Photography Weekly: Edition Thirty Three

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By Kaz-D

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"Why are YOU reading this?"

-This- little bit of space right up here at the top of the weekly Photography Article is usually filled with a newsworthy topic, or a question. And it nearly always gets ignored!! So many of you look at this article, favourite it and comment on it - but what are you looking at it for? Are you gazing at the images? The news? The links? You're certainly not looking at the paragraph right up here that can sometimes be the juiciest bit of the whole article!! As a reader, you're important. Without your input and without positive stats, this article would dwindle - so it's here for you. Tell me what you want to see...

:bulletblack: More Images
:bulletblack: More discussion
:bulletblack: Bi-weekly instead of weekly
:bulletblack: Something else

Many of you will know of Gimp - and many likely use the editing program which has been considered a freee condensed version of Photoshop. Well Gimp are publishing heir first issue of a magazine - which will hopefully help and inspire! Check out the preview here!

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl | IsacGoulart  

Still Life Photography

Our Photographer of the week this time around is WoW-Sky - head over and have a gallery peek for some awesome works! We're getting ready to launch our regular monthly contest in August which means some great chances for prizes to be won!  But for now please enjoy the latest feature exploring Blue! and Nom Nom which this week features Pineapples!


Macro Photography

devPREMIUM  put together wonderful features and if you're struggling with the definition of Macro they definitely help! Check out the Macro Spotlight for some undiscovered talent! And remember to get your Macro Daily Deviation suggestions in to myself, 3wyl and IsacGoulart

People & Portraits

I've managed to get a couple of articles out featuring People and Portraits Exposed since the last edition of Photography Weekly. The first one helps out with categorizing miscellaneous works within the gallery. You can read about it here and if you've got questions just ask! The second article is about the Olympics which start today - and categorising your sports shots! Check it out here!

General News

dA Life article from EveryNextDream this week explores browsing with mature content filters on. Head over and have a read! Brought to you by fella

HQ are offering a day of free premium membership! For the exact date and the chance to bookmark your diaries check out the article.

Call out for Opinions on Galleries is an article about just that! We want your input in checking that the gallery descriptions are up to date. Check out the article for more info!

Do You Care About Art? If so then help deviantART's application to manage a new top level domain on the internet called .ART!

Spotlight On Deviant Orwald

Orwald has been here for just over a year and has made an impressive mark with conceptual thoughts and creations. Fresh, innovative and inspiring are just a few of the words used to describe Orwald's gallery!

Spotlight on Photography Group Love4Photography

At Love4Photography you're allowed to submit one image per day into the galleries for more exposure and to share your artwork! Check out the submission guidelines here for more info and head over and join!

Deviants to Check Out This Week

Art History

There have been some fantastic articles coming out of ArtHistoryProject lately and they are all worth having a read - especially for some historical background that you're unlikely to be unaware of!
Interview with Astralseed
Surrealism on DeviantART
Cave Paintings: The Birth of Illustration
Leonardo Da Vinic's Anatomical Drawings
Printing from the Far East to the Printing Press

Abstract & Surreal Photography

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

A random feature is the highlight this week over at Abstract-and-Surreal and explores some wonderful abstract photography works. There is also Finding Beauty (a surreal edition!) to be looked at which has some interesting things in!

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

The Conceptual Summer Contest has begun and is running until August 31st so there is still PLENTY of time to enter! Check out the full details here!

Fashion Photography

Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight

Undervalued Artists features those with 15,000 page views or less! Some amazing artists to be discovered there that have been undiscovered until now! Fashion Friday is out from adumvgh as well!


Horror, Macabre & Cosplay Photography

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

This week pullingcandy has put together a horror and macabre feature using the inspiration of Moist. (The five piece Canadian alternative rock band!) Check out the article here.

Featured Tutorial

Stairway of Oblivion is an HDR Workshop that will come in very handy for those wishing to create some HDR images. Use the files provided and get to work!

From the Forums

:bulletblack: What does photography mean to you?
:bulletblack: Cleaning and maintenance of your camera and lenses
:bulletblack: How do you organize your photography files?
:bulletblack: What do you love about photography?
:bulletblack: Good camera for beginners?
:bulletblack: Tips for photoshoots
:bulletblack: Lensbaby tips?
:bulletblack: Photography terminology part 2
:bulletblack: Help when editing photos?
:bulletblack: How to gain experience in photography?

Photography Books

I have a couple of Amazon books to share this week but after the freeness of the previous books shared (kindle ebook editions) I'm afraid these cost money! However if you have a look at the reviews I'm sure you'll agree that it's a worthy investment or addition to a christmas wishlist! The Art of Photography: A Personal Approach to Expression is available for Kindle and you can peek inside too, before you buy. Then there is Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark by Lance Keimig which looks REALLY interesting and worth a look! Again you can peek inside before you buy.


