In the picture [above], I’ve set my ‘in focus’ zone to be an area about halfway between where my camera is and where Huck is standing. I’m going to get him to walk towards the camera, starting off blurred and then moving into focus and then out of it again. This technique will add depth to the scene and make it feel more real.
Nalates has an in-depth tutorial for creating customized hand and toenails for Second Life avatars -- so in-depth, she gets into the 13 year+ history of SL avatars, a timeline of retrofits and workarounds, as the user community created solutions (and additional complexity) to Linden Lab's avatar forms. For instance:
Love this tutorial on diffuse/soft lighting in Second Life from Beev Beev, the same SLer who created this great tutorial on environmental reflection. It's an immersive demo in which the person behind Beev doesn't talk, just posts instructions through SL chat, so you'll probably want to click full screen to read those.
RL work warning: Contains non-sexual nudity, though the nuclear pasties are kinda kinky.
Nalates has a good tutorial for and background on the Advanced Lighting Model, which Linden Lab recently added to Second Life to give users more and better options for illuminating a scene. Trouble is, she says, is many people still don't take advantage of it in their SL locations: "We can’t get any information on how many people are using ALM. We’ve been asking for a couple of years now. So, creatives and merchants have some hesitancy about building for ALM. Understandable. But, I ran with ALM enabled on my old machine and still got 10 to 30 FPS in most cases. Shadows killed me, not ALM." So she makes the in-depth case for adding ALM here. Whatever you do, don't do lighting like this:
Did you know that in Firestorm, you can adjust another user's avatar around on your screen as easily as you could an inanimate object? Why yes, yes you can:
This is actually an old tutorial (by David Thomas Scorbal) and so probably old news to some readers, but seeing as I see top photographers still asking people they're photographing to move this way or that, it's likely news many can use. This isn't something you can do to any avatar, of course: