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

Facebook lets content owners claim ad earnings of pirated videos | TechCrunch

Facebook finally has a better solution to freebooting — the common practice of stealing someone your video and uploading it to their Facebook Page to reap the engagement and audience growth. Today’s update to the Facebook Rights Manager tool that launched last year includes the new option to “claim ad earnings” on other people’s uploads of a video you own. This way if an infringing video includes a new mid-roll ad break Facebook is testing, the revenue will be sent to the content’s owner instead of the uploader who stole it.

And now instead of manually reviewing all pirated content instances, rights owners can set automated rules for whether infringing uploads should instantly be blocked, allowed but the viewing metrics shown to the owner, allowed with the owner claiming the ad earnings, or sent to manual review.

The “claim ad earnings” option puts Facebook Rights Manager closer to feature parity with the industry standard, YouTube’s Content ID. When Facebook launched Rights Manager last year, TechCrunch noted this feature was the one big thing it was lacking….

Source: Facebook lets content owners claim ad earnings of pirated videos | TechCrunch

Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories | TechCrunch

Snapchat will no longer show that annoying white border around old photos that you share from Memories.Previously, if you shared a photo from Memories that was more than 24 hours old it would have a white border around the image.While Snapchat’s goal was to remind viewers that this older content wasn’t truly ephemeral, the ugly border ended up annoying users who didn’t want their snaps altered, sometimes to the point where they would decide not to share the old content at all.

Disincentivizing users from sharing content is a problem for any social platform, and especially one for Snapchat which is now trying to keep up with the rapid growth of Instagram Stories.So this change should help increase the amount of old Memories that users decide to send to friends and post to their story, since they no longer have to worry about it looking ugly or uncool. While shared Memories will still have a small note at the top saying how old the image is, it’s much less intrusive than the border.

Notably, this doesn’t change how Snapchat handles photos shared from the camera roll.LEFT: How photos shared from the camera roll appear. RIGHT: How old Memories will now appear.T

he app will still treat Memories (images captured then saved from within Snapchat’s app) differently from camera roll images (images taken on a phone’s native camera app). So any image uploaded from the camera roll will still have a white border around the image.

So Snapchat users can only share old content without a border if they originally capture this content in Snapchat’s app.The change is essentially forcing users to choose which they value more — the ability to share old borderless images in Snapchat and have a good-looking story, or the ability to use their iPhone’s native camera app (which can capture higher-quality photos and videos with more features because it’s not relying on a public API).

It’s also another signal that Snap truly does see itself as a camera company, and wants to be the default app people open when they go to capture a photo or video.This differs from Instagram’s approach to old photos in Stories: The app lets you post any photo less than 24 hours old to your story without any ugly border or notation, regardless of where it was captured. This move has been well-received by users as it’s essentially the best of both worlds — you can use a native camera app while still sharing old content. And the 24-hour limit doesn’t really matter on Instagram Stories, because if you like an old image that much you’ll probably just post it as a regular old Instagram.

Source: Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories | TechCrunch

How to use OBS Studio to Record or Live Stream Second Life – StrawberrySingh.com

How to use OBS Studio to Record or Live Stream Second LifeFiled under  TECHNOLOGY, TUTORIALS, VIDEOS5I continue to get numerous questions about this so I thought I would do a detailed tutorial with a video so you guys can also get into Second Life vlogging and live streaming.Watch my video on YouTube for all the information: https://youtu.be/NLciu-Dt7Q4

Source: How to use OBS Studio to Record or Live Stream Second Life – StrawberrySingh.com

Adobe Adds New Essential Graphics Workflow to After Effects and Premiere – Studio Daily

Now, Motion Graphics Artists Can Set Up Templates with Elements That Can Be Easily Modified by Premiere Editors

Adobe updated its Creative Suite applications today with a workflow built around the new Essential Graphics panel in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

In After Effects, the Essential Graphics panel allows users to put the most important elements of a composition in one place, where they will be easier to update. Using a new Motion Graphics Template feature, the AE user can hand that composition off to a Premiere editor (via exporting it as a file or saving it to a shared Creative Cloud library), after specifying adjustment properties that should be available in Premiere such as text, color and opacity. That allows the editor to easily make adjustments to the composition without sending it back to AE for revisions.After Effects CC Essential Graphics panel

After opening the Essential Graphics panel in Premiere, the editor can easily change the color or background image used in a template, or can use controls to increment episode numbers, change graphics styles, or adjust the screen position and scale of elements. To help users get up to speed, 70 sample motion graphics templates will be installed with the new version of Creative Suite, Adobe Director of Video Product Management Bill Roberts said.The goal is to make it easier for Premiere users who have never dabbled in After Effects to adjust AE-style compositions without learning a whole new program. In order for the workflow to function, After Effects must be installed on the editor’s computer, but does not have to be licensed. “Premiere users without After Effects will be just fine using this,” said Adobe Senior Product Manager for Video Editing Patrick Palmer during a press briefing introducing the new workflow…..

