Even when I can’t log-in to Second Life, I’m still seeking my fix of all things virtual.  At the moment in RL I’ve just started a new job, which has meant my time in-world has been slight, but through the power of internet publishing I can still get my pixel-fix by reading some of the many virtual publications that are out there.  

Some of them are truly amazing, with exceptionally high standards of photography and some great copy making them just as much fun to read as shop-bought glossy mags. In fact, I actually think they”re better, and of course they’re free!

 I like nothing better than curling up with my Ipad and a cup of tea and enjoying a read of some of the latest magazines.

Here are some that are currently on my reading list, why not check them out? 


First up is FEROSH, which is just that. This magazine features 452 (!) pages of virtual fashion inspiration, with some amazing photography and some fantastic imagery to behold. It’s an absolute feast for the eyes, and will probably make you want to go shopping immediately. My favourite feature is ‘Asian Inspiration’ that begins on page 50, but there’s so much to love about this magazine that it is incredibly hard to choose! I cannot recommend this one enough, make yourself a brew and settle down to see Second Life in a whole new way. I promise you will LOVE this.

Next we have ‘LTD-The Magazine’ which is the companion piece to the always amazing blog (which you MUST visit daily if you’re a fan of Second Life virtual interiors) The magazine is published bi-monthly, which is just as well, because it takes me so long to visit all the content creators featured each issue! This month is an absolute feast for the eyes. There’s a wonderful feature on a Kittywitchin’ fave, Atelier Visconti, and every single page will make you want to redecorate your virtual home again and again. I absolutely adore this publication, and when you consider it only launched in January it’s fast become the style bible for all things virtual home.

The May edition of STYLE KINGDOM is definitely worth a look if you love all things animal! They’ve gone for a really unique twist on Spring fashion, with models sporting animal prints and accessories galore. It’s really unusual and works really well and will leave you with the kind of longing that only an epic Second Life shopping trip will fix!   It’s the kind of magazine that you need to read with a notepad beside you so you can make a note of all the SLURL’s you’ll be visiting once you’ve finished.

FUSION Magazine is a well established favourite of mine, and each month has a great variety of articles and features with photographs that leave you drooling.  Well, they do me anyway! The May edition is no exception, check out the feature on Goatswood (starts on page 19), featuring photographs by Rylan Carling. It’s absolutely sensational and will make you want to investigate this RP sim immediately! There’s also a feature on ‘It All Starts With A Smile’ which was Kaelyn Alecto’s fabulous sim that gifted SL residents with a myriad of photography opportunities. Sadly the sim has closed, so this serves as a somewhat poignant but worthy reminder of an absolutely epic place.  There’s also a cracking inventory management series running that has given me a few ideas, and the ‘Get That Style’ feature is always a must see!

Last but most definitely not least is VISAGE.  This was a new one to me but has already become a favourite because I absolutely adore the layout of the magazine.  Unfortunately there are only 22 pages to enjoy, but that’s turns out that this production from Autumn Ashdene was for a university project. She asks that if we enjoy the magazine that we head on over to her Flickr page to comment, and I don’t know about you but I would really love to read this one on a regular basis, so please support Autumn in her endeavours and let’s hope to see more from VISAGE in future!

Do you have a favourite Second Life magazine that isn’t featured here?

Why not share it with us in the comments below! 

Freebie find of the week, nay year!

Guys, this is GOOD. One of the joys of Second Life is taking photos and modelling your very latest fabulous fashion finds. Vainglorious cow that I am I’ve accumulated a fair few wonderful photo studios and accessories over the months, but I’m pretty sure that I don’t use them to their full potential. That’s probably a combination of stupidity, ineptitude and sheer laziness on my part-in short, the majority of the time when taking photos I wing it, and it usually works:) Which is where this freebie find comes in, because it takes winging it to another level…For absolutely nowt you can be the proud owner of a nice white globe with pre-loaded pose stand. Sounds extremely boring doesn’t it, UNTIL you start to use it… it’s ACE! It’s probably one of the best freebies I’ve ever come across-seriously! It takes minimal intelligence to operate. You stand on the pose stand inside the globe and snap away, using one of the 73 poses that come pre-loaded. It’s 4 prims total. That’s it.
Alright, I know it sounds less than impressive but do not be fooled.. I’ve been using it for all my shots recently and as you can see it enables you to take great snaps. Because it’s a white background it’s perfect for fashion shots (one thing I’ve realised is that despite all the backgrounds I have I tend to stick to plain old white because clothes look better against it plus you can always cut your image out and lay it over another background should you wish) If you play around with the environmental lighting effects you can change the tone of your pictures. Repositioning the globe itself also influences the lighting effects too. (Because the globe has a ‘slice’ missing if you turn it toward or away from the light you can achieve some nice effects)
Going back to the poses, some are plain awful and there are a limited number for male avatars, but there are some really nice ones in there too. I’ve used one for this close up shot above. Ok my arm looks a bit deformed but the overall image is, I’m sure you’ll agree..great! Of course, it’s easy to add your own poses to the stand if you wish. So if you’re considering a photo studio purchase, are a complete newbie and would like to start taking Second Life fashion shots, or are just curious I heartily recommend you pop on over to SLEX and indulge yourself. A final tip, get yourself a freebie facelight and random smiler and you ‘re good to go for absolutely no cost at all. I *wish* I’d known about this before, I really would have saved myself some serious dosh. Marx Dudek, the creator, is also exceptionally helpful, so what have you got to lose? Go get a ‘Genuinely Useful FREE Portable Model’s Photo Studio’ and have fun! Get yours HERE.