I had some trouble taking this picture because of the shadows. Any Second Life photographer will tell you that what you see on your screen is not what will appear on the picture on your harddrive. Sometimes, it is not too bad, sometimes, no matter the angle or the windlight setting you are using, you will have a lot of postproccesing work to do. In this case, i have partly solutioned the problem by upping the gamma in Second Life to flood the shadows with light and then by darkening the whole picture, adding a lot of burn, in Photoshop.
Here below you can see one of the first pictures I have taken and some of its flaws.
Most obvious thing is the spooky hand. It is like my avatar is having a third arm and hand from hell only visible in the shadows. It is one of the issues with the alpha layers in Second Life. You may hide parts, it is still there and appears in the shadows. Using a different pose might have helped but I liked this one a lot so i have decided to be stubborn and to go on with it.
Secondly, you may see a smooth gradient of shadows in world but on your picture, it is a solid block and not always rightly placed. Here, you can mainly see the problem with the shadow from the hair on the face. There is a thin light line between the hair and its shadow. Also, what should be a smooth darker area under the breast appears like a stain.
Another reason I have titled this post “Spooky Hand” is what makes this outfit so particular. I really like the idea of having a hand in the pocket. I would have liked it better if the mesh pants had a pocket with more volume to fake the hand hidden by the alphas. But then, I guess it would have been more difficult to make the pants wearable separately from the jacket. As it is, I have to say I feel a bit like my avatar is missing a limb. But I am being picky, that outfit is really awesome.
Skin: DeeTaleZ Skin Kimber (Freckles) brown Mixedtype @ Uber
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Silverleaf (S)
Hair: [LeLutka]-ALEX hair – StrawberryBlonde
Jacket and shirt: *COCO*_ShawlCollarCoat(Grey)_S