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Windlight Makes for Great Snapshots

February 14, 2008

This might be a great big “duh” for people who have seen the amazing environments that Windlight provides– beautiful sunsets, moody (and accurate) lighting, rolling clouds– but have you actually tried playing with the environment editors? They’re fantastic!

If you’re a Second Life snapshot artist (I have a bit of a problem calling this art form “photography”, because we are not actually playing with light… it’s a technical thing, you see) I urge you to open up your Environment editors and start moving those sliders around! You can change anything from the fluffiness of the clouds to the color of the ambient light, to the size and position of the sun in the sky– with such god-like powers resting dormant in a drop-down menu, how can one resist?

These are some examples I’ve come up with– all of the following snapshots were taken entirely in Windlight with no outside manipulation. It’s amazing to me how quickly the mood of a picture can change by doing something as simple as changing the sky color or flaring out the sun:

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