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Photography Newsletter: October 2018

Sat Oct 20, 2018, 12:00 AM


Welcome to October 2018's CRPhotography newsletter, a round-up of photography goodness on DA from the last month. The newsletter is divided into handy sections to help you browse photography news and features from the last month. The links with a Fella icon are official CRPhotography articles and the newsletter is illustrated with beautiful pictures featured as Daily Deviations by our photography Community Volunteers over the last month.

Light, all the way back by katia-iva

DD Round-Ups

:bulletred: Abstract & Surreal from JustACapharnaum

:bulletred: Animals, Plants and Nature from JenFruzz

:bulletred: Cosplay from pullingcandy

:bulletred: Fashion from Queen-Kitty

:bulletred: General Photography from Mrs-Durden and TanyaSimpson

:bulletred: Macro from JustACapharnaum

:bulletred: The Great DD Round-Up from Yuukon :fella:

Night by photonutz

CV Articles

:bulletorange: BloodyWing celebrates the contributions of out outgoing pin-up and glamour CV, DistortedSmile (and Emma says goodbye and thanks!)

:bulletorange: TanyaSimpson features some gorgeous recent photography submissions to DA in Freshly Framed 03 and 04

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden shares the winners of the 30 Day Photo Challenge

:bulletorange: In this month's Catwalk Talk, Queen-Kitty interviews fashion photographer GretheFenyx :fella:

:bulletorange: JenFruzz announces September's conclusion and winners at AnimalsPlantsNature

:bulletorange: JustACapharnaum features amazing photos you might not have seen yet in Hidden Gems #4 :fella:

:bulletorange: BloodyWing continues his Pin-Up and Glamour Spotlight series. Check out number 3.

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden shares more ABCs of Photography with some architecture in B is for...Buildings

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty continues her People and Portraits Spotlight series at devPREMIUM with Vol. 198 including an undiscovered talent feature with lesyakikh

Lisbon 153 by JACAC

Features and Interviews

:bulletyellow: CapnDeek373 features beauty from above in Look! Up in the sky! Part 3

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans at AnimalsPlantsNature introduces Acerbical in The APN Corner: Vol 7 and Jorgipie in Vol 8

:bulletyellow: iPhotograph's Photo Friday features continue with Edition #25 - Food

:bulletyellow: AnimalsPlantsNature's Artists of APN this month are corniger-aries interviewed by Mouselemur, SvenMueller interviewed by Yuukon, roisabborrar interviewed by Mouselemur, and CarlaSophia interviewed by Mouselemur

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily features Laazeri in Undiscovered Talent

:bulletyellow: ElyneNoir features beautiful square photographs

:bulletyellow: FrancescaDelfino dishes out more Weekly Vitamins! #91 features OlivierAccart, #92 features Vitaly-Sokol, #93 features JulianRad, #94 features FlexDreams, #95 features JonhyBlaze, and #96 features jacekson

:bulletyellow: adumvgh at Through-a-Lens shares recent general photography Daily Deviations in Vol. 2: 8th-14th September and Vol. 3: 15th-21st September,

:bulletyellow: Some of AnthonyPresley's stunning photos taken in Japan were featured in an article on Bored Panda

:bulletyellow: Yuukon's Feature-Fest articles continue with Vol. 152: Portraits, Vol. 153: Glamour Portraits, Vol. 154: Urban and Rural, Vol. 155: Cosplay, and Vol. 156: Waterscapes

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans welcomes new members to AnimalsPlantsNature with Thursday Tributes Volume 28

:bulletyellow: freMDart at devPREMIUM features beautiful buildings and places in Architecture, Urban and Rural Spotlight Vol. 132, which includes an undiscovered talent feature with kevinsaintgrey

:bulletyellow: batmantoo at @theyardcollective features awesome street photography in Friday Night Specials v9.3

:bulletyellow: Aylishliane12 made her first photography feature

:bulletyellow: hosagu features some slices of life in Street Photography VIII.I

:bulletyellow: pulbern features the work of ScreamingColorArt, AntonioGouveia, Inextremiss and jlxp in Photography: Abstract + Surreal; and TarJakArt, AnthonyPresley, JustinDeRosa and ajonsaas in Photography: Architecture

:bulletyellow: Can't get enough street photography? Don't miss Batsceba's Progressive Saturday Night v.204 at Progressive-Street

:bulletyellow: Enjoy some music with your photography? Mouselemur's Fickle Fridays are inspired by Beck's song, Morning and Cold by the Editors

