Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great time in Eorzea with Patch 3.5! The new patch has brought a lot of changes to /gpose, and it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re just starting to play around with it.
But have no fear! With just a few tips in mind, you can get started with taking some pretty cool screenshots, and pick up the rest later! :D
- Getting Started -
Taking a Screenshot To take a screenshot, use the Take Screenshot button (Print Screen by default). You can rebind the button in Menu > Keybinds > System tab.
Screenshots will be saved to C:\Users\(Your User Name)\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn\screenshots by default!
Hide UI Hiding the User Interface really helps to take good screenshots! This can be rebound in the same place mentioned above, but is Scroll Lock by default. Press it to hide the interface, press it again to show it again!
- Group Pose -
Group Pose, or gpose, is the next step in making really good screenshots. By default, It will hide your UI, add a nice depth of field effect to the camera, and make your character (and anyone in your party, friends list, or FC) face the camera. You can start Group Pose by typing /gpose and then hitting Enter.
Camera Controls. Once in Group Pose mode, you can rotate the camera around you and zoom as normal, but you can also pan the camera around with the WASD keys. As of 3.5, you can now roll the camera with Q and E, too!
Face Camera To make your character face the camera, press the Space Bar. To make them look in the original direction they were facing again, press the button again!
Emotes & Expressions While in Group Pose, your character will repeat the last emote that you used, and cycle it over and over again. This is really handy for getting detailed shots or capturing a specific emote or expression.
Under your emotes tab you also have expressions! It’s easy to miss them and people sometimes forget they are there! If you use an emote, then an expression, when you enter Group Pose mode you will retain that expression while you do your emote!
Pause Motion Pausing the motion of your character will really help capture the right moment, especially if you’re using an emote! Press the 1key to Pause all motion of characters in gpose, or the 2key to Pause just your character (or whichever character you have selected).
Lighting If the area you’re in is too dark, you can add a light source only visible in Group Pose mode! To do so, press X. The light source is added wherever the camera is currently located - as if you dropped it at the feet of a person “holding the camera.” This means that if you find the light too strong, you can zoom FAAAAR away and drop the light, and it will be further away and less bright!
- Group Pose Menu -
If you press R in /gpose, you will open the Group Pose menu. I consider this menu the “Advanced” section for Group Pose - it is by no means necessary if you prefer to just leave it alone! If you do open the menu, remember to hide it again by pressing R before you take your screenshot!
This menu has a lot of options in it, and can look overwhelming. But it actually just expands on functions we’ve already talked about. In fact, the four buttons at the top are just the Face Camera, Lighting, and Pause Motion commands we’ve already covered!
The three tabs on the left (highlighted in blue squares above) allow you to pick between General Settings, Effect/Subject Settings, and Lighting Settings. I think I’ll cover each of these tabs in more detail in a later guide, but for now:
General Settings - Allows you to zoom/roll the camera beyond the normal limits, add Filters, turn Depth of Field on/off (the blur of stuff in the background), or add an edge-darkening effect to your picture.
Effect/SubjectSettings - Allows you to play special effects on your character (such as sleep, or frozen), a Frame around your picture, and whether NPCs will face the camera when using Face Camera.
Lighting Settings -Allows you to fine tune the colour and brightness of the lighting added when using the X button to add Lighting. You can also add additional lights (up to 3)!
- What Really Matters -
Phew! I know that looks like a lot, but hopefully I’ve broken it down enough that it seems approachable.
To be honest, taking screenshots comes down to one important thing -that you have fun! Don’t worry if you’re still getting the hang of things! The best thing to do to is keep taking shots. You’ll find yourself improving in no time, and the best way to keep practicing is to keep having fun doing it.
Hopefully these tips help you create some wonderful screenshots - and more importantly, hopefully you have fun taking them! :D
Arm balances are a great way to find balance and build arm muscles. They are also great for practicing for inversions :) Here is my how to guide on how to do crow pose.
I would like to mention, that I’m not a yoga teacher and these steps are based off of my experience.
Step One: Start off Standing
Root your feet to the ground. It’s always good to start off with a strong foundation.
Step Two: Buddha Squat
From standing, drop down into a buddha squat. Root your feet down, make sure your back is straight and your chest is lifted. In this pose you can also use your elbows to push against your thighs to create a hip opener stretch.
Step Three: Place hands on the ground, and lean forward.
While in buddha squat set your hands on the floor and then lean forward pressing your knees gently on your upper arm. Make sure your eyes are looking forward- do not collapse your head.
Step Four: Bend arms slightly. Lean forward a little and press your knees into your arms.
Bend your arms slightly and lean forward, pressing your knees into your arms. For beginners maybe try to stay in this pose for awhile, engaging your core and finding your balance.
