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  1. Sorry to tell you that Black Dragon does use up a lot of PC resources. As I have said its brilliant for taking SL pics, but in my experience the settings have to be high to do this, and thats when its likely to crash a PC with moderate specs. I'm not criticising your viewer, just stating facts. My PC has an i5 processor, 12GB RAM and an Nividia 760 card. I use this because I can't presently afford to get a better PC. If I open Black Dragon and tweak settings to take decent photos the frame rate will go down to single figures and the viewer will eventually crash. If I don't tweak the settings
  2. I really can't be bothered to read all this. All I saw was that I mentioned your viewer in my oringal comment. You would have noticed then that I said Black Dragon makes a difference with improving images. In fact it has a brilliant reputation for this. I also said that it consumes a lot of PC resources, which means those that don't have a high end PC can't use it. The very fact that I mentioned Black Dragon is a good for SL photography, pretty much undermines everything you've said. I also think that the fact you took the time to needlessly piss all over my post shows quite a dregree of
  3. It surprises me to hear some people decry the use of Photoshop and similar software, since professional photographers tend to use raw image files which need to be edited. I'm just wondering if you use raw image files for your RL photgraphy? I'm sure you know better than me that Jpegs have already lost a lot of information, so its not suprising if issues arise through sharpening etc. I think some of what you say goes to the heart of the issue here. Not wanting to put words into her mouth, but I think Niran may be considering SL snapshots as images, but since I use photo manipulation softwa
  4. I've found many people who may have mental health issues in RL, see Second Life as a huge benefit. It can be a social setting that they would otherwise be unable to experience, and a way of personal expression without feeling as vulnerable. For some it can be a means of leaving behind some of the mental health issues they live with in RL. I can however think of a few people I have met in SL whose behaviour has been quite challenging.
  5. I agree completely. I come at image making from a ffine art point of view, and in the final analysis it the image that matters. I break rules and break images too lol
  6. You're right, the tutorial is about how to use the high pass filter in Gimp. Gimp offers a number of ways to sharpen images. I think its worth pointing out, no one is pointing a gun at anyone's head and saying sharpen your images. But in spite of what one naysayer here may think, it is a very useful tool when working on images.
  7. If people want to use filters they will. If you don't want to then don't .Its a free world full of choices. Rather than trying to undermine other people's hard work, why not start a blog and go to the trouble of writing a few tutorials on what you percieve to be your expertise. That is much better than infecting other people's content with your negativity. What you call visible effects of sharpening are in this example banding. That is caused by gradients in colour, as you can see in the sky. This has become visible due to editing colour. Sharpening the image doesn't really make it wors
  8. I think you'll find most SL photographers edit their images. Look at an image's Exif details on Flickr and there's a good chance Photoshop or Gimp will be mentioned. Even if they're not thats no firm indication the images haven't been edited. If however you prefer not to edit your images then keep doing that. The artifacts you've kindly ripped without persmission from the image I own are not created by sharpening the image. They're caused in this instance by enhancing the colours, which is something I will be investigating. You're right though that in some instances, haloing can be caused
  9. Its always been my experience that raw snapshots taken in Second Life are not as focused as they could be. They tend to be slightly undefined. Taking snapshots with the Black Dragon viewer makes a difference, but can be very impactful on PC resources. Whichever viewer you use, knowing how to sharpen a Second Life photograph is essential, as its one of those select tools that can help make your images pop. Click here to view the tutorial
  10. This is a seamless scrolling panoramic image of Cica Ghost's installation in Second Life, called Monsters. The panorama can be viewed on your desktop and used as a screensaver with a small app called WPanorama, which can be downloaded here: http://www.wpanorama.com/wpanorama.php If you would like to use the image with WPanorama it can be downloaded from Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_2PL4szhIthBLzbvIp3VIUuVgPVrSIii/view?usp=sharing I hope you feel inspired to visit Cica's installation by following the Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zvi/28/102/24 To
  11. In this tutorial we focus on creating Second Life panoramic images that scroll seamlessly and continuously across the screen when your PC is idle, using a lightweight and free programme called WPanorama. https://www.sl-inspiration.com/2020/02/create-panoramic-screen-saver-using.html Below is an example of a screen saver I made using images taken at DLabs. Click the link above to view the tutorial.
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