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Sat Jun 23, 2012, 4:46 AM

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Cyberbullying and Your DeviationsThe term "cyberbullying" was first coined and defined by Canadian educator and anti-bullying activist Bill Belsey, as "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others."
While the actions which make up cyberbullying can vary depending on who you are talking with or what website you are on at the time, as far as we here at deviantART are concerned the act of cyberbullying involves a range of behavior from hostile and aggressive communications, to threats, sexual remarks, hate speech, ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule or humiliation.
The practice of cyberbullying is also not limited to children, when perpetrated by adults toward adults these same behaviors are sometimes referred to as cyberstalking or cyberharassment but regardless of what name you attach to it, cyberbullying has grown into an increasing problem since the behavior was first ident
Site Update: Back from the Staff RetreatIn this week's Site Update, we do not have any public-facing changes. DeviantART staff just returned from the staff retreat as mentioned in last week's Site Update. This week, we are going through the hackathon projects that the Devious Technology team worked on, prioritizing them, doing further research, and then deciding how they can be used in the future.
Next week, we will back on our regular schedule and should have more updates for you!
Your Feedback
 
Thanks for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
We appreciate the comments we recieved about last week's Devious Technology hackathon projects! However, we'd like to reiterate that these projects were explorations, not formal undertakings. If we decide to implement any of these ideas on site, they will go through further discussion and consideration before being fully built.Feedback regarding an updated statist

#projecteducate: Feedback Frenzy!Feedback Frenzy is a week-long game that ANYONE (yes, even YOU!) can play. The goals are  to step outside your comfort zone and practice giving feedback to others, even if not in your own genre,  to meet new deviants from across dA, and  to receive as much high-quality, usable feedback on your work as possible.
It runs from 2nd - 8th July and sign-ups have already started, so get yourself over to FeedbackFrenzy NOW! There are lots of seriously awesome prizes, including Premium Memberships, DevWear and constructive critiques on your work.
Find out more about the up-coming Comment Contest and how to get involved here...
Architecture Photography: Need for changes?I've been overseeing the Architecture Photography gallery for a couple of months now and often I would stumble upon deviations of abstract architectural patterns and details that I'd like to feature, but which would turn out to be submitted under Photography > Abstract & Surreal > Abstract. I never dared to move them, because they were indeed Abstract and it would be the artist's choice to submit them either in the Abstract & Surreal category or in any of the proper Architecture sections. 
As these days I was doing some more research for the upcoming projecteducate week that will focus on Architecture Photography, I started to seriously question myself whether the Architecture gallery was indeed lacking a Photography > Architecture >

Musically Inspired Design Challenge!
It has been said that music is the universal language that transcends boundaries and brings people together all over the world. Our challenge to you is to create a design for a T-Shirt that is inspired by music! Tune in, turn up the volume, and explore all the octaves. Designing never sounded so good!
:music: Participation is easy!
You come up with potential designs for our deviantART T-Shirts.
Deviants vote on their favorite designs.
Judges choose three designs from the highest-voted submissions.
Artists of the winning submissions get cash and their designs printed on T-Shirts for all to see and buy!
Entries should display an original image or images that show music through art. Use notes, instruments, or musicians -- anything that shows what music means to you. For more inspiration on the deviantART Design Challenge, check out the


These photography articles still apply to all stock providers since almost all of you at some point use a camera in the pursuit of creating stock! The basics of good camera knowledge should be required reading for all of us :)
Photography Troubleshooting: What Digital Camera?Courtesy of sine-out and his fantastic knowledge, we now bring you the fourth in this series of articles. sine-out has answered all the questions that have come up so far. Do you have one? Is there something you need help with? Drop us a comment and we'll see what we can do! And as always, if you have information that could help someone out, let us know!
"How do I select a new camera?"
~Eitvys200

 

"One of the most often asked questions I've seen regarding photography, above how to do something, is 'what is the best camera?', or 'what camera should I get?'.
Or something along those lines. The critical thing to note is that there is no such thing as the best camera.
Sure there are cameras that are technically better at certain things, for example, some cameras have very high resolutions, other are very good at low light photography, some are very small, and so on, but there's no su
Photography Troubleshooting: BackgroundsThis series of articles aims to answer the questions of Photographers on deviantART who have burning issues with their cameras. Have an issue? Leave a comment at the end of the article and we'll do our best to help you figure out the answer. Additionally if you have information that could help someone out - let us know!
"From when I used to do photography what I struggled with most was the backgrounds, I wanted to focus in on the objects and then I'd take it to my tutors and they'd go "it's nice but the background is your desk, or your bookshelf" Unless I'm shooting on an infinity curve I struggle to 'see' appropriate backgrounds for my set up..." FionaCreates



"Hi FionaCreates, backgrounds can either be a part of the photograph or apart from it (I'm quite pleased with what I did there :B).
Many still life images, particularly in a 'studio' o

Photography Trouble Shooting: LightingRecently during a projecteducate week focusing on Still Life Photography we asked for you to share the issues that you might have when trying to obtain some great Still Life Shots. Through this series of articles we hope to answer some of the queries or give you that push you need to step outside boundaries and get creative. The first frustration came from 1510 who struggled with Lighting additionally a further 19 Deviants voted on the poll to indicate they had the same issues.

