On-Location Fashion Photography

Second Life offers an abundance of amazing locations for great fashion shoots. Yet optimizing the lighting for an on-location shoot can be challenging, which is one reason why many SL photographers opt for studio shooting. I recently took Ananke Media SystemsPhotoLite toolkit to the beach to see how this highly versatile system can enhance the look of images you capture inworld.

This first photo shows our lovely model (none other than moi – of course!) posing on the beach with the existing night lighting. Nice location – what you can see of it!

Here’s the same location with lighting and effects added from the PhotoLite toolkit. I’ve used lights to brighten certain elements in the background (the pampas grass and palms) as well as the model (isn’t she gorgeous? — okay, I’ll stop). I’ve also added a very light mist with two effects generators to soften the reflected light from the sand and provide another colour detail.

After hiding all the lights, effect generators and the pose stand with a couple of quick clicks on the  PhotoLite HUD or menus, the scene becomes a vivid yet still natural looking setting perfect for capturing the romance of LeeZu Baxter’s Noir line!

Moving in for a closer view, I made some minor adjustments in the positioning of the lights using the PhotoLite HUD – all without ever changing the camera frame! One of the beauties of AMS products is the ability to stay focussed on the specific camera angle you want while using the HUD, menu or chat controls to adjust lighting, effects and even the direction the model’s eyes are looking.

And as a final reminder, here’s that close shot again… this time without the PhotoLite enhancements. By the way, apart from cropping and resizing for the web, none of these images have been photoshopped in any way.

So there you have it. With PhotoLite, you can take your on-location fashion shoots to a whole new level, anywhere on the grid! Stop by the AMS Demo Site to try it out soon!


Win PhotoTools Pro @ 2008 SL Footwear Expo!

Ananke Media Systems (AMS) has teamed up with the 2008 SL Footwear Expo to offer PhotoTools Pro as the Grand Prize in the Flickr Footwear Contest. You’ll find a demo of the PhotoStage on display in the Contest Voting Station at the Expo.

PhotoTools Pro includes both the full PhotoStage studio photography package bundled with PhotoLite, the photo toolkit for people on the go, perfect for on-location photography and machinima film-making. Follow the links to the AMS website for more details on these amazing virtual photography tools.

Be sure to visit the Flickr site to check out all the photos entered in the Footwear Contest! The Footwear Expo runs now to July 27th. Lots to see and do. Everyone’s there! Don’t miss it!

PhotoStage opens store at Metro Models

Ananke Media Systems announces the opening of a second PhotoStage display site in the new store at Metro Models. Here you can try out and purchase PhotoStage – the highly advanced photo studio especially designed for modelling and portrait photography in Second Life.

At the new Metro Models store you will also find PhotoLite, an advanced photographic toolkit designed for on-location shooting, and PhotoTools Pro which combines both the PhotoStage and PhotoLite packages at an affordable price.

For more information on Anake Media Systems products, please visit the AMS website. To find out more about Metro Models, be sure to check out the Metro Models website.

PhotoStage joins Ewing Fashion Agency in SL5B

Only a few days left of the SL5B celebrations, so if you haven’t had a chance yet, please drop by the Ewing Fashion Agency exhibit to check out the PhotoStage display.


There are two PhotoStages rezzed at the site, up on the second floor, so please feel free to swing by and try them out!

Ewing Fashion Agency’s invitation to co-showcase PhotoStage at their site in SL5B has been greatly appreciated. Second Life turns 5, and it’s an honour to celebrate alongside EFA.

Come see us at http://slurl.com/secondlife/SL5B Phantom/88/236/37!