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By Kaz-D
Big news this month for all you Instagram lovers. They've broken the frame! Instagram has been well-known and even famed for its iconic square format, with many printing companies offering the 'Instagram' style print these days. So why have they changed? 1 in 5 images posted on the photo sharing platform had whitespace around them because the image was captured with another app that didn't have restrictions - You can read more here. So what are your thoughts? Do you agree that Instagram had to move with the times or do you think it should have stuck with Nostalgia? If you're up for a debate today then check out Photography Debates: Color vs Monochrome and share your thoughts...

Let's talk about Daily Deviations. We not only want your suggestions, we crave them. We want to know what you're enjoying on DA right now, what you want to see up on the DD page. Send us your suggestions! Drop us a few lines explaining why - do it now! And if you don't want to do that then consider getting involved in the Daily Deviation Highlights project! Want to know more - check out My Daily Deviation Highlights.

Finally, for a roundup of the August Daily Deviations awarded by Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden and flornographer look no further than General Photography DDs - August 2015 !

Word of the Month

Let's talk about camera RAW (or camera raw) files. While RAW files take up much more space on our memory cards than JPEG, the uncompressed data can help us to edit our photos with amazing results. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the difference between RAW and JPEG, this article as well as this one provide very good explanations. In short, RAW files keep more photo data. It is considered the digital version of a film negative in that it is not suitable for printing without being processed and it keeps all of the original (raw) data from the camera's sensor. This means you'll have much more control over the final image than if you saved it as a JPEG.

Questions for the Reader: "Do you shoot RAW, JPEG or both? If you shoot RAW, when did you start experimenting with it and what made you try it for the first time?"

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!

:iconikulestrange: :iconriskonelook: :iconxavierrey: :iconpaulmachikhin: :icontomhaider: :iconvolkmaritsch: :iconarkanumtenebrae: :iconandy-j-s: :iconmina-ficent: :iconmarsiams: :iconfruity-nut-bats: :iconcitizenfresh: :iconbebefromtheblock: :iconllisitsa: :iconshortcircuit123: :iconorneryamerican: :iconkyleandtheclassics:
Contests & Projects

:bulletblue: Still-Life-Stills are hosting their monthly contest again! Check out September - New challenge and winners.
:bulletblue: Abstract-and-Surreal Head over to the group for news about their latest contest which runs every month!
:bulletblue: CRPhotography are hosting their monthly contest again, head over to the group for more info!
:bulletblue: rainylake's animals in action contest. More info here.

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Animals, Plants and Nature

Community Volunteers JenFruzz

This open letter to landscape photograhers addressing etiquette is a must read if you do landscape photography!

Do you think that cats are just cold and aloof all the time? Think again. One Philadelphia photographer makes it his mission to show their many (often goofy) faces.

Artistic Nude

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

*Our Artistic Nude section will often contain something that's Not Safe for Work (NSFW)*

Fine-Art-Nudes is hosting a hidden beauties contest. "The idea behind the contest is to have the model hidden among the landscape, or background."

Check out The Human Form: Light which is a wonderful feature from Mrs-Durden.


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

This month, we looked at conceptual photography in our Photography Exposed series and featured some beautiful conceptual work.

If you're looking to discover some beautiful conceptual photography, be sure to keep an eye out on MarinaCoric's Conceptual Spotlight feature series.

Would you like to be more active on the DA conceptual scene? the-mirror-club, a group dedicated to featuring conceptual photography, is looking for passionate conceptual photographers and appreciators to join their admin team!


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Commercial photography has many branches and photographer Quinn Chandler has found his niche in commercial jewellery photography. This article offers an account of how he got into it and why it was a very smart decision. For some commercial inspiration check out one of the latest editions of Photography Exposed - Photography Exposed: Products and Services.


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

ElyneNoir posts a regular feature of captivating darkroom photography pieces. Have a look! This 32-year-old banker quit his job to pursue his passion: photography. The linked article shows his adventures in pinhole photography. And finally, if you are interested in writing a Darkroom Educational article for projecteducate there are still a couple of slots left - note flornographer right now!


Community Volunteer  Queen-Kitty


Here's an interesting interview on The Photoblographer with Ken Kiefer about underwater fashion photography. Check out the latest edition of Fashion Makes the World go Round XIII for some DA inspiration!

