Photography Weekly: Edition Forty One

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"Have no fear of perfection - You'll never reach it! "
~Salvador Dali"

Have you studied Photography? I'm intrigued to know whether or not a qualification in Photography has made you a better, or indeed a worse photographer. Or has there been no change? This week, The Photography Blog asks whether or not a Photography Degree is worth the paper it's written on. Graduation in any field these days doesn't mean that you'll immediately get a job in your desired area. Not these days. So is it worth embarking on study related to photography when in the end, you could get to the same place without the paper stating what you are capable of? Photography is one of a small number of job areas where what you've done speaks higher volumes than whether or not you're qualified . But by that same token, what is qualified in the art world?

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl |

The troubleshooting article this week explored Money. Hopefully it's been useful for a few people in order to explore different ways that you may be able to promote yourself as a photographer and even earn some money whilst you do it. As always, the trouble shooting articles are open for anyone to comment on and anyone to ask a question. Feel free to note me if you don't want to do it on the articles! Another issue of To be seen has been put together by 3wyl. Check it out for some inspiration! Also would you like to be interviewed? Or do you know of somebody who deserves an interview? Note 3wyl!

As the end of the month draws nearer, lots is happening. Over at Abstract-and-Surreal we're getting ready to launch our October Contest and the same goes over at Still-Life-Stills too. You need to be a member to participate but there are lots of perks to clicking the join button! Lots of prizes to be won too. The 18th edition of Nom Nom is out. I can't believe it's been going this long! If you've got an idea of food stuffs to be featured do note me and I'll be sure to utilize it! On the topic of Still Life, there is still some time to submit to the Recipe Challenge and the Blue Challenge for the chance to win some deviantART points and subscriptions. Also don't forget to check out who our Photographer of the Week was this week!

In the People & Portraits Galleries, a few bits and pieces have been happening. People & Portraits Exposed is out again and features from across the whole People & Portrait Photography Galleries. It's well worth checking out especially if you struggle with what's emotive and what's expressive. Tricky times!

Community Relations News

The 2nd Edition of Celebrating Diversity is out! This is a fantastic series of articles started up by pica-ae who has infected us all with her diverse intentions! We're aiming to expose work from galleries we don't usually venture into. If you're in support of diversity - then check out the articles and show it! Did You Know? this week has brought up a search function that even I didn't know about. Want to know more? Check out the article! Also don't forget to check out the Digital Art Newsletter!

News & Events from Chats

This week there was a fantastic Literature chat with PinkyMcCoversong which you can find the transcript of here. Tomorrow night (midnight UK time) there is a trivia and games night hosted by bradleysays. Check out the communityrelations front page for a countdown! Don't forget to keep an eye on the Chat Events Calendar.We've made it easier to read by including all times in PST (Pacific Standard Time) and including a link on each event, to an event time announcer so you can check your local time. Don't forget if you need help with using the chatrooms or even running your own chat - check out the Chat Tutorials from adumvgh


If you have a contest let me know and also let me know the end date! We can advertise it here.
:bulletblue: Unframed Nature's BIG Autumn Contest ends November 7th.
:bulletblue: Monthly Recipe Challenge ends October 4th.
:bulletblue: Still Life Blue Contest Ends October 1st.
:bulletblue: dA Related Autumn Contest ends October
:bulletblue: The Dark Side of Autumn Contest ends November 1st.

Spotlight Deviant

myraincheck in the words of StamatisGR who suggested this deviant this week..."She shoots "street". Unposed, Bold and Beautiful!"

Spotlight Group

PrettyTones group aim is to collect well made shotsand promote photography! Head over to have a wander through some beautiful galleries and join the group!

