Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with a new SL Photography tip! This time she discusses some handy keyboard commands in the UI:

Many of the tools the User Interface (UI) provides, such as the camera controls, have corresponding keyboard commands serving the same function. Sometimes these keyboard commands are more precise or easier to use.

This is a list of keyboard commands I think are useful for SL photography.

Handy keyboard commands for photographers

  • Ctrl+Shift+S – Snapshot
  • Ctrl+` – Snapshot to disk
  • M – mouselook
  • Alt+LMB (Left Mouse Button) – Sets your focus point.
  • Alt+up or down arrow – Optical zoom. Does not change the view angle.
  • Middle mouse wheel– Optical zoom.
  • Ctrl+0 – Digital zoom in. Decreases the view angle.
  • Ctrl+8 – Digital zoom out. Increases view angle. (The Phototools view angle slider provides precise control than Ctrl+0 or Ctrl+8.)
  • Ctrl+9 – Resets digital zoom, view angle, to default (1.047).
  • Esc – Resets view position.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Up, Down, Left or Right arrow – Rotates camera around focus point.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Up, Down, Left or Right arrow – Pans camera up, down, left or right.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+= – Hides particles (Don’t forget to turn them back on.).
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+4 – Hides all avatars. Your avatar, too.
  • Ctrl+Alt+F1 – Hides your UI. (Can be handy for viewing the scene without window clutter.)

There are lots of other keyboard commands, but these are the ones I find handy for photography. If you have some you like to use, please add them in the comments.

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