|This group is unlike any other, in that we take the time to tell you why your submission has been declined, often in as much detail as we can muster. We try to be as inclusive and unpretentious as we can and we especially try to encourage and support beginner photographers here on dA.|
This group is a wonderful learning experience. If you love photography for it's own sake and want to improve your skill, this is the group for you!
There are six very simple things to know:
We do not accept photo-manipulations. That's not to say all photos that have the word "Photoshop" in the metadata are automatically rejected! Everyone touches up their work a little, it's the painfully obvious edits that we try to weed out - edits which put a cos-player into a still from a video game or the person hovering in the air firing lightning bolts out of their hands that we don't permit. It should be pretty clear what we allow by just browsing through the group galleries.
Also, please remember that photography with text added in will likely be declined. (not including your signature/stamp of course)
Although we don't expect your submissions to be complete photographic masterpieces(although they are welcome too), we do have basic criteria by which to judge them. Your submitted photograph should show evidence that you have thought carefully about such things as composition, focus, lighting, and depth of field. In other words: Your submissions won't be snapshots, and you have put in the effort to produce a photograph to be proud of.
Please pay attention to the gallery you're submitting to! We have a wide variety of folders with clear titles for all sorts of photography; some shots can easily fit in to more than one gallery so keep in mind what the focus of the photograph is when you're submitting.
Members can submit up to 2 deviations per week. Please note that only photographs will be accepted, anything else will be automatically declined.
Submissions are then reviewed by the Admin Team to decide if they should be included in the gallery. Please be aware that their decisions are final, any rejected photographs will not be accepted a second time.
Please note that we do not accept any submissions to the "Featured" folder. Submit your work to an appropriate gallery folder and if the admin team comes across a photograph showcasing exceptional skill, capturing emotion in a spectacular way or one with an amazing story behind it, we will move it there ourselves.
Artistic Nude - For those adult deviants who prefer the maturity filter 'off', we have a collection of artistic nudes, which are firmly judged based on their artistic merit, as well as technical quality, composition, and other aspects that make up our gallery standards. Explicit sexuality will not be accepted.
A sneaky 7th simple thing to know - We have banned the dA watermark months and months ago. Any acceptable submissions with the dA watermark attached, cannot be accepted until the dA watermark is removed. In doing this, we also ban any large watermarks/signatures that may be present on a submission - as that is the point of banning the dA watermark. To read the journal covering this topic, go here -> casualphotography.deviantart.c…
We typically do not collect macabre photography.