This is one of my new passions. I’m not that good at it, but I’m not that bad, either. I’m not much of a photographer in real life (has anyone trademarked “Real Life”, btw?). I use a one click digital, much the same as other holidaymakers might and I’m very happy with that, thank you. In fact, that shows how behind the times I am, for most use their ‘phones now, don’t they?
Second Life offers anyone the chance to take some really gorgeous photos. You don’t have to have the best equipment (although a good PC does help), but if you want to get your photography just right, it does help to have some basic understanding of graphic enhancement programmes like Photoshop or GIMP. Not got one and don’t have the money for Photoshop? Then join me with GIMP and you should still do just fine. You can find the programme here, it’s astoundingly good.
Second Life will also let you change what you see before any post-processing. You can manipulate the sun, moon, water, light intensity … so many different things, all within the Second Life viewer. Now it’s here I will confess I am not adept with (or a fan of) the viewer that Second Life provide themselves and I use Firestorm (a third-party viewer) as my default. You should still be able to change your settings perfectly well with the Second Life viewer, but any hints or tips or tricks I learn will be based on Firestorm, because that’s what I use. When Second Life stop making me look at chat I don’t want to and remove that incredibly annoying floating chat bar, as well as improve build tools, I might give it another try … Find a viewer that works for you and don’t discount the standard one, for you, it may be just the thing. I am not sociable in Second Life and have no interest in chat, so the ease of managing your chats and Instant Messages is of no use to me whatsoever and is simply an annoying distraction. For you it might be a ton of fun!
If you want to get into Second Life photography, I would recommend that you do as I did and take a threefold approach:
1. Experiment yourself. Nothing is quite like it.
2. Read blogs and tutorials. People are willing to help.
3. Watch tutorial videos. People are willing to help … and film it.
Here are some helpful links – at least they were for me. Got more? Let me know!
Strawberry Singh: Famous inworld for her extraordinarily beautiful photography, Berry shares a lot in this blog. It’s a must for any aspiring photographer.
Harlow Heslop: A nice lady (she doesn’t know she knows me, haha!) and a great photographer.
Mirror Water: Just got into using this, it’s fabulous. Try it!
I’ll add a lot more, but as I write this, my blog is pretty new!