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PicsArt Monthly Magazine January Issue is Out! This month we feature travel photographer Tom Robinson, new drawing and photography tutorials, DIY Valentine's Day Cards and more!


<ul><li> Monthly Issue #04 | January 2014 Using Double Exposure to Tell a Story Interview with Photographer Tom Robinson Create Your Own Animal Hybrid with the PicsArt App PicsArt Monthly | 1 </li> <li> 2 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> Based in Mountain View , CA , PicsArt is a fun and full-featured mobile photoediting and drawing app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. PicsArt Monthly | 3 </li> <li> Editor-in-Chief | Arusiak Kanetsyan Art Editor | Cristina Gevorg Cover photo: Tom Robinson Meet our team... Designer | Ina Sarko Copy Editor | Satenig Mirzoyan Editorial Contributors | Mark Gargarian, Heather Parry, Miki Ross Karakla Special Contributor | Lou Jones In-House Photographer | ma_lina Address: SocialIn Inc., 800 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040 Follow us... Publisher: PicsArt Photo Studio Copyright of Socialln Inc. ( PicsArt Photo Studio ) 2013. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be re-used without the written permission of the publisher. The content of this magazine is for informational purposes only and is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of publication. PicsArt Photo Studio does not claim any ownership right for the photos in the Magazine. All photos,if not mentioned otherwise, are the property of respective PicsArt users. The PicsArt username or photo owner is cited on each photo. PicsArt Photo Studio has a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, limited licence to use, modify, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, and reproduce PicsArt users photos, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Magazine in any media formats through any media channels. 4 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> Welcome! The new year is here and PicsArt Monthly is excited to help you make 2014 the best yet for the photographer and artist in you. This issue is here to fill you with excitement, inspiration and ideas for ways to capture every moment of the new year. But before we plunge into 2014, we must pay homage to 2013, a big year for PicsArt. At the end of the year we completely redesigned our app for iOS7 and released some exciting new features for Android. Read up on these achievements in the New in App section. This month, to help you excel your photography and editing skills, we share some insight on how to achieve the best lens flare and give your photos a vintage, retro feel. As Valentines Day approaches we demonstrate how PicsArt can help you surprise your significant other with a customized Valentine Card- DIY or digital. We also bring you godly editing powers this month as we show how to use PicsArt to create your own hybrid mystical animal. To inspire you, we have gathered a collection of double exposure images by PicsArtists, one of the latest photography trends. The saying that art is what you make others see rings true in this trend, particularly as these images leave it all up to interpretation of the viewer. New places are always cause to whip out your DSLR or smart phone, and aspiring travel photographers will receive some guidance on how to make it more than a hobby from Tom Robinson, a travel photography veteran and inspiration. Explore our January issue to get the details on all of these features and more. @ma_lina Enjoy reading and feel free to send us your feedback at PicsArt Monthly | 5 </li> <li> Pro Insight 08 | Things That Dont Go Bump In The Night Inspiration 16 | Using Double Exposure to Tell a Story 46 | Express Yourself PicsArt In Action 24 | Four Transformations Tutorials 26 | Lens Flare Photography 32 | Use PicsArt to Create An Animal Hybrid 36 | Draw a Samurai Using the PicsArt App 42 | Design Your Own Valentine Card with PicsArt New In App 52 | PicsArt for iOS 7 with Slick New Design 56 | New Android Update Interview 60 | A Photographer Tom Robinson Feature 68 | Self-Portrait is a Sea of Feelings 70 | Travel to Peru 76 | DIY Valentine Frame 80 | Monias Sentimental Posters </li> <li> CONTENT CONTENT </li> <li> Things That Dont Go Bump In The Night In learning to photograph architecture, the good thing: IT DOESNT MOVE. When you are beginning to take pictures seriously and searching for exceptional subject matter, the fact that a civilizations history and accomplishments are on display in its bricks and mortar, buildings and structures is tremendously picturesque. Architecture affords you the luxury of remaining stationary and doesnt change its mind while you fidget with dials and buttons on your camera. You can take your time. So if you are looking for something more significant and less self-indulgent than pictures of your kitten, lunch, party or selfies, look no further. By showing the world human achievement made of steel and concrete, wood and glass, sticks and stones, that search is over. The bad thing about photographing architecture: IT DOESNT MOVE. Therefore, everybody tends to copy the same images of the more famous buildings. When starting out, it is a time-honored practice to try and imitate the masters but eventually you want to strike out on your own. More to the point, photography should not be relegated just to action. There is a potential world of imagery not going anywhere, i.e. landscapes, artwork, monuments. I happen to be partial to still lifes. They combine my love of graphics, composition, storytelling and stuff. 8 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> PRO INSIGHT You can set up a still life with unique props or found materials, juxtapose them in intricate, clever ways and take all the time in the world to get your desired results. I think about what might look good for days, weeks, and months. I draw sketches of my ideas in a little book I carry with me everywhere. I enjoy searching for and acquiring just the right objects. The care and attention I put into placing and moving each item is enjoyable and meditative. So many decisions go into the perfect tableau. So many visual problems need solving. Whether it is simple and clean or complicated and luxuriant, I am totally in control. PicsArt Monthly | 9 </li> <li> 10 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> Before there was PhotoShop I spent a whole afternoon in the produce department of a mom and pop store inspecting cherries, one by one. Everyone in the store thought I was a creep but I eventually found the perfect shape, color and stem. I bought maybe two dozen selects but when I got back to the studio that one was still obvious. Many photographers, who would rather not engage in confrontational photography or rely on living beings, find beauty in inanimate objects, i.e. sculpture, doorways, graffiti, distressed interiors, trains, peeling