Photofocus | History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda

As photography evolved, one theme remained fairly constant in the public’s opinion: seeing is believing. People generally regarded photographic prints as evidence of truth and reality. Steadily becoming more mobile, photographers tended to photograph scenes of current events wide, because as much visual information as could be jammed into a photo, the better the photo was considered. A tight crop didn’t give the viewer nearly as much information to digest as a wide shot. It was believed there was more truth and accuracy in wider shots than close ups.

However, despite advances in technology, many photos still took multiple seconds to expose. This limited how much a photographer could successfully capture of live events, particularly ones involving lots of moving people such as war photography.

Up until the mid-1800’s war was something romanticized and fantasized about. Unless you had been to war,  you didn’t know what it looked like. Cameras offered a glimpse into what it was like and given the public’s opinion that photos = truth, many officials in power began to realize they had a great PR tool at their disposal. If they financed a photographer’s work, they could pay him to bring back images that support the views they’re trying to perpetuate. In short, photos were (and still are) a stellar part of propaganda machines.

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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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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.

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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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Spring Sensuality Exhibition Press Release!

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SPRING SENSUALITY EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE

DATES: May 5 to May 7, 2017

LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/162/156/3820

WEBSITE: https://kultivatemagazine.com/spring-sensuality-exhibition/

Kultivate Magazine is pleased to announce it’s first annual adult themed art exhibition: The Spring Sensuality Exhibition! This show will feature 3 days of sensual and adult themed art by over 30 artists and photographers in Second Life. The 3 days will feature live performers and a special Sunday Spring Sensual Ball.

Participating artists (in alphabetical order): artandsoul Constantine, Beatrice Serendipity, Booyakashaka Resident, Bri Graycloud, ByrneDarkly Cazalet, captainofmysoul, Catalina Staheli, Glitterprincess Destiny, Greg Paslong, Honey Bender Laperrier-Auer, Isis Desmoulins, JolieElle Parfort, Kacey Macbeth, Lanne Wise, Lucia Tophat, lulyboop, Lyekahgood Nighbor, Marcus Lefevre & Hikaru Enimo, Miele Tarantal, Myra Wildmist, Paradox Messmer, Pipit Peacedream, Ramsa Luv, Ricco Saenz, Slatan Dryke, Talligurl Resident, Timaaj Resident, Tintin Tuxing, Tisephone, Tiszo Cioc, Umshlanga Barbosa, Veruca Tammas, and wintergeist.

About Kultivate Magazine:
Kultivate Magazine is a publication about the cultural aspects of Second Life. The goal of Kultivate Magazine is to support art, culture, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine consists of the magazine, The Edge and The Edge Gallery, The Windlight Art Gallery, The Red Gallery, The Kultivate Bailywick Gallery, The Kultivate Select Gallery, Ristorante Ivanna, & The Tribute and Crown Pub. Kultivate Magazine is proud to be the media partner and primary sponsor of Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team for The American Diabetes Association

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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:

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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

A different Saint Tropez in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Hear or read the words “Saint-Tropez”, and the chances are your thoughts will turn to the French Riviera, blue Mediterranean waters, yachts and sun-kissed bodies. While there is a beach at Saint Tropez in Second Life, it’s probably not the kind you’re going to want to spend time visiting for a spot of sunbathing; nor is the boat lying next to it the kind of vessel which adds sleek lines and glittering decks to the scene.

Here, however, is something entirely different. A region with a very coastal feel to it as well it is a life style away from its physical world namesake. While it may have a little beach of its own, this is no Mediterranean playground with gleaming yachts and golden sands promising sun-bronzed looks. Which is not to say it is any the less interesting to visit. Rather the reverse: Siant Tropez has a defined look and feel of its own which make it an interesting curio to visit.

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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.

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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

 

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/5/17 to 3/9/17

Our images of the day from 3/5/17 to 3/9/17 are:

Pillar of Colors
Image by Tisephone Resident
In the shadows
Image by Kath Rise
All of our emotions are our babies. Treat them tenderly, care for them. Be with them. Understanding and compassion will ultimately transform them.
Image by Skippy Beresford
Dust in the Wind
Image by Kira Balestra
I Am Mine...
Image by Sophia

 

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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

 

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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: 2/17/17 to 2/21/17

Our images of the day from 2/17/17 to 2/2/17 are:

A fallen angel.....
Image by Fleur Imagines SL
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Image by Millionaire Reichmann
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Image by Jaggy
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Image by Tempest Rosca

Sunset on the Avenue des Champs Elysees


Image by Cassandra Smith

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/7/17 to 2/15/17

We have slipped behind with our images of the day, but for a good reason: The Kultivate Spring 17 Fashion Event! to make up for this slippage we are bringing you 9 images of the day:

