As Promised…a Few NSFW Places

With the exception of the first listing, these are locations you don’t necessarily want the kids in the room to see them. They’re adult locations, but that doesn’t always mean they’re all about sex.

Safe:

LC’s World of Fashion – LC Photostudio.  It lists itself this way: streetwear gown dress formal shoe maternita boots free lingerie jewerly store foto latex leather mesh embarazo gravidez maternity pregnacy wedding applier Hair photo studio public Slink Belleza Maitreya free discount offers

And yes, there is indeed a free photo studio, where I took this selfie:


Not So Safe:

Sexy Nude Beach – The Original.  THE Beach in SL to meet others for chat, romance and flirt. Dance, windsurf, paraglide, boat drive or enjoy areas for private moments. nudity nude nudist beach love cuddle club palm plant tree hut pool furniture campfire outdoor beach nude beach tiki

ATWF – Among The WildFlowers.  ATWF – Among The WildFlowers – LOST COVE is an adult community sim – partly public with private spots for rentals. It also has a public nude beach.

Lesbian Island.  Naughty lesbian island,club for Ladies -dj party,lounge nude beach.Fitness Club Yoga Gym workout Massage Spa Sauna Bath beach surf toilet naturist surfing theater cinema porn bowling game lesbian club lesbica lesbiana, bdsm club sub miss pet fetish

Lesbian Island 2 Girls Jus Wanna Have Fun!!!   Awesome place for girls to gather together, make friends meet new ones, and relax and enjoy the company :)) if you need a nice place to chill or dance.

And finally, Mama Allpa Mainstore – *the* mating HUD system in SL.  The ultimate pregnancy experience. Yes, you can get pregnant and give birth in SL.

Safe Holidays!

That’s it for this week. Like a lot of you, I’ll be in a turkey coma for the next few days. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and don’t stuff yourselves (well, not too much, anyway!)

See you next week.

A Photographer is a Writer of Light

I got the idea for the title of this post from a quote I found about writing:

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The craft, art,  science, practice, or whatever else you wish to call it, of photography is all about light. Light’s a form of electromagnetic energy—one our bodies have evolved to sense and interpret.

We’ve also developed ways of recording light. We started with cave paintings, in which we recorded the results of successful hunts. Over time, we evolved our techniques for recording and enhancing images. The Italians discovered perspective in the 1500’s; it was a new technique for more accurately representing the 3-dimensional world on a 2-dimensional surface. Now, it’s something we all take for granted: from our viewpoint 500 years later, we can look back and say, “Well, duh! It’s so obvious! What took them so long?”

But now we’ve evolved our technology to the point where we can use chemicals and plastics to record light. Where once taking a scenic photograph involved carrying bulky and heavy equipment and supplies of chemicals and other materials, we can carry an entire photo lab in our back pockets.

I’m talking, of course, about mobile phones. In most areas of society today, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have one. Governmental agencies have set up programs where even the homeless can get free phones and calling plans. Rarer still is the mobile that isn’t capable of taking photographs. We have become a nation of people obsessed with taking pictures of ourselves—the infamous “selfie.” And I don’t use the word infamous lightly; far too many of us have become so addicted to capturing the moment that we don’t experience it. Our $800 mobile phones have become $19.95 Kodak Instamatics.

Let’s be honest: how many of those thousands of selfies you have will mean anything to you in a year? A decade?

“You hold in your hand a device with more computing power than the computers that got us to thee moon, and all you can do with it is throw birds at pigs and take pictures of cats!” –often misattributed to Neil Armstrong

Stepping Down From my Soapbox

Okay, that’s enough ranting and editorializing. Let’s get back to the topic at hand, shall we?

There are numerous web pages which offer classes designed to teach you how to get rich from your photography. Most of them charge hefty fees, leading me to conclude that the best way to get rich quick from photography is by selling on-line classes that profess to teach other people how to get rich from photography.

