Add Some Polish to Your SL Pics with Firestorm Viewer's Screen Space Reflections Feature
If you're looking for that special something to take your Second Life snapshots up a notch, you may want to look into the Firestorm Viewer, which added an entirely unique rendering feature with their 4.4.0 update. Screen space reflections allow objects that are set at any level of "shininess" in SL to reflect their surroundings, rather than just the world lighting as they have for ages. Glossy glass, polished hardwood, slick ice... There are a lot of possibilities, as well as some limitations.
Now obviously not everyone will be able to use screen space reflections depending on their hardware, but if your computer can handle shadows and depth of field you'll probably also be able to handle SSR.
While screen space reflections may not be the most obvious visual enhancement that's come out for SL in the past couple months, they're finally starting to catch on with photographers and artists looking to experiment with their work. You can check the Firestorm Viewer wiki for more details on this and other features.
(Photo credit: Nylon Pinkney)
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