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Second Life: Broke down in paradise

Events: Pose Fair is now open.  TP Here.   Also, check out Cosmopolitan

Credits: (Check landmark page for links)

Outfit Shirt & Pants: RUST REPUBLIC [silhouette] @ Cosmopolitan

Head: Catwa Lona

Skin: Pumec (skin in the gacha machine inside the store)

Eyes: Catwa Mesh Eyes

Eye Appliers: Suicidal Unborn – -SU!- Osanna Eyes Fatpack (The Fatpack has more color options)

Hair: DOUX – Jessa Hairstyle

Body: Maitreya Lara

Pose: ::WetCat:: ‘Fresh’ Prop set [Bento]

Location: Baja Isles 

Second Life: Missing Parts

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair Runa (For The Liaison Collaborative) If you are not aware; KoKoLoReS sells her hairs in one package that includes 192 colors / textures. This one in particular is unrigged and you can click the hair to resize it if you need too.

Skin: Essences SIBYL Fatpack (group gift) (Main Store here)   I used to blog for Essences and he is amazing skin designer. (Also super nice) Anyway, Essences had an awesome sale over the weekend and this gift was included.  I believe it is still there.  You just have to subscribe to the newsletter. (This is different from the VIP Group)  The newsletter was free to subscribe too.   There was also a gift for other heads and they each came with different skin tones in each package.

Lip gloss: I am wearing some lip gloss but for the life of me; I cannot remember who it is.  I stick things in my catwa hud and there is no picture of who the designer it is but I love it so much – whoever you are!

Head: Catwa Lona Beto

Body: Maitreya Lara

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

Eye Applier: .euphoric ~Estelle Eyes  Applier ~[Catwa]

Head Piece: Bauhaus Movement – Lament for Lost Dreams  Helmet/ SILVER

Outfit: Tentacio Vania Cyborg bra white & Tentacio Vania Cyborg. Bodysuit silver (Found at this round of the Arcade)

Pistol: Bauhaus Movement –  Reiko Pistol  / COMMON 26 (Found at the Arcade)

Legs: Epic Robo Digi Hoove Legs {White}

Rings: peculiar.things deity rings

Backdrop: Print – Unlimited Backdrops – The Bearded Guy

Poses: Bauhaus Movement (Main Store) In particular, Bauhaus Movement – Apocalypse Sunrise Series

 

 

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.

 

Second Life: Collaboration with Michael Olson

Michael asked me if we could do some pictures together and I jumped at the chance.  It was a lot of fun with a super nice guy.

Click out his flickr here.  (His pictures are NSFW and Very Erotic!)

Thank you Michael!

Second Life: Dragging my heart.

For the pastel lovers out there.

Credits:

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

Eye Applier: AG. Starry Eyes Gacha – Catwa – 12

Skin: Pumec (This is from one of the gacha machines inside the store)

Hair: Sintiklia – Hair Bethy – Colors&pastels

Body: Maitreya Lara

Dress: {Momoko} Mishil Dress – Lara -pastel RARE

Backdrop: Glory Stairs RARE – Darkside Backdrops – The Bearded Guy

Your Spirit is a Dump.

New KoKoLoReS! and New Events!  The Pose Fair is currently opened and the picture above is featuring a new pose set by KoKoLoReS.

The Liaison Collaborative! is also going on and the picture is showing the new hair by KoKoLoReS!

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Bethany @ The Liaison Collaborative 

Pose: [KoKoLoReS] Framed – no escape (This is part of a pose set. See Picture Below)  @ Pose Fair 

Head: Catwa Lona – Bento

Skin: Pumec

Ears: Pumec

Eyes:  Catwa Eyes with A R T E Applier – Dimensions

Body: Maitreya Lara

Outfit: Seniha. Gigi Dress // Nude

I’m a creep.

KoKoLoReS has two new hairs out for Sanarae. Tp Here.

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Elin

Head & Doll Parts: Coco Doll (Retired)

Flowers: LODE Head Accessory – Valley Crown [mix]

Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Noldor Elf Ears

Keep it simple.

If you haven’t checked out the pose fair, you really should!  KoKoLoReS has some great smoking poses out!  Tp here.

Credits:

Pose: [KoKoLoReS] cigarette short pose 06  (In pose pack – Smoking 2) Cigs are included. (Pose Fair)

Location: The Last Stop.  New Sim build.  Check us out for roleplay or photography.

Head: Catwa Lona

Skin: Pumec

Ears: Pumec

Hair: Tram

Eyes: A R T E – Veslemoy Eyes

Eye Liner: Izzie’s

Body: Maitreya Lara

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

Jeans: ED. Janis Jeans Denim

 

Look, what you made of me.

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Inez  (Found at SaNaRae)

Head: Catwa Lona

Eyes: A R T E – Veslemoy Eyes

Skin: .:[PUMEC] :. – .:LARA:.

Ears: Pumec

Outfit: Birdy – Dreamz – Bodysuit – Lara – White & Birdy – Dreamz – Faux Furs – Lara – Black

Background: OKUMA – Sound Wave – backdrop / orange

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