To Di For

1 Di's Opera

This post is a little about a lot of things. I’ll try to be brief, even though I rarely manage that. Feel free to slap my virtual hands if I waffle on too long!

Yesterday I did two photo shoots. When I finished and was looking at my raw shots, I decided it was time I broke out my Wacom Bamboo, which I have had for a while but which has terrified me. I have been through tutorials and played with it a bit, but it’s been a trial for me. But I finally realised if I want to elevate my Photoshop skills I need to move on from my mouse and begin using a graphics tablet. But before I start using it on client photos, I thought it prudent to use myself as a guinea pig.

Naturally, I didn’t want to use a photo I had already taken 😉 And since I needed this outfit from E-Clipse (available at Limited Bazaar), I felt it was the perfect opportunity to shoot a few photos for my Wacom trial. Which led to needing new poses, of course! I have hundreds of poses already, but I tend to favour more natural poses. This outfit just cried out for drama.

I checked out some of my favourite pose stores, but I wasn’t getting that fashion-flair feel I was looking for. It just so happened I had picked up a pose set from Di’s Opera at Limited Bazaar, and while I love them, they still didn’t have the dramatic feel I was craving. So off to the mainstore I went.

I tried literally every pose in the store – many more than once. I have a sneaking suspicion that my lil Cao is a frequent shopper here; I think I recognised some of the poses she uses and I was having visions of a Milan catwalk as I worked my way from pose stand to pose stand. I could practically feel the heat of the lights and see the cameras flashing as I worked my way from room to room, up stairs and back down on my quest for the perfect high-fashion pose.

I think I found it. And about twenty others. Honestly, I could have bought more, but time and Lindens were my enemies. So off to my studio to try to capture what I consider my first true fashion photograph.

This is it – and my first photo completed using my Wacom Bamboo. I have a long way to go to feel comfortable both using a graphics tablet and shooting high-fashion photos. But I believe I’ll get better at both, with practice. And these poses? Yes, they are to Di for!

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Top: E-Clipse FiluffSweater S Brown/Vermillon by Thetra Blackheart (available at Limited Bazaar)
Skirt: E-Clipse HighWaistLeatherSkirt S Brown by Thetra Blackheart (available at Limited Bazaar)
Shoes: [Gos] Boutique – Lauren d’Orsay – Truffle Collection by Gospel Voom
Jewelry: EarthStones Maxine Necklace & Earrings – Larimar by Abraxxa Anatine
Hair: *ARGRACE* Mia – Red by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Peach Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: Di’s Opera – Glam Series 4 – 2 by Di Hoorenbeek

10 thoughts on “To Di For

  1. caoimhelionheart January 13, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Me? Di? Naw, i pose naturally of course! 😉 and you rocked the pose too dang it all. *sigh* i gave my bamboo to Vikee.. dang it all Peep! Now I have to go buy another one!! (But I love you for making me grow up some more) :**

    • PeepSideshow Darkward January 13, 2014 / 2:38 pm

      Then I need to work out more to be as flexible and limber as you are!

      I’ll be paying for a gym membership while you’re out buying a new graphics tab 😉

  2. Rwah January 14, 2014 / 5:28 am

    urgh. Now i have no excuse left to keep using my mouse? As per usual the picture is grand.

    • PeepSideshow Darkward January 14, 2014 / 7:20 am

      lol I’m getting a rep for forcing people to use a graphics pad. To be honest, I flip back and forth between it and my mouse. I’m slowly working my way into using it full time 😉

      • Rwah January 14, 2014 / 7:37 am

        I’ll go shopping soon. Any tips which is good or should i just get the one you have?

      • PeepSideshow Darkward January 14, 2014 / 7:41 am

        lol I have no idea about any of the others. Mine is wired but they have wireless ones. Just because of my desk setup I wish I had gone wireless. Unless you’re going to use it commercially I wouldn’t go top of the line. The Bamboo was recommended to me by a graphics artist who said there was no reason to buy a more expensive one. Other than that, just do your research and see if any others have features you would like 🙂 Oh…and the wireless ones come in pretty colours…mine is boring ole black 😦

      • Rwah January 14, 2014 / 7:49 am

        Bamboo it is 🙂 thankies *hugs*

  3. purplebutterflylykin January 21, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    OMG I have one of those tucked in a drawer “never” used. eeeek looks like I need to summonds the courage and pull it out to experiment with. Love the photo, outfit and that pose is fantastic!

    • PeepSideshow Darkward January 21, 2014 / 2:19 pm

      Mine stayed tucked “out of sight, out of mind” for a long time, too. I still find myself using the mouse for some things, but I am learning to love the control I get with the pen.

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