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Myra Wildmist

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  1. Here's mine. Not quite 10 years, yet, but it's coming in October. That's actually me on my first day in sl. : )
  2. Since your brought up FOV... This is an old article I wrote on simulating lenses using phototools in FS. It might be useful. Kultivate has let their site go a little, but the info is still there. https://kultivatemagazine.com/2016/07/25/sl-photography-simulating-popular-lenses-in-phototools/ Sorry, if it sidetracks the lighting discussion. : )
  3. I think there's a lot to learn from rl techniques. In my opinion, it's not moot. Real life techniques are relevant to sl. It's a virtual world that emulates rl, not perfectly, but you can get some very realistic results. Anyway, I was just adding to the conversation. It's meant to broaden the topic, nothing more. I'm only suggesting another way to light your photos. And I use single point lighting all the time; it seems to work for me. At the least, try using a projector.
  4. Great post, Alyona. Very informative. I thought I'd add a couple of extra thoughts. In real life, most portrait photographers only use one key light. Annie Leibovitz, for example, typically only uses one key light. There's a nice article about it, called Lighting Like Leibovitz: The One Light Challenge, here. Cindy Sherman tends to use only the one light, too, and Nan Goldin is mostly a natural light photographer (I bet she'd love to be able to manipulate the sun like we do with windlights.). So I'd recommend starting with just one light to even out the shadows, especially for portraiture. Also, though I know they're more complicated, I prefer using projectors, rather than the glowy facelights. Projectors yield a more realistic look -- they cast shadows and the light is directional -- plus I have more control over the way the light is cast.
  5. I'm copying a few to get you started. Most of these are big groups: Flickrites of Second Life Photographers of Secondlife ✰❀Second Life-High Quality Photo❀✰(OPTED OUT) What Is... ÃRT work P1/C1 SL_PHOTOGRAPHERS Second Life Residents (Opted Out) ❤ Beautiful Avatars ❤ -SL- Photo & Blog (opted out) Second Life: SHow YouR ♥ pICtUREs!!! Second Life Official That should get you going. Look at others who do what you do and see what groups they're in. I don't have too many blogger groups, for instance, since I don't blog. Feel free to im me in world if you want to talk directly.
  6. Not sure if this is the solution to your problem... Try using your camera controls to save your camera position. that will help a lot. bring up you FS cameratools with ctrl+shift+C. Use the down arrow to save the camera position, then the up arrow to recall the saved position
  7. Goodbye, LEA. On a personal note, I got my creative start at a LEA sim. There was a LEA sponsored sim called Medici University that was a gathering of artists. I wasn't one, but I dj'ed there and started getting interested in photography, which started spurred me to learn more. Since then, I've taken hundreds of photos and made many of my own builds in SL. The LEA sandbox, where I'm standing in this photo, was a fabulous place to build. I learned tons from other people building there and saw some incredible builds. I'm going to really miss the sandbox. It was just such a great place for seeing what others were creating and learning from those people. This photo was taken on the sandbox's last day. *sniff
  8. One I took, last night. Hope you like it. : ) All in-world. No post-processing.
  9. Stuff happens. What we really appreciate is the communication. Thanks very much to the Linden team for helping the residents get through a tough time. ❤️
  10. Your soothing presence is appreciated. Most of us are in stage 3 withdrawal by now.
  11. We appreciate it. Thank you. ❤️
  12. I'm playing my dj set through my stream. I wonder if anyone's even in the club. : )
  13. Hi, Yokasta. It seems to be working okay for me. Try it, again.
  14. Just in case you're not subscribed to the maintenance report, I wanted to let people know the feed is back up. Thank you, LL.
  15. Not everyone knows you can subscribe to an incident to get status updates. It was nice of you to post that info. People who use the feed regularly are concerned about this (There are more than you might realize if you don't use it.) and are looking to share info with the rest of us who use the service. The status report from LL does not currently provide any sense of what's going on, which can be frustrating. Notice, for instance, that Voice Morphing has updates informing the community that the problem is being worked. There are no updates regarding my.secondlife despite it being down for more than 3 days, now. I think it's fine if people want to update this post, since I'm the OP. I have no problem with it. It's nice to know others are concerned about the sl feed. At least we can commiserate about missing it.
  16. Looks like the SL Profile feed is broken, again. Can't post photos or enlarge ones that are already there. I submitted a support ticket about it. I don't really have a question. I'm just posting hoping it will come to the attention of the right people.
  17. Hi, Estella. First, the bottom photo you posted is almost certainly photoshopped, so it's not a good representation of the lighting and effects you can get in sl. However, you can get some very realistic looks, but there are a lot of factors that go into how you look in sl. Here's a little list of settings that will help. These are going to be dependent on your computer, of course: Enable Advanced Lighting Model. Enable all local lights. Turn on Ambient Occlusion. It softens the edges of the shadows and does a few more things. Set your resolution to Outstanding. (It's a FS setting. Not sure if it's the same in the Linden viewer.). If you can walk around with Lifelike, even better. Set your Anti-Aliasing t0 16x Those are just to get you started. You could also turn on your Depth of Field, but that's going to put some more pressure on your graphics. If you have a newish system, you'll probably be fine. There are other settings, but that's my getting started list. If anyone else has any suggestions, weigh on in. : ) Now, about windlights. Most of them are a bit too extreme or don't have decent shadows or the colors don't belong on this planet. I make almost all of mine. However, there are a few nice ones that might work for you: (SS) Atmospheric 06:00 b Nice, dusk windlight. The shadows could be better, but the light is good. (SS) Atmos 07:00 1 and 0:800 1 Both nice, and nice enough shadows. Again, nice dusk time light. AvatarOpt. There's one called Analuletia AvatarOpt -- that one's not too good. Fineday Papersnow is nice, but you have to change the time of day on it to get it to look nice. I like it around 9 am. Raymond's Bright and Hazy Day and Raymond's Brighter Day That should get you started on windlights. At the very least, play with the time of day. That can make a huge difference in the look of the windlight. If you edit a windlight, remember time of day controls the height of the sun in the sky, so it controls the length of your shadows. Est angle controls the angle of the sun (or moon) relative to the horizon, essentially control the angle of your shadows. Feel free to im me in world. All of my flickr photos are done in-world without photoshopping: https://www.flickr.com/photos/myrawildmist/
  18. I finally got in. hope everyone else has the same success. ❤️
  19. Me, too, Phoenix. : ( I'm trying to log... over and over.
  20. So I come back from a weekend away and SL is broken. : /
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