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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: Tips for beginners

Tips for beginners:

 

Daily:  Every day, Covet rewards you with 100 diamonds and 20 tickets.

 

Enter daily challenge.:

This is the best challenge to enter everyday because there is no restrictions and you earn $500 covet cash just for entering.

I like this one because I can put on any unworn outfit and enter.  I don’t ever expect a high score with this one since I’m using whatever outfit I have but eventually that daily 500 cash adds up!

Flashback Challenges:

If you are a beginner and low on funds, do not enter the flash back challenges.  These challenges can be really expensive!

The flashback challenges require several pieces from previous seasons and if you do not have those items, you will have to buy them.

Jet Set Challenges:

You can do the jet set challenges as many times as you want.

You do not earn prizes with these challenges but you do earn stars.  Stars will help you unlock other jet set levels and you can earn 500 diamonds.

Jet Set Challenges usually only last 8 hours and voting begins.  So you find out results pretty quick. These challenges are also easy to win.

Series Challenges:

If you have the funds to spend, do the series challenges.  These are like 5 to 8 challenges.

If you do all of them, the prizes are really good and this is only for entering them all!

The only thing that really sucks as a beginner, you usually have to buy 2 to 4 pieces per challenge.

Borrow:

You can borrow items from Facebook friends and if you are in a fashion house – you can borrow them too.

You can only borrow 1 item per challenge.

Style:

Pairing the right hair and makeup can bring up the score of your look when it comes to voters.

Eventually, in higher levels, details are going to be very important. (Jewelry, handbags, etc.)

I noticed short hair and albino skin do not do well in voting.  Voters tend to like long hair and tanned/darker skin tones. (Just my opinion though)

You can view the top looks on the front page and that will give you a good idea on how people vote.  I noticed a lot of voters have shit taste too.  I don’t know why.

Diamonds:

If you are going to buy diamonds, wait until Covet Fashion has a sale.  They have a lot of sales!

Challenge Themes:

All the challenges have some sort of theme going on.  Pay attention to the picture and the description of the theme.

Many voters will not vote for your look if it resembles nothing to the theme.

Funds:

Save your funds and only buy what you need for a challenge.  Items cost an arm and a leg and you will run out of money very quickly.

When you do have to buy something, keep in mind that you might need that outfit in another challenge.  Pick items that can be paired with other things.

Likes:

Likes do nothing to help you.  It just shows that somebody thought your outfit was cool.  It does not help with voting.

Unworn & Season:

Max your unworn & season bonus if you can.  This can put a 3.5 score outfit over 4.0 which will land you a prize.

Edit:

You can edit an outfit up until it’s closed out for voting.   This is handy if you don’t have the covet cash to buy something.  Enter the challenge anyway, get the entry reward and then edit the outfit and buy the item you need with it.

Tucking in Shirts:

There is a tuck button that will tuck in a shirt.  This will give your outfit an entirely different look and is helpful if a lot of people are going to be wearing the same look and you want to set yourself apart.

Models:

You can switch from classic to modern models as many times as you want.  If you entered a challenge with one type of model, you have to stay with the model until the challenge is over.

Pro Tip:

Do not try to enter every challenge.  This game can be addicting and you can end up paying a lot of real money to play it.  Start with the Jet Set & Daily Challenges. Save your diamonds and $500 covet cash for a few days and then enter another challenge.  Pacing yourself is key.

New Videos Tutorials

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I finally had some more time to make a couple of tutorial videos for you guys.  I hope you enjoy!

How to adjust mesh eyes with your mesh head:

Second Life Firestorm: Graphic preferences and saving graphic presets in firestorm.

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Credits:

Skin: Essences Catwa Appliers [Sophia]

Head: CATWA HEAD Dyana

Eyes: [Buzz] Serenity Eyes

Lashes: [LF] London Eyelashes for CATWA

Eye Makeup: Bossie. doll eyeshadow [catwa]

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

Hair: Magika – 02 – Heartbeat

Shirt: 10. TRUTH Sunday Sweater [Donut]

Jeans: Maitreya * Faded * Slim BF Jeans & Belt

Shoes: AZOURY – Linaewen High heels Shoes [Brown]

Doll: *[BB] The Greys Alien Kitty Galactic Cream Female

Sunglasses: .{PSYCHO:Byts}. GAME GIRL – Geek Glasses

 

 

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