Before I start, I am no expert this area and completely self taught over the years by just playing around with buttons and seeing what works for myself. If anybody else has a better way, please do get in touch!
Starting off I have chosen to use the Firestorm viewer as I feel I get a lot more options for taking photographs within Second Life. What do I mean by options? I mean more artistic options, I can choose to have shadows. I can choose from the hundreds of pre set skies or water available to me. I also switch to the Second Life viewer but that has less options and I will do a little piece of that in the future.
As you can see from above I generally have my graphics on a very low setting as my computer struggles at the best of times.
If you go to the top of your screen you should be able to see your preferences, click and the following screen will appear.
This really is where the fun begins and you can whack up your graphics from low to ultra or to somewhere in-between
I’ve chosen high setting for mine (If I went any higher i’m sure my computer would die!). The fun begins here because you can start to see the quality and the realistic graphics come to
Also on the preferences screen, draw distance, the quality of mesh items, the quality of avatars, the quality of the sky and the trees.
Across your top menu you can now start to experiment with the wonders of Windlight. Choose world, and then choose the one titled Photo and video. This screen will show. Choose phototools.
The following screen will come up.
This is where you can now experiment to your hearts content! The amazing selection of preset skies that are available to you is extraordinary.
You can mix and match skies and water, add shadows from the preferences screen. Add realistic lighting.
Here is an example of a finished image from my personal blog.
Use of shadows and the pre set skies. I hope this some what helps a little and it’s not all over the place! My overall advice would be, experiment experiment experiment and take a hell of a lot of pictures and most of all have fun doing it.