This is an un-in depth photography guide of an amateur photographer (me).
In case that almost made you click away, please don’t, I’m actually going to give many of you some insight to Second Life photography right now. I’ve been a member of the grid for almost 3 years, and the moment I learned about camera angles I immediately thought of photography. In this guide I will explain what is important when you want to do photography in Second Life, how to achieve those things and what helped me understand and learn on my own.
Now, none of us start out “great” at this. The very first photos I took looked quite… sad. But as I took them I thought “Oh wow! That’s so nice!” So how do I know my work isn’t bad now?
Eh, I don’t. Not really.
My computer specs allow me to play the game on occasion with Ultra graphics and other nifty settings, but if yours go to max High, that’s no problem. Notice I am using Firestorm Viewer for my photos.
Above is my photography check list. Lets go over them, shall we?
The one key component to a good picture lays in actually what you are wearing. I’m not a designer, but I believe I have good eye to colours and models and types of clothes that go together. I for one, know that you should always wear socks with crocs, and pants pulled to your armpits look sexy. Now that you know my talent, please choose to take time before your photoshoot to build an outfit – use colors that work well with each other, use hair that will fit the poses you plan to use etc. The closer your shot (portrait etc), the more detail and effort you have to put to that area – usually the face.
Ahh, our best friends! Well not quite. Poses are like the people you invite to the wedding because your partner wanted them to show up and look pretty. You need them, you want them, but no one gives credit to them.
I personally keep all my quality poses within my Firestorm AO, which makes photoshoots in different locations much easier. I have them loaded to my crouch animations, and when I crouch (C) it automatically puts me in a pose. Another working way is to load your poses to a dance hud – this was how I had my friends pose if I didn’t know any better.
Looking for good poses and animations?
】FOXCITY (178, 64, 22) – General
】. MILA . under construction , Moodle (146, 77, 2800) – Moderate
】La Baguette (no landmark for them, sorry :P)
The most annoying and headache causing part for some. I will not go too in-depth with this, because really finding the right settings is different for everyone and requires experimentation. Hitting (Ctrl+P) will open your firestorm settings. After that navigate to Graphics and go as high as your computer can handle… good luck.
What is the purpose of your photo shoot? is it for relaxation, or maybe for a rp campaign? Is it just for a new profile picture or for the sake of boredom? Knowing the answer to this will help you choose a location!
Many places are good for photography – even more are bad. When planning a session, take into consideration that high quality mesh tends to look a lot better than the default linden labs sky. Sim hop, find locations that tickle your fancy – or perhaps check out my photography highlights – blogs where I talk about ultimately the best locations to take photos in!
Now that we’ve crossed our checklist, lets go! Teleporting into the location is the easy part. Now look for a pretty background spot, cuss as you crash from the amount of particles with your high settings, then call your best friend and whine about SL for a while. Now we’re good? Good. We have the scene, we know we want to take photos for fun, but uh, the problem is that the pic doesn’t really look that good… Lets uh, change the windlight?
Okay the two are improvement, but uh, we want more! So lets add a filter …
Hmm. S0mething is still missing. Oh the angle! Okay. Pressing Ctrl+8/9/0 to get further and closer to myself…
Cool. Looks pretty creepy and halloweeny!
Maybe you learned something new, maybe you know your ways to be better and didn’t like my ideas at all. Whatever the case, I have more creepy halloween photos for myself now – and it’s only June.
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