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, feel free to contact me in world – I want everyone to take the best profile pics your system will allow.

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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 gone over by others in numerous blogs and forum post, but I think it’s worth reviewing.

To its credit, SL allows you to associate an image with almost everything you’d want. You can put an image on your land, your profile, your profile picks, and lots of other things. That’s really nice and handy – a picture is worth a thousand words, and all of that.

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Kultivate Magazine’s November 2016 Issue is Now Available!

The November 2016 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available!  The following topics are in this issue: Inara Pey explores 360 Panoramic Photography in Second Life, Veruca Tammas explores the Outer Garden sim, Ilyra Chardin has an Autumn Art photo series, Kamille Kamla interviews poet Cortes Guitterz, The Edge Stylists showcase their November stylings, and Stavaros discusses avatar proportion. Our spotlights this month are on Zuri Rayna, The White Gallery, and Spookyboo Puddleglum. Very special thank you to Spookyboo Puddleglum for our cover image:

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Kultivate Magazine November 2016 Issue Preview!

On November 1, 2016, the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published! The following topics are in this issue: Inara Pey explores 360 Panoramic Photography in Second Life, Veruca Tammas explores the Outer Garden sim, Ilyra Chardin has an Autumn Art photo series, Kamille Kamla interviews poet Cortes Guitterz, The Edge Stylists showcase their November stylings, and Stavaros discusses avatar proportion. Our spotlights this month are on Zuri Rayna, The White Gallery, and Spookyboo Puddleglum. Very special thank you to Spookyboo Puddleglum for our cover image:

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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 capturing interiors.

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Kultivate Magazine's October Issue is Now Available!

The October 2016 issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! You can click the cover below to read the issue. This issue features the art of Sandi Benelli, photographer Amy Beebe, Potomac Homes Owner & Creator, Winter Loxely, Bird Art, Live Performer Ceci Dover, Charity in Second Life, Wanderlust Bench Art Park, the Sarawak Sim, and Faster Pussycat and Bender owner & designer, Honey Bender!

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Kultivate Magazine’s October Issue is Now Available!

The October 2016 issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! You can click the cover below to read the issue. This issue features the art of Sandi Benelli, photographer Amy Beebe, Potomac Homes Owner & Creator, Winter Loxely, Bird Art, Live Performer Ceci Dover, Charity in Second Life, Wanderlust Bench Art Park, the Sarawak Sim, and Faster Pussycat and Bender owner & designer, Honey Bender!

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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. In real life, they’re often used for landscape, architectural, and interior photos. In Second Life, they’re useful for the same tasks, plus they’re good for capturing an entire sim.

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Kultivate Magazine’s October Issue Preview!

On October 1, 2016 the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published! This issue will feature the art of Sandi Benelli, photographer Amy Beebe, Potomac Homes Owner & Creator, Winter Loxely, Bird Art, Live Performer Ceci Dover, Charity in Second Life, Wanderlust Bench Art Park, the Sarawak Sim, and Faster Pussycat and Bender owner & designer, Honey Bender! Very special thank you to Sandi Benelli for the cover images below:

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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 people in Second Life. It’s very confusing, in fact. But if you learn to do this, it’s a very powerful photography technique.

You can mimic any real life lens in Phototools by looking up the tech specs for the lens you want to use. For the 20mm in this example, I use the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm as my guide, but the specs from any 20mm lens will do fine.

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Kultivate Magazine September 2016 Issue Preview!

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On September 1, 2016 the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published. This issue features MadPea Productions, Sheba Blitz, Katy Dirkle, The Vordun Gallery, Blanche Foxclaw, Bonefacio and AIM, Autism Awareness, Lakeside, fashion and modeling certification importance, Caltrinara’s Bar, and guest contributor Sparkie Cyberstar has an awesome photo essay!

Art Installation by Myra Wildmist – StrawberrySingh.com

Congrats to Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist on her new exhibition!

Myra Wildmist is a very talented photographer in Second Life that often uses projectors and light in her work. She currently has an art installation at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Exhibition.

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August Issue of Kultivate Magazine is Now Available!

The August 2016 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Igor Ballyhoo, Pam Astonia, Sparkie Cyberstar, Brook Hill Gallery, Marcus Lefevre, Miss Virtual Diva 2016, Maven Homes, Maximalism, Ocean Photography, Autism Speaks, Wild Angels Rock Club, and The August 2016 Edge Stylists! Click the image below to access the issue:

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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 have an angle of view around 48 degrees. The SL default camera angle of view (View angle in Phototools.) is set to 1.047 radians or 60 degrees. They probably do that because 60 degrees is the focused field of view of a typical human eye, so it’s more comfortable to set the angle of view of SL at 60 degrees for normal viewing.

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Windlight Magazine August 2016 Issue Preview!

On August 1, 2016, the next issue of Windlight Magazine will be published! This issue will feature artist Igor Ballyhoo, photographers Pam Astonia and Sparkie Cyberstar, Brook Hill Gallery,  Cain Maven,  and Miss SL Organization’s Founder Marcus Lefevre. Windlight Contributor’s Veruca Tammas and Ilyra Chardin return with their respective “Voyages  With Vee” and “Inspirations With Ilyra” series; The Edge brings you a great essay on maximilism by Eleseren Brianna and this issue features the very first article of The Riff, the new rock music division of Windlight! Below is a preview of the cover, very special thank you to Igor Ballyhoo for some awesome images:

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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 a lens is defined as the  “distance between the lens and the image sensor when the subject is in focus”.  The sensor takes the light coming through the camera lens can converts it into digital image or, in the case of analog cameras, a film negative. There’s no sensor in Second Life, of course, so the focal length is simulated.

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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 best to choose a lens best suited for the task.

One of the most popular lenses used in real life photography is the 85mm lens. In particular, it’s a popular choice for portrait photography.

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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 to use.

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SL Photography: Furillen reopens

Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist covers the reopening of Furillen:

A few weeks ago, in my post on copying a sim’s Windlight, I bemoaned the loss of one of Second Life’s most beloved sims, Furillen.

The loss of Furillen was like losing a treasured work of art – it was not something that was going to be easily replaced. And Furillen was a work of art.

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