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 –

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:



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:



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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Windlight Magazine June 2016 Issue is Now Available!


The June 2016 issue of Windlight Magazine is now available!

The June 2016 issue of Windlight Magazine features artist Silas Merlin, the current exhibit at Nitroglobus Art Gallery, Raglanshire Artwalk 2016, Meaulxe Bureaux, Summer Art, Paris Metro Couture Gallery, Sonatta Morales, MZTrey Ferrentino, The Edge Manifesto, Seashell Dench, Falbala Fairey, and The Artistry of Pageantry!

Contributors this issue include Inara Pey, Ilyra Chardin, Veruca Tammas, Eleseren Brianna, Stavros Gracemount, and John!

Very special thank you to Inara Pey for the cover image below! To view the issue simply click the cover below:


SL Photography: Putting your feet firmly on the ground

Windlight Contributor, Myra Wildmist is back with another SL Photography tip! This time she offer tips on how to keep your avatar’s feet on the ground when taking photos:

In Second Life, your feet don’t always touch the ground.

One of the more quirky features of SL is everything, including you, can pretty much ignore the laws of gravity at all times. In SL, your feet don’t so much touch the ground as they meet the ground. In fact, due to the variety of foot shapers – the little, red shoe icons in your wardrobe – most of the time, you’re walking around a little above the ground.

Strike a pose for a photo, and you’ll almost always be a floating bit off the ground. Add some shadows to your photo and it will be more apparent you’re hovering. No photographer wants that.

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SL Photography: Circle of confusion

Windlight Contributor, Myra Wildmist, is back with another tutorial. This time on the Circul of Confusion in the SL viewer:

We’re back into the weeds of Depth of Field, today, so get your photo geek hat on.

In my last post on Depth of Field, I talked about deep (sharper) and shallow (blurrier) DoF. In Phototools, you control the depth of your DoF with the f-number – smaller numbers give you more blur; higher numbers less.

But what if you want to have even more blur? What if a small f-number doesn’t give you as much blur as you like?

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SL Photography: How to copy a sim’s Windlight

Windlight Magazine Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with tips on how you can get a copy of a sim’s windlight settings:

It’s easy to copy a Windlight, but don’t forget its intellectual property.

Did you hear that?

That was the collective sob of thousands of Second Life photographers bemoaning the loss of a loved one: Last week, Furillen closed down.

Furillen was the creation of Serene Footman. It was a lovely, peaceful sim with wonderful, sometimes quirky, spots you could photograph over and over in a thousand different ways. And people did. Since Furillen opened, it was probably the most photographed sim in SL.

One of the more subtle elements of Furillen’s beauty was its Windlight. Serene created different Windlights for his sim providing lovely tones and wonderful shadows, beautifully complimenting the atmosphere.

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SL Photography: Derender and clear the clutter

Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another photography tip! This time she discusses the importance of derendering objects:

Second Life is full of junk: Pose balls are scattered about sims; dance balls hang overhead; signs block sight lines, detracting from the landscape; and platforms, skyboxes, and prims are everywhere, often just hanging in the sky.

It’s safe to say The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up probably isn’t high on the reading list of the average SL resident.

Granted, some of this stuff is needed – e.g. dance balls for dancing – but a lot of it is nothing more than clutter, people forgetting to pick up after themselves. And a lot of it detracts from your photos, junking up what would be a perfectly lovely scene.

Sadly, in SL you can’t play mom and pick up others trash. Wouldn’t that be nice?

That doesn’t mean you have to look at all that clutter, though, and you certainly don’t have to put up with it in your photos.

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Windlight Magazine May 2016 Issue Is Now Available!

This issue features Rebeca Bashly. This issue also features, Peace is a Choice Gallery, cabaret dancer Kat Feldragonne and Meshopotomia’s owner Reven Rosca. The Windlight Magazine Contributors have many articles for you also! Veruca Tammas brings you another voyage, this time at the Embryo Sim; Ilyra Chardin features artwork inspired by sea ports, Kamille Kamala interviews writer Netera Landar, and The Edge Editor in Chief, Eleseren Brianna has tips on how to style in the age of mesh. The Edge Contributor, Stavaros Gracemount makes his Windlight debut with a great article on male fashion, and to round off our fashion articles in this issue, we bring you a great interview with the new Miss Virtual LatinoAmerica 2016. Very special thank you to Inara Pey for her cover photo! Click the cover below to view the issue:

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SL Photography: Saving your camera position

Myra Wildmist is back with another SL Photography Tip:

Last week, I introduced depth of field, optical versus digital zoom, and using Alt+LMB (left mouse button) to set your focus point. All of these things affect your camera position and your camera view.

Setting up a photo in Second Life can take time, sometimes a lot of time; getting the camera angle and focus point just the way you want might take hours (Sometimes it takes me days.).

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