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Last month, we challenged you to 30 days of creativity, and you delivered absolutely breathtaking and creative images. We have featured some of them in the app but missed so many others that we wanted to give a little love to those artists. #ColorGradient @tanusreedey uses the Color Gradient Effect in a subtle way that helps enhance the mood and emotions of this beautiful portrait. #Collage There were so many beautiful and unique collages that it was extremely difficult to choose one, but we really loved this vibrant collage by @belenkrew. #Minimal We are big fans of minimalism as a trend and we see a lot of minimal photos in the app, but @francescodolmen‘s photo stands out because of its quiet minimalism that seems to tell a story. #Texture Texture photography can sometimes be challenging. Composition, light and depth all play a major role and they work differently than in…

We like to do things alone. We enjoy meals in airports waiting for our flight. Walks through our neighborhoods help us clear our heads. Watching a movie by ourselves helps us indulge in fantasies we hold dear. Being solitary is awesomely valuable to help us recollect our thoughts through moments of peace. “Me time” is a lot of people’s favorite time. But humans are social creatures. We go (literally) insane if we spend too much time alone. We’re addicted to connection and communication. In fact, much of today’s modern economy is built on top of tools that help us collaborate with each other: Facebook, Google, WhatsApp and even PicsArt. We crave interaction just as much (if not more) than we crave our alone time. PicsArt recognizes this. We know that discovery, inspiration and discussions are the building blocks for the creative process. That’s why PicsArt’s #FreeToEdit initiative is so important. No…

As we continue to celebrate National Photography Month, we’re sharing tips on how to best capture culture in your photos by interviewing San Francisco-based photographer Spencer Brown. His work is both within the editorial and the fine arts world, and incorporates unscripted expression and dynamic composition while exploring decisive moments. He shares, “The majority of my contract work is editorial, created to illustrate stories in media. Sometimes it’s documentary, but more often than not I’m involved in molding the final image through the placement of my subjects and the lighting. My fine art photography is all about composition and form and less about directing.”  We asked Spencer to give us his personal tips on how to photograph culture, using his photos of Nepal as an example. 1. Live It, Even If It’s for a Single Day One the first steps in photographing culture is to immerse yourself in the environment that you are photographing. “To capture…

Think back to the mid 1800s. Cameras were just becoming a “thing.” The first photograph was snapped in 1814 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and ever since then, photography has become the lynchpin of billion dollar industries. Film. Television. Movies. Smartphones. Computers. Magazines. Newspapers. Our newfound ability to truly represent the world around us was fascinating and we were addicted. Over time, more and more people got cameras and began capturing the world around them. It didn’t take long for everyone to start chatting with one another and creating groups around specific photographic topics. Those groups are called communities and they’ve transformed photography into the powerhouse hobby it is today. Communities are important because our interests aren’t solitary, no matter how weird they are. As we’ve created more and more ways to connect with each other (largely thanks to the internet and social networking), we’ve been able to find people who have…

Black and white photos allow the audience to focus on the details they may have easily overlooked in a colored version. When you purely focus on bringing out the intricacies of any texture, pattern or contrast through lighting and composition, you’ll discover a whole new side of a familiar subject. Shooting in black and white is a great way to challenge your mind to see the colorful world in a different perspective as you sharpen your eye for details in everyday life. To capture the best black and white photos, keep these five essential elements in mind. Composition Look for an even balance in the composition of your black and white photos. A busy photograph may take away from the main focus of your work. The key is to focus on just one or two things as the center of attention in your photo; anything more can be distracting and hard for your audience to…

The title of this article says it all. It’s time to get to know the ancestors of your beloved smart phone! 1. The Camera Obscura The camera obscura,  Latin for “dark room,” is the first step of innovations to what would eventually become the modern camera. It was more of a projector than a camera, really, because it couldn’t store any image, but merely reflected light rays onto the wall of a box through an aperture, which is a small hole containing a lens. Incredibly enough, the device dates back possibly to the ancient Chinese and ancient Greeks, but the first official records of one was in 1021 AD, when an Arab physicist named Ibn al-Haytham published “The Book of Optics” and created the first prototype. Check out this great video with an awesome 90s-style intro from School Tube if you want an in-depth explanation of how the camera obscura works. 2. The…

We’re very excited to usher in National Photography Month (naturally, as a mobile photo editing app) because it means celebrating something we all love — photography! And it means celebrating YOU, our creators! (Can you tell how excited we are though, really!!?) We have a great many things planned for you, starting today (be sure to check out our 30-Day Challenge). While we here at PicsArt celebrate photography throughout the year, we are still thrilled about having this month dedicated to the recognition of photography. It’s especially exciting as we are in an era where photography is accessible to everyone. Plus, we’ve entered into a new age of photography: an age where communities of people can come together to digitally collaborate in the photo-making process. With anyone. No matter where they live. Photography itself actually evolved through collaboration — people building off of each other’s ideas. It transformed from a pinhole…

Here at PicsArt, every month is photography month, but in May, we get to put on our party hats and make it official. Happy National Photography Month! All month long, we will focus on celebrating the art of photography and the amazing ways in which a photograph can bring back memories, connect us to each other and offer a window to the world. Photo Walks We are excited to kick off this month with worldwide mobile photo walks in partnership with olloclip. We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, May 1st in Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin, Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco for a fun walk where we will capture beautiful images using olloclip’s iPhone-compatible lenses. Sign up today! The first 24 iPhone users will get a free lens and a matching ollo Case. Daily Inspirations We will continue to encourage your creativity this month with our Daily Inspirations, but we are…

One of PicsArt’s goals is to be a constant inspiration for all things photography-related (I think we do a great job, no?). And since it’s almost National Photography Month, we decided to up the ante and bring on the excitement full force. So this May (T-minus 4 days), join us on a 30-Day #PAPhotoChallenge! Every day for 30 days, we’ll give you a prompt to get your creativity flowing. And below you can see the full list so you can start your planning! BONUS: by participating in the #Macro, #WideAngle and #Fisheye challenges you are automatically eligible to win some awesome olloclip prize packages, including a Macro Pro Lens, 4-IN-1 Lens, Active Lens and cases. For the rules, read below. On May 31st, we’ll be featuring our favorite photos from the month, so make sure to edit your shots with the PicsArt photo editor and share them every day with the hashtag…