Among the Roses
Image by Timaaj TJ
I don't fear the dead.
Image by Brian Werefox
Let yourself be enchanted in small ways
Image by Naria Panthar
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Image by Ramsa Love
Sommergewitter 4
Image by Slatan Dryke
Fly Down... We are Open!
Image by Mizaki cupcake Verlack
Image by Anouk Lefavre
The Carousel has Broken down
Image by Alex Avion

 

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Image by Finn Lawksley

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8th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Update 2; Last Year’s RL Red Carpet

Its that time again, the 8th annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest:

Around the Grid

OFPC teaser 2 Can you rock the red carpet and get your name into this envelope? You still have time.
For the first seven callers, we offer at no additional cost, fame, fortune and 15 minutes in the limelight!!!

This year’s entries for the OFPC can be described by an adjective a writer of my acquaintance used to refer to international mail in the 1970s and 1980s:  “lentitudinous.”  I can’t find a formal definition, even in Oxford, but I’ve always taken it to be a £50 way to say “sluggish.”  This point in the competition always drives me up the wall, and makes me start worrying that I’ll have a small pack to judge.  I’d rather have scads of entries than a mere handful.  That sends me off into the convoluted coils of Flickr, looking for evening gown shots that aren’t necessarily on theme, but might be contenders.

Please keep me from buying…

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/3/17 to 2/6/17

Below are our images of the day from 2/3/17 to 2/6/17:

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Image by Chelsea Chaplynski
1920`s New York Project
Image by Sugar Planer
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Image by Holly Portland
The Fool
Image by Kimeu Kamolla

 

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 1/31/17 to 2/2/17

Below are our images of the day for 1/31/17 to 2/2/17:

Cmon Tinny, NOW is not the time to talk about curtain colours for the bedroom
Image by Umshlanga Barbosa
Give Me Coffee!! Now!!!
Image by Sophia
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Image by Ryan Sixx

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 1/28/17 to 1/30/17

The images of the day from 1/28/17 to 1/30/17 are:

Whimberly  - Willow
Image by Atlan Bade
Neva River Bay
Image by Ornella Batriani-Lecker
Regulator
Image by PanAeon

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Working With Images – Site Title

Using Photoshop to edit your images is one of the simplest ways of doing so. However, it is worth considering the way you can make and save your changes. It is possible to edit your images directly to the original file – what is called destructive editing. Once you’ve done that and saved it, there’s no way back to the original image as it’s been saved over. It’s a good option whether you think you won’t need to make any further changes. How can you be sure of that, though? What if you or your clients change their minds? What if you make a mistake?

Since its version 3.0, Photoshop has offered the option of doing non-destructive editing (sometimes called NDE in short). This is the answer for your further changes! This method is possible due to the feature named layers. Instead of saving your edits directly to your original image, non-destructive editing allows you to save it in different layers from the original. Thus, both edited and original images are saved separately. Therefore, you and/or your clients are free to go back to the original image whenever you feel like doing.Experts say that working with non-destructive editing gives you more flexibility besides allowing you to keep the original image resolution intact. This method is not only adjustment layers, though. There are plenty of different ways in Photoshop it can be performed depending on the desired outcome of an image.

 

You can: duplicate the background layer (this will keep the adjustment layers intact. Letting you start afresh), use smart filters (letting you free to add filters to an image and undo them whenever you change your mind), use layer masks instead of the eraser tool (using a layer mask you can hide off parts of an image rather than using the eraser tool to permanently remove parts it), dodge and burn non-destructively (used to lighten and darken areas of an image), use the clone stamp non-destructively (used to remove bits and pieces you may not want in an image), to name a few.So far you can see many good reasons to use non-destructive adjustments. They can prevent you from start from scratch whenever you change your mind, or even make a mistake. Whether both a destructive and a non-destructive adjustment can lead you to the same results, which makes you wonder “when should I use destructive adjustments?”  This kind of adjustment (the destructive one) is very important if you want to keep your work unaltered whenever you work on a shared computer, for instance.

A raster image is created by using pixels in different colors to form it. While a vector image is formed by paths with vectors (mathematical formulas) which are responsible for telling the paths their shapes and colors they are bordered and filled by. The major difference between raster and vector images can be noticed whenever the images are enlarged. Whether a raster image is enlarged, it will lose quality and become blurry. However, when you enlarge (to any size) a vector image, it will keep the same appearance as before due to its mathematical formulas. There are many common raster file extensions (.jpg/.jpeg, .png, .gif, .tiff, .bmp, .exif, .raw, and .webp) and vector file extensions (.ai, .eps, .svg, .vml, and .cgm)….

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