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.

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

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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.

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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:

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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!

Neva River Sim Photography Challenge

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Neva Crystall
and Alex Bader are hosting a wonderful Photography Challenge! If you love to take landscape photos in Second Life and enjoy playing with windlighting and angles, I highly suggest checking this challenge out. Neva has opened her sim up to the public again for the next two weeks, so the time is short! Good luck to you all!

Information about the challenge can be found on Neva’s blog
To join the Flickr Group:HERE
To check out the sim: Neva’s Sim

Hazardous

Hey Guys!

Its me again with Week #2 of my Sim Location Spotlight Series! This week I have chosen to use the Hazardous Sim!  If you have any sims you would like featured in this series please let me know! and.. if you use any if the sims featured please also let me know!

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Warning! This post is a bit picture heavy (10+ in total)

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