Participate in Kultivate Magazine’s December 2017 Issue!

You can participate in our Kultivate December 2017 issue by either submitting an image for our end of year image photo essay or by submitting a second life prediction for 2018, a new years resolution, or a holiday recipe. To submit images: https://www.flickr.com/groups/kultivateartphotography/ and to submit the other items: https://goo.gl/forms/gQUnLGVHXtDIWbY93

Image Guidelines:

-All images have to be submitted via our flickr group (url above)

-All images must be of your own intellectual property

-All images must have been taken in 2017

-Images that are offensive, contain racial or illicit material will not be published

-Only pg/g or mature/moderate images are allowed

**The deadline to submit all items is December 1, 2017**

 

Kultivate Magazine-November 2017 Edition is Now Published!

Welcome to the November 2017 issue of Kultivate Magazine! This issue will feature The Edge Stylists as they celebrate their second year in existence, the Khodovarikha sim, Animesh in Second Life, the Aspen Fall Sim, the United State of Mind Exhibition, and a photo essay by Euridice Qork. Click the cover below to view the issue:

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Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge!

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Back for a 3rd straight year is the Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge! This event has a combined 5,000Ls prize total and is only for one week! Continue reading for guidelines and entry requirements:

Prizes (Winners will be announced on October 30, 2017 via Flickr messaging and in SL):
1st Place: 2,000L’s & image published on website and in Kultivate Magazine
2nd Place:  1,500L’s & image published on website
3rd Place: 1,000L’s & image published on website
4th Place: 500L’s & image published on website

Entry &  Contest Guidelines:
1. Entry is 100% free
2. To enter, teleport to the Scare Me Silly event (slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/149/136/23)
3. Take a photo of you at the event. Use your imagination (get in costume, show yourself scared silly, or scaring someone else!)
4. Upload your photo to our contest group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/kultivatephotochallenges
5. You are allowed to upload exactly ONE image to the group, so choose your best one
6. Images are reviewed before they show up in the photo pool, so please be patient
7. All images must be moderate or pg/g in rating, no adult images
8. All images must be 100% your intellectual property and taken by you
9. Editing in Photoshop or GIMP is fine
10. You must include the slurl of where you took the image in the Flickr description
11. You have until 1159 pm Flickr time on Friday, October 27, 2017 to enter your image. We will use the time stamps that are provided on Flickr.
12. By submitting an image to our Flickr group, you give us rights to publish the image if you win the contest.
Images that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted from the group.

Judging Criteria:
Your image will be judged on the quality, incorporation of the location, and creativity of the image.

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 10/5/17

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

[Too Good At Goodbyes]
Image by Ali lavarock
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Image by Twain Orfan
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Image by Ornella Batriani
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Image by Holly Portland
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Image by Lunaneska Blackheart

Kultivate Magazine’s October 2017 Issue is Now Available!

Welcome to the October 2017 edition of Kultivate Magazine! This issue will feature fractal artist Gem Preiz, the Max and Lyric fundraiser, the Universe Sim, the Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show, La Maison d’Aneli, Virtual Holland Art Gallery, and photo essays by Illyra Chardin (Monochrome Art), Wicca Merlin (wicked October inspired fashion), and The Edge Stylists present their looks for October. Click on the cover below to view the issue:

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Kultivate Images of the Day-10/3/17

Today’s images of the day are:

{Riverdale Series} Josie McCoy
Image by Ric Applewhyte
Life is about moments. Create them. Don't wait for them.
Image by Brian Werefox
War Teen Territory.
Image by Freekency Banx

 

La Rivera
Image by Gossamerstar

Where HaveYou Been
Image by Lanna Greenhoo

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

Kultivate Images of the Day-10/2/17

Below are the images of the day for 10/2/17:

Summers Wind_003
Image by Jeff Goodnight
Image by Carisa Franizzi
Lay me down...
Image by Clary Congrejo
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Image by Ramsa Luv

The Brilliance of a fall time sunset ...
Image by Tori Resident

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

Official Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show & Auction Press Release!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kultivate Magazine & Rock Your Rack’s Charity Art Show & Auction

Dates: September 30, 2017 to October 14, 2017

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Aftershock/68/129/23

Website: https://rockyourrack.wordpress.com/about/art-show-and-auction-by-kultivate-magazine/

Kultivate Magazine is pleased to have partnered with Rock Your Rack to create a special charity art show and auction! Rock Your Rack is the signature charity of the in world group, Model’s Giving Back. Rock Your Rack benefits The National Breast Cancer Foundation, which sponsors mammograms and breast cancer screenings for women and men.

