Tutorial – Intermediate Photography Tips

Hi MAddicts,

Firstly thank you all so much for your feedback on my poll about introducing a Mesh Body/Head rating system here on MBA! If you haven’t given your thoughts yet, you can do so here!

Now, thank you all so much for your kind feedback about my first photography tutorial. I was a little nervous about posting that one, given that I’m just at a learner level myself with it, so thank you for all of your kind words <3

This week The Epiphany event opened, which is one of my favourite quarterly events. I know not everyone loves gatcha events, and fair enough too, but there’s something about the level of creativity that designers muster for events like this that make them SO MUCH FUN for bloggers/photographers!! I had an absolute ball there, and you will too!

So with that in mind, I decided to do another little tutorial post and this time focus on Zooming/panning/framing your shot. A huge shout out goes to Jacolyn Wendt for the idea, and for her notes on this topic <3

The below instructions may not make much sense until you to try them yourself – and they are applicable to FIRESTORM (corrected – sorry guys, I always seem to call Firestorm Firefox lol) users only. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but remember if your camera gets stuck in zoom or looks weird, you can reset it by pressing ctrl and the number 9 together.

Controlling your Camera (that is, your view):

Here are descriptions on how to control your camera. I encourage you to play around with these and see how they effect your pictures.

Zoom in/out
What does it do? – Zooming is simply moving your camera backwards and backwards.
• To zoom in/out: hold down Alt, then click (and hold) on the object of interest, then move your mouse forward/backward. If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can also zoom in and out by moving it back and forth. (If you want want to zoom in the center of your screen, then you can just use your scroll wheel.)

Alternative you can use Camera Controls (on the bottom toolbar, the picture of the eye) and use the magnifying glass that comes with that to cam around, centre your shot then use the mouse wheel and/or alt and move your mouse in and out. Personally, I use the camera controls constantly in SL to navigate around.

Top tip – To zoom farther, you need to access the debug menu. To do this, use the Advanced menu at the top of your screen. If you don’t see the advanced menu, hold down ALT, CTRL, and the letter D all at the same time. You will see now the word ADVANCED at the top of your screen. Go to ADVANCED and look for “Disable camera constraints”, then click it so that a tick apears next to it. Now you can zoom VERY far away from where you are.

Tilting up/down/left/right
• To orbit your camera left/right around a object: hold down Alt, click (and hold) on the object of interest, then move your mouse left/right.
• To orbit your camera up/down around the object: hold down Alt and Ctrl, then click (and hold) on a object of interest, then move your mouse up/down.

• To pan the screen (meaning: moving your camera down/up/left/right but without rotating your camera): hold down Alt and Ctrl and Shift, then click (and hold) anywhere on the screen, then move your mouse down/up/left/right.

Extreme Zoom In/Out
• To use extreme zoom in/out – which is fun for snapshots, close-ups, or even attempting to work on very small objects such as jewelery – use the key commands Ctrl and the number zero (0) to zoom in, and Ctrl and 8 to zoom out. You can hit each one multiple times to continue to zoom in or out, or hit the opposite to go a step back from the one you did previously. You will see this feature pulls in the background of the shot and flattens the look of the shot. If you find that when you take close ups they look a little odd, try using Extreme Zoom. Obviously, this can do funny things to your camera, so when you’re done (or need to reset and start over) use Ctrl and 9 to go back to normal view.

In the below image I’ve used Extreme zoom to pull the background in a little and give the image more impact. Essentially when you extreme zoom, it pulls the background closer in the image, which is really useful for shots like this. Without extreme zoom, in the below image you wouldn’t have seen the building and paths behind me, because they were too far away for a ‘normal’ zoom to capture. One thing to be aware of though is how far away your camera is BEFORE you extreme zoom. The further away from your subject you are (ie. the more times you have to zoom in by pressing Ctrl and 0, the more this will occur, and sometimes it will just make your image look downright weird, so experiment with it!

Wind ate my homework

Help, my view is weird now!
To get out of any panning, tilting or other weirdness, double tap ESC. To get out of Extreme Zoom or if ESC doesn’t work, press and hold Ctrl and the number 9. This will reset your view.

I hope this has been helpful Maddicts! Have fun camming, there’s lots to see!

<3 Daria

I’m wearing:
Mesh Head – Candy by Catwa
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya

Pic 1:
Skin – Vanessa by Glam Affair (available at Collabor88)Catwa applier
Hair – Kera by Truth (Available at The Epiphany)
Antlers – Deity Antlers Moonglow RARE by Storybook (Available at The Epiphany)
Panda – Wonderful pandas (forearm) by Fawny (Available at The Epiphany)
Cardigan/Top/Skirt – My Kawaii Cardigan/top/skirt by Dead Dollz (Available at The Epiphany) – Maitreya sizes, each item available seperately
Socks – Chakra High Sock by Moon Exlir (Available at The Epiphany) – Maitreya size
Pose – Sara pose 7 by Amitie (note that the pose is altered at the arm by the panda’s animation)

Pic 2:
Skin – Lia (America 01) by Glam Affair (Available at Kustom9)Catwa applier
Hair – May by Pr!tty (Available at Hairology)
Bra/Panties/Shirt/Skirt/Tie – Dress Code gatcha by Azuchi & Vinyl (Available at The Epiphany) – available in Belleza (all), Maitreya & Slink (both) sizes, each item available seperately
Gloves – Bad-Kitty Gloves Pack 2 RARE by RealEvil (Available at The Epiphany)Maitreya fit
Leg Straps – Leg Ribbons by Storybook (Available at The Epiphany)
Fox – Foxxy Fellows pet (classic) by DarkendStare (Available at The Epiphany)
Pose – Good Girl 04 by Infiniti (Available at ROMP)

7 thoughts on “Tutorial – Intermediate Photography Tips

  1. it’s important to note that while mouse wheel/moving can distort your subject, ceating a closeup-wideangle effect which can ruin facial features, using the control key acts more like a telephoto, leaving the main subject as is and like you said affecting the background’s distance from the main subject

  2. This is so helpful to someone like me who is still very new in the learning stages of taking pictures on SL. Thank you for this post. ♥

  3. Thank you so much for both of your photography tutorials. They are very helpful. Please continue the series.


    Stephanie Michelle

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