:bulletyellow: Don't miss aliasvassily's themed photography features this month! #12 - People and Portraits, and Nature, #13 - Duo, #14 - Black and White, #15 - Architecture, and #16 - Warm

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur at AnimalsPlantsNature shares some gorgeous natural places in Our APN, Your APN: Landscapes

:bulletyellow: WillTC features some highlights from Photography-Group

:bulletyellow: Yuukon at AnimalsPlantsNature features loveliness from the natural world in Wild Wednesday Vol. 06

:bulletyellow: GeorgieDeeArt at PhotoUnited interviews LDFranklin and WillTC about adminning photography groups in Your Community Leaders

:bulletyellow: Canankk features fascinating moments united by shape in Square Street

:bulletyellow: Endorell-Taelos takes a voyage to the unknown and explores performing arts photography

:bulletyellow: caddman features some of his favourite photographers in Showcase my friends 38

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily promotes photographers to check out in Undiscovered Talent. See Laazeri in #5, 3DBlasphemy in #6, raido-ehwaz in #7, and EintoeRn in #8

:bulletyellow: brennennn interviews JustACapharnaum in Meet Your CV

Maleficent by Kosataya

Contests, Challenges and Projects

:bulletgreen: Mrs-Durden and TanyaSimpson are hosting a horror photography contest with a twist. Even (especially) if you're completely new to horror photography, or photography in general, check out The Last Photograph

:bullegreen: BloodyWing is hosting an Addams Family themed pin-up contest for Halloween!

:bulletgreen: Yuukon at PhotographyGuide announces the GREEN photography challenge

:bulletgreen: Check out Comment Month's September round-up and October's invitation to comment here at CRPhotography :fella:

Kiwanda Reflections by ChadRouthier

Educational Resources and Tutorials

:bulletblue: brennennn at projecteducate shares some helpful advice about how to get exposure on DA

:bulletblue: Gejda at projecteducate shares some useful information about mature content on DA

:bulletblue: Yuukon continues her take on Photography ABCs with B is for Bokeh & Box Cameras

Pink Afternoon by bwaworga

Opinion, Chats and Forums

:bulletpurple: Join in October's monthly photography critique project in the Photography forum to give and receive critique and get featured!

:bulletpurple: tmkahz invites you to talk about your photography style

:bulletpurple: daughteralsia is looking for some advice about analog photography

Beware of darkness by dfm63

This month's newsletter contributors are aliasvassily, GeorgieDeeArt, TanyaSimpson and Yuukon

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The latest features, articles, interviews, challenges, contests, resources and other photography-related awesomeness from around DA, curated with love at CRPhotography.
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Aylishliane12 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the mentions
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
This is a terrific newsletter.  Thank you to everyone involved.
hosagu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
tmkahz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
thank you for the mention :)
katia-iva Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018   Photographer
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2018   Photographer
Thank you so much as always for your hard work on this :heart:
JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
t h a n k . y o u . f o r . t h e . k i n d . f e a t u r e . =)=)
caddman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Jorgipie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
brennennn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
Tanya! :glomp: Wonderful newsletter!
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
373 thanks stamp by CapnDeek373  For mentioning my Look Up in the Sky feature! :ahoy:
ChadRouthier Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional Photographer
Many thanks
GretheFenyx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional Photographer
Still so honoured to have been interviewed for this month's Catwalk Talk - thank you so much! :heart:
Batsceba Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   Photographer
:blackrose: and thanks for sharing
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   General Artist
Thank you for the mention/feature. :love:
Canankk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
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Journals and News Articles by adumvgh

Eclipse Change Log: November 28, 2018

Thank you for your continued feedback and bug reports on DeviantArt Eclipse!

Our team has been working on customization and personalization options and we have brainstorming sessions planned where we’ll be further discussing how you’ll be able to customize and personalize your profile in Eclipse. We’ve been gathering and sorting your feedback, including the top ways you use Custom Box, and we’ll be reviewing it in these brainstorm sessions. We will have more to share soon!

In the meantime, we’re still working on other customization features already in the design stages, including editing your bio and custom cropping of your profile header art. We’ve seen some creative ways people are featuring single deviations on their profile (for example, see @ellysiumn and @katy-l-wood’s profiles), and we’re working on the ability to more-easily feature a single deviation on your profile.

Here’s this week’s change log!

