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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.

 

Covet Fashion: Challenge Guidance Tip

Covet Fashion: Challenge Tip

Some of the challenges provide additional clues other than the picture and description.  You will see a bar, close to the top, highlighted in pink. (See picture)  Click the bar.  This will open up a new pop-up window showing clothing items that are geared towards the theme.  These items are not required.  Some of those items might already be in your closet or you can buy them.  Whether you buy them or not, it’s a good guide to tell where the theme is going and how other players are going to be dressing their character.

Props

Some challenges also will have a little box in the corner that resembles a wand.  This is the prop options.  The challenge will allow you to use props in three different areas of the picture. Covet does not have a huge prop collection but props are free so if it fits the theme go for it.

Black Desert Online: Noob killing fields

Total hot bed areas for noob killing spree:

I have not been a BDO noob for a very long time but it never fails, whenever I try to level up a new character these are the areas, I get viciously slaughtered down by other players the most.

Areas:

Hexe Sanctuary

Witch’s Chapel

Rhutum Outstation

Rhutum Sentry Post

Mansha Forest

Catfishman’s Camp

Why?

You may wonder why so much killing and bloodshed happens in these areas.  It’s because these are the areas that a character will hit that 50 level mark. So to all the gaming psychopath’s out there, it makes you easy pickings.

PVP is allowed after level 50 and above. Most players when they hit the level 50 mark, they are still not strong enough to fight off other players. Many predatory assholes will lay and wait for those noobs to wander through there.  My guess is the reasons why are as follows: 1. They want to lose Karma. Some people enjoy the bad guy aspects of this game. 2. They find it entertaining. 3. They think it will add clout with their other guild-ies and friends.  4. The noob has invaded their grinding spot. 5. They are mentally unstable.

Story time:

One time, I was at Hexe Sanctuary trying to defeat 2 million skeletons on my way to leveling up to 56 when I met a young wizard.  He stopped me in the middle of my bloodlust frenzy killing and started to chat.  He said to me “How are you today?” Before I could even press enter to type my reply, he had hit me over the head several times with his wizard staff.  I was dead on the spot.  He zipped out of there like a bitch.  I just sat there confused and wondered what the fuck just happened to me.  All I knew was that nice polite wizard was a piece of shit and it shook me to the core. I learned a valuable lesson that day.  I would never stop to have idle polite chit chat with somebody in combat areas and wizards are dead to me.

Pro Tips:

If you do have somebody hovering around or bothering you in combat areas, here is what you can do:

1.        Let them just kill you.  (I don’t recommend this because you will lose combat experience)

2.       Run away  (I do this fairly often because I worked hard on leveling up and don’t need to lose combat experience)

3.       Switch servers.  (You can switch servers every 15 minutes.)

4.       Try to kill them.  (Why not, give it a go…you might lose though)

5.       Message them and beg them to be your friend.  (I tried this once and was rejected)

6.       Report them to BDO for being bastards.  (Good luck with this..BDO will not help)

7.       Turn PVP off.  (I keep my PVP off but have still been killed)

Covet Fashion: Enable Rally

How to enable rallies:

You must belong to a Fashion House first.

Click on “Runaway Rally” at the top.

Scroll down and you will see “Rally Participation” with a toggle switch.

Toggle this on if you want to participate, toggle off if you do not.

Head of House or Officers have to start the rally but you have to enable it before one starts.

If you enable it after the rally has started; you will not be included until the next rally.

Covet Fashion: How to change your name.

How to change your stylist name:

Under your profile at the top, there is a little pencil / pen icon

Click the icon and a new box will pop up

This will give you the option to change your name.

Type in your new name and hit submit.

BDO: Quest Tip – Count the arrows

I am trying to level up another character to 60 so I’m doing a lot of quests lately. There is one over by Outpost Supply Port that is particularly annoying and difficult. The quest is called “Count the arrows.” You will need to count all the arrows in several boxes.  It is completely random and not to mention almost impossible to count all the arrows but apparently somebody on the internet has done it.  (Not me though)  I searched google to find the answer – so here is what you need to do if you have this quest.

Open chat window: Type in 922.  

Hit enter. Quest is completed.

Dumpster Fire

I am adding a new section to this site. (See top menu) It is where I will be posting my reviews and other bs at.  I have two sections so far: Netflix Reviews and IPAD Time Waster Games. I will be adding more to this section fairly often in the next coming weeks as most of it is already written. (about 100 lolz.)  Categories to come are: YouTube Melts My Mind – which will be a mixture of videos/people I like and other things that I’m sure somebody was on acid when they made it.  I know this isn’t really an interactive site but if you wanted to contact me with a category, you would like me to toss in the mix – I sure would like to hear from you.   See contact form below.

I suppose I should have a disclaimer so some hipster doesn’t get up in my shit.  My quote aka disclaimer: “My opinion and advice is shit at best. Please, lower your expectations and do not believe at any point in time now or in the future will I provide valuable reading material.  Thank you.” end quote / disclaimer. 

What I have posted so far:

Netflix Reviews:

The Silence

Murder Mystery

IPAD Time Waster Games:

Wonka’s World of Candy

My Cafe

Best Friends 

 

BDO: How to take pictures / screenshots.

BDO: Taking a Photo

Use Snippet or Print Screen to capture your photo.

Photos (Print Screen) should be saved in \Documents\Black Desert\Screenshot

Tips / Tricks

·         CTRL + U  (Hide your UI / Huds)

·         Q  (Sit or Crouch)

·         Arrow Keys (Adjust Camera Position)

·         Using Mouse Wheel or Shift + Up/Down Arrow Keys (zooming in or out)

·         CTRL + Left / Right Arrow Keys (Depth of Field – This needs to be turned on in settings first)

·         CTRL + Up/Down Arrow Keys (Depth of field strength – Turned on in settings)

·         CTRL + Shift + Up/Down Arrow Keys (Change Photo Filters)

BDO: New Shai Class

New Shai Class

Dislikes:

·         Limited Skills.

·         The range of her boomerang (Florang) was a lot to be desired.

·         The boomerang was not the greatest at mob killing.  (Was not horrible either)

·         She rides a donkey.  A donkey, even one leveled up, is not worth very much.  You cannot register a donkey on the horse market.

·         Shai is a good character but probably not a class that you want to use strictly for fighting. PVP would be tough with her.

·         She definitely does not have the power behind her like other characters.  I do not think she would do well with Rift/World Bosses even with equipment leveled up to the max. (Just an opinion though)

Note  I have now reached level 56 so where the fuck is her awakening weapon?  Does she have one?  Will she have one?  Grrrrr.

Likes:

·         She is as cute as a button when she is slaughtering monsters and tiny villages.

·         Shai is already level professional in Alchemy and Gathering.

·         Since Shai does not have a whole lot of skills, it was easy to remember hot keys when using her for combat.

·         She ran & jumped the same as a normal sized character.

·         The donkey is easier to level up than a horse and eventually, is just as fast as a horse.

·         Shai has a skill where she can heal her allies.   I do not know anybody that I want to heal but if I were feeling generous, that would be a good option.

·         Her outfits are adorable.

·         It was relatively easy to level her up through combat.

·         She is a great character/class for life skilling.  I believe that is what Shai is designed for.

Picture of my lil Shai!  She is just chilling with her donkey “Freak.”

Click to enlarge. (Picture is not edited)

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