[GUIDE] How to take awesome snapshots of your Second Life

by Community Manager ‎05-11-2011 12:21 PM - edited ‎05-11-2011 12:24 PM

Not long ago, I was going to eat sushi with friends. (I'm so fond of sushi I named a cat after it.) But before I did, I took many pictures of the impending feast. One of my chums asked me why, and I candidly replied:

"This meal will be gone soon, but the memories will remain."

So it is with inworld photography, one of the most popular hobbies inside Second Life — and getting started is as easy as clicking a single button. Years ago, I started a snapshot help page that has since helped thousands of Residents discover the joy of SL photography firsthand. As time passed though, I received hundreds of requests to update the guide to reflect the newest Viewer versions. I have!

Curious and short on time? Aren't we all. This less-than-three (not to be confused with "<3", although I love teaching this stuff) minute video gets you started:

What's next?

Happy snapping and see you 'round community.secondlife.com and in Second Life!

by Resident Ornek
on ‎09-05-2011 12:07 PM

Scusate il disturbo ma non sono pratico come faccio a sapere il cognome del mio avatar???? rispondete per favore

by Honored Resident NiaSilk Pearl
on ‎10-01-2011 09:46 AM

Hi great article it helped me alot.

I was wondering if you could help answer a question that i have posted in the forum here:



by Recognized Resident MidnightColor
on ‎11-14-2011 05:33 AM

Ich fand das toll das man Fotos machen konnte, aber seit ich auf 3. Version geuploadet habe, ist diese leider nicht mehr vorhanden. Schade. 

by Honored Resident Chalice Piers
on ‎11-16-2011 08:01 AM

What's a back tick?

by Contributor Cerise Sorbet
on ‎11-17-2011 09:30 AM
What's a back tick?

It is this:  `

You might call it a left single quote or a grave accent. On many keyboards it is located below the Esc key.

by Honored Resident KellyM Watkins
on ‎12-13-2011 04:51 AM

"Extreeeeeeeeeeme" lol

Another cool video Torley <3

by Resident Sandy Sandalwood
on ‎02-08-2012 04:25 AM

Nice work, as usual, Torley!

by Honored Resident Carmilla Mirabeau
on ‎03-08-2012 07:12 PM

I want your computer!! Very nice...

by Resident ArianneAStarCat
on ‎03-09-2012 07:30 AM

This is a very useful link, specially that I´m not so good taking pics here at SL thanks again Torley Cat Wink

by Honored Resident sleezyscoundrel
on ‎03-09-2012 06:30 PM

Very interesting article, thanks for the tips.

I tried some of what you suggested but found that I would be in need of some key lights.

If I am standing with my back to a sunset, my face and body tend to be much darker than the BG. Any suggestions concerning lighting?

by Honored Resident Carmilla Mirabeau
‎03-10-2012 04:45 AM - edited ‎03-10-2012 04:45 AM



You can go to the Sky Settings and under Lighting you can up your GAMMA settings. That will brighten up your photo Smiley Happy

by Honored Resident sleezyscoundrel
‎03-13-2012 05:42 PM - edited ‎03-13-2012 05:42 PM

Tip o the hat, @Carmella.

I'll give the Gamma settings a look see.

by Honored Resident VivienneAKittenn
on ‎03-27-2012 10:52 AM

Thanks for helping me with this article that will be very useful to take my pictures Smiley HappyCat Surprised

by Recognized Resident CaptxJack
on ‎03-28-2012 08:02 AM
Trouble with DEATH The "Grim Reaper" downloadable costume is very ill. I think I downloaded it twice, the result is that the Avatar costume will rip the clothes off the used Avatar. Then it sits at almost a 90 degree angle to a naked form. The naked Avatar will back kick the Grim Reaper repeatedly, sometimes while falling off a building. The Grim Reaper is doing it's thing "moaning" and dripping blood from it's weapon. Switching to another avatar temporarily corrects the problem. Switching back to the first used avatar will have it's clothes back. But I cannot get DEATH to preform correctly. Can you or someone else tell me how to cure/fix DEATH? as3thab3@hushmail.com Don
by Honored Resident HarleyRainn
on ‎08-18-2012 08:13 PM

Creating a new pic, once you find the save as feature then its easy from there, now you know how people have their sl names on their photo such as myself 

by Honored Resident zaylene
on ‎11-20-2012 04:17 AM

Real helpful

by Recognized Resident AmethystMinou
on ‎12-28-2012 10:52 AM

So, I will know how to take pics where don´t look too far the faces Smiley Happy

by Honored Resident BiaArielMinou
on ‎01-22-2013 09:39 AM

I will read again and watching the video thanks good

by Resident JasonSmithXD
on ‎02-11-2013 02:54 PM

This was very useful! Thanks


by Honored Resident Sully Carminucci
on ‎03-23-2013 12:43 PM

Posso compartilhar esse vídeo no meu BLOg?

by Honored Resident Sully Carminucci
on ‎06-07-2013 04:45 PM


by Honored Resident twbender
‎11-01-2013 10:59 PM - edited ‎11-01-2013 11:15 PM

The default SL viewer doesn't have an "advanced mode" selection on the logon screen.  I see no options on any of the menus after logging in.  So how does one take a snapshot now?  Never mind, I figured it out.

by Honored Resident Sparrow777
on ‎11-04-2013 12:33 PM

Thanks so much for this!

by Resident AnastassiaRomanov
on ‎11-27-2013 03:51 PM

Hallo, wie kann ich die Fotos die ich ueber "web" ins profil aufnehme wieder finden auf der secondlife seite, denn es zeigt mir immer nur den link von dem aktuelle foto das ich gepostet habe, und diese link vergssse ich dann zu speichern und kann die fotos danach nicht mehr sehen, wo kann ich sie finden hier?

danke fuer die hilfe

by Recognized Resident Lulu Rage
on ‎12-01-2013 05:20 PM

No one can make a video like Torley