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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.

 

Second Life: Mind Games

Credits:

Hair: Magika – Keira (Magika Store Here)

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Skin: [theSkinnery] Arielle (Catwa Applier) bronze  (One of my favorite skin designers of all time – TheSkinnery)

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

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

Lipgloss:  I am wearing a lipgloss in the picture but for the life of me cannot remember who made it.  If I remember; I will update this.

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

Nose Ring: ^^Swallow^^ Indira Septum Ring

Collar: {Momoko} Mishil Choker – 26 Mint

Body: Maitreya Lara

Second Life: Hope & Dreams

Credits:

Hair: Kokolores: [KKLRS] Hair – Keira  (New Release & Group Gift – Tp here)

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: Pumec

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

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

Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Noldor Elf Ears

Body: Maitreya Lara

Dress: -Pixicat- Darling.Dress (White)

Second Life: Served on a platter

Credits:

Hair: Kokolores : [KKLRS] Hair – Ninette – Check it out at Sanarae! Tp Here 

Kokolores has also updated their color range. New colors and a ton of options in the huds!

Head: Catwa Lona bento mesh head

Skin: Pumec (I got this in one of the gacha machines – came with body appliers too)

Eyes: Catwa eyes

Eye Appliers: .euphoric ~Secret Love Eyes Applier ~[Catwa]Soil#01

Face Tattoo: #Adored  (I actually adore #Adored! Always great makeup and great prices!  You can get this at the pet friends fair – tp here)

Collar: LODE Accessory – Grapes and Roses Collar [white]

 

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

 

 

How the seasons come and go.

Credits:

Skin: Essences Anais  (From November’s Powder Pack)

Head: CATWA HEAD Lona

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Cia // Brown Eye

Hair: [e] Betty – Essentials

Body: Maitreya Lara

 

Powder Pack November 2017

The November Powder Pack was released yesterday.   For those that don’t know, Powder Pack is a monthly mystery subscription pack that includes skins & makeups.  (There’s two different packs – one for Letuka and one for Catwa – This is the Catwa one) Website here.

I have created 8 style guides using various makeups in the Powder pack.  These photos below are not retouched in any way and I’m not sponsored by Powder Pack.  Each card will also list the items I am wearing that are non Powder Pack.  Hope you enjoy!

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Back to Basics.

backtobasics

Credits: 1st girl

Skin: Essences – Tori

Head: CATWA HEAD Dyana

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

Hair: Mithral * Magnesium (Variety)

Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Chocolate

Lashes: Pucker UP – Dramatic Lash Trio

2nd girl

Skin: Essences – Tori

Head: CATWA HEAD Jessica

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Dew

Hair: little bones. Feline

Landmark to the Essences Mainstore

 

Summer Love

Summer

Shiny Shabby starts tomorrow! Essences has a gacha out with this lovely skin and also a full release of Zara!

Credits:

Skin: #06 Essences [ZaraP02] (At Shiny Shabby -Opens on the 20thEssences Main store landmark

Head: CATWA HEAD Dyana

Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Storm

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

Hair: little bones. Starry Eyed – Pastels

Hair Fair!

The hair fair has arrived and some wonderful new releases by KoKoLoReS!

HF1

HF2

Hair Fair Landmark for KoKoLoReS

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Mint, [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Nowles, [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Rae

Skin: .Birdy. Sienna Skin – Beige

Bunny Ears: *Tentacio* Bunny Headband

Teeth: [PXL] OpenMouth PRO Teeth

Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Coffee

Lashes: [ glow ] Clean thick 04

Ears: FEMALE[MANDALA]Stretched EARS

Freckles: [Buzz] Cutiepie Freckles- Heart

HF3

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