Saturday, December 28, 2019

Thank You Everyone!

The entire LUMIPro team and I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has supported LUMIPro throughout 2019 and years past. We could not do this without the amazing people in our community! 

We had a wonderful time at LUMIPro's Holiday event this year. Thank you to everyone who joined us! If you would like to see some of our favorite photos from 2019 go check out the party venue. 

I also wanted to share the contest winners with everyone...

 First Place: Winter Tears by Crys

2nd Place: Ski Trip by Melody

3rd Place: It's Cold Night by Lila

Honorable Mention: Cin Xmas 008 by Cindy  

Honorable Mention: Merry Christmas by Ariella

Honorable Mention: Tis The Season To Be Jolly by Astrellita

They all did an amazing job! Do not forget to contact Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet(SamoanHoneyPot) in world to collect your prize!

Also if Santa didn't bring you a LUMIPro for the holidays there is still time to get one! To learn more about what LUMIPro can offer check out this blog post.

Friday, December 20, 2019

LUMIPro's Holiday Party & Giveaway Is Here!

Hello LUMI-Lovers! We are working hard to get all the finishing touches for Sunday's big event! So this is going to be a ''drive-by'' blog post with all the important details for not only the party but the contest! 

First the contest...

When I first decided to host the contest I couldn't decide on the number of winners or prizes... Well, I finally did! 

1ST Place will win 3,000 lindens!
2ND Place will win 2,000 lindens!
3RD Place will win 1,000 lindens!
Honorable mentions will also win gift cards!

We extended the deadline for the contest to 11:59PM SLT on the 20th. There is still time to enter! For all the details check out this blog post.

Now onto the big event!

The party is Sunday, December 22nd starting at 6PM SLT! 
DJ Pina Colanda will be spinning some amazing tunes for us!
Come dressed to impress or in your favorite holiday attire.
We will be having a flashmob gallery! If you have specific photos you would like to include please send up to 4 on a notecard full perm with the aspect ratios of each photo on the card. Each person can submit up to 4 photos. Please put them all on a single notecard with your full name, and submit them to Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet (SamoanHoneypot) by 10AM SLT on the 22nd. The LUMIPro Team will also be picking some of our favorites!

BUT WAIT... There's more!

We will be giving away a gift card to a random winner every 15 minutes from some amazing creators! Here they are:


We are so excited to celebrate the holidays and great photography with you! Bring the whole family! (Sorry no child avatars due to NSFW artwork) The land will open right before the party. I hope to see you all there!

Here is your ride!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Tis The Season....

*** She walks into the room carrying boxes filled to the brim with decorations. As she sits a box on the desk a Christmas bauble rolls to the floor and she nudges it under the desk with her red heel. With a smile, she turns her attention to you. *** 

Well, I only dropped one! My favorite time of year is upon us... To celebrate I thought we could do a photo/advertisement contest! Heres how it will work...

All people who submit entries MUST be LUMIPro owners.
All work submitted MUST use LUMIPro. 
Photo editing is not required, but it is encouraged! 
Contestants can submit an unlimited number of entries.
 All entries must be submitted to the LUMIPro Contest Group by December 18th. (Extended through the 20th)
The subject matter of entries needs to be holiday or winter season related.
Please make sure that entries are downloadable from Flickr. 

I love our holiday contest during the Christmas season the most! I can not wait to see what everyone comes up with! 

What about the prizes you ask? Well, to be honest, you guys always come up with so many wonderful entries I cannot decide how many winners to have. I can tell you there will be lindens and gift cards up for grabs if your photo is chosen!

Oh, and I have one more announcement! We will be having a big winter extravaganza on December 22nd! There will be great music, giveaways, and of course a flash mob gallery! More details will be coming soon so get out those cameras and save the date!

Well, there is a lot of work to be done so until next time... Happy Shooting!

*** Shooing you out with a wink she turns her attention to the decorations. ***

Saturday, November 16, 2019

LUMIPro's Gallery Features Tiya Aura!

Good morning LUMIPro enthusiasts! Today we are excited to bring you s gallery show featuring the work of the amazing Tiya Aura. The show will be today (the 16th) at 1 PM. While we all wait I had the pleasure of sitting down with her for an interview...

