Saturday, July 20, 2019

LUMIPro Showcase July 2019!

Hello Everyone! As we speak MoMo is hard at work getting the studio ready for the LUMIPro Showcase! You guys submitted 400+ photos for the showcase. We are so excited! So here are the details for tomorrow... 

We are so thrilled to have this opportunity to feature so many amazing artists at one time! So dig in your closet and dress to impress (Whatever that means to you :D) We hope to see everyone there! Here is your ride!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

LUMIPro's Gallery Needs You!

Hey everybody! I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, you have to love that pesky real life. I was chatting with Stefan and Momo and we all decided the best way to get back in the swing of things is with a gallery show! It's exciting though because it's not just going to be one or two artists. It's going to be as many as we can manage! We would love to showcase many different styles and skill levels. 

If you would like to participate here are the guidelines:

  • Please don't forget to have your work displayed in the show you must be a LUMIPro user.
  • Use LUMIPro! We would love to see some of the amazing art you guys create with it.
  • Postprocessing such as Photoshop is welcome but not required.
  • Each person can submit up to five photos. We can't guarantee we will hang every single one, but we will do what we can. Please make sure each photo is downloadable.
  • We will only be accepting photos for the show until July 18, 2019. So hop to it! (Extended to the 19th)
  • Please submit your photos to LUMIPro's Contest Group, and also make sure they follow our content standards.

There is no theme so have fun with it! I can't wait to see what you come up with. Gallery shows like this have always been my favorite.

The show will take place on July 21, 2019 (time to be determined).

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact one of us in world. 

Until next time... Be brave, be bold, be creative, and happy shooting!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The First LUMIPro Spotlight In June!

*** She saunters into the room her hips swaying to the beat of the beach ball bouncing in her hands. As she heads for the desk her blue swimsuit sparkles in the light. She finally turns to you with a playful smile after putting down the beach ball and picking up a stack of photos. ***

Oh hey there! I am really glad you are here. All of this sunny weather has me inspired, and I thought it would be great to kick off the month of June with a LUMIPro Spotlight!



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These photos are just amazing! Congratulations to each of you! I always have to resist wanting to choose more. If you currently own LUMIPro be sure you post your photos in LUMIPro's Flickr Group. You never know when one of yours might be selected!

If you do not own LUMIPro, try a fully functioning demo at LUMIPro's World Headquarters

Thank you, everyone, for indulging me today! On a side note keep your eyes on the blog, we have exciting news about the gallery coming your way!

Once again congratulations spotlights! Until next time... Happy Shooting!

*** Leaning down and picking up her beach ball she runs to the door. Once there she stops and looks over her shoulder with a smile before leaving. ***

Thursday, April 18, 2019

LUMIPro's Photography and Art Gallery Features Roxi Richez!

Hello Everyone! I am excited to have LUMIPro's Gallery bring you the wonderful photography of Roxi Richez! She is an amazing artist who I know you guys are going to love. The show details will be below, but first I thought I would share her interview with you.

Sam: I am so excited to have the opportunity to not only interview a friend but an amazing as well! So first question… How did you hear about Second Life, and what got you started?

I was actually in an adult cam chat room back in the day when a friend of mine told me about this place he had found called Second Life. He said if you can think it you can do it so I made an account and logged in. I didn’t stay long the first time but gave it another try when he offered to show me around. Other than a break for some real life things going on I’ve been hooked ever since.

Sam: What are some of the things that you love about Second Life? What keeps you coming back?

There is so much here that I love. I love the people. I have made some of my best friends here in second life. I love the creativity I see everywhere. The builds, the clothes, the pictures, the sims. So much talent in one spot.

Sam: You are definitely one of my favorite photographers. What got you started?

I was bored one day looking for something to do and I walked into the Callie Cline store. There was a black and white photo on the wall that made me say oh damn I want to be able to do that. I wandered around some more to see what it would take to do that and my passion was born.

Sam: Why do you take photos? Are you trying to say something to the world?

Photos are how I relax. It’s also how I can express myself. It’s not so much telling the world something as much as it is sharing a bit of myself with others. Sometimes its easier to show a bit of yourself than to tell it.

