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"The one surefire way to get nothing is to not bother looking" - Joe McNally
Research carried out by Nikon has estimated that an amazing 332 million jubilee related photos will be taken on the day of the Thamas River Pageant on June 3rd. That's amazing. It even tops the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year. The upcoming Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth has sparked patriotism in the most unlikely places meaning that driving down a normal street turns into an epic photo opportunity with the various bunting, flags and other bits and pieces. So whether or not you're local to London and able to join in the four days of pomp and ceremony that the British are allegedly famed for - you might find that there are events and things local to you that will bring out the journalistic candid photographer that's screaming inside to get out! But in this day and age, when every second person owns an SLR - the Art of Photography has become increasingly accessible. Does this increasingly common presence of the camera make it better? Or does it make it worse? What do you think? I know that I'm going to be taking photographs at a Wedding on Thursday where there will possibly be around 4 - 5 guests with D-SLR cameras - yet I'll be the one being paid for it. Is the competition increasing?
Community Relations News
The Bi-Weekly Critique Nights are well underway with another one coming up on June 13th which is a Photo-manipulation Critique with Aeirmid. Check out the blog for more info on dates and times. On June 27th We will be having a general Photography Critique Night which you can bring all your photography works along to! (Well not quite all!). But I will update you about that nearer the time. Bookmark the blog!
Aeirmid Dan-Heffer and Elandria have written a wonderful article on Why we should credit and notify with a particular focus on Photo-manipulation, Stock and Resources. It's also important for photographers to take note and apply rules to the images they share or use to enhance their work.
Spotlight Deviant mitazu08
I happened across mitazu08's work when I received a note about the spotlit group this week and just had to feature her for her gallery is simply breath-taking. mitazu08 has put a personal spin on everyday situations or popular conceptual ideas to make them her own and unique.
Spotlight Group MinimalistLandscapes
In keeping with the theme of Light this week MinimalistLandscapes was the perfect group to showcase. The group was founded by JohnClavin and this week's spotlight artist (see above) and although only one month old is proving popular amongst the community. Member ship is automatically accepted to the group there is a clear and concise journal detailing rules of submitting.
Deviants to Check Out This Week
Project Educate - Vector Week
It's currently Vector Week over at projecteducate with plenty of information on how to Vector and what it's All About!
Next week is Photo-manipulation hosted by Aeirmid with a Critique Night which you can find out about by clicking the link!
Community Volunteer Kaz-D
The Still Life Contest is still (teehee) going strong! Check out the rules and regs here!
Nom Nom is out once more and is a little more healthy than previous issues...
With the help of sine-out I've recently had the inspiration to start up a troubleshooting series of articles answering questions and queries about Photography (as much as possible!) The first Issue addressing lighting is Out Right Now! To get involved drop your troubles (Photography related!) in a comment on the blog and we'll do our best to answer them. Additionally if you feel you've got input on one of our topics then do comment or note me and we'll include you in the next blog. Next time our theme is Backgrounds and FionaCreates brought up the issue that many of us have. We'll be addressing that and if you have ideas let me know!
The Theme of the week over at Through-a-Lens is The Beach check out the blog for info on submitting your works to be featured on Sunday 3rd.
OliviaMichalski has put together an Intimate, Touching & Emotive feature for all the couples and friends on deviantART. It's beautiful!
May's Daily Deviation roundups have been posted and can be found Right Here! The blog combining all the roundups across the team will be up in the next few days so keep an eye on communityrelations
And finally! PurpelBlur has written another Devious Minds article featuring TeaPhotography who has been here since forever! (Sort of). Check it out for the inside scoop.
TheSp0t is hosting a contest! It's Still Life! How AWESOME! Check out all the information Here! It's open to members and non-members.
ourtimephotography is hosting the Summer Rain Contest opening on 1st of June and closing on 30th June. There are some fantastic prizes including features and points. Check out the link for more info.
dandelion-field is hosting the Cloud Forms Contest which is open NOW and ends on June 14th. Check out the link for more info!
Abstract-and-Surreal have a Shapes contest going on! Check out the link for more info!
Iluvbiscuit2 is hosting a A Pet Photography contest!
SolutionsSanctuary are hosting a Contest challenging you to create a tutorial on navigating deviantART. Check out the finer details Here!
Have a contest going on? Is it photography related? Note me!
Animals, Plants and Nature
Community Volunteers shuttermonkey & trevg
Zanarky is a deviant to check out this week for his fantastic Nature photography! Zanarky also does a brilliant series of articles entitled Naughty by Nature (Because Nature's sexy too!) which are well worth keeping an eye out for.
dAPN have a theme this month for May of Freestyle which includes everything APN apart from Macro.
And Finally Water-And-Nature-Art have put together the fourth part of the Underexposed Series which showcases some beautiful lesser known artists.
Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska
Alabastra's Architecture Spotlight is out once more and showcases some fantastic work! Check out the full article Here!
Abstract & Surreal
Community Volunteer DpressedSoul
The wonderful RosleinRot over at Abstract-and-Surreal has brought the IV edition of Surreal Photography to us! It's well worth checking out for some amazing works!
TheDarkerDays has also put together Vol II of The Darker Days Feature which is another worth checking out.
DpressedSoul has put together another feature Fragile Dreams which uses inspiration from Anathema.
Community Volunteer DemonMathiel
The Power of Ideas is out once more and explores some fantastically inspirational conceptual Photographs set to inspire you to get creative.
Community Volunteer StamatisGR
A Visual Guide to Street Photography
Street Photography Tutorial - I
Street Photography Tutorial - II
Street Photography DDs - MAY 2012
Friday night Street Specials v5.4
The Street Community is having a CONTEST !!!
The "So you think you can street" Photography Contest is well worth checking out!!!
Urban & Rural
Community Volunteer FritsPlays
City Strolls is out once more from bradleysays and explores some fantastic cityscapes across deviantART - and the world!
Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight
Fashion This Week is back once again featuring some fantastic works of Fashion Photography that deserve extra attention.
Drop by adumvgh's page for Fashion Friday!
Featured Photoshop Action
Blue stories by Wnison is a beautiful set of actions that range from pure blue to exclusioned blue - a fantastic assortment of tones to finish your images.
Tips and Tricks - Jubilee Special
These tips don't just apply to London and the days of the Jubilee - but will be quite useful if you find you are local!
Get people posing! If you see someone dressed up, chances
are they will love to be photographed! So just ask
Don't be afraid of the rain - monarchs such as the Queen
will always dress to be seen and if it's grey and dreary you can
guarantee she'll be wearing bright and bold. Her umbrella will be see
through too, so you might be in for getting that lucky shot!
Snap the crowds - get the atmosphere on camera by taking pictures of the people.
In London the Thames Pageant will be one of the largest
Flotillas ever seen on the river - so get shots of this! It will contain
Be brave, ask people to move if they are in the way (nicely)
Share your pictures - the rest of the world would love to see!
From the Forums
The Best Camera
Most commonly used lens?
Self-publish your photo book
The Stuff People Say To Photographers
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!
Deviations under 1,000 views - Transportation from Postmorteum
Gifts of Nature from TarantulaLdAmn
Square'ish from OliviaMichalski
Project Comment - Underappreciated Feature from 3wyl
dA Love for everyone from Lintu47
A small feature from Alabastra
Project Pork Chop from Astralseed
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
General Photography: Kaz-D
Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul
Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey
Urban and Rural: FritsPlays
Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine
Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile
Groups to check out
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Themes & Topics
Next weeks theme is Nature