An Exercise In Inspiration | Photofocus

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An interesting article on how to take a pretty mundane subject and make it more appealing.

I think that varying the angle of your shots is absolutely essential (and something I need to do more of myself).

Give it a try and show me how it turns out!

Source: An Exercise In Inspiration | Photofocus

“What’s that say?” | Photofocus

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An interesting point, and one that set builders should consider when including set pieces with words/text on them.

Source: “What’s that say?” | Photofocus

How to Get Started in the Second Life Art Scene – Part 2 | Windlight Magazine

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The second article in a series from Windlight Magazine on breaking into the Second Life art scene.

Source: How to Get Started in the Second Life Art Scene – Part 2 | Windlight Magazine

How to Get Started in the Second Life Art Scene-Part 1 | Windlight Magazine

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Ever wanted to know how to break into the art scene in Second Life?

Check out this first article in a series from Windlight Magazine on how to do it.

Source: How to Get Started in the Second Life Art Scene-Part 1 | Windlight Magazine

Create Your Own Signature Watermark as a Brush | Photofocus

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A quick post about how to make your signature a brush in Photoshop so you can easily add it to your images.

I did it, and it took all of about 5 minutes!

And since it’s a brush, you can do all sorts of things with it – pretty nifty. 😀

Source: Create Your Own Signature Watermark as a Brush | Photofocus

Dare to be Different

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Lately I’ve been seeing more and more people second-guessing themselves in SL.

People who feel they must live up to someone else’s expectations and desires.

Everyone has something of value to offer.


We all have our own needs, wants, and insecurities, and we bring those RL things with us into SL.

I firmly believe that everyone should do whatever makes them happy (as long as you’re not harming anyone else in the process).

In the dance community, as everywhere else, people are different.

Do you have an idea for a dance that seems a bit ‘off the wall’?

Do it!

Do you have a similar idea for a dance that someone else has already done?

Do it!

Do you have an idea for a dance that you really love, but think others will dislike?

Do it!

Don’t let others’ opinions and feelings drive what you do – in SL or RL.

I’ve talked to so many people who obviously feel on some level that they are not ‘good enough.’

We are all responsible for our own happiness, so don’t let other’s opinions affect how you feel.

Like dancing naked?

Do it!

Like using a million particle effects in a dance?

Do it!

It’s our differences that keep life interesting.

Are you doing something differently than I would have?

Of course.

That’s the point.

How boring would life be if we were all the same?

Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase | Team Diabetes of Second Life

This looks like an amazing and fun event!

Tons of fabulous artists and photographers from SL, lots of terrific merchants, and some great activities.

I’ve never seen a gingerbread house building contest before – it sounds fun!

Source: Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase | Team Diabetes of Second Life

FreeWee Ling at LEA27 – Tableau Vivant

I caught sight of this on the LEA Blog and was intrigued, so I wandered over to take a look.

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The installation is a stage set filled with statues in various poses.

According to the artist, “Tableau Vivant” is ultimately about gesture — capturing a dramatic moment — but a moment without context or meaning, freely interpreted by the viewer. While this is a static piece, there are options for the viewer to interact with it and to become a part of it. All of the figures are scripted with the pose animations, so viewers can replace any one of them with their own bodies.”

Well, I certainly couldn’t turn down an invitation like that, so I immediately began hopping around, trying out the various poses.  (Excuse my attire, I was working on a routine and was in too much of a hurry to change!)

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Who wouldn’t want to be front and center in their own little show?  The installation also includes some options so that you can really immerse yourself, changing the appearance of some things.  “Additionally, the staging can be altered by anyone in various ways using a central control panel at the front of the stage. Adjustments include:

— Lighting controls to set the color and/or ambient brightness of the lights.
— Lighting colors may optionally be set to change randomly at 5 second intervals.
— A particle shower emanating from the upper center figure can be toggled on or off.
— A solid color stage (background panel and floor) can be set to appear or disappear.
— The solid stage background can be moved forward to optionally cover the background scaffolding superstructure, giving a less complicated image.”

I tried turning off both the stage and floor, but I prefer the look with both of them on.  I did set the colors to random and left the particle effects on.

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Some of the poses were a little off for me (due to my shoes and my rather tall avi).  But I love interactive art, and this is definitely that.  I love how the random colors give each of the photos a different feel.

In discussing the inspiration for this piece, the artist said, “The conception of my tableau was also inspired by the choreography of Twyla Tharp. Tharp often has her dancers in close contact, climbing over and under each other. I was hoping to capture some of the gestural thrust and energy of her dancers, without being a literal interpretation of any particular piece. The foreground poses are based on sculptures by August Rodin.”

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I found this piece fascinating.  I could have spent hours there, hopping from pose to pose to pose, and discovering something new with each move.

I highly recommend visiting and trying this out for yourself.  It would be interesting to have a group of people visit and place themselves in various poses among the statues.


Transforming Objects with Puppet Warp [UP21] | Photofocus

An interesting tool in Photoshop I’ve never used before.

I shall have to do some playing around and see what mischief I can make with it. 😛

Source: Transforming Objects with Puppet Warp [UP21] | Photofocus

The Fair-use Myth ‹ Reader —

A photographer’s take on the idea of ‘Fair Use.’

Copyright infringement happens all the time in SL. And while you can assuage your guilt by saying, ‘I didn’t make any money from it,’ the fact is, whether you did or not does not matter.

If you used copyrighted material (whether it’s music, photos you got from the internet for background textures, or whatever) without getting permission – it’s copyright infringement.

Source: The Fair-use Myth ‹ Reader —