Sam: When you decide you want to do a new photo what is your creative process like from start to finish?

I’ll be honest I never just decide I’m going to do a new photo. Something rings a bell in my head. A prop, an outfit, a song will get in there and it won’t leave me alone until I get it out. There is no telling where or when it will hit me, but when it does, it won’t leave me alone until I do. I let that simmer in my brain for a bit working out what I might like to do then I start putting things together. Outfits, backdrops, and poses. Each picture is different, so I go about it in different ways. 

Sam: What advice would you give to new photographers in Second Life?

Ask questions, find a mentor, join groups. Most of all find YOUR style. Don’t try to be what someone else thinks you should be. You will be much happier doing what you like. Oh and buy a Lumipro – it will save you tons of time.

Sam: Do you have any photography inspirations in either Second Life or Real Life?

There are so many amazing photographers in Second Life I can’t even begin to name them. In real life, I totally adore Luis Royo and his so very twisted talents.

Sam: So how about we talk about the hud that brought us together, LUMIPro! How did you hear about LUMIPro, and what made you decide to take the plunge and get the HUD?

Now, Sam, I’ve been in SL for a long long time and my memory isn’t that good. I don’t remember who told me about it, but I’ve always struggled with lighting and keeping poses in order. When I saw that Lumipro could keep my poses organized and that it would help me with lighting I was sold. All the other extras were lagniappe.

Sam: Do you have a favorite LUMIPro feature?

The lighting features would have to be my favorite followed closely by the posing.

Sam: If you could pick a new LUMIPro feature what would it be?

If by some chance they could incorporate something like anypose into it that would make me and a ton of other photographers happy as clams.

Sam: Thank you for indulging me and talking about LUMIPro. So tell me something else… Maybe share something our readers won’t know. What makes you who you are?

I’m a bit of an introvert and shy no matter what my pictures say. 

Sam: And last but not least what are your hopes for your future in Second Life?

I really just go with the flow when it comes to Second Life. Second life is for fun and relaxation. So I guess that would be my hope for my future to continue to have fun and grow in my hobby.

It was wonderful to sit down with Roxi. She is a great human being and an amazing artist. To see even more of her work check out Roxi's Flickr

The gallery show will take place Saturday, April 20th from 5-7PM SLT. DJ Pina Colada will be there to keep us all entertained. I hope to see everyone there!

Until next time... Be Bold, Be Creative, and Happy Shooting!



Friday, April 12, 2019

LUMIPro Spotlight!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous Friday, and for all those getting ready to do something for spring break I hope you have a great time. I thought I would start my spring break with a LUMIPro Spotlight!

So here we go... 

When I do a LUMIPro Spotlight I love seeing everyone's different perspectives and creativity. These photographers all did an amazing job! Congratulations you guys! If you would like the opportunity to be featured in a spotlight don't forget to share your photos in LUMIPro's Flickr Group. Just don't forget to make sure that you are a LUMIPro owner, and that your photo follows the guidelines of the group.

Also don't forget there is still time to go check out Kn0ck0uts Gallery Show before we move on to the next artist's. For all the details check out his interview here.

Well until next time... Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Creative, and Happy Shooting!

Friday, March 15, 2019

LUMIPro's Photography and Art Gallery Features Knocks Shadows!

Hello everybody! I am super excited to have LUMIPro's Gallery featuring its first artist of the year... Kn0cks Shadows! He is a wonderful artist, and we can't wait to share his work with you. I will include the details of the show below, but first I had the wonderful opportunity of sitting down with him for a chat.

Sam: I am so excited to have the opportunity to interview you! So first question… How did you hear about Second Life, and what got you started?

Hello Samantha, It’s definitely my pleasure, and thank you so much for the opportunity to interview with you. My real life wife convinced me to try Second Life back in 2007. She got me into roleplaying vampires. We finally decided after some years to take a different direction and we made new avatars and started over. Now we are living separate lives here in SL and even though we take breaks from time to time we keep coming back. SL is always evolving and so are we.

Sam: What are some of the things that you love about Second Life? What keeps you coming back?

