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Welcome to September 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.


Lilly 2 by ajonsaas


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: Pin-Up and Glamour from BloodyWing

:bulletred: Photography DD Round-Up from Yuukon :fella:

Gianna by LichtReize


CV Articles


:bulletorange: JenFruzz continues APN Adventures with Vol. 75 and Vol. 76

:bulletorange: TanyaSimpson features beautiful photography recently submitted to DA in Freshly Framed 01 and 02

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden kicks off her ABCs of Photography with artistic nude

:bulletorange: Our new Pin-up & Glamour Community Volunteer, BloodyWing, shares DD suggestion guidelines

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty interviews Lisa-MariePhotog in this month's Catwalk Talk :fella:

:bulletorange: TanyaSimpson offers a reminder that technical critique is not the only feedback as part of projecteducate's Feedback Weekend

:bulletorange: JustACapharnaum bring us close-up photos of tiny things in IX. The time when a macro feature was needed

:bulletorange: BloodyWing, shares some beauty in Pin-Up and Glamour Spotlight 1 and 2

:bulletorange: JenFruzz announces August's conclusion and winners at AnimalsPlantsNature, and introduces September's activities and contest

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty's People and Portraits Spotlight articles continue at devPREMIUM with vol. 197 including an undiscovered talent feature with MilanVopalensky

This month, we have some photography-related links from non-photography CVs!

:bulletorange: Want to turn your photography skills to photographing crafts? copperrein explains how to do that

:bulletorange: AngeKrystaleen went on a Voyage to the Unknown to the horror photography gallery

:bulletorange: TokyoMoonlight went on a Voyage to the Unknown to the architecture photography gallery

Madness by Kifir


Features and Interviews


:bulletyellow: Daemare shares some undiscovered beauties from CRPhotography and around DA in this month's Hidden Gems :fella:

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans interviews new AnimalsPlantsNature admin, streamweb, in The APN Corner: Vol 6

:bulletyellow: At NaturesHaven, Monkeystyle3000 is interviewed by Mouselemur in Talent Tuesday

:bulletyellow: pearwood features the work of SenhArt in La forza della maternita'; preethi524 in Self-portrait; Mocris in Gedankenverloren; malessere in Veules-les-Roses; hosagu in A kiss; and Daniel-Wales-Images in Details

:bulletyellow: Time to take your weekly vitamin with FrancescaDelfino at devPREMIUM! #87 features roblfc1892, #88 features JulianRad, and #89 features DanHecho

:bulletyellow: pulbern features MarkTurtoo, GothicNarcissus and ArcticPearl in Photography: Conceptual

:bulletyellow: This month's Artists of APN at @animalsplants nature are plumita1 interviewed by Mouselemur here, Aenkill interviewed by Yuukon here, and pazirez interviewed by Mouselemur here

:bulletyellow: Yuukon continues Feature-Fest with Vol. 148: Transportation, Vol. 149: Flowers, Trees & Plants, Vol. 150: Landscapes and Vol. 151: Photojournalism

:bulletyellow: adumvgh features more inspirational artists in Discovering ARTist. See his feature of NataliaDrepina in here and MD-Arts here

:bulletyellow: Amarantheans features the work of some of AnimalsPlantsNature's new members in Thurdsday Tributes Volume 27

:bulletyellow: Batsceba at Progressive-Street shares some amazing street photography in Progressive Saturday Night v.200, v.201 and v.202

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily features the art of Bibwue in #3 - Undiscovered talent

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur takes us on a trip to the seaside in Fickle Friday: Coastline

:bulletyellow: FrancescaDelfino shines a Still Life Spotlight at devPREMIUM. Vol. 113 includes an undiscovered talent feature with VinaApsara

:bulletyellow: batmantoo at The-Yard-Collective shares some wonderful street photography in Friday Night Specials  v8.4 and v8.5

:bulletyellow: PhotoFriday features are back at iPhotograph! Edition #23 shares photos submitted to The Color Green theme and Edition #24 shares photos taken In The Kitchen.