I should probably mention that for some people, your arms might hurt if your knees are pressing into your skin. Wear longer pants!
Step Five: Raise one leg up. Look forward, keeps eyes looking ahead, and bend your arms some more.
This step is a good step to practice before you get into the full arm balance. Raise one leg up and engage your core. Alternate your legs back and forth. Make sure you can do this step before continuing on :)
Make sure your head is not collapsed; head up and eyes looking ahead.
Step Six: Raise both legs up. Engage that core!
Taking a deep breath, raise your other leg up! Make sure your core is engaged. KEEP YOUR HEAD RAISED AND YOUR EYES FIXED FORWARD.
Yay, you are now doing crow pose :)
Wear longer pants if your knees hurt the skin on your arms.
Put a pillow in front of you if you are afraid of falling flat on your face (something I have done many times!).
Try each step out slowly. Crow pose is not an easy pose.
Arm and ab exercises can help you improve this pose better.
Have fun, and be safe when practicing this pose! Take a picture of your progress and tag me in it! I’d love to see all of your guy’s crow.
Yoga Poses that Help Build Muscles for Inversions By: Sunny Yogi
For inversions, arm and core strength are really important. Here are some of my favorite poses that I like to incorporate into my practice that help strengthen my body up for inversions.
I am not a certified yoga teacher and these poses are just based off of my experience.
Downward Facing Dog: This pose is great for building up muscle in the arms and shoulders. You can also do 3 legged downward dog to add a stretch in the legs.
Dolphin Pose: This pose is great for shoulders and triceps. This is also a great prep pose for forearm stands.
Chaturanga: I incorporate a lot of these into my practice. Chaturanga’s are great for arm and core strength. You could do a three legged chaturanga if you want to give yourself a little challenge :)
Plank: A great pose for building strength in the core. You can go on your forearms too, if you want.
Side Plank Pose: Good for the core and obliques! You can go on your forearms or play around with you leg placement.
Extended Side Angle Pose: I like to challenge myself by raising both of my arms so only my core is working here. You can clasp your hands in front of you or make them into an “L” shape.
Warrior III: This pose is great for the core and for balance. Your hands can be out in front of you, beside you, in a prayer position, or clasped behind you.
Boat Pose: This is great for the core. I like to fold down to the ground (until I’m like 2 inches from the ground) and hold it there for 3-4 breaths. You can also incorporate crunches into this pose!
Crow Pose: Arm balances are really great for gaining strength in the core AND the arms.
Other tips: Another thing I find that really builds core muscles is going slow and having a lot of control in transitions. Next time you practice, really practice controlling yourself and moving slowly into each pose.
Good luck! And please be patient. Results don’t show up right away. If you start getting discouraged, smile and tell yourself that you can do it! :)
Ra’s al Ghul will soon be making his Gotham debut. The enigmatic, fearsome, and centuries-old leader of the powerful vigilante group known as The League of Shadows is being portrayed by Alexander Siddig, who is best know for his performances in Game of Thrones, Da Vinci’s Demons, or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
As Bruce digs deeper into The Court of Owls, he will discover that Ra’s al Ghul is the one pulling the strings. And the relationship that develops between them will have a major impact on Bruce’s relationship with Alfred, the one person in his life that never gives up on him and isn’t afraid to tell the boy billionaire when he’s crossed the line.
“[Ra’s al Ghul is] going to be the answer to a question that we begin to pose fairly early on when we get back, when we start to see these forces at work in Gotham,” executive producer John Stephens told TV Guide. “We’re posing this enigma of what is behind all these things. His reveal will be an answer and a further question once he comes on the scene because he’s such an enormous character in the Batman canon. What are his plans for Gotham? What are his plans for Bruce and how is that actually going to change Bruce going forward, because Bruce’s encounter with Ra’s al Guhl is definitely going to change his and Alfred’s relationship from this point forward.”
Will Ra’s al Ghul play a part in Bruce’s transformation into Batman? “I think we all know about how Ra’s al Guhl figures into the creation of the Batman mythology from our own knowledge of the canon and Christopher Nolan’s movies,” Stephens offered. “It’s a little hard for me to talk about without totally letting the cat out of the bag.”
Hello all! I was asked by the lovely undisclosed-free-spirit to recommend some shoulder opening poses that will increase flexibility in order to perform reverse prayer pose (as shown above). This really got me thinking about how often neglected stretching out the shoulders and arms really is! Most people love to focus on leg and back flexibility, but we have to remember to give our upper body a good stretch–especially if you incorporate a lot of inversions in your practice! So here are a few poses I figured could really help aid in increased shoulder flexibility, and ultimately a wider range of motion :)