JUDGES #SNAPASTORY JUNE 2019

These are the winners of the previous #SnapAStory contest, held in April, and they return as judges for our June edition!

Freja

1st place

Nickname: Freja
Character/s name: Freja Fuchsia
Race: Miqo’te (Keeper of the Moon)
Server: Lich
Social media: @freja.ffxiv on Instagram, @frejafuchsia on Twitter.
Tools used for screenshots: Gpose, Stormshade

 

Why did you join FFXIV Snaps Community?

I first discovered FFXIV Snaps as the screenshot sharing community on Twitter. I thought it was amazing how there were different accounts on Twitter for sharing screenshots and finding many people who also share their screenshots! While I was entering the snap a story contest, I found that it was just more than that! I love seeing everyone’s screenshots, and it’s a wonderful hotspot for amazing, talented virtual photographers!

Why do you love taking screenshots?

I really enjoy the world in MMOs. I started with taking WoW screenshots and then moved over to FFXIV after the disaster of BFA (if you know, you know). It’s nice to take a moment to just appreciate the game around you, and then, of course, screenshot it. I also love seeing how I can challenge myself and see what I can bring to the table, and screenshots are a lovely medium for that.

Your best memory taking screenshots is?

Probably taking silly “kill pics” after we finally down a boss. They’re not the most technical, brilliant or breath-taking photos but they’re always fun to make. It’s also fun when I string my friends along to a random zone to act as models, and when they always complain about how bossy I am. It has to be perfect!!!

 

 

Karotte

2nd place

Nickname: Karotte
Character/s name: Jiguur Haragin
Race: Au Ra
Server: Phoenix
Social media: @karotte 2188 on Twitter and karotte2188 on Tumblr.
Tools used for screenshots: GShade, PhotoScapeX

 

You’ve gotten to judge this event before! How did you like the experience of being a judge?

It feels kind of, powerful, to get involved in choosing the three winners, and I take my part very seriously. And I’m glad it’s only for one contest because I really love to participate in them myself!

If you could go on a vacation with any NPC in FFXIV, who would you take and why?

Uhm, hard question … ! I would choose Lord Hien! From the first moment I saw him, I loved him. I really like long hair and beards on males, so he’s definitely my type. Besides this, I think he’s a man you can really rely on, but also you can have a lot of fun with him!

What advice would you give someone who’s interested in getting into gposing but might not know where to start?

Don’t be shy! Join a community (in-game, Discord or social media), get inspired by the pictures you see and the discussion you read. Then make your own pics and share them. We all profit from another – that’s how communities work and great pictures get created.

Do you have a preferred Job? If so, why?

With SB I fell in love with RDM because of the jumps and the opportunity to switch between casting and melee attacks. It feels so much more dynamic than other jobs.

If you could pick any song from FF14 and apply it as your own theme song, what would it be?

Cyan’s Theme – although original from FF6. I really appreciate it to become part of FF14.

If you had the opportunity to change or add one thing to the game, what would it be?

I would add Blitzball as a new Gold Saucer game! I loved it in FF10 and I would love to play it in FF14, too!

If you were given the opportunity to create your own weapon for your favored Job, what would the name be?

Red Musketeer – RDM always makes me think of musketeers and red, well, it’s an RDM-weapon!

 

 

Edea

3rd place

Nickname: Edea
Character/s name: Edea Cross
Race: Hyur Highlander
Server: Moogle
Social media: @EdeaCross on Twitter.
Tools used for screenshots: ReShade, Snapseed, Photoshop, Krita

 

You’ve gotten to judge this event before! How did you like the experience of being a judge?

I’ve learned a lot by judging, to be honest, especially during BestFFXIVSnaps contest. As we like to provide positive feedback, you need to take time examining a picture, which gives you the chance to discover new technics and ideas. Now I see every entry in a different way – they all shine on their own style and its fantastic!

If you could go on a vacation with any NPC in FFXIV, who would you take and why?

If we are to stay in Eorzea, my pick is Thancred. He looks like he knows the best places to hang out, plus fun will be guaranteed!

What advice would you give someone who’s interested in getting into gposing but might not know where to start?

My advice will be to follow any screenshotter you like through social media, and if you have the chance, join any screenshot community. By watching other people’s work you can actually learn tones – don’t be shy and ask away anytime how they achieve certain effects or even ask for some feedback! There are really good photography basic guides out there, too, but how do you decide to apply them is up to you, Practice is the key to find your own style!

Do you have a preferred Job? If so, why?

Warrior, by all means. It was my first job at ARR and I always played it a lot in every expansion – no matter how much they change it, the play and feel are always solid and awesome. Who doesn’t like to chop enemies with a big axe?

If you could pick any song from FF14 and apply it as your own theme song, what would it be?

I don’t have to pick, our FC orchestrion has decided for me. Almost every time I enter the house, “Fiend” (Sephirot phase 2 theme) is playing, so it’s officially my theme!

If you had the opportunity to change or add one thing to the game, what would it be?

I need (for reasons) a glamour dresser furnishing item for my house. It’s a pain having to travel to an inn every time I want to change a palette.

If you were given the opportunity to create your own weapon for your favored Job, what would the name be?

A big warrior weapon called “Dat Axe”. That could be hilarious.

 

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