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Add a few points to your lens IQ with our feature, written by veteran photographer extraordinaire, Lou Jones. Then, explore the secrets of flower photography with our resident photography teacher Corradino. And after that, strap on some heat-resistant hiking boots and delve into our interview with the man who photographed a ritual you have to see to believe at the base of an Indonesian volcano.

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<ul><li>Monthly Issue #05 | February 2014 Scotland Photo Adventure Interview with Amardeep Photography The Landscape Photographer from Sardinia PicsArt Monthly | 1 </li><li>2 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>Based in Mountain View , CA , PicsArt is a fun and full-featured mobile photo-editing and drawing app for Android, iOS and WindowsMonthly | 3 PicsArt Phone. </li><li>Editor-in-Chief | Arusiak Kanetsyan Art Editor | Cristina Gevorg Designer | Ina Sarko Cover photo: Amardeep Meet our team... Copy Editor | Satenig Mirzoyan Editorial Contributors | Mark Gargarian, Heather Parry, Miki Ross Special Contributor | Lou Jones, Chris Corradino 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! PicsArt is pleased to present its February issue, which contains tips from the pros, articles that will entice you to try new things, some exciting news and introductions to some of the most creative PicsArt users in our community. This month Lou Jones shares his veteran knowledge of one of photography's most important elements: lenses. He explains why choosing the lens itself is an art, and breaks down the abundant options available to help you choose the best one for your purposes. As long awaited spring approaches we anticipate new topics to take photos of. Flowers are symbols of spring and Chris Corradino, our photography guru, will share his best tips on how to take amazing flower photography. You will also want to check out our tutorials this month, as we demonstrate how to create a new background for your photo using PicsArt and share a brand new DIY for a fun project in your spare time. Enjoy reading and feel free to send us your feedback at info@picsart.com. @ma_lina That's not all you'll find in this monthly edition-there's so much more. Youll also take a photo adventure through Scotland, meet our Sardinian PicsArtist of the Month, browse featured galleries and learn about PicsArts many features and most exciting developments! PicsArt Monthly | 5 </li><li>Pro Insight 08 | The Secret of Lenses Inspiration 12 | Photo Gallery of Birds 44 | The Abstract Paintings of Paulo Guimaraes PicsArt In Action 18 | Four Transformations Tutorials 20 | A Focus on Flower Photography 28 | Change the Background of a Photo in PicsArt 32 | How to Draw a Bird using PicsArt 38 | Designing a Travel Postcard with PicsArt New In App 52 | PicsArt Hits 100 mln Installs on Android 54 | Android Update Interview 58 | Amardeep's Volcanic Photography Feature 66 | The Painted Shoulder 68 | Scotland Photo Adventure 76 | Make a Flower Vase from a Bottle 78 | The Landscape Photographer from Sardinia </li><li>The Secret of Lenses by Lou Jones Famous portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh once quipped, Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. To that point, our talent and energy create good photographs. And while the camera is the repository of details and data, lenses actually shape the way those images look. Choosing a camera is technical, utilitarian and economic. Choosing the right lens is art. As our tools grow more sophisticated, it is easier for us to fashion more interesting photographs. The differences between amateur point and shoot, prosumer, mirrorless, cell phones and DSLRs cameras are constantly being reduced, but lens choices are ever expanding: autofocus, vibration reduction, variable aperture, etc. Besides improving our capabilities, lenses have character and personality. You change lenses for simple reasons. If you want to see more, you mount a wide angle lens. The glass actually captures more than you can see with your naked eye. If you are trying to shoot a friend on the opposite ledge of the Grand Canyon and you cannot approach closer, you need a telephoto. It produces a much narrower angle than your eyes. In practice using depth-of-field can dramatically alter the appearance of an image. A wide aperture can be employed to throw a distracting background out of focus and enhance a delicate portrait. While a small aperture will put everybody in focus for a big group photo. Your eyes cant do that. Artistically, different focal lengths have unique looks. Here I will share the secret lore that is never revealed: lenses see differently, i.e. they have personalities. And with a trained eye that character can be exploited by your imagination, to your benefit. 