“It all starts with a smile” Photography contest

We are so excited to announce our very first Photography contest at “It all starts with a smile.”


Everybody is invited!! ^^

~ Anyone who has a camera can join in on the fun! :)

~ Alex Bader, Froukje Hoorenbeek, Steven Dean & superjaix will be choosing the winners at the end of the competition.

* Winners can win 10.000L$ (1st place),
5.000L$ for the 2nd runner up and
3.000L$ for the 3rd. placer in cash (Sponsored kindly by Studio Skye)

& Dutchie, Essential Soul & XIAJ will provide storecredit/giftcards to the 1st place winner ♥

~ Pictures of the sim, that have already been uploaded on Flickr, can be used and added to the group in order to participate.

~ In order to join, please add your picture(s) in the Flickr group It All Starts With A Smile Photography contest.
– Please tag your pictue with “IASWAS”

~ Last day to submit your picture is on sunday the 30th of march 2014..

~ Winners will be announced in the first week of April!

~ Please observe the follwing:
* Each participant may only submit three photographs.
* Pictures HAVE to be taken at It all starts with a smile.
* The pic may contain avatars and doesn’t need to be just a landscape shot
* Editing your pictures in Photoshop or any other program isn’t required at all.
(a good raw shot will have just as much chance to win)
* And lastly no nudity, please be respectful

Come explore and have fun taking pictures!
Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Onyx%20Isle/89/140/22

Much love,

Maxxster & Kaelyn

Photography, useful tips

Hi lovelies!

I totally forgot to share this post here aswell! So better late than never! Have an amazing weekend!

While exploring the internet looking for inspiring pictures, I came across a RL photographers portfolio site.  On her site she mentioned some tips for  Fashion photography for those just starting out.

Now obviously RL photography is completely different from SL, but I think some of her tips and suggestions really do apply for SL photography too. So I figured I would share them.

1. Look & Learn

Look at images every day. Whether it’s photographs or paintings—looking, learning and observing are the key to creating an eye for arresting images. This will form the foundations of your aesthetics and style, from colour palette, lighting, framing, clothing, makeup to model choices.   I find myself checking Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr and some of my favorite photographers websites daily to feel a new flow of inspiration.

2. Simple is always best

Keep the setting and look, such as makeup and styling, clean and light. Grasp the skill of taking really good simple shots before getting more experimental and elaborate.

3. Light & shadows

Now there’s many tutorials written about SL shadows and windlights. I personally love the ones you can find here, I’m gonna share a screenshot of my settings when I take a picture. I use Firestorm viewer all the time, so if you’re used to another viewer it might look a little different but will come down to the same thing.

Good lighting, like everything else, comes with experience. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but play around with your settings and put together three to four different setups for different looks. To start, master just one light. This will help you go a long way. Always watch out for shadows when photographing. Our eyes catch on to highlights first, but unintended messy shadows can break a shot when reviewed later on. Train your eye to observe what you are shooting in its entirety.

4.  Clothes must be seen!

Fashion photography is about aesthetics and trends.

Fashion is about selling the latest season’s clothes and accessories. It’s about making people covet what the model is wearing. Are you shooting a picture that makes you want the clothes for yourself, for your best girlfriends or for your boyfriend?

As a general rule in fashion photography, make sure your lighting always accentuates the texture and beauty of the materials—the lustre of silk, the sheerness of chiffon, the sparkles in gems and precious stones. These details will heighten the beauty and quality of an image itself.

5. Be confident, be humble

Take advice and suggestions from others, but be confident of your vision.

Collaborate with people whom you respect and who respect you in return. Believe that no matter the circumstance, you will shine in the photograph because everybody sees the world differently, and is what will set your images apart from someone else’s.

Remember there is always room for reinvention and newness, and only with a humble attitude and belief for constant learning will you keep moving forward. Always stay true to yourself, always keep learning.

Tutorial #2 – Unlimited Undo’s

Kaelyn Alecto:

Another tutorial, since I never knew about this, I guess more of you might not know and it’s so useful! <3

Originally posted on PARLOUR:

This is something my bestie showed me a while back, and I never forgot it because its saved my ass more times than I can count.

Do you ever bop around on PS thinking things are fine, only to realize that 20+ steps ago you made a mistake that can’t be very easily fixed?!  Okay, so that’s sort of a wordy question, but I’m sure some of you can relate big time.  It gets frustrating, and in the past I’ve just completely deleted unfinished PSDs because of it.

The default number of History States you’re given is 20, which is ridiculous, but I’m going to show you how to change that to 1000!  So, technically, it isn’t really unlimited undo’s, but it’s a hell of a difference, and it’s crazy simple to do.

The first thing you need to do is go to your Edit > Preferences > Performance

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