Our articles about taking better pictures:
Issue 1 - Sims 2
Issue 2 - Sims 2 - including Photoshop tips
Issue 10 - Sims 2 & 3
Issue 17 - Mostly Sims 3 tips
5 general tips
- Get rid of the game interface. Never show pictures with the menu, pause lines, the floor grid showing or the walls down. It always ruins a good picture.
- Get a good angle. Do not just take the pictures in the angle you were playing in, but try to get the best possible angle for the shot you are taking. Going down to your Sims eye height often gives you the best pictures, but more unusual angles can work as well.
- Zoom in and Crop. Get close to whatever you are taking pictures of and crop away any unimportant surroundings. We don't need to see miles of ceiling, or bare floors and walls. Pick a subject and feature that.
- Remember the lighting. Nothing ruins a good shot like bad lighting, so remember to do what you can to give yourself just the right lighting for the mood you are after. In The Sims 2 you can use coloured light to set a mood and in The Sims 3 all lamps come with light that can change colour just a click away.
- Re-size your pictures for forum use. If you are going to post your pictures on a forum, you probably have to make them smaller to fit the forum rules. They ask you not to post your full screen shots because it slows down the forum load time for anyone who does not have the best internet speed.