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur at AnimalsPlantsNature features flowers, trees and plants in Our APN, Your APN

:bulletyellow: AshleyxBrooke at iPhotograph shares some stunning pictures in Oh Snap! #45 and #46

:bulletyellow: Yuukon at AnimalsPlantsNature features some creatures and places in Wild Wednesday Vol. 05

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily shares a rainbow of photography in #10 - Graduation feature

:bulletyellow: MegapixelMasterpiece features some stand-out emotive and expressive portraits in 19th-25/8/18 and 26th-31/8/18

Blurry summer by sheapofdestruction


Contests, Challenges and Projects


:bulletgreen: Are you ready for some commenting? Join in on Comment Month at CRPhotography & PhotographyGuide :fella:

:bulletgreen: iPhotograph is looking for helpers for games, contests and challenges in the group and welcomes @jorgiepie to the admin team

:bulletgreen: PhotographyGuide is looking for help!

:bulletgreen: Through-a-Lens is looking for bloggers, collectors and moderators to help out with the group

:bulletgreen: PhotographyGuide's photo challenge for September is on the theme of wood

:bulletgreen: Congratulations to craftsbyblue, RebeccaM-Art and SlytherclawPadawan, winners of the abstract, surreal and macro Summertime contest. Check out JustACapharnaum's winner feature, adumvgh's winner feature, Malintra-Shadowmoon's winner feature, SinistrosePhosphate's winners feature and Yuukon's winners feature at PhotographyGuide

Shorebreak by Vitaly-Sokol


Educational Resources and Tutorials


:bulletblue: Yuukon and B0nkers talk about how to give feedback for projecteducate's Feedback Weekend

:bulletblue: Yuukon talks about the difference between macro and close-up at AnimalsPlantsNature

:bulletblue: Ever wanted to photograph storms in the most adventurous possible way? NC-StormChaser talks about how to do that in on storm chasing

:bulletblue: Yuukon's Photography 101 series continues with Chapter 09: Nature Photography at projecteducate

:bulletblue: streamweb at AnimalsPlantsNature teaches about manual camera settings in The APN Guide: Take Control of Your Camera Settings

:bulletblue: Yuukon at PhotographyGuide is taking an educational approach to Photography ABCs. Check out A is for Aperture

Pinup: TrashQuinn by Pinup Fusion by MissQueenQuinn


Opinion, Chats and Forums


:bulletpurple: RTNightmare picks the brains of 3wyl, pearwood, Riemea and Yuukon in let's talk about feedback for projecteducate's Feedback Weekend

:bulletpurple: Join believeinya in a conversation about mirrorless cameras

:bulletpurple: Armstrongy85 is looking for photography contests to taking part in

:bulletpurple: SunfyreArt is looking for advice about compact cameras that perform well in lower light



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

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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).”

SETTING THE SCENE

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!).”

THE LOOK OF ADVENTURE

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.

TELLING THE STORY

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

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Thank You for Your Feedback on Eclipse!

Last week, we announced the Beta launch of DeviantArt Eclipse — a completely redesigned version of DeviantArt that puts more emphasis on artists and their art. As a Beta release, Eclipse is still under development and only available to a small portion of the DeviantArt community. We use the Beta release to gather feedback that allows us to closely analyze deviant engagement and sentiment.

Over 4,000 deviants have already tried Eclipse and many have shared their invaluable and much-appreciated feedback. We’ve received nearly 1,700 individual Eclipse feedback reports — including 407 bug reports, 532 feature requests, and 748 pieces of general commentary. Our team has read through and triaged over 60% of these reports and has a goal of completing all of them in the coming week. Thank you to every deviant who has taken the time to share feedback. Whether you’re someone who provided a few words or several paragraphs of candid response, we appreciate the passion you have for helping us ensure Eclipse will meet the needs of our diverse community.