8 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>PRO INSIGHT Long lenses PULL subject and background closer together; they compress a shot. At the same time, telephotos isolate. Short lenses PUSH point-ofinterest and the surrounding scene apart. Wide angles integrate. It takes a little practice to become familiar with the effects but it is well worth the investigation. Usually you select a lens to include just the amount of information you want your viewers to see. That dictates composition. Physically, you use a wide angle up close to your subject. It is intimate. It is aggressive. My friend often said, A wide angle will make you mean. On the flip side, a telephoto allows you to be a little aloof. PicsArt Monthly | 9 </li><li>Photos by Lou Jones 10 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>To further muddy the waters, there is another candidate: the zoom lens. It was initially invented to be a multi-purpose device: to cut down on weight and make you more mobile. Zooms give you an infinite selection of focal lengths. They are complicated and expensive but they fill in the blanks. Most photography is committed between 35mm and 100mm. But to round out the roster I have to mention the extreme lenses: fisheyes and ultra telephotos. They are usually specialty items but worthy of consideration once you have mastered the others. There is a lens to fit every compromise. I carry an assortment on my jobs around the world and I have the bad back to prove it. PicsArt Monthly | 11 </li><li>@shee2606 INSPIRATION : Photo 12 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>Photo Gallery of Birds Perhaps the most common subject of wildlife photography are birds. Professional and amateur photographers alike are always reaching for their camera in hopes of getting a good shot of birds-resting or in flight. This gallery showcases some successful attempts by PicsArt community photographers to capture birds. @arinas Many a child, even some adults, identify with the desire to be able to fly, the ultimate perceived freedom. This may be why we are so inclined to try and document birds in flight while they are exercising what we cannot, but wish we could. In this way, birds and the freedom associated with them are cause for jealousy and admiration. This gallery shows birds taking off in groups and as individuals, gliding through the skies, and resting on land, idling before taking off. PicsArt Monthly | 13 </li><li>@gravest @bf3 14 | PicsArt Monthly @nia9613 @yoonjongmin @ayasephotography </li><li>PicsArt Monthly | 15 </li><li>@ultrapixel 16 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>PicsArt Monthly | 17 </li><li>PICSART IN ACTION @smalldoll Many Shades of Black PisArt effects are transformative, but while there is a lot of excitement in seeing a photo go through a total metamorphosis with just a push of the button, it is also important to have nuance. People often make the mistake of thinking that B&amp;W achieves one look when in reality, it is a category, with its own variety of flavors and styles. This time we demonstrate how a single photo looks after having several PicsArt B&amp;W effects applied. The trick to great editing is caring about getting all of the details right, and with PicsArt, you can always edit with discriminating taste and nuance in your pursuit for photography perfection. </li><li>B&amp;W film B&amp;W B&amp;W HDR B&amp;W blur </li><li>A Focus on Flower Photography by Chris Corradino As the snow melts and winter fades I grow restless to once again photograph the cheerful colors of spring. The spectacular patterns of flowers and plant life offer a never ending array of photographic opportunity. The experience is peaceful, solitary, and forces one to slow down and connect with the subtle details of nature. Rather than settling for static compositions, my goal is to further accentuate the beauty of these subjects with creative photography techniques. In this issue I share some of my favorite tips for you to try. Before venturing outside, it's helpful to practice your flower photography at home with a store bought bouquet. With no wind to move and blur your subject, you can focus on making well-lit and sharp images. Expensive studio equipment is not necessary to create stunning results. To start, position the vase near a window with abundant sunshine. Couple this with a basic desk lamp to create rather dramatic light. For an added touch of brilliance, use a silver or gold reflector to soften the shadows. If you don't have a reflector, it's easy to make one by taping an 8x10 piece of aluminum foil to a piece of cardboard. 