Over the years there have been a lot of things I’ve loved about Second Life. I really enjoyed the role-playing for a long time. Then after we started fresh, I tried out new things….relationships, families, children, hosting in clubs and working as a stripper. Now though….what keeps me coming back is photography. I have a real love for it.

Sam: I used to love roleplay as well. I know you say that your photography is just a hobby but I think you’re amazing. What got you started?

Thank you, and yes, photography is my SL hobby, but I have real goals and aspirations with it. I got started taking snapshots pretty much the same as anyone else. I tried to capture good angles and lighting, but back then I didn’t know anything about graphic settings or windlights or photography tools. I just wanted to capture moments in SL. When I started seeing other residents incredible work I realized there was a lot more to it than just snapping a shot, and I decided to learn.

Sam: It is amazing how others can inspire us. Why do you take photos? Are you trying to say something to the world?

I take photos because I’m trying to say something to me. That I can accomplish something good and beautiful in this world. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I’ve finished a photo that I really like. All my photos originally were dark or black and white. People who knew me then pushed me to try lighter or more colorful photos. I struggled with that and still do because I have an affinity for darker richer colors or simply black and white. I work hard to try to keep my photos viewer friendly and not controversial but that doesn’t always work out. I struggle particularly with photos of women. I guess it’s harder for me to see the softer more feminine side. I do practice with it from time to time though.

Sam: That is wonderful! Black-and-white photos were always my favorite too.Do you have any photography inspirations in either Second Life or Real Life?

I am inspired every day I look at my Flickr feed and see the incredible photos of some that I follow. I also get inspired by real-life photos and sometimes make an effort to recreate that photo in SL. I haven’t done it that often and I really should do it more, because it really challenges you in so many ways.

Sam: What advice would you give to new photographers in Second Life?

Buy a LUMIPro first of all….it is my favorite photography tool and I’m always talking to people about it and how awesome it is. I never take a photo without it. Secondly, I would advise them to learn about graphics settings and windlights. They can make or break a photo. I would also advise them to watch the LUMIPro tutorials as they give tons of useful information. YouTube is another thing I would advise all new photographers to use. Pretty much anything you need to know about SL photography you can find there. I would also say, keep at it….don’t give up or get discouraged if things are not how you want them in the beginning. It takes time to learn….it’s taken me years to just get to where I’m at today…..and I’m still nowhere near the skill level I’d like to be….but I’m steadily learning.

Sam: So how about we talk about the hud that brought us together, LUMIPro! How did you hear about LUMIPro, and what made you decide to take the plunge and get the HUD?

My SL brother, Ambrosous Core, told me about it years ago. I used to ask him how he took the amazing photos he did and how he got the shadowing and lighting and he told me about LUMIPro. He suggested that I get it also. So I saved up for it and bought it.

Sam: I love The Old Bull, lol. I'm glad he was so persuasive Do you have a favorite LUMIPro feature?

I have two favorite features that I use every time… and poses. I like being able to have all of it in one tool instead of having to use a separate pose stand and light boxes. I also like the projector and use it from time to time.

Sam: If you could pick a new LUMIPro feature what would it be?

At this point in time, the one thing I struggle with when taking photos of other people, are their animations. Sometimes people don’t know how to turn off all head and body animations and it makes it a challenge for me to take the multiple shots that I do…...what I’d like to have is something that stops all animations on a model and still be able to keep them in a pose. I’m sure I’m asking for the impossible, but that’s the thing that I can see I need the most.

Sam: You never know what might be possible in the future! Thank you for indulging me and talking about one of my favorite things. So a little birdie told me you started a blog, and that there is some exciting news around that. Why don’t you tell us about it?

