Want to Take Great SL Images? Get Mr. Weaver's Phototools!
This lushly textured and evocative image, "human beauty", was shot in Second Life by William "paperwork Resident" Weaver (click here to embiggenize), and made entirely in-camera, with no post-production effects. How? Using a tool made to work with the Firestorm third party viewer, created by Weaver for virtual photographers like him: I'm talking about Phototools with Windlight Plus for Firestorm 4, which you can get here.
Weaver is a rising star in virtual photography, creator of utterly artful images like this, and, he tells me, "While I appreciate people who are good with Photoshop and after effects, I enjoy working with the limits of the viewer. And in order to do that, I modded it specifically for creating images." It took a lot of work to make it, he tells me, but "it was completely worth it." Here's why:
"It just puts ALL of the graphic settings Linden Lab hid in the debug right on on menu so you can manipulate the image just like you would in Photoshop. It also reformats Windlight menus to conserve screen space, and I rasied the limits for some setting so you can get new effects with the environment. Brighter starts, faster moving clouds and water, and I added camera controls all in one place, along with fine tune slider controls for the 3D mouse. Finally, it has extensive Tool Tips descrbing in detail what each setting does. That took a loooooooooooooong time to put together because the wiki for Linden Lab is outdated and limited (it was helpful though, I learned a lot)."
And now you, oh SL photographer, can gain from what William Weaver has learned: Go here for more info on the Phototool, and donwload it there too.Tweet