Horror and Macabre

Community Volunteer pullingcandy


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

We had a projecteducate week focused purely on Infrared Photography - the very first of its kind over at projecteducate! Check out all the awesome news, links, tutorials and more that the team shared during the week:

A guide to getting into Infrared
An Interview with LDFranklin
A Rationale for Infrared
Infrared Photography Tutorials
Digital Infrared Photography ? Very Easy!
Simple Guide to Infrared Photography II
Digital Infrared Equipment and Options
An Interview with Michilauke
Lensbaby Infrared Photography
Hot Spot Thots
Editing of infrared photographs using Photoshop
Editing IR: Glow Effect
Infrared Photography Wrap up and Contest RESULTS!


Community Volunteer MarcosRodriguez

Check out MarcosRodriguez's latest Macro Spotlight which has some amazing inspiration! It was also Macro Week over at projecteducate last month and we shared tons of useful articles, interviews and tutorials. Check out the list below...

Creating a Tiny world
Getting started with Macro
Interview with GrotesqueDarling13
An Interview with MarcosRodriguez
Interview with IndigoSummerr
Cheap and Cheerful Macro
Interview with BokehLight
DIY + Macro for less $
Interview with SheilaBrinson
How I achieve Macro
Interview with Enkased
Macro and Lightroom


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

People and Portraits

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Check out Mrs-Durden's edition of Photography Exposed published last week! It focuses completely on Classic Portraiture. For inspiration and some awesome works check out Photography Exposed: Classic Portraits. For Daily Deviations across the board that we haven't been able to feature this month check out Mrs-Durden's Photography Suggestions Spotlight IV.

Pinup and Glamour

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

Check out the latest beautiful edition of LUSH! Pinup and Glamour Features from DistortedSmile. For some more inspiration check out one of Mrs-Durden's features of the month Ladies in Color.


Community Volunteer tanikel

Mark Thiessen, a National Geographic photographer trained as a firefighter, gives a close-up look at what firefighters go through in their battle to keep wildfires under control.

Still Life

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Have you met Eric the stormtrooper? He's got a pretty awesome life.

Food bloggers in Germany might be at risk of facing legal action for taking photographs of elaborately arranged food. There are not yet any known cases of the chef taking legal action, but it is possible, as detailed in this article. Over at projecteducate last month Khallandra wrote a fantastic article looking at PE: Beginners Action Figure Still Life Photography. In the Forums, the theme recently has been Desserts - for some tasty morsels head over there and peruse Forum Features #59: Dessert!

Check out Still-Life-Stills latest contest! Are you feeling the Autumn chill creeping in?  Why not consider shooting something for the theme 'Cosy?!' Read more in  September - New challenge and winners.


Community Volunteer hosagu

On DeviantArt, find here: and here: two great themed features on sliding scales and rain by myraincheck and niklin1 who are great and famous street photographers.

What would you put or not in your frame? This article will give you useful hints for your street photography shots.
Takashi Yasui's street photography is a must see. First because the photographies will be in colors, and then because the poetry through andbeyond this great photographer's shots are worth a click to see more of his talented work.
Thisarticle about Jack Simon will let you discover a famous and great modern street photographer.
Eventually, and because we are reaching the end of a particular hot summer, let's cool down with
some fresh photography by Ruben Natal San Miguel...

Over at CRPhotography the theme last month was Street Photography and there have been lots of awesome themed journals shared with the group. Check out September: Street for more info!


Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer

Urban and Rural

Community Volunteers Kaz-D, Mrs-Durden & flornographer


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...

Aussie photographer Dylan Goldby gives some useful advice on deciding on your next lens, taking into account things such as field of view, perspective distortion, depth of field and your approach.

Take a look at this article on five business mistakes photographers make all the time so future you can thank you.

If you're looking to test out underwater photography or looking for some good advice on how to improve your work, read this detailed article on what to expect and how to make it work.

Photography Articles and News of Note

This article takes a glimpse into photography in Cuba since the 1950s in a fascinating timeline.

In this article, seven photographers talk about what they love and what they hate about their jobs. It's an interesting read that offers perspectives across various photography branches.

Have you ever done a photoshoot and something went terribly wrong? It probably wasn't as bad as what happened to this photographer in Detroit. He accidentally let a tiger loose!

