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HOW IMPORTANT REALISM IS IN A SECOND LIFE® PHOTOGRAPHY?

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The photographic realism in Second Life®: a question of style.

The question may seem provocative, in fact, it’s a question I’ve been thinking about for a few days. In particular, I wonder when it is relevant that there is realism in a portrait of a SL® avatar.

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I would say it depends on what you aim for. Realism for the sake of realism is not always productive, as for many the whole point of creating art in the first place is to be able to create something that is unrealistic, to let their imagination to run wild. But realistic CGI always does blow the mind, and especially nowadays when creating such is not only limited to billion dollar companies!

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yes, but talking about realism in Second Life I think it is essential to get a good image. The only limitation is that, if we are talking about fashion blog images, it is preferable not to modify them so as not to induce deceptive advertising.

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I think there is a strong relationship between immersion and realism. A world doesn't need to reflect reality entirely, but it certainly needs a similar authenticity. I've seen a lot of Second Life avatars that follow that line of thought, but I've also seen my share of people using the image of popular characters or just bizarre appearances.

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15 hours ago, Oema Resident said:

yes, but talking about realism in Second Life I think it is essential to get a good image. The only limitation is that, if we are talking about fashion blog images, it is preferable not to modify them so as not to induce deceptive advertising.

Now I have to admit that I'm not all that familiar with the subject, but when your content is 100% CGI, I think that everyone can agree that it won't reflect reality in the first place, no? So using that for marketing seems a bit weird to me to begin with, unless they're just some niche specific filling for the layout, in which case this is a non-issue anyways.

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I like your image.  It's very nice.  As to the question of realism, it's more a question of taste.  Most artists cannot achieve what you've achieved here in terms of realism.  But that being said, when working in CGI, the realism of model, texture, lighting, and character effects such as hair, and character motion can be overdone.  The result is termed "uncanny valley", and it makes people uncomfortable.  On the other end of the spectrum, almost anyone can make CGI look so unrealistic that it has no production value whatsoever.  I think, for a non-moving picture, you're hitting a sweet spot here.  Nice work!

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On 21/5/2018 at 8:47 AM, Cahoot said:

Now I have to admit that I'm not all that familiar with the subject, but when your content is 100% CGI, I think that everyone can agree that it won't reflect reality in the first place, no? So using that for marketing seems a bit weird to me to begin with, unless they're just some niche specific filling for the layout, in which case this is a non-issue anyways.

I have not talked about marketing about realism and quite the contrary. I explained the reasons why it is not ethical to modify images that are intended to promote products to be purchased. Realism in SL is desirable when it comes to portraits, profile photos, etc. as in the examples I have listed in the article.

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I'm not (yet) very familiar with SecondLife and SL photography. I think, how realistic it is and/or it has to be depends on your target group. Do you do the art for you? Do you do the art for other purposes or for other people? What do you want to achieve with it? Depending on the answers ist the grade of realism you'll have to have...

Btw: I love the pic you posted!

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5 hours ago, BiankaB said:

I'm not (yet) very familiar with SecondLife and SL photography. I think, how realistic it is and/or it has to be depends on your target group. Do you do the art for you? Do you do the art for other purposes or for other people? What do you want to achieve with it? Depending on the answers ist the grade of realism you'll have to have...

Btw: I love the pic you posted!

Yes, these topics are all explained in the article :)

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This reminds me the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley, although I have not felt at all strange feelings with your images.

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In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is a hypothesized relationship between the degree of an object's resemblance to a human being and the emotional response to such an object. The concept of the uncanny valley suggests humanoid objects which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers.[2] Valley denotes a dip in the human observer's affinity for the replica, a relation that otherwise increases with the replica's human likeness.[3]

For me it's fun (an artistic) that having all sort of freedom to create completely new appearances there is people creating amazing work arts resembling perfect human appearance. 

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16 hours ago, Oema Resident said:

If you read the article and not just see the image I post here, you know the author of that picture is the great photographer Brenda Menges. 

What makes you think I did not read it???

Enough, for me. Thanks.

This last week I have had several similar interactions with several SecondLife fans here in Artbyte. Apparently in all cases I somehow did not pay enough attention to their content or work. I will not interact again with any of you. It is not worth the effort or stress of having to read your responses and bad manners. For me reading messages every night in this community is pleasant, fun and interesting and I will keep it this way. If you have somehow (I don't know) the goal of presenting Second Life to new members I don't understand this kind of responses.

 

 

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12 hours ago, hj27 said:

What makes you think I did not read it???

Enough, for me. Thanks.

This last week I have had several similar interactions with several SecondLife fans here in Artbyte. Apparently in all cases I somehow did not pay enough attention to their content or work. I will not interact again with any of you. It is not worth the effort or stress of having to read your responses and bad manners. For me reading messages every night in this community is pleasant, fun and interesting and I will keep it this way. If you have somehow (I don't know) the goal of presenting Second Life to new members I don't understand this kind of responses.

 

 

Yes, I know that there have been also problems with other Second Life users. The main problem is that many comment give foolish suggestions to the eyes whose well Second Life knows. About specifically my posts, in many cases people comment without reading the article and it is easy to realize this problem. For example if I share an image and they think that it is mine. Besides I have received different criticisms and sarcastic comments that have made me lose the desire to share the art of the virtual worlds in this community.

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