I’m slowly getting back into SL and taking photos. I’m also slowly getting back into Photoshop and editing photos. Sometimes, though, you get lucky.
Last week I was wandering around Yorkshire, a sim I have visited before. Changes have been made, of course, so I went back to see what it was like now.
It’s still beautiful, though in a different way than previously. Before, it was bleak and dark (but not in a depressing way). Now it’s more light and sun and relaxation.
I do edit my photos, but I play around a lot with windlights and focal lengths and effects in-world as well. And sometimes, I manage to find a combination that works.
I found this little scene in Yorkshire and was immediately enthralled. I’m not sure why, because I’m not a pickup truck or outdoorsy girl. But it spoke to me in some way, so I stopped to take some photos.
And I got lucky.
I’m thrilled with the way this photo came out. So happy, in fact, that it is now my PC wallpaper. I don’t care if any one else likes it – this photo makes me happy. 🙂
Last week I spent some time exploring a few sims and taking photos. It’s amazing how much I remember and how much I have forgotten about taking photos in SL.
Part of the joy of photography in SL for me is getting to play around in Photoshop after taking photos. I love trying out different things – it’s a discovery process for me, because I am largely self-taught when it comes to Photoshop.
I have an older version, back before the subscription model started, so I actually own the software. It’s outdated, yes, but it still lets me do lots of fun things.
One of the pictures I took last week I wasn’t really happy with. It seemed kind of bland and blah. I played around with cropping and then tried some different effects, but I didn’t really find anything I liked. So I set the photos aside for a few days and worked on other things.
Yesterday I sat down to do some editing and picked this photo back up. I cropped it and added some background blur. I still wasn’t happy with the photo, so I added a simple lens flare effect. It completely changed the photo.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make you happy. 😀