Source: Adobe Adds New Essential Graphics Workflow to After Effects and Premiere – Studio Daily

Apple releases a bit of code to let you put Live Photos on your sites | TechCrunch

Apple’s Live Photos are fun — they’ve definitely captured a few unexpected magical moments for me that standard stills would’ve missed. But for the most part, they live on your phone and stay within the confines of your apps. Seeing them floating around the web, especially on a desktop browser, has always been something of a rarity.

Tumblr kicked down that wall a bit last year by adding Live Photos to its web version and releasing a tool to let others do the same. When it came to an official Apple-approved method, however, there was nothing to be found.

That quietly changed this morning, with Apple updating its developer portal with a new tool they’re calling LivePhotosKit. It’s a JavaScript API built specifically to bring Live Photo playback support to your sites.

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Art Talks @ the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show!

A new component to this year’s Spring 17 Art Show are Art Talks! These classes feature a variety of subjects, including SL photography, copyright and creative commons, how to market yourself as an artist and more! Below are speakers for these classes:

Strawberry Singh

Art Talk #1: Second Life Photography Tips
Presenter: Strawberry Singh
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 7 am slt
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/157/15/22

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Veruca Tammas

Art Talk #2: Copyright & Creative Commons
Presenter: Veruca Tammas
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 5 pm slt
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/157/15/22

Kaijah in red
Kaijah Chrome

Art Talk #3: Beginner & Intermediate Photography Class
Presenter: Kaijah Chrome
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 5pm slt
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/157/15/22

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.

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You can now save your Instagram Live streams to your camera roll | TechCrunch

One of the unique things about Instagram Live is that the video has always been disappearing. After your live stream is over the content is deleted forever – unlike Facebook Live or Periscope which save your video so audiences can view it after the fact.

Until now.

The company just announced that broadcasters will have the option to save live videos to their phone after they are done streaming. It’s pretty simple – when your stream ends you’ll see a save button in the upper right corner – you tap it and the video gets saved to your camera roll.

Notably, these live videos still won’t be saved on Instagram – so viewers should still feel an urgency to watch since it will still be their only chance to see the stream.

That being said, the fact that broadcasters will have the option to keep their stream should increase the occasions that people decide to go live. Previously users may have been hesitant to go live during an important moment (and instead record with their camera app or Snapchat) – because they know they’d lose that footage forever. Now users can get the best of both worlds – they can share interesting live content with their audience while still having the option to save it forever if it’s a special moment.

The update will roll out today for iOS and Android phones.

Source: You can now save your Instagram Live streams to your camera roll | TechCrunch

Photofocus | Make Facebook Display Your Photos in the Highest Quality!

If you’ve uploaded to Facebook, you may have noticed that Facebook does something funky with the pictures that you post. With 350+ million pictures being uploaded every day, it is no surprise that Facebook wants to save on bandwidth and costs.

The Problem

Photographers know that the images uploaded to Facebook tend to look like junk, especially after they’ve gone through hours of editing (or have spent money for someone to retouch their images). Even clients get a little crazy when the images they upload– those wonderful family pictures that they’ve received, turn out strange and degraded online.

Facebook resises your images when you upload them besides compressing them– which alone could typically kill the quality of images.

The Solution

Here’s the deal straight from Facebook’s Help Center:

We automatically resize and format your photos when you upload them to Facebook. To help make sure your photos appear in the highest possible quality, try these tips:

Resize your photo to one of the following supported sizes:

Regular photos: 720px, 960px or 2048px wide

Cover photos: 851px by 315px

To avoid compression when you upload your cover photo, make sure the file size is less than 100KB

Save your image as a JPEG with an sRGB color profile

Remember, you can batch resize in Lightroom with the File > Export command or choose File > Scripts > Image Processor to do the same in Photoshop.

Another option is to upload to an album in high quality.  This option is a little buried but works well.

Also, change your settings on Facebook Mobile, so that your photos are uploaded in HD by default.

Digging around on Facebook’s Help Center has revealed some good guidance. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been on there and I’m sure they’ve heard numerous complaints about image quality since then, so they maybe have updated it earlier to me finding it!