Yes, I did just recently start a blog. I have wanted to be a blogger for a long time, but I never met the typical requirements to blog for big name creators. They usually want you to have at least 1K followers on Flickr and have most of your photos get at least 100 favs… and also to have a blog site with a lot of traffic. So now I’ve gotten over the 1k followers' mark, and most of my photos get at least 100 favs. So the next step was for me to create a blog site and start blogging independently until I reached the mark for that as well. I’d like to thank all who support me now and hopefully will continue to support me as time goes on.
I recently won a guest blogger spot for the Neo Japan Event coming up in a couple weeks. I entered the Neo Japan photo contest a few months ago and placed well enough to get a guest blogger spot. I’m super excited about that!! One of the main administrators of the event is the creator of Gabriel, Takuya Jinn, as well as one of my favorite photographers, Hikaru Enimo. So I feel so honored to get to blog the event. I’m hoping that eventually, I’ll succeed in becoming a permanent blogger for Gabriel as well as a few other of my favorite creators. My blog site only has one entry at this time, a short introduction blog, but in a couple weeks, I’ll have my first “real” blog on there. I’d like to give a shout out to my friend China Doll who helped me find a blog site and pointers on how to set it up. Here’s the link to my blog…
I also post Before and After shots on my Facebook page. I like to do that to show people the original shot and the final photo and hope they see how much time and effort goes into making nice photos. When you just see the final shot there is no way to know just how much work was put into it. I’ve gotten feedback from friends saying they really like those posts. I am Andrew Estrada on Facebook in case anyone would like to see.
My Flickr link in case anyone is interested is…

Sam: So tell me something else… Maybe share something our readers won’t know. What makes you who you are?

Ok, here’s a short Bio of me….I’m 39 years old. I live in San Diego California. I am married in real life and will soon be celebrating our 19th anniversary….yes, I got married when I was 20 LOL.  I am a recovering heroin addict with almost 17 years clean now and former gang member. I used to be a substance abuse counselor, but now I am a case manager in behavioral health and work with disabled veterans. I live my life now to help and serve my community, instead of harming it. I am very dedicated to my real life wife and family. 
In SL, I’m currently single. I spend most of my SL time on photography, but I do make time to support my SL brother when he Dj’s and also to spend time with some friends clubbing or just hanging out. I don’t have an SL home anymore, I have a bare platform that I use for most of my photography. Even though I have many who tell me I should become a professional photographer in SL and make money on it….I disagree, because it’s something I really love to do and I don’t want to take the fun out of it by making it a business...not to mention I don’t feel confident when I do other peoples photos because I feel like I can’t be free to do what I’d like with them since they are not my avatars. I’m ok with making my avi’s face bloody or dirty or distorted, but most people wouldn’t appreciate that LOL …. So I keep it as my hobby and I don’t do photos for other people except for friends or family occasionally and I never charge them. I haven’t come to the decision that my work is worthy of a price tag.

Sam: thank you for being so honest and congratulations on a wonderful marriage and your sobriety! Last but not least what is in Kn0cks future?

Well that’s a tough’s really hard to say. I don’t try to look too much to the future...I try to stay in the present, live life one day at a time and stay humble. I do have goals and I’m working towards them and I hope one day I actually see some of them become reality. Personal life is another up in the air situation here in SL. At this time, I see myself staying single. Dating is a nice option, but no more relationships, at least not in the near future.

Thank you so much Samantha for inviting me to have a Gallery showing and for taking an interest in me and my work. I’ve been a dedicated LUMIPro user for a few years now and this is definitely an unexpected honor.

Kn0cks has been one of the humblest and kindest people I have had the pleasure of interviewing. I want to thank him for being so open with us! Now let's get to the details of this amazing show!

The gallery show will take place, Saturday, March 16 from 12 to 2 PM. We will have DJ Savage Samage there to keep you all entertained! I really hope to see everyone there!

Until next time... Be Bold, Be Creative, and Happy Shooting!

Monday, February 11, 2019

LUMIPro Spotlight!

*** She walks into the room her dress swooshing as her hips sway. Looking over her shoulder her sultry red lips break into a smile she ushers five men in suits carrying frames to follow her. As the men hangup each photo she turns her attention to you. ***

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fabulous February! My birthday is almost here, and I thought I would celebrate with a LUMIPro Spotlight. let's do this!


Congratulations to all those chosen as a spotlight! The talent in our group never ceases to amaze me. If you love the art that you see, and you would like to learn more about LUMIPro, try a full demo at our headquarters. You can also find us on the marketplace

Oh and for all of the current LUMIPro users don't forget about our ''He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not'' Gallery Show. You can find the details here.

Well until next time... Happy Shooting!

*** Getting up from her seat she slowly makes her way to the door. With a wink and a smile she turns out the light and exits. ***