Kultivate Anniversary Photo Challenge Winners!

Congrats to Slatan Dryke, winner of the Kultivate Anniversary Photo Challenge! Below are all of our winners:

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First Place Image by Slatan Dryke

Summer Sunset
Second Place Image by Kaijah Chrome
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Third Place Image by Duke Avelino

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and were patient for the winners to be announced and very special thank you to our judges!

Kultivate Magazine’s Second Anniversary Issue is Now Published!

I am pleased to say that our second anniversary issue, is now published and is available for you to read! This issue features artist Bryn Oh, Anouk Lefavre, Stavaros Gracemount, Veruca Tammas, Ilyra Chardin, Inara Pey, Haveit Neox, Kiana Writer, Lanai Jarrico, Marcus Lefavre, Fnordian Link, Heidi Halberstadt, GinPhx, Beatrice Serendipity, Sandi Benelli, Hikaru, Enimo, Caledonia Skytower and over 50 images created by the talented artists of Kultivate Magazine! We hope that you enjoy this issue and we apologize to the lateness of this issue. Due to real life issues, this issue is a few days late but worth the wait!

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 5/8/17 to 6/22/17

Lots of images of the day to catch up with! Below are our images of the day from 5/8/17 to 6/22/17:

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Image by Loco Oppewall
Sea´s Monsters
Image by Kimeu007
Care for a game of chess?
Image by Eva Luciano
Ocho Tango sunset
Image by Isabelle Beerbaum
The Last Forever
Image by PanAeon
Image Anouk Lefavre
Madpea's The Tower
Image Raizan Field
Forever...pour toujours
Image by Chanell Resident
Back in time, in a old town in England...
Image by Sophia
A Distant Rumble
Image by Indii Tolsen
Book Lovers Retreat!
Image by Caliban Jones
Image Paradox Ivory

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77

Day #3 @ Kultivate Magazine’s Anniversary Summer Weekend!

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Today is the last day of our anniversary summer weekend and our lineup is:
12pm to 2pm slt-Bollywood Art Ball (international)
3pm to 4pm slt-Storytelling with The Seanchai Library
4pm to 6pm slt-rave party, Bishbox, & Decocrate giveaway with DJ Paradox

**the exhibition hall, the hunt, and shopping areas are open 24/7**
 slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/138/139/23

Photofocus | Mirrorless Camera Maniac: There’s An App For That

Most mirrorless cameras include wifi and the ability to work with a smartphone app, and most mirrorless photographers I talk to aren’t maximizing that connectivity and the included functions. The cameras themselves create the wifi, so you don’t need to connect to wifi wherever you are. I highly recommend you get used to using your app and let it help you work better. Here are some of the things I do regularly with my Lumix cameras and the Panasonic Image App.

Whether I’m sending pictures I just took of my kids to my wife or sharing pictures I just made with a client, I use this function daily. More and more, people want their pictures immediately and I find that sharing one during the shoot satiates the need for immediacy and gives me more time to finish the rest before sharing. It’s waaaaaay better than taking a phone picture of the back of the camera.

The trick with my camera/app combo is that only JPEGs can be transferred. Fortunately, your camera can create a JPEG from any RAW file you’ve shot, and also allows you to put some finishing touches on the photo. I often use my camera’s RAW processing tool to create a black and white JPEG of a photo and I share that with the client. This both trains my clients to like my black and whites, and it allows me to not be concerned with perfect color correction.

Continue reading “Photofocus | Mirrorless Camera Maniac: There’s An App For That”

Kultivate Magazine – June 2017 Issue Preview!

On June 1, 2017, the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published. This issue will feature 2D and 3D artist Slatan Dryke. Inara Pey has stories on the last exhibition for UWA and an update VR and MR. Veruca Tammas brings a voyage to the La Vie sim. Myra Wildmist comments on the competitive nature of art. We also have several photo essays: Amy Beebe covers Summer art, while Illyra Chardin brings you a secret garden photo series, and Falbala Fairey offers summertime fashions. Rounding out our photo essays is Paradox Messmer with abstract fashion imagery. For our fashion division, The Edge, Eleseren Brianna presents Haute RP Couture, and The Edge stylists present their June 2017 stylings.

