Welcome to my Ultimate Photo Guide! This blog was created to help users become better at shooting photo's in Illusion poser's or even in real life! This is intended for everyone of all skill levels, if you already know the stuff that is posted here then feel free to pass it up. But if you are new to the world of photography and are willing to learn then this is the place for you. I will be updating this blog when necessary when I learn new things so feel free to subscribe. The majority of the focus will be on Honey Select studio since that is the most current poser from Illusion, which doesn't mean these techniques can't be applied to other studios, they certainly can. If you find this information of use to you please show your support by leaving a like or comment down below. Thank you for stopping by!

For the purpose of this tutorial I will not be using any edited photo's. All photo's will come straight out of the studio.


1. Camera/Controls/Perspective and Focal Length

Alright before we get into photographing let's take a look at our most important tool: the camera. In this section we'll learn the controls, learn about focal length and how focal length affects the perspective.

First off you'll want to have your cross hair on at all times. If you can't see your cross hair in the studio, turn it on by press 6 on your keyboard.

There are 6 main camera controls that you should familiarize yourself with in Honey Select Studio and they are as follows:

. or > = This will tilt the camera to the right
\ or | = This will tilt the camera to the left
/ or ? = This will reset the camera tilt

] or } = This will decrease your camera's focal length
= or + = This will increase your camera's focal length
; or : = This will reset your camera's focal length

Focal Length vs Home and End

You're probably wondering, what the heck is a focal length? If you have a camera you'll be familiar with these terms but if not I'll try my best to explain this. Simple version: Increasing focal length will zoom in your shot and decreasing focal length will zoom out your shot. But doesn't pressing Home and End on the keyboard zoom in and out too sin07? Yes, yes it does. But the difference is focal length will change your perspective! Using Home and End to zoom will have very little effect on your background and perspective.

The technical version (SKIP IF YOU DON'T REALLY CARE):

On a camera lens whether it's interchangeable (SLR/D-SLR) or mounted to the camera itself there are a set of numbers that you will see marked on the lens. It will look something like 18mm-50mm. These numbers represent the range of said lens. 18mm being the lowest it can go and 50mm being the highest. The higher the number the more the lens can zoom in. Some lens can go all the way up to 600mm which is an insane amount of zoom. The lower the number the wider the lens will go, however; just like in HS the wider or lower the focal length the more distortion there will be present. How is this related to HS? Well increasing and decreasing focal length in HS works the same way but unlike a real camera lens, the focal range is vastly superior, and free of course.

By pressing = we zoom the camera in narrowing and compressing the background. The more you zoom in the less of the background is exposed. Pressing ] does the opposite. It zooms the camera out and widens the shot allowing more of the background and objects in the shot. However zooming too far out with ] will cause distortion to your picture.

Perspective

This is best explained through pictures so I will use mostly pictures to describe what happens when you increase or decrease focal length.



What is all of this useful for?

Well decreasing and increasing focal length both has their advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages for Decreasing Focal Length:

+ Widening the shot helps in indoor settings and maps. It will allow you to move in closer with less obstructions
+ You can fit more people into your frame for group shots
+ Since the shot becomes wider you can use it to exaggerate certain body parts, boobs/butts.
+ Useful for landscape shots

- Zooming out too far will cause distortion
- Not flattering for portraiture due to distortion
- Less detail

Advantages and Disadvantages for Increasing Focal Length:

+ Great for close ups and portraiture
+ Useful when creating dialogue scenes in comics to isolate subject
+ Great for zooming in on detail

- Not useful in indoor settings or tight spaces

I have included the scene for this particular shot down below. Load this into your studio and try out the camera settings for yourself and see how focal length affects the perspective.



2. Rule of Thirds.

The rule of third simply means mentally dividing up your picture into 9 sections using 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines. The idea is to position important elements along those lines or where they intersect. The idea is that an off-center composition is more pleasing to the eye and more natural than if the subject is placed right in the middle of the frame.
When framing a photo, imagine the scene divided up as below. Think about what elements of the photo are most important, and try to position them at or near the lines and intersections of the grid. They don't have to be perfectly lined up as long as they're close. Examples below:

I'm assuming most people are using a 16:9 perspective so it will look similar to the examples below. If you are using something different like 4:3 or 3:2 then the lines will look a bit different.

In this shot the mountains and grass line runs along the bottom horizontal line while the model and the moon run along the right and left lines respectively.


For close ups you want to position the eye's along the top line or even try to get to the point of intersection for maximum interest



The Rule of Third does not always apply to every situation. Sometimes breaking this rule will result in a more eye catching photo. But I recommend learning the rule of thirds and using it effectively first.

3. Empty Space and Balancing

Empty or negative space is the area between and around objects and subjects (referred to as positive space) in a photo. Having empty space can be used as an advantage for isolating your subject as there is nothing to look at other then the subject. How much empty space to use can depend on the strength of your main subject. Generally, the more powerful your subject, the more space you can include around it. However sometimes the picture can be a little boring if your subject isn't very powerful so to counter this we have to balance the picture. There are many things you can use to balance, you can use another person, object or even the environment itself.




4. View point and Perspective

Before shooting your subject, take time to think about where you will shoot it from. Rather than just shooting from eye level, consider photographing from high above, down at ground level, from the side, from the back, from a long way away, from very close up, and so on.



5. Point of View

Shoot up on objects to make them more powerful. Shoot down on subjects to diminish them or make then look less imposing.




6. Framing

Framing is the technique of drawing attention to the subject of your image by blocking other parts of the image with something in the scene. Basically you are creating a frame within the photo itself.

In this shot the opening in the ruins create a frame around the subject.

In this shot I pointed the camera through a street lamp to create this frame around the couple sharing a kiss.



7. Filling the Frame

This is a very simple technique but it's sometimes overlooked. Filling the frames is just what it sounds like, filling the shot with your subject.
You can fill the frame with a combination of ways. Zooming in with ], zooming in with Home, moving the camera with the arrow keys.
Note* Check the edges of the frames. Don’t cut off feet or hands of your subject half way unless you intend to do so.




PART 8 and 9 Coming Soon