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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.

 

Second Life: Make it all feel better

Another wonderful hair by KoKoLoReS at the Hair Fair!   Kokolores is over in the blonde section.  Tp Here. 

Credits here:

Hair: [KKLRS] Hair – Brook

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: Pumec – From a gacha machine inside the store.

Ears: Pumec

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

Eye Appliers: .euphoric ~Vena  Eyes  Applier ~[Catwa]

Eye Shadow: Izzie’s Whiskey Smoke Eyeshadows

Body: Maitreya Lara

Back Tattoo:  A.T. cute devil::maitreya 40% (Main Store)

Nobody else sees it.

Lots of nice skins from various designers over at Kustom 9.  This is the one I got.  Credits below.

Credits:

Skin: Lefort by Revoul.Desire Catwa Applier – It came with this purple lipstick.

Head: Catwa Lona

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

Ears: .:[PUMEC] :. – / Mesh Ears\ – Bohemian

Eye Shadow: Bossie

Body: Maitreya

Hair: Stealthic – Jealousy (Ombres)

Rings: (Yummy) Festival Ring Set – Maitreya

 

 

Video tour of new role-play sim: The Last Stop

New video on YouTube!  Tour of a new role-play sim!.  Great place to check out if you like role-play, photography, hanging out or even renting a home.

Tp to The Last Stop!

Dear Veruca: Ugly noob cock, Pushy friends and Hiding genders. Your questions answered!

I have some friends that demand I answer their messages right away.

a.       Tell your friends to fuck off and that you are busy or try to get better friends.  Find a stoner because they usually forget that they messaged you in the first place.

Why do people get upset if my cock doesn’t match my skin because in real life it doesn’t match?

a.       Your cock hopefully is only a little bit darker than your natural skin tone or a relatively close match to it.  If it’s twenty shades darker or orange, that’s where the issues come in.   I might be the only one on this but I’m not interested in seeing your weird dick either way. I would not get upset though. I would see you and go “Oh, there’s another dumb naked bastard.” If you know that people are getting upset at your off colored cock; why don’t you try to do one of the following:  A. Change the color of the cock to be more pleasant.  B.  Put the cock away because nobody wants to see it.  C. Throw the cock away.  Good luck.

If somebody’s profile says “No voice, no skype.”  Are they hiding their gender?

a.       Yeah, they probably are or they are like me and I hate being asked to skype/voice with them under the pretense of friendship when really, they just want to masturbate with their tiny digits while they make me listen.  I don’t know how many people have asked me to voice right from the get go.  I usually give the same answer “Fuck no.” Then they get all emo and are like “Wah..you must be a man!  I’m never talking to you again.”  Also, some people can’t voice because they have a family or at work etc.  If you need somebody to voice chat with you and it’s super important to have that in this game, then go to locations that encourage patrons to voice chat.  There’s a lot of them.  The designation guide can help you with this because personally, I wish people would quit asking me to voice chat.  I don’t want to hear your weird shit.  

 

Thank you to those that have sent me questions.  I still have a few more to answer and that will be coming soon.  If you want to send me a question – write it on a notecard and send it to veruca vandyke in Second Life.

Put your finger on my trigger.

Powder Pack for Lelutka is here!  Some really beautiful skins & makeups for the Lelutka head. Check out Powder Pack

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Powder Pack credits:

Skin:  Glam Affair – Maria ( LeLutka Applier ) Powderpack (Asia Tone)

Lipstick: Izzie’s – LeLutka – Applier Lipgloss (Powder Pack)

Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – LeLutka – Applier Glossy Eyeshadows (Powder Pack)

Eye Lashes: #adored – minxy lashes {lelutka}

Other credits:

Head: LeLutka Bento Head-CHLOE

Body: Maitreya Lara

Eyes: .tsg. Galaxy – Dark Brown

Hair: Lamb. Cat Rider – Pastel Pack

Ears: Pumec Mesh Ears

 

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So much for this life.

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