Today, for the very first time ever, I am going to share you my own class on how to get rich from photography. And since it’s you, I’m making this one-time, never-to-be-repeated offer for only $99.95 $49.95 $29.95 $19.95 ABSOLUTELY FREE! Sorry, but at this price, I can’t afford to throw in the Amazing Ginsu Knives. But the best part is you already have most of what you need to succeed. Are you ready? Here’s my guaranteed foolproof way to get rich from your photography:1

  • Read everything you can about photography. Pinterest is a good place to start. It covers more photographic topics than I can list here. If you’re looking for a place to start, try right here.
  • RYFM! (pronounced “riffim,” it’s a hold-over from the early days of computer tech support and means read your f***ing manual!”  You need to know the basics of how your camera works.
  • Your mobile usually doesn’t come with a manual, so try here, here, here, and here.
  • Read as much as you can about photography, especially the fields that interest you the most: fashion, portraits, still life, macro, etc.
  • When my first daughter was born, her grandmother gave us a copy of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care. On the inside cover she had written, “When in doubt, put down the book and pick up the child. The same holds true with photography: you learn by doing, so log off the computer and go take pictures!
  • Study your results. What went wrong? What went right? Back in the days of film (yes, I really am that old), I always carried a notebook with me in which I recorded the details of every picture: film, camera, location, lighting conditions, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc. Today’s DSLR cameras (and most smartphones as well) record all hat information for you, right down to the GPS coordinates of where you were. This information (EXIF, for Exchangeable Image File Format), will help you analyze what you did wrong or right. Learn from it.
  • Above all, take pictures! Photographic skills are like muscles:  they need to be exercised for them to develop.

( 1-There really is no guaranteed, sure-fire way)

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See? I told you I could write about something other than hair!

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Let’s Talk Photography in SL

Photography—or taking picture—in SL is just like taking pictures in Real Life (RL).

Except when it isn’t.

Let’s look at the very basics of RL photography:

  • Pick your subject
  • Compose your shot
  • Adjust for lighting conditions
  • Focus
  • Take the picture

Now let’s look at the basics in SL

  • Pick your subject
  • Compose the shot
  • Take the picture.

It’s a bit like the old Kodak® Instamatic™ days. Except in SL, you’re given the option of either saving your picture to your inventory (at $10L a shot), emailing it, or saving it to your hard drive. The latter option is what I recommend. That way, you can edit it and tweak it exactly how you want, before uploading it to SL (again, at $10L a picture).

A Problem Unique to SL

Depending on how you’re going to use the picture, the length vs height ratio comes into play. For your profile  pictures, both your 2d Life and 1st Life photos will display at a ratio close to 1:1—that is, they will be (mostly) square when displayed.

It’s when you want to use a picture for your Picks that things tend to go sideways. No matter what ratio the picture is in, SL will display it in a ratio of 16:9—which means you really need to edit the picture to that ratio.

Your 1st Life picture will always display as 1:1; that is, a true square.

Your 2nd Life picture displays—and looks best—at the ratio of ~4:3. But this is not a firm, fixed rule: if you use a 1:1 (square) format, your profile will still look great.

Like all other things computer, pictures are framed in multiples of 2: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc.

I’ve done extensive research on SL photography, and have discovered the optimum picture sizes:

  • Profile Pic: 168 x 126 (Use 512×384 or 256×192 for upload)
  • My Picks: 290 x 164 (Use 512×292 for upload)
  • 1st Life Pic 135×135 (Use 256×256 or 128×128 for upload.)
  • 2nd Life tab – ~4:3 (178×133 pixels)

Now for the Disclaimer

The above sizes are true for the Second Life viewer, versions 1 and 2. The latest version is 5. And while I’m sure nothing has changed, the ultimate proof of the pudding is in the tasting. In other words, try it out and see how it works.

(Ever wonder why we say “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”? It’s because we’re using “proof” in its meaning of test. Just as missile proving grounds really mean missile testing grounds.)

Further Resources

And that, my friends, is all the relevant information I could find on the official SL website.

Two great in-world resources are NCI Kuula and Caledon Oxbridge University, both of which offer tutorials on SL photography. Caledon has several levels of tutorials, depending on your interests.

In addition, there are hundreds of on-line tutorials besides the SL site. I’m not going to list them, because you know how to use search engines, and I’m not going to do all the work for you; you’ll never learn that way.

Until next time,

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