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  About You:

Nickname: Malk

Character Name: Malkovich Malkovich

Race: Hyur Highlander

Main Server: Faerie

Where do you share your screenshots: Twitter and Instagram

Screenshot Tools: GShade, Lightroom, Photoshop

   About FFXIV

Why did you choose your current race?

Hyur, and specifically Highlanders, feel more real to me I suppose; that’s probably weird to say considering it’s a fantasy game, but those are the types of characters I enjoy playing!

Tell us a bit about your character (personality, what do you like most about him/her, etc).

I don’t really do what people would consider RP, so I haven’t given this a great deal of thought. Let’s just say, in game, Malkovich is mature and “seasoned”, devoted to his eternal bond partner, loves showing off, loves helping others, and loves being rich.

What is the most important part of the game for you, and why do you keep coming back to it?

Friends keep me interested and active in game, really. Aside from that, screenshots and crafting for sure!

What was the best experience you had in-game?

Meeting and getting to know Neisha.

Which is your favorite song, and why?

Probably “Thunderer”, and any variations of it, because of its driving rhythym and epic melodies.

How often do you change your main jobs glamour? Do you have any preferred one?

All my jobs undergo a glam overhaul at least once per patch… often times more frequently, lol. It really depends on what I’m playing most at the time. I’ve had glamours that I’ve worn for a day, and glamours I’ve worn for months. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the western themed glamours have been my favorites.


 About FFXIV Screenshots

What would you describe your screenshot ‘style’ as?

Clear and crisp. Even in my moodier shots where I use a lot of blur or tint, I like for my screenshots to have a great deal of clarity and vibrance.

Please, explain to us the methods or steps you take when taking a screenshot. Any tips you can give for new screenshoters?

If it’s a planned screenshot: glamour, location and pose all come first. Once I have those in place and solidified, I’ll evaluate whether the time of day and weather are ok or could be better, and depending on that, may unfreeze time and weather in gpose. Once that is settled, lighting and gpose filters are applied. As for my tip, lighting can make all the difference in Gpose. Experiment with different lighting methods, colored lights, etc. Lighting alone can determine whether a screenshot turns out looking deep and lively, or just flat.

What/who inspires you for taking screenshots?

Initially it was just an avenue for creativity from within the game. Soon, though, the communities I became involved in fed that desire to improve my skills. Neisha, and our relationship and how it’s grown, has been my driving force for quite some time now though.

What is your favorite emote/pose?


What kind of snaps do you usually take (selfy, group, landscape)?


Screenshot showcase:
Share with us four of your favorite screenshots and tell us why do you like them so much.

This was a themed screenshot for “Yin and Yang”, but the poses are what I like most about it, and probably got the most questions on. Neisha’s action here is /beckon, caught at just the right instant.
Your typical play on “cool guys don’t look at explosions”.
This one ended up being a happy accident involving a combination of GShade and the in-game gpose color filters.
A result of Neisha and I just being ourselves and being silly.