Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Photospot: Be a Model!

Photospot on SL Unearthed is a semi-regular feature that highlights a Second Life spot that is a cool place at which to take portrait photos inworld. Not an entire sim, not even a complete parcel, but just a single specific location - a spot - with portrait opportunity.

If you've ever wanted to be the center of attention as a glamorous model surrounded by hot lights and the clicking of cameras, now's your chance. Today's Photospot is taking you to a studio photoshoot setup inside the Sn@tch clothing store, and you get to be the star!

SLU Photospot: studio model

There is a landing point in effect, but let the beacon lead your way. It isn't very far, although there are plenty of distractions along the way as you need to walk past many of Ivey Deschanel's punky/goth creations. Try to take advantage of the Photospot now, and shop later. The studio photoshoot area appears to be "store decoration" so it might be changed out as the season changes; one never knows.

SLU Photospot: in the lights

Windlight doesn't offer a lot of options that worked here, possibly due to being inside the building (which is very dark) or the contrast against the model area (which is in fullbright). Haze didn't suit the scene, and I was avoiding color extremes, preferring to add color in post. There are no nearby windows, so I didn't have any luck trying to get shadows. Not that the studio would want shadows, heh. But you might want them enabled for yourself, to be able to make use of Depth for some of your shots.

To keep the flavor of the scene, just be sure your framing includes the camera, the light umbrellas or the edges of the backdrop. See? The camera adores you. Work it, baby, work it.

SLU Photospot: working it

Style notes: My model is wearing a Yasum skin, hair from EMO-tions, Baby Monkey heels and the dress is from Kastle Rock Couture. The poses, well-suited for a modeling photoshoot, were from a group gift by agapee (Gabriel).

Flickr members: you're invited to join the SL Unearthed Photospot group and add your pictures taken at Photospot locations to the group pool.
Take note that very little in SL stays the same for very long. After even a short while, Photospot locations may be gone or changed in a significant way that renders their SLurls ineffective as originally intended, so be sure to grab these opportunities as they come!

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