Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Backdrop Cove

This is a blogpost about a different sort of freebie! Backdrop Cove offers you dozens and dozens of backdrops for all your Second Life photography needs, all for free! Just click on the sign on the tree when you arrive at the starting point:

Alas, poor 1950s striptease artist Coupon Clip is still out of a job. But she has a promising new career as a model, thanks to Backdrop Cove! Here are some shots to show you just a few of the many different backdrops available. Many backdrops have built-in poses available, or you can use your own poses. You can also rez poseballs or other objects for one hour without having to join a group!

Another very popular backdrop location in Second Life is Backdrop City. Also, the Blogger & Vlogger Network of Second Life maintains a listing of photogenic, rezzable sims.

In these pictures, Coupon Clip is wearing:

Mesh Head and Facial Animations: Maia by Akeruka (a former group gift)

Mesh Body: Freya by Belleza

Hair: Joan by KIN (old prim-based hairstyle; no longer available)

Earrings: Winter’s Pearls by FORSAKEN (an old hunt gift)

Shirt: Natalia boyfriend shirt in white by Addams (purchased using the free L$300 store credit during their 5th Anniversary Sale, which is sadly no longer available; the shirt sells for L$199 at this exact SLURL)

Jeans: Skinny jeans by Mara’s Mysteries (a Peace on Earth hunt gift from last Christmas)

Pumps: June pumps by Garbaggio (my favourite shoe store!)

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Linden Lab Is Looking to Hire a Second Life Photographer and Machinima Creator


Photo by Patrick Brinksma on Unsplash

Linden Lab seems to be on a hiring spree! The position of online community manager for Sansar has already been taken down from the Careers section of the Linden Lab website, but there’s a brand new job posting for a Marketing Content Specialist:

Linden Lab, a pioneer in the creation of virtual worlds, is looking for a Marketing Content Specialist who can help showcase the beauty and diversity of Second Life to both new and existing audiences. This junior-level position is responsible for creating outstanding short promotional videos, images, and other assets as needed, to be shared in advertising, social media, email marketing, and other outlets.

The ideal candidate for this position is already familiar with creating great photo and video content using Second Life. This job requires a solid understanding of “inworld” photoshoots and machinima including knowledge of high-quality and on-trend avatar creation, lighting, poses, and environments. You’ll also help us curate the Destination Guide, our directory of cool and highlight-worthy places and events in Second Life. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we want to see your portfolio!

And the best part is, you can apply for this job even if you want to work remotely! (The job posting also mentions Linden Lab offices in the cities of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Charlottesville, and Atlanta.)

This could be somebody’s dream job. God knows that there are dozens—even thousands—of talented photographers and machinima creators in Second Life. People who already have the skillset that Linden Lab is looking for.

So, if you think you have what it takes, get your application in! Who knows? You could land up working for Linden Lab!

More Snapshots from Sinespace!

I couldn’t resist! Here are a few more pictures taken using Sinespace’s in-world Snapshot tool, using a variety of photo filters, avatar poses, camera angles, and overlays/underlays:

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It’s a very easy and fun tool to use! Did I mention that you also have the option to capture the image as an animated GIF, or as a 360-degree image? It’s a very cool feature to have.

A Postcard from Sinespace

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I took the following picture using the Snapshot tool within Sinespace, and added the postcard foreground overlay. The Snapshot tool allows you to use a variety of avatar poses and photo effects, and it’s definitely fun and easy to use! Strawberry Singh told me about it.

Note also that Sinespace is the first newer social VR space/virtual world which allows me to adjust my avatar body sliders to look more like the heavier, older person I am in real life. (The hair colour is wrong, but that’s just me being picky.)

Two questions for the team at Linden Lab:

  1. When are you going to add in-world photo and video tools to Sansar?
  2. When are you going to add avatar body sliders so we can adjust our shapes?

I’d love to know where those items are on the development roadmap, please.