Color Experiment Via LUMIPro

A little guide to SL photography…

As mentioned previously, I ran across some striking portraits on Pinterest, under photography ideas, that I wanted to challenge myself to try with SL digital photography.  I attached my trusty LUMIPro lighting HUD and began to experiment.  Although it is expensive, if you’re into photography or blogging SL pictures, I think this awesome HUD is well worth the cost and can do some amazing things.  Warning, this is going to have a lot of pictures because I wanted to showcase the different colors and how you can achieve incredibly different looks via angles.  All were taken with the midnight windlight.  Please also note that I used the stylist with my Truth hair to move the hair so that colors could be emphasized, etc.  (How in the world did we make do with the old fashioned hair?!  Truth spoiled me for other brands by being one of the first to offer the stylist options.  lol)

 

First, I started with the original soft lighting it provides utilizing the butterfly lighting selection.

Bre Color Model Experiment A Original Butterfly

 

I then customized the color of the lighting balls (think of poseballs but emit light instead) and moved their positions a bit, to cast the light across the body slightly differently than it usually does with the butterfly lighting option.  Instead of utilizing the RGB default that creates the natural soft hue, I changed one to blue, one to pink, and another to purple.  I also adjusted the intensity and falloff of the lighting (seriously, this thing is so customizable it’s insane).  At first I made pink the dominant right color and a softer blue to the left side, with a hint of purple from lower behind (it actually just pumped up the color of the other two instead of changing the effect).

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Blue

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Blue Closeup

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Distant Blue

 

I wanted to provide a closeup of the first pose to show the difference between the color falloff I had set.  If you notice in the first picture, her legs are closer to the normal soft RGB hue, whereas the emphasis of color is focused on her face.  Not only did I customize that setting, but I also positioned the blue and pink attached lighting balls on the sides of her face  (I always leave them attached and just hide them when taking pictures or not in use, since they don’t have much complexity impact at all).  I think the second pose shows how a slightly different angle made the hands and left cheek really pretty.

 

I then moved the purple lighting ball higher, so it cast a slightly different hue to the pictures and I thought they turned out really gorgeous, so I had to include them.  🙂  Plus, that crouched position shows off the lighting SO well in my opinion.  Note how the pink is more of a kiss of color instead of being so dominant, since I brought the darker tones to the forefront.

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Purple Closeup

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Purple

 

For the next set I tried one with the pink still at the left side, but then I made the blue and purple lighting balls more dominant, which I think gives a whole different feel to the pictures, despite being repeats of the same poses as previous ones.  I also moved the balls around between shots, so some pictures are darker and more striking to me.

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark Distant Sitting

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark w Pink Highlight

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark and Blue Closeup

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark Standing

 

I then couldn’t resist a more active shot that shows off how the three colors light different areas of the body and I think color gives it even more impact, but that could just be me and my being proud of my experiment while I had a lot of fun.  *grin*

 

Bre Color Model Experiment LW Poses Be Fearless

 

Hubba hubba does that hint of skin pop with the color! And a tattoo with lace never worked so well together. 😉

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little lighting color experiment and maybe sparked a little creativity in you.  Also, I really hope that if you’re into SL photography that you consider the investment into LUMIPro (not sponsored, just really impressed by it), after seeing some of the options it offers.  It offers so many options without using harsh WLs or face lights/projectors, and I seriously love that I can share it with others, so when Luke and I take pictures together, like in the apocalyptic Ohm shoot, I can gently light both of us with just a couple clicks.

 

Have a great day and enjoy your SL travels! 🙂

 

Pose Credits:

All but the last were from West End Poses Spring Daisy Pose Collection, although I didn’t use the flower and let my AO shift my hands and head for some pictures.  (Note: they moved recently, and I’m having trouble logging in, so I may have the old SLurl.  I’m sorry if I do!)

The last pose is the Luanes World pose named Be Fearless.

Battle at Ohm

Ohm is a partial sim that is open to the public (please note that it is an adult sim though) and is incredibly landscaped to be an apocalyptic scene with a variety of broken down or destroyed vignettes within the concept.  We bought the SH RP Prop Gun – 870 Shotgun with HUD at Man-Pocalypse and couldn’t resist having a little fun with the guns in a little photoshoot at Ohm.