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Kultivate Magazine-May 2017 Issue is Now Available!

This issue will feature artist, fashion model, and the Best in Show winner at the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, Sabine Mortenwold. Artist Kody Meyers is also featured, along with The Key’s Live Music Venue owner Liz Harley. Contributor Veruca Tammas discusses copyright and creative commons, Sandi Benelli has a photo essay on trees, Inara Pey has two features on the Butterfly Conservatory and the Edge Stylists present their May 2017 stylings, and Edge Stylist Tiszo Cioc presents a unique photo essay. Click on the cover to view the May 2017 issue:

Kultivate Magazine-May 2017

Saturday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s April Exhibition Opening!

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Join us this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm slt for the formal opening of the Kultivate Select Gallery’s April Exhibition! The Kultivate Select Gallery is a themed gallery and this month’s theme is “Spring is in the Air.” The gallery will feature the following artists:

Sheba Blitz
Eria Ziemia
Timaaj TJ
Isis Desmoulins
Margo Hollak
Solana Python
pixieatx
Ry Heslop
Kade Sinclair
Methias Kira
Jamee Sandalwood
CalystiaMoonshadow
Eucalyptus Carroll

Live performer Dimi Ludwig will provide the entertainment and the dresscode is formal for this event. We hope to see you at the exhibition!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/18/39/26

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/16/17

As today is Easter, our images of today reflect the bunny in all of us:

.Springtime Visitors.
Image by Adalynne Romano

 

Bunny's
Image by Lana Greenhoo
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Image by Chelsea Chaplynski
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Image by And Angel
[...dreaming with my eyes open]
Image by Stellagraphics
Happy Easter! :D
Image by Scarlet Karsin
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Image by Matthew Thomson

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/2/17 to 4/8/17

Below are our images of the day for 4/2/17 to 4/8/17:

:.  all at once  .:
Image by PanAeon
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Image by Holly Portland
Always look on the bike side of life
Image by AlexMonty SL
Isolation
Image by Sedona Silverpath
No one knows what they can do until they try.
Image by Skippy Beresford
The Last Forever
Image by Ornella Batriani

 

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Image by Jeff Goodnight

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/28/17 to 4/1/17

Below are our images of the day for 3/28/17 to 4/1/17:

J & Faye
Image by Alli Lavarock
tea time .... and  ♥ HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF YOU ♥
Image by Flubs
KeyToHisHeart
Image by Ruby Ornamental
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Image by Loco Oppewell

 

Saint Tropez
Image by Sandi Benelli

Today @ the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show!

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It is day #3 at the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show and here are our events today:

4pm slt – Steampunk party with DJ Gabrielle Riel
5pm slt – Art Talk #3: Basic and Intermediate SL Photography tips with Kaijah Chrome

**Both hunts, all galleries, and the photography contest are open 24/7

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/179/138/22

 

Spring Into Art Photo Contest!

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At the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, we will have a special photo contest: The Spring Into Art Photo Contest, where you can win a share of a 3,000L’s prize pot and gift cards! Below are the rules and guidelines:

Prizes:

  1. 1st place- 1500L’s, 1 double page ad in Kultivate Magazine, winning photo will be printed in Kultivate Magazine and on our website & 1 gift card
  2. 2nd place – 1000L’s and photo will be printed on our website
  3. 3rd place – 500L’s and photo will be printed on our website

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Kultivate Magazine’s April 17 Edition is Now Available!

On April 1, 2017 the next edition of Kultivate Magazine will be published (and no it is not an April Fool’s Joke)! This issue will feature artist Giovanna Cerise, the Rosehaven Sim, a preview of the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, The Grand Canyon in Second Life, live performer Melenda Mikael, a discussion of Flickr & art, a cyberpunk photo essay by Wicca Merlin, a photo essay on cityscapes and city streets, The Edge Stylists present their April stylings, and an article to help you produce a fashion show. Click the cover to read the issue:

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Photofocus | Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3.0 – A Quick Look

It’s come a long way since those days, and it has made that journey in no small part because our team here at Photofocus (particularly Rich) have decided to chip in and work with the software developers to make it even better.The combined efforts of the Athentech team and the Photofocus team have yielded a program by photographers FOR photographers. It’s slicker, more powerful, and faster. In my opinion, it is better in every way.

