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Back to Basics Photography - CompositionLately I've seen quite a few photos that have potential, but need some work. Composition is one of the most important parts to taking any photo (and making any piece of art really) and so I thought I'd share a few basic rules and tips. The word composition simply means 'putting together' and so, with any piece of art, it's how the piece is put together. With a bit of practice while keeping these tips in mind, you can create a more impacting, pleasing to the eye piece of work that will draw the viewer in and keep them interesting.
You could crop your images afterwards when you get them onto the computer, but it'd be lovely to have a great image right off the boot, right? By keeping in mind the things below, you'll be well on your way to taking better photos. And don't forget, it's always better to know the rules before you start break them A few tips before we start;
Look around using the viewfinder every time you take a picture.
Look at each element and how it impacts the overall co
Celebrating Deviousness - February 2013
Congratulations to `Krissi001
Project get connected
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What is this Awesome Achievement?
Seasonal Portraiture Contest: The Results!The Seasonal Portraiture contest that launched as part of the group launch of ~PeopleAndPortraits had some FANTASTIC entries. The judges have finished selecting their choices and we've colloborated them all together to determine the final winners. But huge congratulations to everybody who entered, your entries were fabulous. You can read about the contest here and browse the entries here. Without further ado - here are the winners!
Forum Stickies UpdateHello everyone!
If you're a forum regular you may have noticed the forum stickies being updated. There are a couple left, but we'll have those up for you as soon as we're happy with how they look.
Also, there's a brand new Need HELP thread that you may find useful even if you're not a forum regular!
We're hoping to make the forums easier to use and understand. Here are some key highlights:
The forum rules are now titled "READ BEFORE POSTING"—we're hoping this will make them more obvious to newbies (thank you `raspil for that suggestion way back when).The first bullet point of every forum refers to FAQ 801, which applies across the board and should be read by everyone before posting a thread. The second one always includes a link to the Need HELP thread (see above for a link, it's super-nifty).Some things that were previously only mentioned in the Deviants Forum are now in :faq801:We've added
How to be a devious deviant:UpdatesEdit: Fixed embedding of `phoenixleo's deviation, kind of. I also added llamas by popular demand + added more information about various things.
Your feedback will be added in the next article! (see end of article) Community version for the win!
Some people only seem to care about numbers. Watchers/llamas/views/ the like. Those are important and lovely, but not just by them self.
Here are a few simple ways to get more involved with the community.
Go join a group! Explore +Groups So many to chose from!
Consider volunteering for that group, helping moderate it, welcoming new people. If you are looking for a particular group, I have written a small guide
Groups: Tutorial + Resources
Groups: DeviantART Relate
Improved deviantART Integration on TwitterWe're excited to announce that we just implemented enhancements to the way deviantART links display on Twitter, giving you and your artwork more prominence and exposure!
We're always looking for ways to give artists better exposure -- both on deviantART and across the web. Not only do these changes give artists a bigger presence across Twitter by allowing them to reach a bigger audience, but they also encourage proper attribution.
(Hylian Shirt by *blo0p)
Artwork will appear larger on Twitter.Titles and descriptions of artwork are now automatically included!
Links to Profiles, Groups, Favourites, Galleries, Collections, Journals, and Sta.sh items will now display inline! When profiles are shared, it pulls in your deviantID and bio.
Tweets including deviantART links are now eligible to show up in
Walkthrough: TestingThis is based off an article I was asked to write for Model Mayhem, I’ve edited it to make it hopefully more interesting and useful to those of you looking to test with agencies, or who want more information about how tests work - this isn’t necessarily an example of a standard test, it’s more to show how unpredictable the world of Fashion is and hopefully to teach you to just roll with it!
Tests (sometimes referred to online as TFP but only ever called tests in the real world) are when people come together and collaborate - essentially offering their work for free in return for photos for their portfolios.
Tests sometimes involve a full team (hair, make up, styling etc) or sometimes just involve the photographer and a model, there’s no set rules.
