Saturday, July 23, 2011

Acquiring a Slider Addiction - Photography in Second Life

Elonia (moderate)

I made a quick trip inworld this morning to take a few photos demonstrating the effect of moving just one of the environment sliders - the "east angle" or angle of the sun.  These are not great photographs but should give you some idea of the impact of changing just this one aspect of your image.

Elonia (moderate)

Remember if you do this at "midday", which is noon, you won't see a difference because the sun is assumed to be directly overhead.  Once you start playing with this one I predict you'll feel impelled to start playing with all of the other sliders.  Having this ability to customize your image is one of the reasons I love taking photos on the grid.  One day I'll get good at it.

Elonia (moderate)

I didn't spend a lot of time trying to create the perfect image for this post - because I found something much better.  This video demonstrates the use of that one slider brilliantly.  The fact that Nakoto Exonar is a talented machinimist and a poet with a lovely voice is all gravy.  See what can be done with just one of the environment settings and then go do your own experiments.


Scarp Godenot said...

The problem with Second Life photography is that there are too MANY choices..... heh

Just wait till you start playing with the angle of view tools which are the equivalent of wide angle and telephoto lenses. (ctrl 8 and ctrl 0, each with several levels of clicking. ctrl 9 gets you back to a 'normal' view lens equivalent....

And don't even get me started about the massive windlight controls.... ha ha ha

Honour McMillan said...

@Scarp - I wrote a post recently saying taking photos inworld is like buying toothpaste - the number of variables appear infinite. Lots of fun though. :P)