The new Face-Aware Exposure helps with automatic exposure fixes.If you get a chance to look at the new version the first thing you will notice is a new user interface. It’s preset driven but can be infinitely customized. It is friendly, faster and easier to use than ever and is no longer as portrait-centric as it once was.

Continue reading “Photofocus | Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3.0 – A Quick Look”

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/21/17 to 3/27/17

Below are our images of the day for 3/21/17 to 3/27/17:

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Image by Jeff Goodnight
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Image by Sorcha Tyles
Above it all
Image by  Myra Wildmist
Portrait Staubi
Image by Engelsstaub Resident
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Image by Kawaski AL
Maison de L'amitie
Image by Ornella Batriani
Sailors Cove West
Image by Reylenne

 

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered as our image of the day: http://goo.gl/c5HfuX

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/10/17 to 3/13/17

The images of the day from 3/10/17 to 3/13/17 are:

Serenity
Image by Sedona Silverpath
north bridge
Image by Sabine Maruti
Patience ...
Image by PanAeon

Land of Rainbows 3
Image by Sparkie Cyberstar

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/28/17 to 3/4/17

Our images of the day for 2/28/17 to 3/4/17 are:

[...deja vu]
Image by Stellagraphics
Madame Reve Lighthouse
Image by Pollux Beerbaum
May you live as long as you want, And never want as long as you live.
Image by Pretty Parkin
Image by Anouk Lefavre
Anduril 8
Image by Slatan Dryke

 

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered as our image of the day: http://goo.gl/c5HfuX

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 your subject in Second Life, isn’t usually an issue. The likelihood of being mauled by a tiger in SL is fairly low.

That doesn’t mean a telephoto lens doesn’t have uses in SL. A telephoto lens still gives your photographs that zoomed-in-from-a-distance appearance, which yields an appealing, real-life effect, especially if your subject is an action scene or animals.

Settings for a 300mm lens

For my 300mm lens, I’m using the specifications from the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm. Open your Phototools (Alt-P). Select the DoF/Glow tab. Check the box by Enable Depth of Field (DoF). Use the following settings:

View angle – .143
FOV- 8.2 degrees
Foc Length – 300
f-number – 2.8-22 (Recommended range.)

View angle, FOV (Field of View) and Foc Length (Focal Length) are the important settings. These three settings “attach” the lens to your camera. Once they’re set, there’s no reason to adjust them, again, until you want to return to your default.

View angle is the the FOV expressed as radians.

The f-number controls the depth of field effect. Lower numbers yield more bokeh, blur.The range of 2.8-22 is a physical limitation of the real world lens. It’s just a recommended range in SL. If you want to mirror the effect you get with the Nikon lens, stay in this range; however, feel free to go outside of the f-number range if it fits your purposes.

WARNING: Do not fuss with View angle, FOV, or Foc Length, once you set them for a lens. These parameters are all dependent on each other and should correspond to the specs of the lens you want to use.

Settings for other popular lenses can be found in my previous article, Simulating Popular Lenses in Phototools.

Sample photos taken with a 300mm lens:

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Antelope in the wilds at TerpsiCorp art sim
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Bunny on windmill at Bryn Oh’s, Hand
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Portrait taken with 300mm lens. That’s another Bryn Oh installation in the background

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/22/17 to 2/27/17

The images of the day for 2/22/17 to 2/27/17 are:

Norderney
Image by Sandi Benelli
before the heat of day
Image by Flubs
Kaila candid
Image by Kaijah Chrome
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Image by  Michelle Halster

 

Sugar`s Style
Image by Sugar Planer
Leaning Down
Image by Mizaki Cupcake Verlack

 

 

Kultivate Magazine March 2017 Issue Preview!

On March 1, 2017, the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published. The featured article for this issue is on Casper Warden and his brand, CasperTech. This issue will also feature Laurie Alexis, Co-Owner of The Keys Live Music Venues & Management Group; artist Nils Urqhart, the Ciottolina Rooftop Gallery, Builder’s Brewery,  the Edge Stylists present their March stylings, and the Somewhere Sim. Our photo essays are from llyra Chardin who presents a Modicom of color and guest contributor Amy BeeBe presents Spring Art.

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