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Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 1

A lot of people have asked me over the years how I take close up pictures and how I make the models eyes look so expressive.

Here’s are some things that I do when I take pictures.  I’ll start with my graphic settings for the pictures.

Graphic Preferences: (Click on any to enlarge)

I take my pictures in Ultra graphics.  If your computer cannot handle Ultra, try high or medium.  They will be at least better than low.

I save my pictures roughly around 6000 pixel width to 3000 / 4000 pixel height. After I am finished editing in photoshop, I will resize the picture to around 2000 pixels in width.  It’s better to save your picture as large as you can and then resize after editing.  I can try to explain this one all day but trust me, you will want to do this.

I use firestorm as my viewer. I find it’s better for taking pictures then the default SL viewer.

I use photo tools a lot.  The main thing I do is change the Depth of view -view angle.  I don’t turn Depth of Field on.  I just use the view angle on that tab.

DOF view angle combined with the free cam tool, you can use the mouse wheel to zoom in closer than you usually can.

See Part Two – Editing the face shape to make the eyes look more expressive

Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 2

Photography tutorial part 2: How I make the eyes look so expressive.

Emotion in the eyes:

When it comes to capturing emotions in the eyes, I do a few tricks.  It’s not natural by any means.

1.       I do use mesh eyes. (Catwa eyes to be exact)  The hud that comes with the Catwa eyes allows you to move the eyes in different directions. This is helpful when you are posing to have the eyes stay in the position that you want them in.  You do not have to use Catwa eyes but it is handy to have that Hud with the eyes.

2.       Depending on what emotion I am trying to capture, I will move the mesh eyes up or down.  I find if I want to capture anger, hostility or even a sensual pose; I move the iris more towards the top of the eyelid. If I am looking for a soft, sad, depressed or even a more innocent expression; I move the iris closer to the bottom.  (See pictures below)

3.       I edit my face shape.  I have several shapes saved for pictures that I custom made myself.  With one shape, the outer corner of the eyes are intentionally turned downwards.  (Not a lot because I don’t want to make it super noticeable)  This gives the face a natural sadden appearance.  When you experience grief or are crying, the outer corners of your eyes will turn downwards.  When you are overjoyed or excited, those outer corners will turn up.  So based on the type of picture is the shape I use.

4.       Not all mesh eyes are created equal.  I think we all can tell the difference between noob eyes and high quality eyes.  I tend to use eyes that I know will photograph well.  There are a lot of good quality eyes that look great but for some reason just don’t photograph well. It’s just like real life when you think you look great and then somebody shows you a picture of yourself from a party and your eyes look like they belong in the black pits of hell.  After a lot of trial and error, I have found several people that make wonderful photographic worthy eyes.  (I have not tried all the eyes in Second Life – these are just my personal preference – use the eyes you personally like)

5.       Here are a list of eye makers to try out if you are struggling:  (Again, I use the Catwa Eye system with appliers from the designers below)

a.       A R T E

b.       Euphoric

c.       Go & See

d.       Song

e.       IKON (He doesn’t really update but his eyes are mesh and they come with a hud)

 

5.  Eyebrow shapes are seriously important to your picture.  The wrong eyebrow shape can really make your picture look like shit.   Here are two pictures using different eyebrow shapes: I think you can see the difference in facial expressions.

Will write up a tutorial for wind lights soon. So look for part three soon.

 

Conan Exiles – Thralls

A quick How-to for Conan Exiles: What you need to catch a thrall.

Click on picture.

Let me dream tonight.

Check out the new KoKoLoReS at Sanarae event! Tp here. 

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Jeanie

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: [theSkinnery] Maye (Catwa Applier) bronze

Eyes: Catwa Eyes w/ A R T E Appliers – Dimensions

Body: Maitreya

Head Piece: LODE Head Accessory – Clover Headphones [pink]

Shirt: TETRA – Kimmy off-shoulder sweatshirt (Navy)

Wind up the machine

It is Christmas! and I was really feeling elf-ish tonight and I wanted to show off this free Christmas hair gift by KoKoLoReS which can be found at the main store.

Also: From Dec 21 – 31st, there will be a big sale going on at KoKoLoReS!

Credits here:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Miri

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: DeeTaleZ Appliers CATWA Head “Valerie” Mixedtype

Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Ears Elf HD – High Definition

Eyes: A R T E – Dimensions

Extra Eyelashes: #adored – ka-pow lashes  (Not sure these are sold anymore – They were prim lashes – I just adjusted them onto the catwa head)

Lipstick: Glam Affair Cosmetics – Dalia Lipstick – SET

Face highlight: #ADORED – jigawatt highlighter {catwa}

Collar: [whatever] Nina Collar – beige – M [BLACK]

Body: Maitreya Lara

 

Happy Halloween!

Sorry, I have not been around at all in October.   I was having surgery and trying to recover from that. I’m back now with an awesome hair by KoKoLoReS! This new hair can be found for a limited time at The Hocus Pocus Event. (Click here for information)

What I am wearing:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Zurie (This is only available for the event. The horns & crown also change colors.)

Head: Catwa Lona

Skin: Pumec (From the gacha machine in store.)

Ears: Pumec (Group Gift)

Eyes: .euphoric ~Estre Eyes Applier~[Catwa]

Lipstick: #Adored

Body: Maitreya Lara

Deer Body and necklace: Tentacio & .{PSYCHO:Byts}. Childrens of Diana  (This is from one of their gacha machines)

Collar: .Atomic. {Gacha} Sweet Deer – Mossy Fur Collar

Empty Bottles

Some more from the hair, this time Clawtooth!   It’s big and fun! Perfect for a party!

Hair Fair Website with all the landmarks: Website

Credits:

Hair: Clawtooth: Fleur (Large Bust) – Black and Gray with roots

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Body: Maitreya Lara

Eyes: A R T E Newborn

Skin: Pumec

 

Another Night

Be sure to check out this years Hair Fair! Lots and lots of fantastic hair.  This is one by KoKoLoReS!

Hair Fair Website with all the landmarks: Website

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Sanna

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Body: Maitreya Lara

Skin: Insol: Josy applier, tone ‘Cinnamon’ Wear

Eyes: .euphoric ~Estre Eyes Applier~[Catwa]

Dress: ~Nerido~Anastasia Dress (Maitreya)-Black

Blu Moon

The Hair Fair has started! Yay!

Here is a preview of the new KoKoLoReS hair and it’s completely punk.  I love it.

Hair Fair website for links. https://hairfair.wordpress.com/

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Linn

Skin: Pumec (Gacha one in the main store)

Eyes: Buzzeri

Eye Shadow: Izzie’s

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Body: Maitreya Lara

Ears: Pumec (Group Gift)

 

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Adorable new hair from Clawtooth available at Uber! (Tp Here)

Credits:

Hair: Clawtooth: Space Buns

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: [theSkinnery] Maye (Catwa Applier) bronze

Body: Maitreya Lara

Eyes: A R T E – Dimensions Eyes [LeLutka & Catwa]

Shirt: SEUL – Stef Knot Top – Crisp

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