I looked at the results of the picture experiment polls today, and I have to say, once again I am surprised.
Personally, I liked photos 1A and 2B the best. (If you need to refresh your memory about the photos, see here.)
My attempt with photo 1A to recreate the windlights in 2A was not successful, but the photo ended up being better in the end. Poor choice of windlights for 2A, I suppose. And 1A was the hands-down favorite in the polls.
For the second set of photos, I thought I did a much better job of getting the windlights close. I prefer the shadows in photo 2B, although it does sort of look like the rocks in the foreground are floating a bit. However, the overwhelming majority of you thought that photo 1B was better.
The photos 1A and 1B were taken using SL Go. Since these were the favorites, I suppose it will be worth keeping up my subscription and using it to take photos.
However, the down side for me is that I have a LOT less options when taking photos with SL Go. I am limited to about 10 preset windlights, and although I can play around with the windlight settings manually, it is not a quick process.
Also, when using Firestorm, I have the option to take the photos at a much higher resolution. For example, photos 2A and 2B were taken at 5848X3128 and resized down to 1024X548 for the blog. I personally thought the details were a bit clearer on those photos, with less rough edges than 1A and 1B.
1A and 1B were taken with SL Go and the highest resolution you can set (the only resolution I could use, as I couldn’t locate a way to change it) is 1280X720, which I resized down to 1024X576. I thought that 1B had the same issue as 2B with the rocks seeming to float a bit, and I thought the snowman in 1A was a little jagged.
So, I will continue to experiment with my photos. I saw recently that Builder’s Brewery has added some photography classes, so I am hoping to catch one of those and maybe learn some tips and tricks to help improve my photos.
I haven’t yet tried taking photos at a show with SL Go. My husband has gone to several shows, but again, some of the controls are difficult to master. So, it may take some experimenting to see if it’s worth trying to use SL Go at a show for pictures.
If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share about photography in SL, please let me know!