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October issue # 12 PicsArt Monthly Photography Magazine

Jul 11, 2015

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  • MonthlyIssue #12 | October 2014

    21- YEAR-OLD PHENOM AND HIS

    FANTASTIC SELF-PORTRAITS: INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER ALEX STODDARD

    THE BEST PHOTOS COME TO THOSE

    WHO WAIT

    A TASTE FOR FOOD

    PHOTOGRAPHY

  • PRO INSIGHTLuck ........................................................................................................08

    INSPIRATIONFalling Into the Hands of PicsArtists..........................................18

    The Hypnotic Collages of veronique.........................................62

    PICSART IN ACTIONBring Pop Art Colors to Your Photos.........................................28

    TUTORIALSThe Best Photos Come to Those Who Wait...........................30

    Projecting an Image Over a Body................................................40

    Halloween Face Painting Design Tutorial................................48

    How to Draw a Powerful Wizard................................................56

    WHAT'S NEW4 Reasons to Update to PicsArt 4.6.4 for Android...............72

    A Taste for Food Photography......................................................76

    INTERVIEW21-Year-Old Phenom Captures Fantastic Self-Portraits:

    Interview with Photographer Alex Stoddard.........................84

    FEATUREAutumn in a Tube .........................................................................104

    DIY Witch Hat..................................................................................106

    The Monochrome Mysteries of Frncisco Jordn.............108CO

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  • MEET OUR TEAM...

    Editor-in-Chief | Arusiak Kanetsyan

    Art Editor | Cristina Gevorg

    Art Director | Vahan Balasanyan

    Designer | Ina Sarko

    Copy Editor | Madlene Minassian

    Editorial Contributors | Arto Vaun, Satenig Mirzoyan, Mark Gargarian

    Special Contributors | Chris Corradino

    In-House Photographer | ma_lina

    Address: PicsArt Inc., 800 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

    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.

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  • FOLLOW US...

    This month, grab a hot cup of coffee and nestle under a blanket, because our October Issue is perfect reading for art enthusiasts looking to get lost for an hour. We really packed it in this time with a fresh spread of beautiful art, fascinating photography articles, illuminating tutorials and compelling news.

    Fresh from the airport and exhilarated by his latest expedition to Tanzania, acclaimed photographer Lou Jones has penned his latest squib of wisdom on what it takes to make your own luck in the field.

    For another take, flip open to our latest lesson from resident photography professor Chris Corradino to find out why your first 10,000 photos are your worst.

    Looking to refill your creative juices? Find inspiration in the stunning self-portraits of Alex Stoddard, a 21-year-old phenom who takes surreal photos that prod at mans relationship with nature.

    Brush up on your own skills with one of our tutorials and learn how to draw a wizard or create double exposure with our app. Your friends will be asking you questions right and left when they see your results online.

    To go deeper into the app, find out whats new and read about our latest updates or check out our Pop Art effects with PicsArt In Action. Then, pop over to the latest amazing art from the PicsArt community to see galleries of original artwork and rising talents, like our PicsArtist of the month, Frncisco Jordn.

    All of this and more is right here between these covers. Turn the page to get started with our resplendent October Issue.

    PUBLISHER: PICSART

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    LUCKBy Lou Jones

    I recently spent a month in Africa; Tanzania to be exact. The trip is part of a long-term project. (See my recent PicsArt article Anatomy of Long Term Projects.) My studio staff spent months researching in anticipation. We pursued every avenue to make the assignment efficient, economic and prolific. But a lot was left up to luck, by design.

    The dictionary defines luck as: 1. success or failure apparently

    brought by chance rather than through one's own actions; 2. good fortune; 3. to come upon something desirable by chance; 4. believing that whatever happens, either good or bad, to a person in the course of events is due to chance, fate or fortune.

    Sage intellectuals such as Buddha, Louis Pasteur and Mark Twain debunked the notion of luck. The best photographers do copious preparation to find the right locations, the right times of day and the right seasons to get the best pictures. That improves their chances of success for that unique set of images. Out of necessity, we make much of our own luck.

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    PRO INSIGHT

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    For most assignments, my clients and I dont like surprises. We want to control the models, the lighting, traffic, permissions, etc. Anything left to chance can bring a photo shoot to a halt, costing tens of thousands of dollars. Of course you cannot anticipate everything. I did an automobile shoot in northern Maine and thought I had taken every precaution. At dawn on the day of the shoot, the mosquitoes came out in droves. A force of nature. That whole morning was miserable.

    THE GIFTFor street photography you launch into the unknown, having no preconceived notion of what you will find. At the end of a good day I hope to capture one great image. If it is good enough, I call it the gift. I try for at least one gift a day. But I work hard at it. It is random but is that luck?

    Often the best pictures are accidental: a celestial event, a once in a lifetime occurrence, the perfect storm. We need to not only be there, but also to be receptive to unusual circumstances. Eternal vigilance increases luck.

    While setting up the most elaborate shots, I always remind myself to look behind me. We can be so tunnel visioned that the simplest, best visuals happen around us when we are not paying attention. On my first trip to Africa years ago, I was down on my knees shooting a dance ceremony. While taking time out to reload my film, I looked over my shoulder. Being on their level, I saw the beautiful faces of the village kids in the audience. That image is in an exhibit right now.

    AFRICAJust being in an exotic, foreign location like Tanzania stacks the deck in my favor. But this was still a hard nut to crack. In developing new contacts for the second phase of www.panAFRICAproject.org, my studio staff contacted multiple resources and they, in turn, introduced us to other experts in Tanzania, and so on ad infinitum. Before we disembarked we organized institutions and individuals who could show us the inner sanctums, but we left room for what would surprise us upon arrival. Luck?

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    Most Maasai are reticent to having their picture taken. But we were introduced to a Maasai warrior who escorted us into remote regions and paved the way for me to get a few pictures in his village. It was fortuitous and invaluable.

    INVISIBLEEven if I had the time and the price was right, I could not pay everyone who asked for money to be photographed. So I devised totally new methods to get candid photography. Firstly I was more selective, i.e. I chose carefully which images seemed worth the trouble. Secondly, I chose more unique points of view for a lot of the photographs.

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    Locals love to show off their environments and will turn you on to the most obscure, quaint, and exciting treasures if you engage them. Concierges, taxi drivers, and restaurant owners are excellent resources. I have used college students as guides, translators and models. Camera club members are excellent fixers. Last year in Ghana, I drove 200 kilometers with a doctor to his hospital for a chance to photograph the clinic he founded.

    All over the world, there is little chance you will be mistaken for a native. So your only recourse is to not draw attention to yourself. I wear no bright colors, mostly dull shades and buy clothing that has no labels or logos. This goes for those loud manufacturers camera straps. I substitute nondescript ones. I cover the brand names, the makes and models on all of my cameras with masking tape. I buy generic everything.

    I tell my students that if you move slowly enough, eventually you blend into the background. Become almost invisible, and control your own luck.

    But the more time you spend in a location, the more familiar you are, the better your pictures will become. Just be careful, you have to know when it is time to move along. Thats NOT luck.

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