VISIONAIRE Institute first graduating class

Here’s a wee teaser for an event you won’t want to miss.  See what the Visionaire students have been up to as they showcase their work each in their own gallery for their final show.  Stroll down the street, look at art, sit and chat with a friend in a lovely surrounding.  And there’s more surprises in store for you too! …


FineSmith Goodies!!

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This blog is late in coming so run to FineSmith to get this fabulously mod outifit.  It is called Shiraz and there’s also a Shiraz clutch AND jewelry (necklace and earrings).


P.S.  The gloves and glasses are not part of the outfit 😉

TRPH5: Awesome trio of hunt prizes

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It’s as if these designers got together and planned out what they were going to offer as hunt prizes — but I don’t think they did!

The adorable wedges are from My Pretty Pixels (Polka Dot – Blue)

The super cute jacket, shirt and pants are from Miss Darcy (My Blue Heaven – Femme)

The pose is from a set of 5 from KaTink (Natalie)


TRPH5: More hunt prizes!


TRPH5 Hunt Prize!

Two more wonderful hunt prizes in the upcoming TPRH5

Shoes:  !Drakke! “Wrapped” Stilettos (Cyans) TRPH5

Dress comes in two parts from MEB:   Dolcevita Camu top and Mo Skirt Summer!



TRPH5 Hunt Prizes!

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From Prism: Carmen in cherry dress
From Morgane’s Poses: one of the poses in the hunt prize set!

The hunt starts in April. Stay tuned for SLurls, LM’s, Notices, and all sorts of info coming your way!

New Language for SL Photography

by WrenNoir Cerise and Nariko Okawa
Also posted in Nariko’s blog here:

SL photographers of VISIONAIRE INSTITUTE have recognized that there is a lack of a common terminology regarding the treatment of an SL photograph. This becomes a difficulty for many who require photographs yet do not have the language to request the type of photo they have in mind. This can lead to problematic situations that could be avoided with the proper common language.

Below are definitions of four common TREATMENTS (as opposed to intended use) of SL photographs.

Each of the categories is on a continuum with no strictly defined parameters, and a photograph may well straddle two or more categories. These are general definitions that can help form a common ground of understanding.

No particular treatment of SL photographs is “superior” as all treatments have their uses.  As artists, SL Photographers are evolving, innovating and exploring all the time as well as influencing one another.

Here we offer the definitions of four broad categories:


A Raw Unedited photo or Unedited Snapshot is not a low quality image. It is an image that is not post-processed in any way other than cropping, resizing or adding a watermark. Such a photo allows the small, minor imperfections from the viewers (ie. jaggedness at curved body parts like elbows or the chin). Windlight, picture quality and overall composition is still of significant importance.


We felt that a new category was needed to dispel confusion. We have added the “Naturally Edited” treatment of photos. Naturally Edited photos utilize windlight, thought to composition, and quality levels as in the previous category (Raw Unedited), but now some manipulation and use of image editing software (ie. Adobe Photoshop or Gimp) is acceptable to correct SL imperfections or adjust lighting. All tools available through image editing software may be used (ie. dodge, burn, blur, smudge, liquify, lighting adjustments, etc); HOWEVER, all alterations and modifications do not change or distort the SL avatar or objects in any way. The avatar or object would be easily recognizable inworld from the photograph. Simply put: “what you see is what you get.”


Heavily Enhanced photos add further treatments. Extra hair, lashes and even background can be added using any image editing software. Often in heavily enhanced photos the avatar may be distorted to fit the mood of the image. It is at the discretion of the photographer how much and what is to be added to the image. It is also possible for a photographer to add certain PS brushes or effects (ie. lens flares, enhanced shadows) not created using the viewer’s windlight capabilities. A black and white image will generally be in this category because of the desaturation that must be used. Pile-up images will generally fall into this category or the next one.


A simple way to recognize an image from this category is by the amount of post-process “painting” or “photo-manipulation” done to enhance the image and its quality. Artistically Painted or Manipulated photos may be considered closer to fine art, are beautifully enhanced, pay great attention to composition, and have perfectly re-textured skin and hair. A lot of time and effort is spent on shadowing, burning, and retouching to blend the avatar in with the environment, and photo-manipulating snapshots that are taken from the Second Life Viewers (thank you, Toy for adding this comment!). The image conveys an emotion, creates a scene, or hints at the story (or the lack of one, in some) behind the picture. Many of these images may be done in front of a green screen.

We hope these definitions can help clarify communication amongst those requesting SL photographs and those providing them.  Creators of contests would also benefit from using this terminology when requesting the type of SL photograph they wish contestants to submit.

Wishing you many happy hours of gleeful snapping!

How to be fabulous

The Challenge:  Garbage Couture
The Challenge: Garbage Couture
The Challenge:  Kattaca Styling
The Challenge: Kattaca Styling
The Challenge: Witches
The Challenge: Witches
The Challenge:  Witches
The Challenge: Witches

I have been so fortunate that the lovely Vera Fenutzini asked me to sponsor her as a photographer for the Miss Virtual World Contest.  Poor Vera had to fight hard.  At first I resisted doing it.  My reason was that I just don’t have the time.  But she persisted!  And persisted some more.  Finally, I gave in because, well, she was persistent, but mostly because she was so darned cute about it!  Anyone could take a lesson from Vera, they really could, me included.  She is always polite.  Always.  She calls me “Miss Wren,” and I must ask her to just call me Wren and drop the ‘Miss,’ but so far I’ve just been too busy snapping pictures of her to have a proper conversation.  She always comes to me with a very clear idea of what she would like:  she tells me her vision, she sends me inspiration pictures, she even has her own poses ready.  She makes my job so easy.

I hope I do a good job by her.  A few of the MVW challenges give points for the photography and there are such talented photographers that are sponsoring some of the other contestants that I am duly intimidated.  So, basically, I want to thank Vera for giving me this opportunity, insisting on it even, and for believing in me.  I believe in you too, Vera, and hope you go very very far.  You are lovely inside and out!