SL Photography: Controlling the angle and length of your shadows.

With real life photography, I sometimes feel I’m chasing the light. If it’s a nice day or the light is especially fascinating, I know I’m missing some great shadows, so I better grab my camera and get outside before the sun moves on and the shadows fade. There’s only so much time to get theContinue reading “SL Photography: Controlling the angle and length of your shadows.”

SL Photography: Should you enter contests?

There are lots of photography contests in SL. It’s not hard to find them: You can find them advertised on Flickr or in some of the art groups (SL Art is a good one to join.). Is it good to enter these contests? Well, the answer to that is yes and no. A photography contestContinue reading “SL Photography: Should you enter contests?”

5 reasons you should be on Flickr

People in Second Life love taking photos. Whether they’re capturing their memories or doing fashion shoots for their blogs or taking photo for artistic reasons, it’s safe to say photography is one of SL’s most popular activities. There are lots of ways to save your photos in SL. You can save the directly to yourContinue reading “5 reasons you should be on Flickr”

SL Photography: JPG, BMP, or PNG?

Saving your photos to your hard drive is a handy option, allowing you to save your photos to your PC for easy cataloguing or editing. Second Life allows you to save your photos as either JPG, BMP, or PNG. Which file format is best for your photos? When you take a snapshot in SL, eitherContinue reading “SL Photography: JPG, BMP, or PNG?”

SL Photography: The problem with profile photos

Kultivate contributor Myra Wildmist is back with a new tutorial! This time she discusses the problem with profile photos: Do profile photos look stretched or compressed to you? You’re not alone. There’s a good chance a large part of the Second Life (SL) community sees your profile photo wrong. The problem is Firestorm (FS) –Continue reading “SL Photography: The problem with profile photos”

Are your Flickr images art?

Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’? – Marcel Duchamp If everyone isn’t beautiful, then no one is. – Andy Warhol   Are your Flickr images art? Are your social media photos and images art? Recently, I asked a friend of mine to submit some of her Flickr images to an artContinue reading “Are your Flickr images art?”

SL Photography: Using a 300mm telephoto lens

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another SL Photography tutorial. This time she discusses how to use a 300 mm telephoto lens. In real life, a telephoto lens is often used to in situations where it’s difficult to get close to your subject, such as sports photography or wildlife photo. Getting close to yourContinue reading “SL Photography: Using a 300mm telephoto lens”

SL Photography: Leonardo knew a little about portraiture

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another tip, this time on how to create the perfect portrait: If you want to be an artist, you have to look at art. If you want to learn how to create a great portrait, look at the work of those who have already done great portraits. RememberContinue reading “SL Photography: Leonardo knew a little about portraiture”

SL Photography: 6 ways to take a great profile photo

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with more ways to enhance your SL Profile Photo: Time to get fancy. Last time, in the article, Taking your profile picture, I focused on the technical aspects of taking a profile photo – changing your image size, changing your lens settings, etc. In this article, I’ll focus onContinue reading “SL Photography: 6 ways to take a great profile photo”

SL Photography: Taking your profile picture

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another photography tip. This time she demonstrates how to take your profile picture in Second Life: Today, we’re finally going to take a profile picture. Yay! I’ll walk through this step by step, hopefully making it easy to understand. If you have any questions or need help, feelContinue reading “SL Photography: Taking your profile picture”

SL Photography: The problem with SL image defaults.

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another SL Photography Tip, this time she discusses what is wrong with SL image defaults: Before I move on to portraiture and profile photos, it’s worth taking a look at the default sizes and aspect ratios of the images used throughout Second Life (SL). These have been goneContinue reading “SL Photography: The problem with SL image defaults.”

SL Photography: Wide-angle effects

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another tutorial! This time she demonstrates how to create wide-angle effects: In our last few articles, we’ve been focusing on wide-angle lenses – the 20mm and 24mm lenses. As I mentioned, since they open of the field of view (FoV), widen it, they’re great for landscapes and capturingContinue reading “SL Photography: Wide-angle effects”

SL Photography: Simulating a 24mm lens

Kultivate contributor, Myra Wildmist, discusses how you can simulate a 24mm lens in Second Life: Last time we looked at how you could use Firestorm (FS) Phototools to mimic a 20mm wide-angle lens. This time we’re going to look at simulating a 24mm lens. Lenses between 20-24mm in focal length are considered ultra wide-angle lenses.Continue reading “SL Photography: Simulating a 24mm lens”

Simulating a 20mm lens in SL

Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with a new tutorial. This time she demonstrates how to simulate a 20 mm lens in SL: Last time, I showed how to change your Phototool settings to mimic different types of lens. I’m going to review this, again, because using different lens isn’t at all intuitive to peopleContinue reading “Simulating a 20mm lens in SL”

SL Photography: Simulating popular lenses in Phototools

Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist explores how you can Simulate popular lenses via the Second Life PhototoolsL When you take a snapshot in Second Life, you’re essentially using a 50mm lens: The default settings are almost the same as a standard 50mm lens. I say, almost the same, because most 50mm lenses in real life haveContinue reading “SL Photography: Simulating popular lenses in Phototools”

SL Photography: Focal length

Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another SL Photography Tip. This time she explores Focal Length: We’re back to depth of field, again, picking apart the parameters a piece at a time. This time we’re looking at focal length. What is focal length? According to Nikon (Who should know), the focal length of aContinue reading “SL Photography: Focal length”

SL Photography: Simulating a 85mm lens

Windlight Contributor, Myra Wildmist is back with new art and photography tips! this time she explores how you can simulate a 85 mm lens: In my previous post, I mentioned some lenses are better suited for specific types of photos than others. For instance, if you’re taking a landscape or close-up or portrait, it’s bestContinue reading “SL Photography: Simulating a 85mm lens”

SL Photography: Keyboard commands

Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with a new SL Photography tip! This time she discusses some handy keyboard commands in the UI: Many of the tools the User Interface (UI) provides, such as the camera controls, have corresponding keyboard commands serving the same function. Sometimes these keyboard commands are more precise or easier toContinue reading “SL Photography: Keyboard commands”