I am so excited to have the opportunity to interview such an amazing artist! So first question… How did you hear about Second Life, and what got you started? Tiya: I was watching a TV show many years ago. While watching it, I was amazed at how these people, who were playing the game took it so real. I got talking to my friend about it and just for fun, we decided to try it. I guess like everyone else who plays Second Life we got addicted the first day on it. What are some of the things that you love about Second Life? What keeps you coming back? Tiya: I was a massive horse breeder and an auctioneer. Designing great horses and selling them was such a buzz I was totally addicted and made great Money. Meeting some amazing people also was fantastic, even though I don’t Breed horses anymore I still have all the friends I met while doing it.


I love your work. What got you started in photography? Tiya: I had some friends who would ask me to do profile pictures for them. Then some other friends said try Flickr. I had never heard of it. So I took a look and was amazed at all the artist that did great artwork I was blown away and thought I need to learn this and so I did ( Best thing I’ve done so far in Second Life ) I have always said that photography is a journey it is not about being the best, but about where you are going. Why do you take photos? Are you trying to say something to the world? Tiya: Hard question to answer, I guess it’s the love of what you can do with the lights and your avatar and seeing the finished picture. As you know some pictures can take hours, you have to fix your fingers, fix your face, body limbs, etc. For me, it’s relaxing and it makes me feel good creating something that other people love, also it makes you feel good and there isn’t a better feeling than that.



When you decide you want to do a new photo what is your creative process like from start to finish? Tiya: Oh, this is easy ( I am laughing here ) I go shopping and see something I like. Usually, the moment I see it, I get an idea for a picture... I see a finished picture in my head so I have to get the pose correct do my lights, a certain way. I think most of us do this. Something just clicks in your head. I think I am lucky because I am an artist in RL so it's easier for me to know what I wish the finished picture to be. They don’t always work lol What advice would you give to new photographers in Second Life? Tiya: Buy LUMIPro !!!!!!! I am glad you love it as much as I do! Do you have any photography inspirations in either Second Life or Real Life?
Tiya: No, but I did mention I am an artist in RL, which is why I love doing pictures In SL. To me, it is an extension of my RL I draw sensual couple pictures and I do portraits. So to be able to alter your avatar into a sensual position or do a great face shot is awesome to me.



I would love to see some of your real-life work sometime! 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?
Tiya: My friends were using the LUMIPro while taking pictures ( I was watching them) I was like wow how are you doing all that ( lights etc) so they explained all about the LUMIpro. I was very lucky because a great person I know then went and bought me one for a gift, he had to then teach me how to use it, poor guy, lol A teacher is definitely helpful. Do you have a favorite LUMIPro feature?
Tiya: I love you have poses built-in, that's awesome and I love using the projector and the lights. There is so much you can do with the lights, it’s great fun to play around with. If you could pick a new LUMIPro feature what would it be?
Tiya: I would love it if you could fix your hands and body and face via the hud, instead of having to have a different hud on fixing poses. But apart from that, I think it's Perfecto.



So tell me something else… Maybe share something our readers won’t know. What makes you who you are?
Tiya: Well I am called Brat in SL, and I earned that name lol My friends say I am driven, outspoken and I don't give a crap about what I say, which is correct because I don't lol If you don't want the truth, don't ask me a question, because you may not like my answer. I am very honest and I love nothing more than to help people. I am just me, I've nothing hidden I am an open book... I love nothing more than laughing :) Last but not least, what are your hopes for your future in Second Life?
Tiya: I hope every picture I take gets better and better. There are some stunning artists out there and my hopes are that one day I will reach the level that they are at. I still have a long way to go, but hell I am enjoying the journey.


I had a wonderful time interviewing Tiya! I hope to see you all at her show today at 1PM. You will not want to miss it!


Here is your ride!


Monday, October 21, 2019

LUMIPro's Spooky Winners Chosen!

Hello to all the LUMI-enthusiasts out there! I want to thank not only the amazing photographers who submitted their work but everyone who came to the party. We had a great time! I wanted to take a moment and share the contest winners with you all here on the blog...

1st Place - Forever 21 Prize: 5,000 Linden

2nd Place - Rhys Prize: 3,000 Linden

3rd Place - Astrellita Prize: 2,000 Linden

3rd Place - Kaylahny Prize: 2,000 Linden

Honorable Mention - Lestat

Honorable Mention - Kn0ck 0ut

The winners for this contest were chosen by 3 anonymous judges. We had so many amazing entries they picked two 3rd place winners as well as honorable mentions! Amazing job everyone, and congratulations winners! 