:bulletred:When to use spot metering
:bulletred:6 things you don’t know about ISO, but probably should
:bulletred:Why using your gear should always be the easiest part of every shoot
:bulletred:2 Huge benefits of photographing in RAW
:bulletred:The essential sense of self awareness as a photographer
:bulletred:The complete mobile imaging workflow for iphone photographers
:bulletred:How to choose asset management software for your digital picture archive
:bulletred:How to add metadata to your images in Photoshop
:bulletred:Are your photo backups rock solid?
:bulletred:Flickr brings back its “Pro” subscription plan
:bulletred:How to get started with off-camera flash photography – start with one!
:bulletred:On assignment: the light you don't see
:bulletred:do different strobe/modifier brands create distinct "qualities of light?" I don't think so
:bulletred:Using virtual copies in Lightroom—the “no risk” way to experiment
:bulletred:Fixing lens distortion issues with lightroom
:bulletred:3 ways to avoid "loading..." slowdowns in Lightroom
:bulletred:When your subject is in the shadows
:bulletred:Beginners guide to creating and applying texture overlays using Photoshop
:bulletred:Your personal brand just got more personal
:bulletred:Knobroom: Adobe Lightroom MIDI Control = Fast Photo Editing
:bulletred:iPad, the Photographer’s Friend
:bulletred:How to choose a DSLR lens
:bulletred:Introduction to the Kiev 88, a.k.a Hasselbladski
:bulletred:RawDigger: detecting posterization in SONY cRAW/ARW2 files
:bulletred:How to create a spectacular background using an el bokeh wall
:bulletred:How to build a DIY light blaster
:bulletred:How i turned a caravan into a mobile darkroom for wet plate photos
:bulletred:How to create a photography light stick for a speedlight (DIY under $50)
...some other stuff
:bulletred:The magic of winning a National Geographic Traveler photo contest
:bulletred:This is how press photos were transmitted back in the 1970s
:bulletred:How your web browser affects the way colors are rendered
:bulletred:The power of previsualization in photography
:bulletred:Photography: what are you trying to say here?

New Equipment and Technology

Need some help with your composition? New software has been developed to give feedback on digital photographs.

Have you heard of the Panono camera? This camera would allow you to take a 360° photograph when you toss it in the air! Here are some photos of what the shots look like.

Are you looking to take your lensbaby shots mobile? Here's a review of the lensbaby mobile photography kit.

Hosagu's App of the Month

Let's get back not to the future but to the past with a creation from the Hipstamatic's makers: Tintype.
For the definition of it: "A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty in the 21st." (Wikipedia).
With this app available on both android and IOS systems, you will be in position to empower your shots and to create impressive portraits
Just know that it will cost you 99 cents to get this app, but it's eventually worth it.
I like the hipstamatic design of the app, and its very intuitive controls.
You will be stunned by the results you might get!

Forum Posts

:bulletgreen: Mirror lens
:bulletgreen: Taking pictures of people
:bulletgreen: Where do you sell your non-stock photos?
:bulletgreen: Flash and Portraits
:bulletgreen: Editing Photos?
:bulletgreen: What camera for a begginer/amateur photographer?
:bulletgreen: Rule of Thirds
:bulletgreen: What are the best photography portfolio hosting sites?
:bulletgreen: Night photo editing - help?

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:

Contributors this month: daguerreoty-pe hosagu nadjagarnet Kaz-D  Mrs-Durden 3wyl.

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Fruity-Nut-Bats's avatar
Thanks for the add!
All I can say regarding RAW is that I regret not using it from the start of my digital journey. And this was knowing about it and that I should have.
Kaz-D's avatar
seba-j's avatar
WOW! Thanks for the mention!
kparks's avatar
I appreciate being mentioned. :-) So much good stuff to see and read as usual!
ElyneNoir's avatar
Thank you for the mention! :happybounce:
Mina-Ficent's avatar
Thanks for the feature! Heart Love 
niklin1's avatar
Thanks for the mention!  :-)
RaphaelleM's avatar
Thank you for sharing my pic!
Alanwarner's avatar
Thanks for mention me
pearwood's avatar
Raw, definitely.  They're called black and white negatives.  :D

Seriously, the equivalent of shooting raw for me is to scan the negative at the highest resolution my tired old computer can manage, then store the image in Gimp native format.
MarinaCoric's avatar
Thank you for the mention. ;)
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