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Interview for March: Neil CreekMelbourne cosplay photographer Neil Creek is our fourth interviewee. His dA profile is neilcreek, and his photography was featured last February: http://melcospho.deviantart.com/art/Featured-photographer-for-February-Neil-Creek-282772293
Q: How did you get into cosplay photography?
Neil: Kind of by accident. I first attended Manifest in its second year, in 2001. I took along my brand new video camera, not knowing really what to expect but being dimly aware that there might be people dressed up. Two things were quickly obvious to me: cosplay and cosplayers were awesome, and I'd need a better camera. It wasn't till 2004 that I could shoot cosplay with my first DSLR that I became completely hooked.
Q: How have cosplay meets and conventions changed since 2001?
Neil: They have changed so much! Mostly to get much much bigger and much more involved. I commented to Hayden at MelCosPho 13 that there were more people there than at the first Manifest. Back then, t
Featured cosplayer for February: RinRin has cosplayed to eleven MelCosPho meets. Her dA profile is RinLouise.
Interview for December: Regan LauMelbourne cosplay photographer Regan Lau is our third interviewee. His dA profile is AlchemyAllStars, and his photography was featured last December: http://melcospho.deviantart.com/journal/Featured-photographer-for-December-Regan-Lau-271779994
Q: How did you get into cosplay photography?
Regan: I first I heard about Manifest from my high school anime club. The club first started that year as well, and I think it was the first high school club. I saw a few fantastic cosplays and photos and thought I would like to do something like that.
Gradually I spent more and more time with cosplay as more and more meetups and conventions were organised and became mainstream. I recall going to the first Madman National Cosplay Comp held at Sebel Albert Park in 2009, trying to take photos in low light with my old compact and realising that it wouldn't cut it, and I think that was one of the driving forces for me to upgrade. I had previously used a Konica Minolta film P&S, a Sony C
Featured photographer for November: Hayden PrattHayden currently runs the MelCosPho meets and was previously featured in January. His profile is yeshayden.
Featured photographer for October: Trung DoTrung won the MelCosPho 9 photography competition. His dA profile is Wolfenheim84.
Interview for September: Lisa ShihMelbourne cosplay photographer Blackcrane56 (Lisa Shih) is our second interviewee. She won the MelCosPho 7 photography competition.
Q: How did you get into cosplay and cosplay photography?
Lisa: I first discovered cosplay when I just started getting into anime in high school and came across it online. I was fascinated and would spend hours on Cosplay.com and deviantArt just looking up cosplays of all my favourite characters. 2008 saw my first official cosplay. I attended my first Manifest that year, cosplaying the 3rd Exorcist uniform version of Lavi from D.Gray Man. It was such a failure of a first cosplay; I didn't even have a wig on back then.
I didn't start getting serious about this photography hobby until late 2010. When my friends and I first started cosplaying, we didn't know anyone in the community really, and had only just started attending meets—late starters we were—so it became a habit of ours to just do shoots for each other. This is
Interview for August: Elias LopezMelbourne cosplay photographer Elias Lopez is our inaugral interviewee. His dA profile is elias-lopez, and his photography was featured in November: http://melcospho.deviantart.com/journal/Featured-photographer-for-November-Elias-Lopez-267639015
Q: How did you get into cosplay photography?
Elias: I've been an anime fan for quite a while, even before I knew it was anime. I used to watch Astro Boy in the early 80s as a kid. I'd been taking photos for only about a year before really getting into it, and it was always hard to get friends and family to sit for photos. I had always wanted to go to one of those convention things, and I figured maybe people wouldn't mind if I took photos since they are in costume. I was that much of a noob.
I went to a cosplay meet or two, and when Neil ran the 2009 Manifest "studio" and needed a helping hand, I put my hand up. This was in the traders' hall, where cosplayers could book a timeslot to get photo
Featured cosplayer for July: JodieJodie has cosplayed to seven MelCosPho meets and was featured for her photography in March. Her dA profiles are unikorn and PrincessUniKoRn.
Milk for The UglyWatch depthRADIUS
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Imagine that you are a young social worker, dedicated to finding out the hidden and forgotten old souls who haunt the cold, mean streets of the city. You seek to report on their living conditions, possibly recommending they be removed from their roach-infested “homes.”
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Watercolour tutorialsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of 32 very nice and well made watercolour tutorials and tips.
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata Watercolor Techniques by JoJo-Seames Watercoloring tips by dodostad
Nelson Mandela, Images Speak for The Silent VoiceWatch depthRADIUS
When image must speak for the silenced voice
Ruth is the Editor-In-Chief of MILK Books and PQ Blackwell Ltd., based in Auckland, New Zealand, publishers of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait—a photographic history of the great man. Ruth's heartfelt and insightful article represents the intersection of the artistic and the newsworthy. De
Batgirl's New Redesign has Lots of Fans (art)
DC just released images of Batgirl's new costume, and deviants have been creating fan art like crazy!
Deviant babsdraws is the artist behind Batgirl's stylishly cool reboot!
Enjoy 60+ pieces of fan art!
commission - Batgirl by marciotakara
Batgirl by Nicohitoride
BATGIRL by li-jean
Batgirl by muzzillustrations
Batgirl! by Tono-x-Tono
The New Batgirl by MattSimas
Batgirl by squeegool
Batgirl by GeorgeCaltsoudas
NEW Batgirl by Hodges-Art
Batgirl and Amazi-Girl by itswalky
New Batgirl by Y0KO
Batgirl by halwilliams
Batgirl 2014 by LucianoVecchio
New Batgirl by Robaato
Batgirl by bear65
deviantART Customisation FAQYour deviantART Identity
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Basic CSS Style GuideIntroduction
CSS is a style language used to define the style and formatting of web pages. It is used in conjunction with HTML.
If we think of HTML as the building blocks of the web then, essentially, CSS is the painter and decorator. Very simply, HTML defines the structure of the page and CSS defines the style.
What I'll be helping you with here is getting to grips with the basics of CSS. I'll be explaining how use CSS as well as providing a number of examples that you can use to style your own web pages and journals. All you need to do is copy/paste the code and replace the sample text with your own content. Along with the quick reference I've also written a brief glossary of terms and provided a list of useful links in case you wish to do some further reading.
A point of note is that while the information and examples I've given here apply to CSS use anywhere on the web, this guide itself is geared towards the use of CSS on deviantART. As such, and given that this h
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Manip AcademyIntroducing a new project!
Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.
Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.
This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.
How you can help
Everyone is en
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait Photography
Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo
A Bloody, Stupid Miracle The day we’d cured the human condition was the day I put a bullet through my head and didn’t die. It was also the day I realized how scared I actually was of death, and after hours of muscle ache from holding that gauze against my open skull, after the wound closed and everything went back to normal, I had myself a good old-fashioned brainstorm. How ironic.
But when summer came, everything had fallen to shit. The air scorched my skin and parched my tongue every time I took a breath. The sun glared down on a rapidly-collapsing world, full of the undying bastard children of cruelty and misfortune. What was one to do when their cells regenerated faster than they decomposed?
My feet hit the pavement, now littered with jagged bits of glass to snap at my toes, thoroughly baked by the blazing ball of bitter disdain high overhead. Today was worse than yesterday. Though I’d often wondered the purpose of it anymore, I
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