Continue reading “Official Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show & Auction Press Release!”

Sunday @ 1pms lt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s September Exhibition Opening Event & Gallery Reopening!

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Join us this Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 1pm to 2pm slt for the September Exhibition Opening event and gallery reopening of Kultivate Select Gallery! The gallery has received a complete makeover and is now an outdoor gallery and venue! Kultivate Select is a themed gallery and this month’s theme is Fall has returned! Live performer Nina Bing will provide 1 hour of entertainment and the following artists are exhibiting:

Eucalyptus Carroll
emberdearheart Resident
Bri Graycloud
Veruca Tammas
Gwen Enchanted
ilyra chardin
retroye resident
CalystiaMoonShadow
John Brianna

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

**The dresscode for this event is casual**

Saturday @ 1pm slt-Windlight Art Gallery’s September & October Exhibition Opening!

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Join us this Saturday at the Windlight Art Gallery for the September & October Exhibition Opening event! The opening will take place from 1pm to 2pm slt. This event will feature the following artists:

Dakota Lavarock
Calystiamoonshadow Resident
Twain Orfan
Kodymeyers Resident
ChristianAyden Resident
Kamika81 Resident
Kit Boyd
Fafnir Kiranov
Sandi Benelli
Pam Astonia
BryneDarkley Cazalet
Slatan Dryke
Tiszo Cioc

The event will feature live music by Parker Static and the dress code is formal. Here is the slurl to the event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/59/133/26

Kultivate Magazine-September 17 Issue is Now Available!

The September 17 issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Avilion, one of Second Life’s longest roleplaying communities. We also have a virtual reality and Sansar update for you, a review of the Deciduous photography sim, coverage of the Art by Nature gallery, a glimpse of how you can have Savile Row male inspired fashions in Second Life, an end of summer photo essay, and coverage of the return of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Click the image below to view the issue.

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Last Day of The Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is the last day of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 1pm slt we have live performer Melenda Mikael for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists:  https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #7 @ The Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is day #7 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 1pm slt we have live performer Loreen Legion for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #6 @ The Black & White Exhibition

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Today is day #6 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer J Lively for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #5 At the Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is day #5 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer AM Forte for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #4 @ the Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is day #4 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer Dimivan Ludwig for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Black & White Exhibition- Day #3!

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Today is day #3 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer Lark Bowen for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Kultivate Images of the Day: 8/25/17

After a long hiatus, the Kultivate Images of the day have returned! Check out these 5 images:

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Image by Wicca Merlin
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Image by Twain Orfan
Ammos Home 2
Image by Cate Vogel
If I do not stick a sword I can not protect you. If I put a sword I can not hug you
Image by Wanted By Your Style
Reaching out
Image by Kit Boyd

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

SL Photography: The problem with profile photos

Kultivate contributor Myra Wildmist is back with a new tutorial! This time she discusses the problem with profile photos:

Do profile photos look stretched or compressed to you?

You’re not alone. There’s a good chance a large part of the Second Life (SL) community sees your profile photo wrong.

The problem is Firestorm (FS) – and probably some other third-party viewers – or rather the way Firestorm handles profiles.

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FS profile pic on left. Same pic as it appears in LL viewer

 

The problem: Linden Labs web profile photos use a different size and aspect ratio than the Firestorm profile photos.

Several years ago, Linden Labs (LL) revamped their profile system and went to web profiles. When they did they changed the default sizes of profile photos. Before transitioning to web profiles, profile photos were a weird size and a non-standard aspect ratio – 178×133 pixels, almost, but not quite, a 4:3 aspect ratio.

[Note: Using standard aspect ratios is super important for ease of use and ready sharing of images. You can read more about aspect ratios in this article.]

