Second Life is a virtual world imagined and created by people just like you. And, while it's always fun to create, it's also rewarding to explore and appreciate the artistic beauty and architectural wonders created by others in the SL community.
Inworld photography is one of the most popular hobbies inside Second Life and getting started is as easy as clicking a single button. In the SL Viewer's Advanced mode, just use the Snapshot button to take a picture. Then, you can then share it with friends on Facebook or post it on Flickr, where thousands of SL photographers have contributed over 1 ½ million unique images that document the beauty and quirkiness of SL. For some useful photography tips and tricks, check out this wiki page to help you get the best shots.
Looking for great places to photograph? Watch this video to discover ten of our favorite picturesque spots to get you started. We've also put together a new Photo Hot Spots category in the Destination Guide that you can use to quickly visit each of the locations featured in the video.
So, in no particular order, here are the ten featured Second Life spots that are perfect for practicing your snapshots:
One of the longest running and most popular communities in Second Life is InSilico. This cyber-punk roleplay region is filled with hi-tech high-rises and hidden elements that make for excellent imagery. For anyone with an interest in showing off the absolute best of Second Life to your friends, this is THE place to snap and share.
Another “Blade Runner”-esque region to roam is S.I.C. -- that stands for Science Innovation Company. By the looks of this place, you can just bet that there’s an elaborate back story to explore in this hi-tech, post-apocalyptic urban landscape. So, why not capture it in images? Scout out your shots by traveling the dark urban streets as you pass by flashing neon signs and battling bots. And, after the shoot, hang out at the cool little hamburger joint.
3. PARALLEL WORLDS
Yep. It’s a weird and wonderful world we live in--and even more so in Second Life. How can words alone explain the strange shapes and textures that you’ll find twisted throughout Parallel Worlds? This extraordinary experience by Claudia222 Jewell is the perfect place to practice your photography skills. Zoom in on one of the many gooey globs that float in the air as you glide from surreal spot to spot--some combining snakes and circuit boards. Is there supposed to be a hidden meaning here? Maybe or maybe not. Either way, you’ll not want to miss a single shot.
4. ANTARCTIC STRONGHOLD
If you can brave the blizzards, then you’ll get some fantastic photographs at the Antarctic Stronghold, a primary telehub for the Vanguard Armed Forces’ base in a remote, icy region of Second Life. There’s lots of shots to snap here, but be careful not to interrupt the combat roleplayers that frequent this popular spot.
Ready to travel back in time? Then, visit beautiful, historic Innsmouth--a troubled New England coastal town where darkness prevails and danger lurks around every corner. Be careful as you wander the rain-soaked streets as you snap spooky shots.
6. ALIRIUM GARDENS
Do you love secret gardens? If so, then you’ll want to get lost at Alirium, a relaxing place to immerse yourself in unspoiled beauty across all four seasons. As you wander through each garden area, you’ll stumble across shots that are just too good to pass up.
7. LA PERLA II
So, for your next spot, check out old Italy. La Perla II is a beautiful old Italian village with its own unique Mediterranean styles. Explore the shops and hillsides as you scour the village for just the right picture. Strike a pose on one of the cliff pathways to remember the moment as the Mediterranean sun sets behind you.
8. SAN FRANCISCO
In this economy, traveling to some of the world’s greatest cities is out of reach for many of us. In Second Life, not so much. I know. Maybe it’s not exactly the same as the real thing, But, how can you resist traveling to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate bridge when it is just a mouse click away?
Or, visiting Paris to see the world famous Eiffel Tower?
10. GRAND CANYON
What about walking the rocky edges of the Grand Canyon? You can even walk right off the edge. Just make sure to grab a good shot on your way down.
Of course, these ten spots are only the beginning. There’s so much more to explore. Check out the Destination Guide for even more photogenic hot spots.
Special thanks to Torley Linden for his fantastic photographs!
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