Change Log

Header art quality on profiles has improved. If your header art is blurry, ensure that the original deviation is available as high resolution under “Display Options.” (Thanks, @queen-kitty, @titusweiss, @kaleidechse, @battlefairies, @yuukon, and several others who brought this up!)Fixed issues where typing in a URL in a Journals, comment, or Status Update would display the URL twice.Removed minimum character limit from Status Updates, allowing you to post a Status Update that just includes a deviation, gallery, video, or emoticon.You can now open and close Commissions from the individual Commission page.A “back to top” button added to galleries and browse pages.Badge pages are back!After posting a comment, the browser now scrolls to your comment.The toggle for Mature Content now reads “Show Mature Content” instead of “Mature Content” to prevent confusion. (Thanks for the tip, @rotane and @uszatyarbuz!)Fixed issue where tooltips would not display when hovering over the Add Deviation/Gallery/Video/Emoticon buttons on Comments, Journals, or Status Updates.Fixed issue where the “Send Note” button on profiles would open a new note with no recipient. (Thanks for spotting, @nominee84 and @mrs-durden!)Fixed issue where literature Daily Deviations displayed title twice. (Good catch, @3wyl!)The header image for Commissions is now centered.Updated the design of the “I’m open for commissions” button to make it look more prominent and clickable.Fixed issue where bolded text in comments would appear as a different color but not bold.After clearing out your notifications, the “no notifications here right now” message would be misaligned. (Thanks, @starlighthawk, @ikazon, and @sweetchimera!)Various other smaller bug fixes and changes.

Keep Sharing Your Feedback!

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Features Journals Tutorials by Mouselemur

Journals by Canankk

More from DeviantArt

Building DeviantArt's ARG

Before DeviantArt Eclipse would be revealed to the world (or even officially named!), the Marketing team was already contemplating how to publicize it. What could we do that was exciting, fun, and community-oriented...while not being able to reveal anything about what we were promoting?

The answer came from our bucket list: an ARG! “When we were initially brainstorming, we threw around a ton of crazy ideas, but we kept coming back to an idea of having something mysterious and fun for the community to solve that would reveal DeviantArt Eclipse,” said @danlev. “We've done puzzles and scavenger hunts in the past and they've always been pretty popular. We kept playing around with ideas and our ideas became more and more elaborate until we realized that we should develop a whole storyline, characters, and a bunch of puzzles.”

“I love puzzles and stories and adventure and secrets, so an ARG was right up my alley,’ said @mattbmattb, our Puzzle Master. “I was OBSESSED with watching people solve the Sombra ARG for Overwatch, but those were all way above my head. I liked the idea of being able to share something fun like an ARG puzzle with people that wanted to participate. It wasn’t a mandatory event, so those who didn't like it could still enjoy DeviantArt however they wished without being too affected (sorry 'bout that llama).”


Now that we knew what we were doing, the next part was perhaps the most challenging. Every ARG needs a story, and you can’t have a story without heroes. The creation of Ari Banks and Bunny the Red Panda didn’t just happen overnight. “Ari and Bunny were the result of a collaborative process that involved most of the marketing team,” @bironicheroine revealed. “Each of us came up with several character duos and narrative frameworks for the ARG, and then we voted to settle on archetypes we liked, filling in the details from there. I'm proud that we named her after Artemisia Gentileschi, the baroque painter, and Bunny as a reference to the fact that almost all of us had a rabbit in our initial set of ideas! It was tough to choose just one duo, and we spent several meetings honing these ideas to make sure we had a dynamic we all liked.”

After Ari and Bunny were created, we got to work creating the story and puzzles, developing them together. @bironicheroine, @mattbmattb, and I were the driving forces behind the content with @danlev and @ekud serving as Creative Directors. Breaking the story was a pretty fluid process. We wanted the puzzle solving to actually be integrated into the story, not just something that happens outside of it, so that’s how we landed on escaped Djinn as the villains. The lore behind them is very interesting, so they’re easy to create characters around, have a lot of potential for cool designs, and are scary enough to easily imagine they’re a legitimate threat.

“One of the really fun parts of working on the Eclipse ARG was finding ways to gamify the DeviantArt platform, without relying too much on the engineering department,” @mattbmattb said. “I had a couple of goals with the puzzles, the first was to try to make them all unique, while still tying them in with the Djinn they represent. For instance, the Hinn is associated with time, so I created a puzzle that was an animated GIF that you had to wait out (or cheat by downloading); the Jaan was green, so it tied into the Hex code for DeviantArt Green; stuff like that. Additionally, I wanted them to be of varying difficulties so that all different levels of players could participate. I didn't want to get into the really intense waters that ARG tend to fall into (I can't turn binary into sound waves!).”


