Nvidia Graphics Driver Tips

I don’t know anything really about any other graphics card than Nvidia, but I have found a way to make my sl more stable while taking pictures using my Nvidia graphics card.

So anyway, here are my specs when it comes to hardware.  You can find yours by going up to the Help Menu in whichever viewer you are using, and then selecting “About (your viewer name here)”.

These are mine:

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU         750  @ 2.67GHz (2660.01 MHz)
Memory: 8152 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit  (Build 7600)
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 650/PCIe/SSE2

You can see I am using a pretty nice graphics card, and it is fairly new.  However, for a while now, I have been crashing my graphics driver whenever I take pictures.  This is very frustrating and annoying, so I googled my problem and discovered that if you only enable antialiasing in your preferences on your graphics card, your UI and your pictures will both be much smoother.  I had enabled it on both my graphics card and also in sl.   I soon learned that it causes the SL viewer you are using to not play so nicely with your graphics card, resulting in a driver crash.

I found the instructions I needed to tweak my graphics settings on this blog post.  Please understand, this may not fix your problem if you are using a very low-end graphics card.  I hope you have found this information useful.  I felt so relieved when I found this, so I felt like I needed to share it with all of you.

Happy blogging!

Lyrical Ember

Photography, useful tips

Hi lovelies!

I totally forgot to share this post here aswell! So better late than never! Have an amazing weekend!

While exploring the internet looking for inspiring pictures, I came across a RL photographers portfolio site.  On her site she mentioned some tips for  Fashion photography for those just starting out.

Now obviously RL photography is completely different from SL, but I think some of her tips and suggestions really do apply for SL photography too. So I figured I would share them.

1. Look & Learn

Look at images every day. Whether it’s photographs or paintings—looking, learning and observing are the key to creating an eye for arresting images. This will form the foundations of your aesthetics and style, from colour palette, lighting, framing, clothing, makeup to model choices.   I find myself checking Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr and some of my favorite photographers websites daily to feel a new flow of inspiration.

2. Simple is always best

Keep the setting and look, such as makeup and styling, clean and light. Grasp the skill of taking really good simple shots before getting more experimental and elaborate.

3. Light & shadows

Now there’s many tutorials written about SL shadows and windlights. I personally love the ones you can find here, I’m gonna share a screenshot of my settings when I take a picture. I use Firestorm viewer all the time, so if you’re used to another viewer it might look a little different but will come down to the same thing.

Good lighting, like everything else, comes with experience. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but play around with your settings and put together three to four different setups for different looks. To start, master just one light. This will help you go a long way. Always watch out for shadows when photographing. Our eyes catch on to highlights first, but unintended messy shadows can break a shot when reviewed later on. Train your eye to observe what you are shooting in its entirety.

4.  Clothes must be seen!

Fashion photography is about aesthetics and trends.

Fashion is about selling the latest season’s clothes and accessories. It’s about making people covet what the model is wearing. Are you shooting a picture that makes you want the clothes for yourself, for your best girlfriends or for your boyfriend?

As a general rule in fashion photography, make sure your lighting always accentuates the texture and beauty of the materials—the lustre of silk, the sheerness of chiffon, the sparkles in gems and precious stones. These details will heighten the beauty and quality of an image itself.

5. Be confident, be humble

Take advice and suggestions from others, but be confident of your vision.

Collaborate with people whom you respect and who respect you in return. Believe that no matter the circumstance, you will shine in the photograph because everybody sees the world differently, and is what will set your images apart from someone else’s.

Remember there is always room for reinvention and newness, and only with a humble attitude and belief for constant learning will you keep moving forward. Always stay true to yourself, always keep learning.

Getting the Most out of Your raw Shots

Hello, everyone!  I have had quite a few people ask me how I get such good shadows for my shots on my blog posts, so I have decided to show you all a little trick that makes a big difference!

I take photos in SL Beta Viewer.  I strongly recommend you click here for Strawberry Singh’s explanation on how to make sure your pictures come out perfect while using it.

Once you have your dimensions, resolution, and graphics settings squared away, you may notice that the windlight setting you are using is really great,  but needs a little tweaking to make it fabulous.

tutorial 1_002In this tutorial I am using Holy Romance by Torley.  It’s not in beta viewer yet but you can download and install windlights as you see fit.  Click here to learn more about how to download and install windlight settings. Here is my raw shot from before I edited the windlight.

Step 1: Open your environment settings so that you can make changes to your windlight.

Tutorial1

Once you open up edit preset, you should have a box pop up.

tutorial 2

Step 2:  I usually do not play with the “Atmosphere” or “Clouds” tab. The “Lighting” one is where you will find ways to edit your windlight so that it looks better for your picture.

Tutorial4

The boxes in the green circle allow you to change the tint of the sun or moon and also what sort of tint your shadows will have.  The slider in the red oval will move the sun’s position according to what time of day you would like it to be.  And lastly, the slider in the blue oval allows you to customize the angle of the sun or moon so that it can cast better light on your avatar and create better shadows.  By using the sliders in the red and blue ovals alone, I was able to create the image shown below:

tutorial 1_004

So there you have it!  That is how I create great shadows on my blog post photos and get the most out of my raw shots!  Of course, it may not look as good if you are on a computer that has difficulty with ultra graphics.  I hope that this article has been of some help to you, and happy blogging!