Note: I’m leaving the pictures a bit larger than usual, since they have more detail, are darker, and are scenes instead of closeups.

 

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Helicopter Down!

 

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Enemies Spotted

 

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I’ll Cover You

 

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They Blew Up the Car!

 

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Payback

 

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At Least It’s Not a Shotgun Wedding  🙂

 

 

If you’re into a cool photoshoot or want to enjoy the awesome landscaping of a destroyed town, I definitely recommend checking out Ohm.  I joined the group (I don’t know if it’s necessary for rezzing, but did just in case), and was able to even rez poseballs as needed.  Most of the posing was done via the HUD that comes with the Shotgun, which is currently 400L at the event.  A bit expensive for our usually frugal budget, but it has some handy animations for photoshoots (even walking and running aimed animations [!], although those didn’t photograph so well, so I didn’t include those lol), and they look so good that we’ll definitely be having some fun photoshoots with them again.  Plus, it comes with a drawn version and the slung behind the back version, as well!  We had a lot of fun and took way too many pictures while playing with windlights and angles.  🙂  Before I go, one little tip if you’re interested in doing one of these style photoshoots.  Invest in the LUMIPro HUD, available on the MP.  It’s expensive, but can be used with other avatars as well and super modifiable to fit your needs, and has way better lighting than face lights.  I almost always use it when using alternate windlights than CalWL or another bright WL.  Just add the HUD, attach the light balls (adjust if desired), pick a setting, and then click hide.  There are different styles of light angles built right in or you can move the light balls around to get the look you’re going for, plus you can even change the colors they emit (which I’ll be showing in my next post, where I did a little color experiment that I saw on Pinterest that photographers have done in RL!).  Anyway, I hope the tidbits are handy and you have some fun exploring while wandering SL during lockdown.  Stay safe and healthy! 🙂

 

Credits for this photoshoot (please note that both avatars have had makeovers with LeLutka Evolution heads and went BOM, so the credits for what their staple items are on the contact page, just to make things easier, and I’ll update it as appropriate):

Luke: [WAZ] Integrated Tactical Shirt (Black), [WAZ] Integrated Tactical Pants (Black)

A&D *GIFT* BOOTS ~Casey~ Basics [150130U]

Stealthic – Baron Hair (Browns)

Bre: Truth Hair – Paradise – Redhead

Peacekeeper Aeryn (outfit and includes sidearms strapped to each leg; drawn handgun not used)

After the fight pose: SN (Something New) Her One, His Only

Adjustments via: [HD]multi bento pose HUD beta v.1.41

Lighting for bodies: LumiPro

LeLutka Evolution Makeovers

I’m a little delayed with getting this written, since I’ve been sick, but during the Skin Fair I decided that Bre and Luke both needed LeLutka Evolution makeovers.  Partially because, you know, the newest technology so I have to get it lol, but also because it would make me fully learn BoM, to then help Luke and my friends switch over.  I’ve done a lot of tweaking since the first pic, right after I got the main parts set up aaaaand I got used to the animations HUD (I swear I need to buy a magnifying glass for the static facial poses!).  So, first round, not my favorite and a particularly unhappy looking one:

 

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Luke got updated from Guy to the Evolution Skyler while Bre updated from Simone to Evolutions Erin, with updated Maitreya and Signature Gianni put on and Bakes on Mesh (BoM) turned on.  His beard is one of the added features with the head and out of a selection that LeLutka generously provided, he liked this one (and the sideburns almost meet the hairbase completely, so he was really happy with that).  I was stoked that I could still use my applier tattoo despite having BoM active, because it’s my favorite and the designer hasn’t switched to BoM yet.  Poor Luke has no tattoos yet, since no BoM ones are hitting his Celtic open-my-wallet bone. (**Update: with a few missed clicks, Luke got to add his tattoo back on despite the designer not having it as a tattoo layer!)  *grin*  I had to change to a brighter red haircolor to match my wild RL dye job, of course (too bad it wasn’t that easy to change colors IRL! lol).  He also got new glasses since the old ones don’t work well with the new “skeleton” of the Evo head.