Try it out! See if Facebook’s tips work and let me know in the comments if you’ve noticed any difference at all in the quality.

Source: Photofocus | Make Facebook Display Your Photos in the Highest Quality!

Photofocus | Lr FAQ: How do I Backup my Lightroom Edits?

When you make edits in Lightroom, those changes are usually stored in your Lightroom catalog settings.  That’s useful right?  But not always.  What happens if the catalog is lost or damaged?  What about if you want to open a photo up in another application outside of Lightroom?  Well there’s an easy change to fix this.XMP to the RescueAdobe uses XMP or Extensible Metadata Platform to hold information about the file.  This is an open system and it makes your files more compatible with other apps.  It also means you pictures are backed up.

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Create photo frames using Photoshop – Miguel Campos

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Ten Photoshop Tricks You Might Not Know | Fstoppers

Photoshop is a sort of neverending story: just when you think you know all its features and tricks, you discover something new. This great video highlights ten such features you might not be aware of. Even if you’ve proficient with Photoshop, chances are there’s a more efficient or effective way to do some things that you might not have heard of. For example, I only learned about calculations in the last few years and have found them especially useful for dealing with complex selections of hair (my eternal nemesis). Further features like color decontaminate and rotating the clone stamp tool can simply make it easier to take full control of your work to achieve cleaner results in less time. For me personally, learning to use color LUTs has saved me a ton of time in my landscape work and has also increased the consistency between my images, an important aspect of developing a recognizable personal style. My favorite trick, though, was the hidden sharpening view, which makes it very easy to quickly see just how much sharpening you’re applying and to take more granular control of the process…

Source: Ten Photoshop Tricks You Might Not Know | Fstoppers

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:

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


Photofocus | Photoshop Tip: Save Time in Photoshop with the Image Processor Script

A quick way to resize several photos for a project is with Photoshop’s Image Processor script. It works very well when you need to convert several JPEG files to PSD or TIFF. It can also be used to process multiple Camera Raw files with the same setting. The greatest benefit is the ability to quickly size photos as part of the command.

Choose > File > Scripts > Image Processor.

Choose the images you want to process. You can use open images or navigate to a folder to select specific images.

Select a location to save the processed files. Click the radio button next to Select Folder, and then click the Select Folder button. Click the New Folder button and create a new folder on your media drive called Processed. Highlight the folder and click Choose.

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How to use Photoshop plugins in GIMP | TechRadar


Open source photo editor GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the best free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It offers

one-click tools and filters to give your pictures an instant boost, as well as advanced settings that give you full manual control over levels, curves, saturation, and much more.GIMP also comes with a superb set of user-created extensions, but you can make it even more powerful by installing plugins originally designed for Adobe Photoshop. There are several Photoshop plugin formats, including 8BF, 8BA, 8BI and 8LY, all of which should work fine in GIMP. Photoshop Actions (ATN files), however, are essentially macros that perform a series of operations automatically, and therefore aren’t compatible…

Source: How to use Photoshop plugins in GIMP | TechRadar

The best alternatives to Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is not as well-known as its eponymous cousin Photoshop, but it’s far from a niche application. Illustrator is a piece of vector graphics software that’s better suited for creating certain types of digital artwork than Photoshop, which works in raster images. Here’s a primer on when and why to use Illustrator – and its best alternatives, if you don’t want a monthly bill from Adobe.

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Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine with filters, lists & social sharing | TechCrunch

Finding free and legal images to accompany your web content has never been difficult, thanks to Creative Commons. The nonprofit organization offers copyright licenses that creators can use to share their work more broadly, while putting them in control of where and how their work can be used, how it should be attributed and more. Now the organization is making it easier to access this content with a new search engine, CC Search, launched into beta this morning.

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Understanding Lightroom Basics

Lightroom is to photo processing as Microsoft Word is to word processing. You use MS Word to read or edit a word document. It doesn’t store your document files inside Word—it stores your documents in a folder you select. You can take a document file and open it on a different computer that has the same version of MS Word installed.

Applying this Concept to LightroomHere’s how the “concept” of Word and Lightroom are similar. Simply put, Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer program. It allows the viewing, organizing and retouching of a large number of digital images. It does not store your photos inside the program. I need to repeat that again. It does not store your photos inside the program. Your photos are stored on your hard drive in a folder you selected—either using Lightroom to import them or your operating system’s file management. Just like Word, you can use Lightroom on another computer as long as you have the files you need—a catalog and the images.

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