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: Obscured Photos from 3wyl
: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: Weekly Light Hunters from MarinaCoric
:bulletblue: Stunning Nature from Blubdi-Photography

Obscure by sydnorn
Obscure Remembrances by soulofautumn87
obscure by Hengki24
Obscure Bim by Staged
Hole In My Soul by oO-Rein-Oo
Enjoy the silence. by lalelovesgir
Obscure by Yelled
Obscure by fibreciment
Obscure. by CarpeSav

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl | IsacGoulart

Architecture AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: actonephotos

Darkroom: EveryNextDream

Urban and Rural: FritsPlays

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism: xbastex

Street: StamatisGR


: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:

Get Involved...

You can get yourself into Photography Weekly just by sending me a note! Each week I look for:
:bulletblue: Spotlight Deviants
:bulletblue: Underappreciated Deviants
:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
:bulletblue: Themes & Topics
:bulletblue: Featured Tutorials
:bulletblue: Next weeks theme is Sports

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JamminJo's avatar
Added to #DevNews posting later today ~ August 4, 2012.
Kaz-D's avatar
Thank you Jo!
JamminJo's avatar
My response to "Why are YOU reading this?"

First and foremost, I love photography and love learning about photography :) Photography Weekly is a journal that I look forward to seeing in my message center :)

:bulletblack: More Images ~ No, I like the number of images within the posting.

:bulletblack: More discussion ~ I like the idea of more discussions, photography trouble shooting and/or techniques or "what have we learned this week" would be fun addition :nod:

:bulletblack: Bi-weekly instead of weekly ~ No.......... no :no: I love the weekly version :nod: it's very inspiring to see this journal each week.

:bulletblack: Something else ~ Yes :la: Start up a photography weekly group :camera:

That's all I can think of right now :giggle

Kaz-D's avatar
Awesome feedback! Thank you so much :hug:
Orwald's avatar
I`m soo honored to recieve the sporlight! Thank you very much, dear! :airborne:
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miontre's avatar
I always read the quote at the top :P

Anyways, great article! :nod:
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thanks for featuring love4photography
CarolineCherry's avatar
I kind of skim read the whole article every time. If it catches my interest I'll read more carefully. Maybe a few more pictures but honestly I love the format of this - there's a bit of everything for everyone, and I like checking out the artists and other articles you link to. Also, by bi-weekly do you mean twice a week or every two weeks? Because I love the weekly format, but having more would be awesome! But knocking it down to one every two weeks would kind of lessen the impact these have - there'd either be less information and features if you were to keep it exactly as it is, or they would become to large to warrant reading in thier entirety.

Sorry if that was a bit rambly and unclear, the short of it is I think these are pretty damn fine just as they are.
Kaz-D's avatar
Skim reading is awesome isn't it :nod:
Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)
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My pleasure. Really.
lost-angle's avatar
I'll be honest, I read that little blurb, well, skim it, every time I see photography weekly. I usually don't find anything I can justifiably respond to, as I'm not active in the photography community and don't generally participate in photography contests. After that, I skim the photos (and read whatever else pops out at me). I do, however, feature a link to this in every Dictionary Entry over at #dA-Dictionary, even if I don't say as much here.
Kaz-D's avatar
Thank you so much :)
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electricjonny's avatar
I always read the top written part and what it is discussing :nod: I tend to gloss over the art (and links) since honestly, there is just far too much of it. And many times the only comments I see, or most of the comments I see, are along the lines of "Thanks for the feature!", which tells me that all they did was get notified (somehow) that you incorporated a deviation of theirs here and wanted to say thanks. That's fine, I guess, but that does not interest me at all.

As for changes made here? Hmm. Well I don't think dropping to twice a month (is that what you meant?) would be all that great. I'm a person that likes small and focused journals. Mixing both discussion material in with art promotion material just feels like too much. So maybe go to two Photography articles per week? Maybe on Monday you can show thumbs of some art you like, then on Friday you can discuss something or talk about something? This article specifically just has way way too many things going on, which makes my attention on each area very miniscule. This particular journal contains:
  • A talking point about these articles and questions for the user.
  • A talking point on GIMP and their magazine.
  • Thumbs and explanation of 3 types of photography.
  • General news of photography related topics.
  • A spotlight on a user with 3 thumbs and a short description.
  • A spotlight on a photography related group with 2 thumbs and description.
  • 3 photography users to check out with a thumb from each user.
  • Some articles taken from a group.
  • A thumb from a group and also a journal from them.
  • A contest announcement.
  • A promotion from two volunteers.
  • A tutorial with thumb and description.
  • Some photography forum links.
  • A few recommendations for books.
  • A list of features with links.
  • 13 random thumbnails.
  • A description of volunteers and what photography gallery they focus on.
  • A listing of several photography groups.
  • A closing statement with information on how to get involved with these articles.

And wow, while it is all very good information, I just get overwhelmed and tend to gloss over it all. Although you probably can't do a journal on each topic specifically (since that would be several articles per day), maybe you can work on the CSS to make each section more specific and stand out, with a table of contents at the top?

Although who knows; that may just be me ;) Everyone else here may like these just fine, and not want any change at all. But that's just my wishes for these (and an explanation of how I like reading articles in general).
Kaz-D's avatar
You've given feedback a lot before, which I'm trying to take on :nod: I'll keep all this in mind, working on some bits for next Friday!
Thank you for taking the time to write out some points. :)
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