volunteer for Animals, Plants and Nature and :devtiganusi for General Photography and finally hosagu who has taken on Street Photography.

Photography Debates

This month's topic was Photoshop vs. Lightroom. Which do you use? Which do you prefer? Give us your two cents by visiting Photography Debates: Photoshop vs Lightroom. If you would like to see a topic debated then please visit CRPhotography and send us a note. We're happy to debate all things photography!

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!
:iconholasek: :iconvmpselene: :iconborismrdja: :iconk-e-i-t: :iconcanismaioris: :iconalpha-cortex: :iconelenahelfrecht: :iconratulupadhyay: :iconeos75: :iconsilvia-giuli: :iconamosbeck: :iconfatmebondage: :iconbogdanboev: :icontmprojection: :iconpsychokittyboy: :iconenaston: :iconmldzz: :iconmartinimal: :iconmarrgit: :iconyingz: :iconraining-insanity: :iconr3ality66: :iconamericanmuscle:

Contests & Projects

:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills
:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal
:bulletblue: CRPhotography's monthly contest is still going strong. Head over to the group to find out what the theme is this month!
:bulletblue: Heavensinyoureyes has launched a new contest and you've got until the end of July to enter! Read more about how to enter here.

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer justanothersomeone

Le Temps by tuminka

Check out the June DD's from justanothersomeone and keep sending your Abstract and Surreal Daily Deviation suggestions his way! For some inspiration check out these 45 Examples of Abstract and Surreal Photography.

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteer JenFruzz

The Horseshoe Bend by Durdenyr

Check out the recent edition of APN adventures. Also JenFruzz has shared the latest edition of Artists Showcase check it out for some awesome works. linneaphoto is now accepting entries for a new APN contest. Details are here!

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)*
Temple keeper by Vitaly-Sokol


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Are you a conceptual photographer or an appreciator of conceptual photography? Then have a gander at the-mirror-club. They are also currently looking for admins!

Go peruse MarinaCoric's recent conceptual photography feature: Conceptual Spotlight vol. 128 to find some amazing art!

Bottled Dream by arefin03


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

This month there is an interesting app out there honing the market for commercial photography. It's in the development stages but you can read more here.

I am very hungry. by kyrytescu


Community Volunteer pullingcandy

The Anime Expo 2015 have shared another gallery of awesome image of costumes from this years event. Check it out here.

. CRUELLA DEVIL . by vera-baby


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

An oldie but a goodie, check out this Essential guide to darkroom printing written by Amateur Photographer earlier this year. There's also an interesting book out now which highlights moving into a digital age whilst having an interest and passion for Darkroom photography. Check out more info here.

All of us know history by TanjaMoss


Stephanie by silkephoto

Check out the latest issue of Fashion Makes the World go Round, courtesy of Mrs-Durden. This month we've said farewell to our long term Fashion Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight - go show her some luffs for her work over the years!

Glamour and Pin-up

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

Beauty in Black features photographs of gorgeous women rocking the color black. Take a look at DistortedSmile's most recent LUSH feature! It features some stunning glamour and pinup shots! Also take a look at her latest Under the Skin with PigeonFoo!

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

For some eerie horror and macabre shots, check out ElyneNoir's recent feature: The Asylum - Part 29


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Infrared-Club have issued a journal compiling their Best of June! The infared photography week at projecteducate is almost upon us and we have lots of exciting articles to share with you courtesy of an awesome team of Infrared photographers!


Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez

the hat by Bagirushka

Check out the latest Macro Spotlight Vol. 171 for some amazing macro photography!


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Nights Out by deerArylide

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

*** by winonaramon

nadjagarnet recently got married! To celebrate, she's also put together a feature of Wedding Photography!


Community Volunteer tanikel

The winners of our May Photojournalism contest have been announced! Here are the winners.
projecteducate is hosting a week dedicated to Photojournalism, go check it out to learn more about this amazing art medium!

Seq 2 by Matteo-Carfagno

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Genius #4 by MiriamViola

Have a look at these beautiful and imaginative still-life compositions over at the Digital Photography School.

RogueMudblood participated in the Voyage to the Unknown project by gathering photos from the Dolls and Figures subgallery. Check out the awesome photographs she collected!

Do you love pasta dishes? Yes? Then check out this DELICIOUS feature! The latest Photography Exposed issue was dedicated to Still Life photography and highlighted some recent submissions to the gallery!

Nilanja has been working on a fantastic Still Life series which is all about colour. Nilanja takes everyday objects and works them into artfully arranged, bold still life set ups that will leave you stunned.


Community Volunteers hosagu

Have No Fear by sandas04

Progressive-Street posts regular features of amazing street photography from their galleries. The most recent one focuses on hands: find it here.

projecteducate just finished a week dedicated to Street photography! Check out the latest article Emerging Talents in Street Photography - DA Artist. Thanks to hosagu and the rest of the contributors for an awesome week!