"Lighting. I always have to use just window or lamps which are never
good. kind of given up on still life photos, even I have still tons of
ideas..." 1510

"1510 lamps and natural light are a perfectly good way of lighting a subject. Many 'professional' lighting solutions, particularly the ones that burn 'hot' or constantly, are not much more than high wattage incandescent light bulbs often with some sort of cooling (to prolong the lifespan of the bulb).
Photography Troubleshooting: NoiseThis series of articles aims to answer the questions of Photographers on deviantART who have burning issues with their cameras. Have an issue? Leave a comment at the end of the article and we'll do our best to help you figure out the answer. Additionally if you have information that could help someone out - let us know!
"I would love to figure out how to reduce the noise on my camera.
I'd love to drop kick it off of a very high cliff, but then I wouldn't
have a camera at all. It may just be because the camera is a POS
though..."  ~CelticStrm-Stock


"Noise is a characteristic that can be mitigated with numerous techniques.
Noise is all about how much light a camera can capture above its inherent noise floor (the natural noise that the sensor and electronics will always make regardless of what you do), the more 'signal' there is above the noise floor, the less visible the noise will be.
Based on the EXIF information on your imag


STOCK CONTESTS



:iconcharligal-stock: charligal-stock Is running a stock contest with the theme of POISON

:bulletgreen: Poison
Definition:
poison[ poi-zuh n ]
noun
1. a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health.
2. something harmful or pernicious, as to happiness or well-being: the poison of slander.

:bulletred: The contest ends on 22nd July midnight EST

For full details and for the rules of the contest, please read her full journal here -->
Stock creation challenge 1 - 'POISON'EDIT The entry categories of beginner, intermediate and advanced no longer run on the Amount of years you have been doing stock but on the amount of technical skill and quality of your entry. You suggest which level you are entering ur entry to and it will be added there or appropriated as needed.
Hey guys! Well it's about time we kick this thing off and the first challenge key word is...
Poison
Definition:
poison[ poi-zuh n ]
noun
1. a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health.
2. something harmful or pernicious, as to happiness or well-being: the poison of slander.
RULES:
:bulletred: This challenge runs for a month. Beginning NOW and ending on the 22nd July midnight EST
:bulletred: You must create stock photos specifically for the challenge.
:bulletred: There are 3 entry levels:
level 1 - BEGINNER
level 2 - INTERMEDIATE
level 3 - ADVANCED
:bulletred: This challenged is based around the key word Poison.


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:icondigital-wings-art: Digital-Wings-Art Group is running a contest using my stock as a required resource.
I've offered the winners an additional 100 points so get involved and get creating!

:bulletgreen: Don't forget you need to be a member of the group to participate!
:bulletgreen: Your work must contain a Winged motive.
- Of course you can make the Model your winged motive
- But you can also make it different, like a lady with a raven on her shoulder
- The winged creature must be an important part of your work! Not only a flock of birds in the sky!

:bulletred: The contest ends on 8.07.2012!

For full contest details please check the group journal here -->
Updated: June Contest starting now! End 8. JulyUPDATE:
:iconelandria: the Stock provider for this contest offered some additional price for the winners :heart:
Each winner will receive additional 100 :points: and a feature from Elandria
Thank you :happybounce:
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Hi friends :wave:
Our new Contest starts NOW !!! :iconDigital-wings-art:
You decided for the contest stock and it was a tough vote.
:bulletred: Here are the rules :bulletred:
1. Use this Stock in your work:

You can modify the Stock, but the model must be visible and recognizable in your finished work.
2. Your work must contain a Winged motive.
- Of course you can make the Model your winged motive
- But you can also make it different, like a lady with a raven on her shoulder
- The winged creature must be an important part of your work! Not only a flock of birds in the sky!
:pointr: "winged motive" what does that mean?
It means, that there has to be one element in the picture with wings, like an angel, fairy or a bird.
You


Upcoming London Devmeets



Join us for a gallery show in London!We'll be hosting a deviantART Print Gallery featuring work by deviants from all over the United Kingdom. Come support your peers!


Posted on June 21, 2012


Gallery Show in London, England!


We'll be hosting a deviantART Print Gallery featuring work by deviants from all over the United Kingdom. Come support your peers!



The London EYE by *xMEGALOPOLISx
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Our First Ever London Group Gallery!
100% of the artwork being showcased during
Join us for a deviantMEET in London, England!

Cleaning Up the Stock Galleries!



We are trying our best to make some headway on the miscats in our galleries, and are currently concentrating on moving all the legitimate stock from the now closed top level misc categories. 
PLEASE! A reminder if you have stock in the 2 top level misc categories help us help you by moving them into more appropriate sub categories!!!
Resources/miscellaneous
Resources/Stock/miscellaneous

The more people who can move their own submissions the lighter our work will be as there are over 300,000 deviations in these 2 galleries we have to wade through! :faint:

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KEEP BEING RESOURCEFUL!


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updates and news from around DA and the stock and resources galleries
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:iconeveningstars242:
eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When will the next dA meet be in America? I know there was one in St. Louis but I can't find any information :(
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
No idea to be honest, you would be better checking in here to find a group that covers the area local to you -->

[link]

Hope that helps!
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:iconeveningstars242:
eveningstars242 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! :D
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Potion-Master Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks for the news hun! :huggle:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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:iconkirilee:
kirilee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the update :)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
:salute: :)
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:iconcharligal-stock:
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh thanks sooo much for adding the poison challenge here!! I really appreciate it :huggle:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem at all!! I'm completely behind in letting everyone know they've been featured and whatnot :XD: I would be delighted to feature the winners as well! With some possible points thrown in :nod:
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charligal-stock Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh fantastic!! Shizzle.. i should add that to the journal!!
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