Story development is cool, but how did Ari and Bunny get their distinctive looks? And who drew that awesome comic??? Meet comic book artist and fantasy illustrator @iamjustino! “It was a deceptively easy and difficult process,” he revealed. “We wanted to base her outfit in reality, so it became a combination of trying to find an outfit that was both functional and looked appealing. The design process became trying to find different combinations of outfits and colors that were bright and poppy but would also stand out against the background. We also had to be aware of the time crunch that the whole project was under, so a lot of elements in earlier designs had to be cut in order to streamline the drawing process. Which ended up being super useful down the line and created a much cleaner character design for all the artists that worked on it, letting us focus more on making something cool instead of trying to match a bunch of tiny details.

“As for Bunny, it was really what can make us go ‘Aww’ the most. We had to make you want to save that poor little guy! We went through a bunch of different accessories and at one point we played with the idea of him missing a leg! It was ultimately dropped since it has hard to read and he was given his trademark crescent moon marking instead. I’m honestly really happy with the designs of both Ari and Bunny; it was definitely the work of the team coming together to really nail down her look from a loose idea into the character she is now.”

Now that Ari and Bunny had their looks, the story was locked down while the Djinn and the overall look of @iblis were created. “We wanted all aspects of the ARG to be both extremely visually pleasing and utterly immersive,” said @ekud. “When looking at the temple and the Djinn, we wanted viewers to feel like there was a rich world to discover; when viewing the comics we wanted people to feel like they were right there with Ari and Bunny on their adventure! Achieving this sensation through our visuals was the most important consideration in working with our artists.” We called on @lyno3ghe for the (very large!) Central Chamber piece, which was the source of the individual Djinn close-ups used as puzzle status markers, while @dominuself was entrusted to create the exterior of the temple.


With all the pieces set, we quietly launched the ARG. After we revealed we were behind Ari Banks and neared the finish line, the pressure increased for me. I loved building all the mythology, character bios (that I’ll hopefully share one day!), story journals, and this whole process, but I was most nervous about writing the endings. I really wanted to deliver something that was satisfying to read regardless of how invested the reader was in solving the puzzles. Hopefully I was able to do that!

In the end, @MattBMattB had the same hopes. “I wanted the community to have some fun,” he said. “This was a very different community activation than I had seen at DeviantArt, and I was excited to be a part of providing that. I thought it was really cool that DeviantArt was willing to give a sneak peek to those of inquisitive mind before sharing Eclipse with everyone. While (selfishly) I hope people go away from this loving Ari and Bunny, and wanting to create ALL THE FAN ART of them, the biggest thing I hope that users learn from the ARG is that DeviantArt loves its community.”

A special thanks goes out to the artists we commissioned for fan art and helped us (covertly) spread the joy of Ari and Bunny (check out the gallery for all their pieces):

@wandakun, @valentina-remenar, @monorirogue, @vashperado, @zeronis, @ysvyri, @fisher903, @mangamie. @ciorane, @deviant-garde, @dyemelikeasunset, @eirwen980, @razurichan, @humanmgn


Eclipse Change Log: December 12, 2018

This week, nearly the whole DeviantArt team — encompassing staff members from Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Kiev, and Vancouver, to name a few — has come together at our HQ in Hollywood to focus on Eclipse and plan what’s in store for 2019.

As a reminder, we’re continuing to work on the bigger community feedback concerns — including customization and improvements to Feedback — and we hope to share more soon.

Since the holidays are coming up, and many people on our team are traveling or taking time off, we won’t have a change log to share for a short while. But we want to let you all know that we are continuing to review and analyze your feedback, and we look forward to sharing more updates with you early next year!

Change Log

Literature descriptions are back! (Popular request!)After replying to a comment in Feedback, the notification is now automatically removed. (Popular request!)Comment link pages now have "parent" and "top" buttons, and are now centered for easy readability. (Popular request!)Scraps are back!You can now mention a deviant just by typing (rather than selecting them from the list).The Gift dropdown on profile now tells you when you've already given them a llama or they are full of cake. Removed minimum character count in Status Updates and Journals, allowing deviants to share a post that simply includes a deviation, gallery, or video.

Preview of the new comment permalink pages.

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