So it’s time for me to enter another contest! :D As I’m sure you’ve noticed I am a contest addict. I think during my four years in SL I have entered literally hundreds of contest and contrary to popular belief I have only won nine of them! I love entering contests because it really gives me the opportunity to push myself to better my skills. And every time I don’t win a contest, I just tell myself to try harder next time. Just a few days ago I submitted a photo for the Hair Fair contest, which ends on the 19th btw so don’t forget to enter!
Now I’ve decided to try my hand at the Kari Komrad Hud Contest. This contest is actually very different for me because I’m used to photoshopping my pictures like mad for contests. This contest however, you’re not allowed to do that. So it was definitely a bit tricky and different for me but I really wanted to push myself and try it. I’m pretty satisfied with the results I got with these two pics so far, however we are allowed to submit as many pictures as we want so I am definitely planning to do a lot more, especially now that I have the hang of this hud and find it quite fascinating!
The first thing you want to do is actually pick up the hud itself, it’s only L$500 on the marketplace, (then you can leave a detailed and informative review for it like I did :D) or you can also find it at the Kari mainstore. Then check out this awesome and funny video to learn how to use it. I am embedding it below but you can also find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6wbw1wSaHA
The hud is actually very simple to use and it adds so much more creativity to your inworld snapshots. You are going to have a lot of fun with this, so definitely try it out. The contest ends on June 30th and the prizes are pretty sweet too, L$5000 for each category and there are three categories to submit your pictures in. I think for the two I’ve done here, I’ll go for Candid and Landscape. I’ve got a few ideas for the Minimalism category but still figuring it out. Kinda excited to try it! :D And check out the flickr group, people have already submitting. I really love this one so far.
While we’re on the topic of huds, I thought I’d mention it in this post as well since I used it for the first picture. People are always asking me how I get my eyes to focus on the camera in my pictures, well before I would rez a prim and have myself look at it by alt-clicking and then I would get my alt to take the picture. It was quite the ordeal and I still do that whilst shooting clients. However, recently Mr. James Schwarz of the Slipsters plurked this awesome auto focus hud. For some reason it’s been taken down from the marketplace where I originally purchased it from but I did hunt it down in the gi poses mainstore today. Here’s the slurl to where the hud is at and here’s a picture of the vendor to give you an idea of what it does. Basically you just wear the hud, don’t need to rez anything so it can be done on any sim, and then just use the hud to position your eyes. It’s every photographers dream so if you don’t have it, definitely go pick it up!
UPDATE: I just noticed the hud is back on marketplace! YAY https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/gi-poses-Auto-Focus/2250209
Good luck in the contest! <3
*Skin: PXL Linda Dark by Hart Larsson
Outfit: ~*Fantasia*~ Priceless-White by Dream Resistance
Eye hud: [gi poses] Auto Focus by Nakari Tolsen
Photography hud: Kari – Komrad hud by Menno Ophelia (Rules to Kari Komrad Hud Contest)
Location: Garden of Dreams