Camera Tip 1: Close Ups and POV

A very common thing for Second Life photographs to have is the default Camera distance, we’re usually floating a couple of meters above and behind our AVs. This is great in giving us a more distant perspective in daily activity, and it lets us be aware of our environment. There’s an alternative however that allows us not only to live in a closer and more intense way: Try pressing control-0 (zero) to close up and control-8 to move away. Control9 will reset your view. Walking around with a closer POV sseems to be more “emotionally intense” to me, and when walking around a new or favourite sim, it allows your mind to absorbe a new option.

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Top 14.5 DO’s to create a good Second Life Photo

There are tonnes of things we can do to make a photo seem more interesting or, as per my penchant, more realistic. Just quick list:

  1. DO adjust your AV’s hair and clothes for this one shot. Hint: Female AVs: When lying down, reduce your breast size to a very small measure. They flatten with gravity, you know :)
  2. DO adjust your environment if you can. I love builders and shape builders who have a grasp of human scale.
  3. Do look for crazy angles, they often lead to inspiration. Allow yourself to move that camera around freely!
  4. DO have a technical understanding of the ins and outs of your SL client
  5. DO play with lighting
  6. DO take a shot in that one odd, tight little corner in an otherwise plain sim.
  7. DO take 80 bazillion shots, they’re free and you can discard later. Some of my most interestiing shots are imperfect and came about by pure accident.
  8. DO work hard on getting just one shot right too. I’ve spent hours trying to make a picture in my head come true.
  9. DO learn every inch of a great sim (and thank, praise, offer credit to the sim builder–everyone loves praise!)
  10. DO be willing to do something that you’ve never seen and put it out there.
  11. DO ask questions, meet nice people, listen carefully, remember and learn. Talent is just the root, hard work and practice is what pays off.
  12. DO, DO, DO make your picture create a story or a world in one snapshot.
  13. DO use your imagination
  14. Do have fun. If this isn’t about fun, I don’t know what is.

Do find someone you love and give them a hug during a shoot. It’s good for inspiration and reduces carpal tunnel syndrome :)