Sunday, June 14, 2015

You know You Love A Spotlight!

*** Walks into the newly remodeled sales carrying five large frames, laying them down on the desk, she selects one with a smile. ***

How is everyone doing? It has been while, so I thought it was time for a... LUMIPro Spotlight! I am so excited to show you all some great photos!

Dawn Hunt by Muse Paravane

Lady of the Garden by Wendz Tempest

The Tao of The Wobble by Eva Cross

Me and my Shadow by Arinarose Swords

Photographer by Cindy Starostin

These are some great photos! I get so excited to see all the great work in the Flickr group, keep sharing! There are many great things to come so keep your eyes open! 

Also don't forget the many ways to stay connected with us...
Find us in world!
Find us on marketplace!
Check out our Flickr group!
Check out our Koinup Group!
Follow us on Facebook!
Follow us on Google +!

Well until next... Happy shooting!

*** Gives a smile and a wave as she walks out of the sales gallery. ***

Friday, May 15, 2015

Don't Forget To Place Your Bids And Dance For A Good Cause!

***Stands at the start of the stone path surrounded by trees and holding a bidder's paddle and smiling.***

Oh hello everybody! I hope you guys have not forgotten about the art auction to benefit the Relay for Life. There are so many great art pieces you have to see it for your self! Here is a list of all the artists you can get a one of a kind piece from:

Addison Summerwind
Downboy
Johanness1977
Lily Summerwind-Solar
Lincoln Garnet
Pretty Pixels
Shakti Adored
Skip Staheli
Trav Summerwind-Solar
Twinklestarlight

Here is a peek at the walk of art:




Oh and that what is that on the end? I do not think it is art... It is a LUMIPro! Yep, we are auctioning a hud as well! If you are already own a LUMIPro you can give it to a friend. So if you have been looking for some great art for your house, or maybe a LUMIPro, now is a great time to bid and support a good cause.

Also do not forget about the pink ball it starts at 5PM SLT and ends when bidding closes at 7. So put on  your best pink formals and join us all tonight! All proceeds will benefit the Relay For Life. 

***Waves and skips along the path to place a few bids of her own.***

Here is your ride to the auction and pink ball

This event is sponsored by:



Saturday, May 9, 2015

LUMIPro and Obsession Exposed Gallery Give Back!

I wanted to talk with you guys about something that has touched both Stefan's life as well as mine... cancer. I think almost anyone in Second Life you meet has been touched by this horrible disease. Well we have decided, along with Obsession Exposed Gallery and Gardens, to give back! LUMIPro is excited to be co-sponsors to OES Art Auction and Pink Gala. Both events will benefit the Relay for Life of Second Life. To find out more I talked with the galleries head curator, Lily Summerwind-Solar.

I am super excited to be talking with Lily Summerwind-Solar. She is not only a LUMIPro enthusiast but the curator for Obsession Exposed Gallery and Gardens. We have a lot of exciting things to talk about so lets get started!

Lily I was so excited to see what you and Addison have created, not only does it display some amazing art, but it has some great spots to take photos. What inspired you guys to take this on?
Lily:Addison was on a homestead prior to the full sim and I was in a little neighborhood.  So we decided to join forces and got the full sim with attached homestead. Addison is a great landscaper and builder, and I just like to design things, so it’s been fun.  Basically the sim is designed with photographers in mind. There are tons of photo ops on the sim.

How long has the gallery been up and running?
Lily: We opened in December of 2014, I believe.  There was a gallery at the old homestead but this one is awesome. Much bigger and much more room to display work.

I hear that you guys have two events coming up can you tell me about them?
Lily: The first event is our Pink Ball to benefit Relay for Life Second Life.  It will be held on Friday May, 15 at 5pm slt. Everyone is welcome to put on their best in pink and come and join us for a night of dancing and fun and a really good cause.  The second is our Art Auction which should run in conjunction with the pink ball.  Addison will put the pieces out a week ahead of the Ball on the 15th on the sim so people can start their bids and bid all through the week. Some artists from around the grid have donated one of a kind pieces for us to auction off. This is also benefit for Relay of Life Second life.

How can others get involved in these events?
Lily: We post info on facebook and send out invitations. The event is also being promoted by our Team Captain, John, in Relay for Life.  Anyone is free to IM myself or Addison if they have questions concerning the events.

I think it is amazing the way you guys have decided to do something for charity, and LUMIPro is glad to be co-sponsoring, what made you guys decide to do this?
Lily: I think just about everyone is touched by cancer in some way or another. Be it a relative or family friend,  it affects us all.  We have a very special friend in Second Life who is fighting a battle now and it’s just a really good cause to be involved with. Great people, fun events, and knowing we’re doing what we can to help aid in stomping out this ugly disease.

Now that we have talked about the gallery what do you say we get to know you a little? How did you get involved in photography?
Lily: Easy one.  Addison.  :).  She’s been taking pics of me since I met her a year ago.  She has been a great source of inspiration for me and a great friend and mentor.  She even bought me my LUMIPro, which I have to say, I wouldn’t be without in Second Life now. I love this gadget so much.

What inspires you to take photos? Do you have any favorite artists?
Lily: I love colors and just random things I see as I’m traveling around the grid.  I don’t have any favorite artists,  I’m just inspired by all art in general.  I love seeing the point of view of different people and different perspectives on things.

Do you have any advice for anyone interested in trying their hand at photography?
Lily: Go for it. Just start snapping. It doesn’t matter where or what you’re shooting.  Just point and click away.  Before you know it,  you’ll be addicted to photography too. I would say once you become serious about it, invest in a LUMIPro, you won’t regret it.  It’s kind of act a bit like the flash on your real camera. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your photos.