 

After a bit of work on their shapes and a super handy guide on MP we looked a bit more like “ourselves”.  (Naria Panthar also has some great tutorials regarding BoM over on YouTube if you are a visual learner.)

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And what do you do once you’ve had makeovers?  Go to Luane’s World and take sexy pictures, of course!  *grin*  She changed the regular sim over to Spring and there are so many hidden treasures in her landscaping that it is a must see destination, in my opinion!

 

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“We are simply meant to be…” – The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

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Wranglers – a country girl’s kryptonite

 

Since I refused to take off my new overalls from Addams (and an old Sn@tch lucky board system layer top now that we’re BoM!), he went country with the Rebellion cowboy hat.  It took some head movements and perfect timing to get a good picture with both wearing cowboy hats, so over to short hair (I’m a Truth addict, so it was probably harder to decide on which hair to change to than taking the picture lol).  I used LumiPro on both avatars for the lighting (seriously look into it if you want to take pictures; it’s totally worth the cost and if the other person accepts the light balls that you can position and hide, you can light up both of you with the perfect light without face lights making the nose so prominent *grin*).  For the barn pose we used: Ardent Poses – Entrapment, with Ardent Poses – Always for the standing one, tweaked a bit with the [HD]multi bento pose HUD beta v.1.41 giving a little help for our head tilts.

 

Once he logged off and I couldn’t sleep, I headed back over to Luane’s and took a bunch of different pictures.  I had been looking on Pinterest at photoshoot ideas while on bedrest and went a bit wild trying all the different country ones I found that I had poses to accomodate.  And if you don’t have an overwhelming amount of poses to try in your inventory, Luane has a ton of items with built in poses scattered about!

 

 

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Diversion – Book Lover Poses      “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close…date a girl who reads because you deserve it.  You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable…If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.” – Robert Pattinson

 

 

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:LW: Poses – Heart of Gold, female pose with prop 1    “Charm is more valuable than beauty.  You can resist beauty, but you can’t resist charm.” – Audrey Tatou

 

 

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Built in pose in the barn  “I don’t need to flirt.  I will seduce you with my awkwardness.”

 

 

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*~*HopScotch*~* Brooklyn 5    “The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one else has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein

 

It was so hard to pick favorites to share, since I had so much fun.  *grin* My top favorites are definitely the tractor and tree pictures, for sure.  If you like any items I didn’t provide SLurls for, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments and I’ll share them ASAP.  I just don’t want to overwhelm and look like a sponsored post, because this is all me (except for Luke obviously).  Luane has lots of poses at the mainstore landing spot and tons on MP, like the Heart of Gold I used, so her poses are in my top recommendations.

 

Between being sick, makeovers, BoM, and working on improving my photography, I’ve avoided sorting my inventory really well.  *grin* Oh, and one awesome tip, if you’re interested in some freebies during this crazy time of self isolation and quarantines, check out The Stay at Home Club SL.  It’ll help bloat that inventory further and designers have been super generous!!  Stay safe and healthy!

Happy Halloween!

I thought I’d post a few pixel Halloween-type pics.  I love cosplay all year round, so I don’t get really worked up for Halloween itself, but thought it’d be fun to be a little more morbid in some poses.  Any excuse to let my dark side out, right?  *grin*  Photography credits will be at the bottom.

 

I killed the pumpkin
Honey I killed the pumpkin

 

 

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He should’ve taken the trash out like I asked.

 

 

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Oh, Biscuits and Gravy!

 

 

And then one nice one…Happy Fall Y’all!

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Happy Fall from Luke, Bre, and Emma Kincaid

 

 

Credits:

Our own sim and background decorations

First pose: [KoKoLoReS] – Honey I killed the pumpkin, which includes the knife and pumpkin, along with the facial pose.  (From the pose fair)  In world Slurl

Second pose: GingerFish Poses – Hide the Body, In world Slurl

Third pose: +Mouni Poses+ – Scary Friends, In world Slurl

Family pose: SN (Something New) – Halloween Wagon, which includes fence, hay, scarecrow, pumpkins, and leaves!  In world Slurl

Lighting in darker pictures: LumiPro MP Slurl

Emma: Zooby Animesh: In world Slurl