This Is Just the Beginning of Eclipse

As with most Beta releases, we launched Eclipse knowing there were bugs and highlighted a handful of the most obvious in our release journal. We wanted to release sooner than later so we can begin this journey together – gathering feedback and insights and applying it into our development, fixes, and improvements. Plus, as Beta Testers, this is what you signed up for! We need your deviant-expertise to help identify bugs everything from baby bugs to elusive, exotic bugs.

Based on feedback, it’s clear there are certain areas of Eclipse that are leaps and bounds ahead of the “green site.” It’s also clear there are some things that need to be improved. We expected this and continue to welcome your feedback — the good and the bad. We’re in this together and want to hear from deviants every step of the way.

We're Exploring More Ways To Customize Your Profile

Eclipse provides new ways to personalize your Profile, including the ability to select Header Art for your page, linking to your social media platforms, and stating your commission status. However, with the removal of Custom Box, we heard, loud and clear, that deviants want more options to display content.We’re also in the process of exploring other ways you can customize your Profile.We’ll be sharing tips and varied examples of ways you can really customize Profiles. In the meantime, here’s one example of how @katy-l-wood is testing Eclipse’s current abilities to enhance her Profile.
Many deviants asked for the ability to showcase a single deviation on your profile. This is something we are already working on. We’d also like to clarify that, for the foreseeable future, Custom Boxes within Groups will remain as they are. Groups will eventually be redesigned with Eclipse in mind, but that process won’t be complete for many months. We’ll provide advance notice about any removal of Custom Boxes in Groups.

Addressing Your Other Top Concerns

The new Feedback allows easy viewability of your most recent and unread notifications; however, we’ve seen concerns about Feedback needing improvement as a whole. For example, deviants report it’s cumbersome to remove notifications and it’s hard to remove notifications in bulk. We’ll be making the “remove” button more accessible so that you can one-click remove (or one-click save) just as you could on the “green site.” We’re still reviewing the experience of mass removing feedback and hope to have updates soon.We are currently working on issues regarding Header Art and avatars – specifically, their size and quality. Icon codes and plz accounts will be coming soon to Eclipse. :iconlaplz:The new text editor makes it easy to write Literature, with the option to add formatting and illustrations to your work. That said, the Literature experience in Eclipse is still a work in progress. As we mentioned in the Beta journal, using Literature and journal thumbnails is not yet finished. Literature thumbnails in the sidebar (under “More Like This”) are also not yet finished.Improving the display of Literature thumbnails is something our Product and UX teams are already actively working on improving.Having a “Show More” link on deviation descriptions and comments allows for a cleaner viewing experience; however, based on feedback, we've removed "Show More" from deviation descriptions and comments.While search in Gallery, Favourites, and Journals didn’t make it into the Beta version of Eclipse, it’s our aim to bring this functionality to Eclipse.Several deviants brought up that the ability to include thumbs by pasting a URL (or thumb code) is not currently possible. We mentioned this in the original announcement, but we want to reiterate this is not working as intended and will be implemented in the future.

Of course, this isn’t a complete list. It represents our first step at addressing some of your top concerns and we’ll be sharing more responses and updates — including bug fixes — in the weeks ahead.

Keep it Coming!

In the release process, things are constantly evolving as we gain insights and implement updates. Please keep in mind these updates can take time to get used to. As you continue to explore Eclipse, share your thoughts and concerns through the Eclipse overall feedback or bug report/feature request forms. While we encourage general discussion in the journal comments, using the official form allows us to triage and act on feedback in a quicker, more manageable way.

We also want to give a shout-out to the amazing deviants who’ve produced really thorough Eclipse reviews:

Re: Eclipse by @rotane Eclipse by @katy-l-wood Review of Eclipse + Suggestions @nominee84 @senshistock’s video and documentEclipse Glimpse and Thoughts by @lexidus @taitrochelle’s videoMy Deviation Submission Journey in Eclipse PLUS by @ilantiis My Thoughts on the New Watch/Feedback System by @iingo Eclipse: WhatIsRight, WhatIsNot, HowToFixIt @ashclad-shade

Again, thank you to everyone! With your feedback, we’ve filed numerous bugs and our developers are working on them continually.



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