Project Educate

It's Community Week over at projecteducate and that means that members of the dA community have taken over the group to publish their articles. If that sounds like something you'd like to do then head over and note the group with your article proposals as there will be another community week soon! In the meantime, for inspiration on what to write about check out what our fantastic team have been sharing so far this week...
:bulletpink: Welcome to Community Week!
:bulletpink: An Interview with Agnes-Cecile
:bulletpink: Searching like a RockStar
:bulletpink: SoulOfDavid and Mashamaklaut!
:bulletpink: The art of featuring
:bulletpink: How to raise your exposure
:bulletpink: The Groups Directory!
:bulletpink: What's the Symbol?
We're also saying farewell to neurotype as one of our community week leads as they are now suitably hatted and gallivanting around the Literature Galleries! Thankfully though, the wonderful JamminJo is still continuing to head up the community weeks alongside a new addition - ValaSedai

Art History

Literature month is drawing to a close which means that Digital Art month is fast approaching. If you have historical expertise in an area of Digital Art and you'd like to write a blog as part of the month then do contact ArtHistoryProject to get involved.
:bulletblack: An interview with CrumpetsHarvey
:bulletblack: A glimpse into Futurism Art
:bulletblack: ProsePoetry a History and Feature
:bulletblack: Tricksters into Mythology and Folklore
:bulletblack: Tricksters in Folktales and Fables

Abstract and Surreal

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

The first of a wonderful series from DropxLife has been published over at Abstract-and-Surreal. Check out Abstract World. KizukiTamura has this week launched a brand shiny new group! kaleidoscopism! It's for all those who love to create and view wonderful Kaleidoscope works.

(K)aleidoscope? 3,4,6,9 or more pictures in a square creating a kaleidoscopic effect or showing a different point of view.


Artistic Nude & Fetish Photography

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

For all those redhead lovers - Nyx-Valentine has put together a beautiful feature of all things red! Check it out here! (Article contains nudity).

Darkroom Photography

Community Volunteer EveryNextDream

Another edition of Darkroom Exposed is out, highlighting some talent within the darkroom community.


Deviants to Check out this week

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

Check out some of the latest articles from the Street Photography Community - including the free E-Books which are really useful!

:bulletblack: Free Street e-books - I
:bulletblack: Free Street e-books - II
:bulletblack: Free Street e-books - III
Friday night Street Specials v9.3

This week I'd like to bring your attention to TheYardPlayground - Are you a Street Photographer and would like to know more about "street" and share (give and receive) feedback and constructive critique on your street photos? Are you a beginner and looking for resources and material on Street Photography? Are you an experienced street shooter who doesn't mind harsh critiques? Are you a Street Photographer and looking for inspiration, motivation, a spur to go out and shoot? Then, this is the group for for you!

Photography Resources

This video shares some fantastic tips to grab those 'screensaver' worthy Autumn shots!

News & Events From the Forums

Check out the Forum Events Calendar for all the info and goings on in the forum lately! So far we've critiqued or commented around 40 pieces of art dropped into the Critique Thread for September. (Photography only). Standby for October's launch for more chances to get feedback!

:bulletblack: What Lens Filter brands are out there and witch are the best to use?
:bulletblack: Noise -- shape difference between raw and jpeg
:bulletblack: Lens Advice
:bulletblack: Good photography books?
:bulletblack: Tips for shooting portraits at Sunset
:bulletblack: Canon 50mm 1.4 USM
:bulletblack: Flash advice for pentax k-x
:bulletblack: Film Photography VS. Digital Photography
:bulletblack: When the picture becomes a photo manipulation?
:bulletblack: Help?: Using a lensbaby composer with a Sony Alpha A230?
:bulletblack: What's the best Camera app on iPhone
:bulletblack: How do I take professional quality photos of my paintings?
:bulletblack: Studio Gear (Softboxes and Strip boxes)
:bulletblack: What do you think about DSLR without a mirror?
:bulletblack: How do you capture in black and white?
:bulletblack: Best website to professionally display photos? (Approaching magazines?)
:bulletblack: Stop Motion

Photography Books

This is one of the first books I'm promoting but haven't actually trialled myself. However I'm tempted to - it's available as a preview on itunes too - so you don't actually have to buy it if it looks rubbish! The Four Seasons: Autumn. Also Fall looks quite intriguing...