When LL went to web profiles, they changed the default size of profile photos to 300×300 pixels. 300×300 pixels has an aspect ratio of 1:1, a standard aspect ratio that lends itself easily to the SL default upload size for snapshots – 512×512 pixels, which is also a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Firestorm maintained the old, legacy profile and didn’t migrate entirely to web profiles. By default, Firestorm uses the legacy profiles which means your profile photo has to fit into the old legacy size of 178×133 if you want it to look nice on the Firestorm profile view.

The problem: Linden Labs viewer uses 300×300 pixels for its profile photos while Firestorm uses the legacy size of 178×133.

When you look at a profile pic made for LL profiles in an FS profile it will appear stretched out, but when you look at a profile pic made for FS in the Linden viewer it will appear compressed.

Why did Firestorm continue to use legacy profiles?

If this is an issue why did FS stick with the legacy profiles?

  • FS legacy profiles are faster. Web profiles take longer to load.
  • Web profiles sometimes fail to load, at all.
  • Legacy profiles are better organized and have a couple more features (e.g. online status) than web profiles.

Unfortunately, while there are good reasons to continue to use the legacy profiles, it does create this problem with the profile pictures.

It is impossible to take a profile photo that looks good on both LL and FS viewers.

Because of the difference in aspect ratios, LL profile photos will look bad in the FS viewer, and FS profile photos will look bad in the LL viewer. FS will stretch a profile photo that looks good in the LL viewer, while an image that looks good on FS will look squashed in the LL viewer.

Is there a solution?

Is there a solution to this discrepancy between the two most popular viewers?

The best solution would be for Firestorm to change the default size of the legacy profile pictures. The burden is really on Firestorm since the legacy profiles use a non-standard aspect ratio for their profile photos.

Aside from that, there’s not much you can do. You can use web profiles in FS (Avatar – Preferences – User Interface – check “Use web profiles by default”), but, as mentioned, they’re a little slower among other things.

What format should you use for your profile picture?

Should you use the Linden viewer dimensions or the Firestorm viewer dimensions for your profile photo?

This might seem like a dilemma, but it’s really not. Make your profile photos for the LL viewer.

Advantages of taking a profile photo that fits the LL viewer:

  • It’s a standard aspect ratio. You can easily use your profile photo elsewhere without it looking distorted.
  • More people use the LL viewer, so more people will see your profile photo correctly.
  • If an FS user wants to see your profile photo correctly, they can just click on it. That will bring up another window showing your photo in the 1:1 aspect ratio (This doesn’t work with your profile photo, though.).
  • You can easily use a SL snapshot without having to crop it to fit into the weird FS profile photo dimensions.

For these reasons, even if you use the FS viewer, use a 1:1 aspect ratio for your profile photos.


1:1 aspect ratios sizes. Some examples:

72×72 pixels, 300×300, 512×512, 1024×1024, 2048×2048, and so on. Just make a square.


Want to take better profile photos? Check out these other articles I wrote:

SL Photography: Taking your profile picture

SL Photography: 6 ways to take a great profile photo

 

Kultivate Magazine-August 2017 Issue Is Now Available!

The August 2017 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published!  This issue will feature Sansar via an excellent article by Inara Pey, three photo essays by Illyra Chardin, Sandi Benelli, and Wicca Merlin, a great article by Myra Wildmist on who is an artist, and commentary on the behavior of models in the Second Life fashion industry by Stav Gracemount. This issue also features an exhibition on Bryn Oh at the Serena Arts Center and a visit to the Marfa sim by Veruca Tammas. To round off things we have The Edge stylists who have presented a variety of Summer and fun fashions for you. Click on the cover below to view the issue:

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Sunday @ 1pm slt-Bailywick Gallery’s July & August Exhibition Opening!

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Join us tomorrow at 1pm slt for the grand opening of the July & August Exhibition at Bailywick Gallery!

This gallery features the black and white imagery from the following artists:

Solana Python

KodyMeyers Resident

Lulyboop Resident

GlitterPrincess Destiny

The dress code is formal and live performer Melenda Mikael will provide the entertainment!

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bailywick/121/93/21