Testing: A Vague Walkthrough
The day I’m going to talk about is one of the least pre-planned shoots I’ve ever done - seriously, I thought I was going to have a nice quiet day o
Interview with Sergi BrosaIn celebration of Digital Art Month, here is the first of a series of interviews done to the authors of some of the site's most popular digital deviations of all time. In this occasion I bring you *Brosa, creator of The Retro of Tomorrow
The Retro of Tomorrow
I'm Sergi Brosa, a spanish artist located in Barcelona. I'm 25 years old, and I am an illustrator, comic artist and concept artist trying to survive in this wild world. I usually work as a comissioned artist, and I have tried two times to enter the french comic industry, with no success.
So, I keep just taking comissions, sometimes from companies and sometimes from usual people. I have to say that it is a fun job because it's never the same thing. B
Digital Art Features - Sci-Fi"Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, parallel universes, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas".
Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possible worlds or futures. It is similar to, but differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation)". - Wikipedia.
The LOL Corner #127The LOL Corner
This regular news article promises to make you giggle, chortle, and laugh your ass off.
Every edition will feature a collection of the funniest chat network quotes.
dAmnIt! is a database of funny quotes submitted by deviants like you.
dAmnIt! has reached over 75,000 quotes!
When something funny happens in a chatroom, share it with everyone! It only takes a few clicks, and while you're there browse through all the other hilarious quotes!
Feel free to note ^deshrubber with suggested dAmnIt! quotes to go into the next edition. Please make sure that the quote has already been submitted and approved to dAmnIt! and that you give the quote number in your note.
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Stylenoir Magazine InterviewAs part of the ongoing Fashion Photography Project Educate Week I'll be doing a series of interviews with Industry Experts - people who are established within the Fashion Industry and with whom Fashion Photographers can expect to work with.
This is the first of those, an interview with James Joseph, Editor in Chief of Stylenoir Magazine.
Hi James, introduce yourself to the lovely masses of dA, and tell us a little about Stylenoir Magazine (and your role in it) for everyone unfamiliar with it!
Stylenoir is the world’s largest dark style magazine. A platform to inspire and create, but most importantly represent the macabre and gothic foundations of creativity and style.
I founded Stylenoir in 2009. Three years on I now sit as Editor In Chief with a core team of three others, over half a million users and some of the greatest companies in the world representing us, includin
A glimpse into Baroque Art
Baroque is an art movement from the 17th century, that resulted from the religious wars of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter Reformation. Religious faith reached an emotional height and the intense feeling, which inspired both faiths, produced a rich expression in art.
The term baroque implies a certain roughness, and the stormy paintings and dramatic music of the Baroque period often possessed the rugged torment of emotion. The French used the word "Baroque" to mean "a painting in which the rules of proportion are not observed and everything is represented according to the artist's whim." In the 17th century, art was naturalistic rather than ideal, and emotional rather than rational-art of movement, vitality, and brilliant color. Subjects could be chosen from daily life, as well as antiquity and the Bible, and presented to
Photomanip News and Feature 03 AugustHi everyone,
The status quo in the photomanipulation community is GO! GO! GO! We have been extremely busy with creating, supporting one another, and dreaming up contests and other fun challenges. I have been delayed in reporting our news for personal reasons, so this news article is jam-packed with goodness that you, the photomanipulation community, need to know!
Let's get started!
Calling on Community Leaders
We have a wonderful photomanipulation community here, and I'm really honored to serve you all as your Community Volunteer (CV). I have been trying to post weekly news, conduct interviews and do features, post DDs, organize Project Educate and other community challenges, host critique events, and hold contests that I hope are challenging and interesting. I absolutely love doing all of this, but I am also trying to get a Ph.D. and am going to run into trouble juggling it all in the Fall.
So, I will be asking a few of you who I know well and trust to hel
Food Photography - back to basicsFood is a necessity for daily life and good health (the right kinds anyway), but food is also fast becoming something of an Art as well as many turn to their cameras once a mammoth baking session is over and capture the delightful dishes in attractive and alluring ways. Since the beginnings of Still Life Photography, food has been a subject and whilst the topic has remained the same - methods, equipment and ease have changed in varying degrees across the years. Food Photography is still a genre that is vastly overlooked and majorly underrated in the art world.
It all began with Still Life Paintings back in the 17th Century. They were as far from commercial as a style could get and certainly weren't created with selling in mind. However the skill and main aspects that realism painters took back in the 17th Century are kept close to the hearts of Food Photographers today as they grip onto Realism, effects of light, composition and arrangement. Props have always been an important part of
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`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More