To collect your prizes contact me, Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet in Second Life.

If you didn't get a chance to stop by the party you can still check out all the spooktastic on display at LUMIPro's World Headquarters (2nd Floor).

Until next time... I hope everyone has a spooky and safe Halloween!



Monday, October 7, 2019

And We Have Landscapes!

Hello, all you LUMIPro enthusiasts! I want to apologize for not getting the favorites for the theme of the week out this weekend. Real-life had me by the horns! So let's not delay any longer...





These are just gorgeous! I would love to grab a glass of wine and visit each one of these places. Congratulations you two!

With everyone being so busy with the holidays I have decided to suspend the theme of the week for now. (I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to focus on the Halloween Contest.)

For all the details on the Halloween Contest check this blog post. I really hope everyone will participate, there are some great prizes! 

Well until next time... Happy Shooting!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

This Is Halloween... Halloween...

Witches, Goblins, and Ghouls... OH MY! With fall upon us Halloween is here, and to celebrate we thought it was time for another mixed gallery!


Just submit your Halloween themed photo with #Halloween2019 as a part of the title to LUMIPro's Flickr Group. You are allowed to submit as many photos as you like. You must be a LUMIPro owner and use the HUD in your photo. The deadline is extended to October 16th! I cannot wait to see what you all come up with! 

Details for the date and time of the gallery show will be announced. Oh but wait theres more...

A PHOTO CONTEST!

A team of judges will pick their top 3 favorites!

1ST Prize = 5,000 lindens!
2ND Prize = 3,000 lindens!
3RD Prize = 2,000 lindens!

So get spooky, get creative, and happy shooting!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Good and Evil Favorites Picked!

Hello Everyone! Well, we had an awesome response to our last theme: Good and Evil! Let me show you some of my favorites, and then I will announce the next theme. Here we go... 





They did such a wonderful job. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated! Our next theme is...

LANDSCAPES!

To participate in LUMIPro's Theme of the Week just submit your themed photos to LUMIPro's Flickr Group. Be sure you also include LUMIProThemeWeek4 in your title. (This helps us when we search for them.) We accept entries until Saturday at 12 AM each week.

I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with! We have some exciting things happening in October so keep your eyes open!

Well until next time... Happy Shooting!


Sunday, September 22, 2019

LUMIPro's New Theme Of The Week!

Hey, there all you lovely LUMI-users! I was so excited to see that we had a lot more participation in this last theme of the week! I cannot wait for you guys to see some of the favorites. Let's do it... 






Everyone did such a wonderful job it was so hard to choose! Congratulations everyone! As everyone knows LUMIPro Theme Of The Week is fairly new so we are still working out all the kinks. This week when you title your photos please include LUMIProThemeWeek3. The number will help us keep track of the week we are on!

So now for the fun part, a new theme...

GOOD AND EVIL!

Do not forget photos need to be posted in the LUMIPro Flickr Group, not the contest group. I am so excited to see what everyone does with this theme!

Until next time... Happy Shooting!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Theme Of The Week!

Hello, my lovelies! We had our very first them of the week this last week with, ''A Little Bit Of Magic'' Since it was our first theme I thought I would everyone a bit more time, but I am ready to share a few of my favorites with you all. Here we go...




These photos are wonderful! I want to thank everyone who took time to participate in this theme of the week. So now for the new theme...

BLACK AND WHITE!

It seemed like people were struggling a bit with tagging photos so I thought I would try having people add LUMIProThemeWeek to their photo title. 

So to take part in this weeks theme add your photos to LUMIPro's Flickr Group, put LUMIProThemeWeek in your title, and don't forget to use LUMIPro!

We will stop taking entries on Friday, and we will announce our favorites with a new theme on Saturday. 

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Until next time... Happy Shooting!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Announcing LUMIPro's Theme Of The Week!

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I hope you all have had an amazing week thus far. I thought we could start the week off with something fun. This idea was brought to us by one of you, Scarlett Rhea! As we all know sometimes it can be hard to find inspiration for that next picture. So to help we are bringing LUMIPro's Theme Of The Week! Here's how it will work:

Each Friday we will announce a new theme. If we have had a theme the previous week we will share some of our favorites with you as well. This isn't about prizes or anything just inspiration and fun! If you would like to participate in the theme of the week just add your photo to LUMIPro's Flickr Group with the LUMIProThemeWeek (If you need help with how to tag a photo just ask.) Oh and don't forget to use LUMIPro in your pictures!