:bulletblack: 13th Sept - 13th Jan 2013 @ The Barbican - Everything was moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s
:bulletblack: Until 28th October @ Museum of London - At home with the Queen
:bulletblack: Until 30th September @ Gallery OXO - Sea
Change: Comparative Photos taken at low and high tide

East England

:bulletblack: Until 28th October @ Red House - Beyond the Image: Photographers Gallery
:bulletblack: 30th September - 14th October @ Forum - New Angles


:bulletblack:17th September - 24th October @ Museum of Modern Art - Brian Adams: Rhaedr Ddu

United States of America 

:bulletblack:BOSTON: Until 31st December @ Museum of Fine Arts - Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass
:bulletblack: CHICAGO: Until 27th October @ Catherine Edelman Gallery  - Terry Evans: Overview
:bulletblack: NEW YORK: Until 13th October @ Yossi Milo Gallery - Lisa Sarfati on Hollywood
:bulletblack: SANTA FE: Until 13th October @ Verve Gallery - Susan Burnstine, Michael Courser and Douglas Ethridge

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!

:bulletblue: Making a Difference from 3wyl
:bulletblue: dA Love for Everyone from Lintu47
:bulletblue: Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: Under 1,000 Views from Postmorteum
:bulletblue: Devious Love from Astrikos

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl |

Architecture: AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart

Darkroom: EveryNextDream

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism: xbastex

Street: StamatisGR

Groups to check out
:iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::iconphoto--assignment: :icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics:

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:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
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Who-Is-Chill's avatar
:ahoy: Thank you so much !!
fineartbyandrewdavid's avatar
i happen to be working towards a photography qualification
Kaz-D's avatar
Intriguing! What is it? :)
fineartbyandrewdavid's avatar
i belong to an organisation called the societes for which i am a member for nature/wildlife commercial/industrial
as with this qualification i either have the chance of going for a Liecentel in Nature or Digital Art at present my strongest point is creating art from photos
myraincheck's avatar
thank you so much to you and to Stamatis for the spotlight! And for featuring TheYardPlayground too.
I am honored!
Kaz-D's avatar
Your work is just... :D
TeaPhotography's avatar
Great journal, and thanks for the feature for our contest at #Unframed-Nature
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Postmorteum's avatar
Thank you kindly. :heart:

Nice point in the beginning. And yes, we do read them although I bet you got a surge of people who are now commenting more about them. I think your qualifications depends on the job taken. For instance, doing a personal job for a family member (your qualifications would be taken for granted), while doing it for a corporation, your qualifications might be something else. I believe it's a dependent or variable, not a constant, but that's just my two cents.
Kaz-D's avatar
Excellent points too :nod:!
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freMDart's avatar
I´m really astonished to find one of my works here! :dance:
Thank you :aww:
Oh, and by the way, I enjoy every Journal of Photography Weekly!
There are always some things in the Journal that give me new ideas for my pictures :-)
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ntpdang's avatar
Thank you so much for featuring me! :heart:
Also, the Spotlight Deviant pic is awesome :lol:
Kaz-D's avatar
Welcome :)
Yes :D
miontre's avatar
Great article! :hooray: Thanks for featuring my article.

I don't think qualifications are important in art. Everyone can develop their own art style, their own views on how things should be done, their own views on what is interesting, etc. Truth is, art is different for everyone. What one person likes the look of, another may not. What one person sees meaning in, another may not. What one person likes to create, another may not. So I don't think you need qualifications when it comes to art at all, because I don't how "qualified" someone is needs to be governed, it's something the people viewing the art can decide for themselves.
Kaz-D's avatar
Excellent points! :)
StamatisGR's avatar
I'm so happy you like magnums as well! :lol:
thanks! :glomp:
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