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

The Orange Curve by sullivan1985

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

June was Urban and Rural month at CRPhotography, which means we also hosted a contest on Urban and Rural. Thank you to everyone who sent in a submission! :D Check out the Urban and Rural interviews this month found here.

Gardens by the Bay by eduardj

Deviants series

:bulletorange: Watchers Feature from cloe-may
:bulletorange: I like your face from AshleyxBrooke
:bulletorange: Softness weekly feature from Alessia-Izzo
:bulletorange: Small Worlds from ElyneNoir

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...

Check out this video for seven awesome and creative photography tips. Levitation, hula-hooping and more! :la:

Tech stuff
:bulletred: What is a raw file? We explain the pros and cons
:bulletred: Memory cards: how to choose and use the right storage device for your camera
:bulletred: The difference between zooming a lens and moving closer
:bulletred: Manual focus for the 21st century: live view, electronic viewfinders and focus peaking explained
:bulletred: 7 special effects that anyone can do for free
:bulletred: What's that noise? Part one: shedding some light on the sources of noise

Post production
:bulletred: How to balance the whites of the eye
:bulletred: Lightroom Mobile Tip: seeing (and fixing) highlight clipping problems
:bulletred: Sources of noise part two: electronic noise
:bulletred: The best tricks to reduce Photoshop file size

The not-so-tech stuff
:bulletred: Three weeks to save freedom of panorama in Europe
:bulletred: The checklist for critiquing your own photographs
:bulletred: How much post-processing is too much? Ethical visual journalism after the World Press Photo scandal
:bulletred: Let’s think a little deeper before photographing the homeless
:bulletred: Epic behind the scenes footage on making this enchantingly detailed photo

:bulletred: 9 Species of photographer you can spot in the wild

New Equipment and Technology

:bulletred: New 58mm Petzval lens touts bokeh control, classic shininess
:bulletred: The Lumigraphe lets you shoot smartphone camera obscura shots on the go
:bulletred: 5 great film cameras on a tiny budget

Groups to Check Out!

:iconvenatoreslucis: :icondevpremium: :icondeath-chicks: :iconyoung-photo-club: :iconhuman-photography: :iconbokehlicious: :iconsoftness-art: :iconmodelmayhemmassive: :iconlightinspired: :iconbird-photography: :icondialed-in: :iconode-to-simplicity: :iconda-film-alliance: :iconfashion-show: :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: :iconiphotograph: :iconwow-macros: :iconccc-photography: :iconthe-mirror-club:

Contributors this month:
Kaz-D Mrs-Durden hosagu nadjagarnet flornographer

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ifiam's avatar
thank u for the feature! 
silkephoto's avatar
ahhh so sad to hear Pixel-Spotlight is leaving! I always loved her picks! gonna follow her now anyway :))
Kaz-D's avatar
Raining-Insanity's avatar
Thank you for mentioning me :D
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hotamr's avatar
Thank you! :happybounce: Huggle! Love La la la la 
starprojections's avatar
There's nothing wrong with photoshop, which is a skill unto itself. I think artists should use all the tools at their disposal. Whether they're manually setting up photographs, or using photoshop to create something specific. Both are fun. It's just dependant on the person. No one should be in the business of policing what an artist should and shouldn't use when creating.
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Kaz-D's avatar
Good thoughts indeed! I agree :) 
mIkeschwaRz's avatar
ThanQ 4 including my inmage... I am honored...
Kaz-D's avatar
You are welcome mike :)
bergunty's avatar
hotamr's work shows that persistence pays off. I'm glad the individual lantern was chosen for a DD (which was my favourite out of the lot), rather than the collab image shown above. I read the article, now I've read it I can see the once invisible fish lines. Well done hotamr!

I loved the Cruella De Ville cosplay, 101 Dalmatians was one of my favourite Disney movies (I even enjoyed the live-action one, but then again Glenn Close does save it!). The photographer has really captured the subject well, and has done well with the light and shadow.

I also love the infrared castle. 

I'll have to check out some of those links, especially the memory card one. Edit - checked the memory card one, was OK. Also looked at "zoom or move closer", which was disappointly short.
It probably depends on the camera (probably more so for compacts than DSLRs). My last camera could not handle close-ups, the Autofocus just never focused on anything, so macro images were made with zoom (up to x8 optical). My newest camera prefers close-up to zoom for Autofocus, then again it only has x4 optical, which doesn't really work so well (Manual focus would be nice, which it could have incorporated on this cam as it has manual zoom).
Kaz-D's avatar
Yeah, I thought the individual lantern had the most impact :) 

I love infrared, if you enjoy looking at those sorts of images then standby for our Infrared photography week coming up at PE :) I'm excited to learn about it all!
bergunty's avatar
I must admit, Infrared isn't something I enjoy, but there have been a couple of standout images lately. It will be interesting to learn the techniques!
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