pub. on feb 09, 2011 Second LifeTutorial - Guide - Story Step by Step Composition
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Let's go step by step through creating a picture. In this case the subjects a dancing couple. I've added a viewfinder HUD to my avatar to help you see the composition steps.

 
 
 

 
 
 
First we'll do a general framing, then starting moving around looking for the right shot.

The background here is cluttered. We need to search out a better one.

 
 
 

 
 
 
The background here is much cleaner. We'll approach the shot from this angle.

 
 
 

 
 
 
We'll zoom in to fill the frame with just the couple from the hands up. We need to stay aware that we may end up cropping the image, and there are guide marks on the HUD to show the sizes of different cropping plans.

 
 
 

 
 
 
This is a fairly good angle and zoom amount, so we open the Snapshot panel and begin shooting.

 
 
 

 
 
 
This is not a studio posed sitting. The couple is moving around as they dance. We need to take more shots than ordinary as we look for the just the right one.

 
 
 

 
 
 
...and more shots...

 
 
 

 
 
 
...and more shots...

 
 
 

 
 
 
...and more shots...

 
 
 

 
 
 
...until you see what you want.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Take the picture into Gimp and crop it, scale it, whatever.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Here's that Magic Moment.

 
 
 

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This is a step by step demonstration of composing and making a photograph. In some of the steps you can see the viewfinder HUD I created for this demonstration as way to see how much of the image would be cropped out for different uses.

 

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