20 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>TUTORIAL : Shooting PicsArt Monthly | 21 </li><li>Don't be afraid to get down and dirty as the most interesting point of view is often that of an insect. I set my camera up very low to the ground on a tripod. Using a camera support system makes the process more deliberate and allows one to focus and compose with great care. If your camera has a "live view" mode with a swivel out screen, it makes for more convenient viewing. In a pinch you can even rest your camera on the ground and angle the lens skyward with a stone, or your lens cap. 22 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>PicsArt Monthly | 23 </li><li>24 | PicsArt Monthly Photos by Chris Corradino </li><li>It may seem counter intuitive, but I often search for leaves or flower petals that are positioned in front of my subject. I then shoot through this first element by placing my lens mere inches away from it. Coupled with a very wide aperture of f2.8 this technique will create a beautiful wash of color in both the foreground and background. Just be sure to place your active auto focus point on the part of the flower you want sharpest. This involves a bit of trial and error at first but can absolutely give your flower shots a truly unique look. PicsArt Monthly | 25 </li><li>One of the best times to photograph flowers is just after a rain storm. The water drops left behind will add more visual interest to your close up work. In dry areas some photographers even bring a spray bottle filled with water to recreate a similar look. I look for drops that hang precariously from the edge of a leaf, and those that appear just seconds from falling to the ground. To really capture the delicate beauty of the drops move closer to the subject either with your feet, or by zooming in. 26 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>PicsArt Monthly | 27 </li><li>How to change the background of a photo with PicsArt Have you ever taken a photo and wished that you could somehow change the background of it? Make it seem like you are somewhere else, in a different setting? In this tutorial we will show you how to do just that. Armed with this knowledge you'll be able to change the background of any photo, virtually taking your subject wherever you want it to go! 28 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>TUTORIAL : Editing Step 1: Select a Photo Open PicsArt and click on Draw. Click on the "Draw on Photo" option and choose the photo you wish to use as your main photo. Step 2: Crop Your Photo Decide on cropping options and push the checkmark for confirmation. PicsArt Monthly | 29 </li><li>Step 3: Add a Layer Click on the bottom right icon to see the layers. Select the "+" button in the top left corner of the layer toolbar to add another layer. Step 4: Select Photo Layer Select the "Photo Layer" option. Step 5: Choose a Background Choose the image you want to serve as your background. 30 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>Step 7: Crop the Background Crop the image if required and confirm it with the checkmark. Step 8: Rearrange Photos Rearrange the layers so that the foreground image is at the top, and the background beneath it. Step 9: Start Erasering Select the eraser tool to begin revealing the new background of your photo. PicsArt Monthly | 31 </li><li>Step 9: Adjust Brush Options and Erase Adjust your brush size as necessary and carefully erase any parts of your image that you wish to be replaced with a new background. Step 10: Return to Editor Select the checkmark in the top right corner to return to the editor for any final touches. Step 11: Add an Effect Select the effect you wish to apply to your new image and voila! Your image appears in a whole new setting. 32 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>PicsArt Monthly | 33 </li><li>How to Draw a Bird Step by Step In this tutorial we show you how to use PicsArt Drawing Tools to draw a bird. Birds have many detailed features- colorful feathers, defined beaks and sharp contrasting eyes , which can seem like a daunting feat to reproduce on a mobile device. The right tools and proper guidance can make drawing birds and all their natural details start to seem less challenging and become a fun creative process. This tutorial will help you to further familiarize yourself with PicsArt Drawing Tools and break down the process of creating a detailed, vibrant drawing by working in layers. 34 | PicsArt Monthly </li><li>TUTORIAL : Drawing Draw Basic Outline Draw a rough outline of your bird. Approximate the size and proportions of his body, his position, and maybe even some of your background. Open the PicsArt Drawing Tool Select Draw from the main screen and then select Draw blank to start a new drawing from scratch. You have the option of choosing the precise width, height, and orientation of your drawing before entering your work space. PicsArt Monthly | 35 </li><li>Draw Final Outline Color the Drawing In new layers, color you drawing. Use a layer just for your sky, another for your background, and another for your birds body and feathers. 36 | PicsArt Monthly Reduce the opacity, and in a higher layer, trace a more precise final outline. Add details like head feathers, shape the beak, and outline patches of feathers. When youre done, delete previous layers. </li><li>Shading and Lighting In new layers, add shading and lighting. Use darker tones in one layer to darken areas furthest from your light source...</li></ul>