paint and make wonderful abstract photos that transcend the original scenes. I led a workshop of photographers to Europe a time ago. Everybody ran helter skelter around the towns to capture local character and characters. But one lady toddled about, never venturing far from the tour bus. On top of her unwieldy tripod a 35mm camera was always pointed straight down. She photographed the street, cracks in the sidewalk, trash on the ground, tiles, anything lying around. Her pictures were exquisite. (I still cannot explain why she paid to go halfway around the world for something she might have found at home.) But since she couldnt bear the anxiety of photographing people, she had found her own niche. PicsArt Monthly | 11 </li> <li> Besides our magnificent rural landscapes that change only with the season, we have the urban cityscape. Documenting our everyday surroundings has tremendous appeal for some. Your camera can give insight into how a society thinks, acts and feels. Close-ups of details or wide shots of vistas tell a story. You never have to make an excuse to a flower or a tree. Their colors or ecosystems are excellent subjects for your untamed imagination. Out in nature or in the studio flora presents ever-changing new facets and never gets boring. 12 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> PicsArt Monthly | 13 </li> <li> Lou Jones is a Boston-based photographer with more than 43 years of professional experience. His award-winning work has been exhibited in museums and collections around the world, and he has published multiple books of and about photography. In addition, Jones lectures and teaches workshops all over the world. 14 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> PicsArt Monthly | 15 </li> <li> @kae132 INSPIRATION: Photo 16 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> Using Double Exposure to Tell a Story Double exposure, or the blending of two photos into one, is one of the latest photography trends that is also widely popular among the PicsArt community. It can be achieved using a DSLR camera, which may have a built-in multiple exposure mode or using PicsArt's Add Photo and Photo Blending features. Double exposure doesn't simply blend the second image over the first. The key is in the light and dark areas; a true double exposure is created by repeatedly exposing the same image. So, the second image will only show through the first in the underexposed (or dark) areas. The great thing about a double exposure is that every photo carries its own meaning or feeling, and when two photos are combined, their individual personalities either compliment or contrast each other to create images with meanings of their own. These images have blended human outlines with nature or buildings in interesting and thought-provoking ways. This gallery shows that art is up for interpretation and can mean something different to each set of eyes. These double exposure images are created and shared by talented PicsArtists from around the world. PicsArt Monthly | 17 </li> <li> @gizemkarayavuz 18 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> PicsArt Monthly | 19 </li> <li> 20 | PicsArt Monthly @gizemkarayavuz @vaun-fiedler </li> <li> @gizemkarayavuz PicsArt Monthly | 21 </li> <li> @vanessagarc 22 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> PicsArt Monthly | 23 </li> <li> Transforming Digital Pixels to Paper Pages PicsArt effects transform your photos with a stroke of the finger. We have used four effects from the Paper section of the Effects Menu to demonstrate how the same photo can be edited using PicsArt's preset effects. These effects give the illusions that your photo was printed on paper, and the results have a wonderful tactile and nostalgic feel that is a sharp departure from digital HD images. Sometimes as an artist, you want your photo to look retro or old-style, and these effects harken back to the age of print, when there were pages in place of glowing screens. @darkm With PicsArt, this can be achieved with the ease of scrolling through a menu, allowing you to experiment, explore, and even customize each effect individually until it looks perfect. Nothing is permanent until you apply and save it, so let your imagination be your limit. </li> <li> Stenciler 1 Stenciler 2 Stenciler 4 Stenciler 5 </li> <li> @nakeva 26 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> TUTORIAL: Shooting Lens Flare Photography How to enhance your photos with the use of flare Lens flare is the phenomenon that occurs when photographers shoot directly at the sun but are focusing on something else. Youll have seen this technique used extensively in fashion and retail photography, mainly for summer and spring clothing lines, where lens flare is used to saturate the image in a slight overexposure, implying that the sun is around and is here to stay. However, it can be used in a number of other ways and for many different effects. This photo tutorial teaches how to get a greatlooking lens flare on your photos. Catch the sun at an angle, not straight on Shooting into the sun is key when attempting to catch a lens flare, as this is what causes them in the first place, but shooting directly into the sun can hugely overexpose your image,making it unusable. While shooting early in the morning or late at night can sort this problem out for you, it can be difficult to properly catch the light when shooting in the middle of the day. The optimum way to see what angle gives the best lens flare is to simply move your camera around while keeping your intended subject in the frame. Move slightly to each side, tilt the camera, and aim at the subject at a slightly different angle each time. The perfect lens flare will present itself at one of these angles, and then you can compose your picture around it. PicsArt Monthly | 27 </li> <li> @kelleyskys 28 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> Expose your image properly for the lens flare @semblance As mentioned above, shooting straight into the sun, though necessary for lens flare, can in fact horribly overexpose your image and white out most of your picture. However, one of the most popular uses of lens flares these days is to allow the rest of the photo to bathe in an ethereal, slightly overexposed light balance. If this is your vision, then underexposing your image will be just as deadly. So what to do? Its important to shoot in manual for this sort of shots, as auto modes will leave a lot of your image looking too dark. For a diffused flare, you should use a wide aperture, keep the ISO as low as possible, then play around with the shutter speed until your desired effect is achieved. Bracketing can also help you here, so that you can shoot several shots at different shutter speeds, just in case. PicsArt Monthly | 29 </li> <li> @vvk @vvk 30 | PicsArt Monthly </li> <li> @charitamsrfil Choose the right lens for your shot If your aim is to catch lens flare...</li></ul>