See simple! So here is our first theme:

A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC!

If you guys have ideas for themes just message me in Second Life, Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet (samoanhoneypot). I can not wait to see what you guys come up with! If this is something everyone seems to enjoy we will keep it going.

Well until next time... Happy Shooting!

Monday, August 26, 2019

What Can LUMIPro Offer You?!

Hello everyone! So last night I was hanging out with a friend, and they wanted to know more about LUMIPro. This got me to thinking maybe it was time I share with all of you, who haven't taken the plunge, what LUMIPro can offer...

LUMIPro is a professional grade lighting tool and yet easy to start using the day you buy it.

- Fine control of lighting and shadows
- Ability to pose yourself and/or all your models and groups as large as 10
- Ability to save your scene lighting, camera, pose, and eye position and restore it on another day, even with different models
- Create and save your own favorite colors
- Shoot anywhere without rez even on no-script sims.  Great for product designers and bloggers
- Hold 100s of your own purchased or created animation or use over 200 animations and exclusive mocaps from some of the grid’s best designers
- Updates are always FREE for life



Since I purchased my LUMIPro in 2013 I have seen some amazing work created by various artists. I am always in awe of the work people create using LUMIPro. Let me share just a couple...




These photos barely scratch the surface of what LUMIPro users have created. To see more check out the LUMIPro Flickr Group. You can also find us on Marketplace. Here are some of the reviews you will find...

UMIPro Above and Beyond.
Posted August 06, 2019 by Anjelica Andel 5 stars

So, I have been on SL for almost as long as SL has been around. I have always loved taking pictures as a way to document my life in SL. I have gotten into blogging. I used wind lights, local lights and self made projectors. I found it annoying having to adjust and add multiple projectors, make them bigger/smaller. Getting a butterfly effect on mine or others faces was hard, You had to adjust each small projector just right on each person in a group photo. I got fet up and took to MP. I found LUMIPro. There was the answer to all of My problems. I watched all of the videos the team has. Not only can I use the LUMIPro for myself. I can use it with other people, group photos, items to add to my wardrobe but even locking and making the projector invisible for around my land. You do not even have to have rez rights. You can just wear the included lights and projector right onto your avi and work the HUD as normal, on top of that you can give them to anyone and work it from the HUD. very minimal adjusting and again right from the HUD. I use this daily and would never give it up. The staff are amazing and very helpful and always there to assist you with any questions you have. You will not be disappointed. Well work every last Linden!

Well worth the money!
Posted July 11, 2019 by MeganOspanky 5 stars

I recently received the Lumipro hud as a gift. I had been putting off buying it because it looks so complicated to use. After watching the video listed at the bottom of hud's MP page I found out exactly how wrong I was. It's so simple and now my pictures look better. Thank you to Stefan Buscaylet for making it and thank you to Lucky for buying it for me!

Excelent
Posted May 31, 2019 by DwightLewis 5 stars

To be honest the quality of my photographs has increased exponentially since I have Lumi Pro, I never thought I could make good pictures, but with this wonderful HUD I feel more and more happy to have it. It is a great investment.



If you still want to why not try a fully functioning demo at LUMIPro's World Headquarters? If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet in Second Life.

Oh and don't forget you can check out our gallery artist Immylicious there as well!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

LUMIPro's Gallery Features Immylicious Vicious!

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with the very talented Immylicious Vicious. She is going to be LUMIPro's next featured artist! Her show is scheduled for Monday, August 19th at 7PM SLT. I hope everyone will come to check out her amazing work, but while you wat here is her interview...

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

Immy: I heard about it through a co-worker/friend about 10 years ago.  They helped me set up my first avi and took me to hubs where people would chat and hang out.  I actually got frustrated right away because I had no idea what I was doing with my avi and where to go and what else to do, so I  quit right away.  Then something happened to me in RL that made me not want to really socialize in the RL much, so I picked it back up again because I am definitely a social butterfly.

I remember when I first started I think we all have experienced that frustration. What are some of the things that you love about Second Life? What keeps you coming back?  