What advice would you give to someone who says, “Oh my work is not good enough to share”?
Lily: I still say that about my own work, and I do get it a lot when I invite people to show in the gallery courtyard.  Never doubt your own abilities.  The gallery is based on the premise that everyone has a voice.  You don’t have to be taking pictures for a long time in Second Life to be good at it and to be noticed for the work you’re doing.  So just be confident.

Do you have any advice for anyone who might be interested in starting a gallery?
Lily: Well it would depend on what type of gallery someone wanted to start.  I would suggest starting with a small one, maybe displaying your own work for a little while then build from there.  Our gallery is huge and it’s a lot of work, keeps me busy but it’s so worth the end result  I am pleased every time we have an opening and looking forward to doing it all over again for the next month.

I know you are a LUMIPro lover, do you have a favorite feature?
Lily: I’m still learning tricks with it honestly but the eye gazer is cool, I love that I can move the projector around and get the right shadow that I’m looking for.  I love that I can adjust the amount of light I want and the amount of space I want to light up.  It’s just a really great little gadget.  I would also like to give a big thank you to artist Wheelerwood Oppewall for taking a few minutes of his time a little while ago to give me a lesson on the basics.  It helped me tremendously to understand how this device  and it’s features work.

What do you use your LUMIPro for the most?
Lily: I use it mostly for taking pics of myself or my boyfriend Es or anyone that asks me to take a picture of them specifically.  I’m still a very random snapper so I spend a lot of time wandering sims and just taking photos of random AVs that I see around so I don’t really bother them to ask if I can pass them a folder, although it may come soon lol.

Are there any features you would like to see in a future LUMIPro?
Lily: A spot light would be really cool so when landscaping, you could shine it out across the area you’re shooting and have it light up the whole place, although it may be equipped with something for this already and I just didn’t discover it yet .

What would you say to someone who was on the fence about purchasing LUMIPro?
Lily:  I would say for sure to jump off the fence and do it.  It’s well worth the investment, especially if you plan to take a lot of pictures in your Second Life. You wouldn’t try to take a picture in your real while in the dark….. would you?  :)  So yes,  by all means, Light it Up!  There is also a great support team to help you with questions you may have so honestly,  you can’t go wrong.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk with me. I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to the pink gala and auction. LUMIPro is happy to be taking part.
Lily: We are super excited and honored  to be working with LUMPro.  Thank you so much for your support of us and our gallery.  It has been a pleasure talking with you and I look forward to many more conversations with you at the sim. Looking forward to seeing you in your pretty pink at the Ball. I know you have tons of this color Sammie, winks.  
 
We had a great time be sure you guys check out both of these events! Oh and one thing Lily forgot to mention was that a LUMIPro will be up for auction as well! Don't worry if you are already an owner you can give it to a friend! So take a teleport and start the bidding!
Get your ride here.
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How About We Do A Spotlight!

***Walks into the salesroom a big smile on my face as five strapping men follow behind with large photos.***

Why hello again everyone! I thought since I have not bugged everyone in a while that I would of course... do a spotlight! Here we go!

 
Who Needs a Dress by Krystal Klear 

 Cafe Chic by Peep Sideshow Darkward

 Stargazer Close by Lily Summerwind-Solar

Prehistoric Lady_004 by Dorza Aeon 

 Never Keep a Lady Waiting by Rhiannan Michalski

What great photos! Congratulations to each of you! Before I go though I wanted to remind everyone that we are still looking for your ideas about tutorial videos and new features. Also we are still putting together a list of great places to take photos. If you have ideas for any of these just send me, SamoanHoneyPot, a note card in world. Also If you have purchased  LUMIPro and missed your group invite just send me a message. I am super excited to bring you some more great things this week so keep your eyes on the blog!

***With a smile and a wave she walks towards the door and dims the lights before turning to leave.***

Well until next time... Happy Shooting! 




Sunday, April 12, 2015

LUMIPro Spotlight!

*** Skips into the sales studio carrying a red velvet cake with four candles; sits it on the desk and turns with a smile. ***

Oh, hello everyone! Why did I bring a cake with four candles? Today is my rezday, and I thought I would celebrate with all of you in true LUMIPro fashion... with a spotlight!

 Untitled by Wheelerwood Oppewall

Arrival by Jaxx Larsson

She rules with an Iron Fist by Irina Strazytski

 So much onto you by Debbie Jasper

 Jeanne by Gregor & Pepper's SL Sideshow

 And the sun will shine by Ember Adored

I found some great photos in LUMIPro's Flickr Group on my rezday! As I reflect back on my four years in Second Life I feel truly blessed to have found photography and LUMIPro. To watch each of you grow in your art has been amazing. Remember photography just like Second Life is a journey... keep snapping photos! You all are awesome... Happy Shooting!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Something To Share!

Hello to all of our great users and well our non-users as well! Normally I start a blog post with sexy men carrying photos or jumping up and down excited about something, but not today, today I want to show you this...

                         

Stefan sent this to me earlier today and asked me if I could share it with you all. I loved it! I love the one about taking pictures of your food (lol). It makes you think doesn't it? Well there you have it, our contribution to your day, but before I let you go I need your help. I am working towards making the blog a more information filled resource for everyone, here is what I need from you.

What are some video tutorials related to LUMIPro or photography that you would like us to create?
Do you have favorite places that you like to take photos?
What are some features you would like to see in LUMIPro's next release?
Do you have any questions about LUMIPro you would like answered?

If you would like to share your thoughts just send me, Sammie Ansar (SamoanHoneyPot Resident), a note card. in Second Life. Stefan and I are both working really hard to not only bring you a great product but a great experience. Well until next time...
Happy Shooting!