Immy: The first thing I fell in love with in Second Life was the music scene.  I had no clue there were dance clubs here, and when someone tp’d me to one I was floored.  I never left the rock club scene.  In fact, I also DJ.  Music is definitely my first and last love.


You DJ as well? I would love to catch a set sometime! You are definitely one of my favorite photographers. I love your work. What got you started?  

Immy: Well I was inspired by many photographers I had been seeing already doing amazing work about 1.5 years ago.  The first person I can remember noticing their photos was my bro, Dar.  He gave me pointers to get me started and I started to follow the work of so many other wonderful photographers. I actually feel so odd being chosen for a gallery with so many other amazing artists out there that are hundreds of times better than I am.

I have always said photography is a journey it is not about being the best, but about where you are going. Why do you take photos? Are you trying to say something to the world?
  
Immy: It really started as an outlet for my anxiety and stress.  It still is, but I feel I have less stress and more happy in my life and now I just strive to learn new things and keep improving my work. If there’s any message to the world in my photos, is that if you keep trying and practicing you can improve.


I love that! When you decide you want to do a new photo what is your creative process like from start to finish?

Immy: It happens in several different ways really.  I could hear a song lyric and spin-off of that, see a meme somewhere and spin-off that, etc.  The long way would be thinking of an emotion or situation I’m going through at the moment, trying to find or even make the pose, of course, add the lighting, change graphics and look for the perfect windlight.  After all that is to my liking I save and of course, upload it into my editor.  And as far as editing goes, I really just play around with things.  I have watched a few tutorials on youtube for help and other artsy ideas, but I really learn best by doing.  Also, I don’t even use Photoshop, I use Polarr which nobody else seems to use.  Uploading to Flickr can be a challenge as well sometimes, finding the perfect title and maybe a song or poem to pair with it.  The more I’ve learned, the longer the process is.  Unless I’m lucky.  My best photo with the most favs on Flickr literally took me five minutes!

I will have to try that program. I always like to learn new things. What advice would you give to new photographers in Second Life?  

Immy: Try everything.  I love seeing and learning new techniques and things to try.  Right now I’m in love with overlays for example.  Who knows what I’ll find tomorrow.  I don’t know about everyone else, but when I look at someone’s portfolio I like to see it all.  


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

Immy: My amazing partner, Ajax, and music.

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? 

Immy: Well, I would notice in situations my avi was not as visible as I liked.  I would ask my brother, Dar for his input and he told me about this amazing gadget.  I saved up some linden from DJing and was able to purchase it shortly after. 


I remember hosting and saving for my LUMIPro as well, lol. Do you have a favorite LUMIPro feature?  

Immy: The entire thing is awesome, but I guess I would have to say the projector options.

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

Immy: Hard to say...maybe more poses?

Well you know we are always looking for new animators to work with, and you can add your own as well. 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?  

Immy: All of the things I have been through in life.  The pains and struggles all have made me the empathetic, social human being I am today.  I can only hope that everyone can take their pain and turn it into something beautiful.

That was beautifully said, and last but not least what are your hopes for your future in Second Life?

Immy: I just want to keep improving on my photos, DJing and having fun with my love, Ajax, and my awesome friends. 

I had a wonderful time getting to know Immylicious! I really do hope we see everyone Friday. Well until then...

Here is your ride!




Friday, August 9, 2019

Spotlight Time!

*** She walks into the room light playing against her shiny red dress and her black heels clanking against the tiles as she moves towards the desk. Looking closer you see her place six large prints on the desk before turning towards you with a smile. ***

Oh, hi there! You caught me just getting ready to hang up the next LUMIPro Spotlight. Come take a peek... 






 Serena 

Congratulations to all the Spotligters! You guys blow me away every time! If you would like the chance to have one or more of your photos featured in a spotlight make sure you submit your photos to LUMIPro's Flickr Group (LUMIPro users ONLY), and they are downloadable.

I love seeing everyone's amazing creations. Congratulations again to all those featured! 

Speaking of great photography do bot forget there is still time to check out the LUMIPro Showcase before we feature a new artist!

Well until next time... Happy Shooting!

*** Getting up she gives you a playful wink and heads in the next room to hang photos. ***




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!

ARnnO

Deesselle

Ni Avril

Scarlett

Tiya

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. ***