Tips for taking photos

Hi there, it’s me. Yes, I do realize it’s not Saturday. It’s not a chapter. I decided to do something different this time. It will be about photos. And so…

I read a lot of stories and I am a long-time storyteller (definitely have been doing things in Sims longer than the existence of this blog). Throughout the years I learned more and more tips to having perfect or just good enough photos for my story. I wanted to share them with you just in case I could help someone.

Few years ago I was very decent a photographer. I couldn’t do a photo from great view- by using a TAB key and stuff. I finally learned that to take a good photo you have to drag the arrow to get the down view in the blue console thingy on the left side, then click the TAB key and then +, – and arrows to go around. But I was also a creator on the Exchange and I wanted a perfect presentation for my Sims. Through friends I got to  three useful things: Gimp to edit photos, plain background and a lighting tutorial. Big thank you to all wonderful people that made my life easier. Then I combined a background and a little tutorial and created a photo place as I called it. Later I posted it to mediafire so I wouldn’t have to ever recreate it. You can download it here.

I will show you below what you can do with the photo place and how it looks like.

So a photo place is a house with no doors, no wallpapers and an interior only for picture taking. Plese note that the lot is resinential,so if you don’t want your sim to live there, change it to a community lot. Here it is:

And here is the interior in the buy mode:

Now let’s type the codes. My must for each chapter:

-testingcheatsenabled true (you know, the one for everything)- you can make it automatic with Overwatch by the options on a city hall

-hideheadlineeffects on (the one for bubbles and plumbobs)

-moveobjects on (everyone knows)

Then I teleport a sim inside the room, go into buy mode, buy a Pose Player (if you wish) and place him as far on the background as I can, in front of the floor lamp (if the pose is with one leg behind or something like that, place the sim a little bit closer):

And then you can take a nice shot:

As you can see the background is a plain white. It comes in handy when you want to edit the photo and paste the sim into some light surroundings, but the white can eventually get boring. No worries because the backgound is recolorable and you can go crazy with it:

The plain background is what I do for presentation for uploads, but for the main picture on my blog I just colored it orange, place all of the three heirs together and then made the background of my blog very close in shade to a background of my heirs.

But I want to move on to other things in this tutorial. Let’s go to lags because I’m pretty sure they bother most of us. I know Gemma’s hair has been bothering me a lot lately, so I will show you a tip that makes it all look a little bit better.

Here is a shot of Gemma’s hair. As you can see the curls got a little laggy:

So what I do is open the photo in Gimp. Here I have this wonder thingy that comes in very handy. Excuse the fact that my program is in Polish.

It’s a hand with a finger and to use it you just click on it and then go over the area that bothers you. Click a plus to zoom in and use it on the hair. Here is what it does.

And now you can export as and save the photo. This is what it looks like now.

And what about the lags when sim’s hand go through a clothing? You mean like this?

Well, the best way is to avoid the poses that make your sims look like that. But I’ve got  a solution for it as well. Gimp again.

So open the photo in Gimp and click R on the keyboard to bring up a square selection. Then go on the part of her hand and click Ctrl + C to copy. Then Ctrl +V to paste and move it to the laggy part where her finger should have been.

You also can right-click your selection, go into layers,transformation and spin it the way you want to.

I know it looks silly, but do the same on all of her fingers so you can get the connection between the laggy part and the real fingers. This is what it will look like when you’re done. Creepy, right?

Remember the tool from before? You can now use it to get your fingers to look better. Here is the final effect:

It isn’t the best but definitely better than laggy stuff. Remember this pic from the last chapter?


That’s what I did to Seth’s hand in it.

That’s it for now. I know some stuff might look silly to you, but that’s just how I do it. I hope someone finds it helpful, maybe. I posted it in just in case someone might learn something they didn’t know, even if these are just my silly and poor editing skills.

See you on Saturday with 3.14!

27 thoughts on “Tips for taking photos”

  1. Very helpful!! I really liked your clipping solution, I must try it sometime (although I must admit I’m a little lazy with pictures, the one with the mirror was as far as I was willing to go lol)! Thanks for all the tips! 🙂

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  2. That is a great tip for GIMP. I will avoid poses that make my sims cut into each other like that, but sometimes it is unavoidable. So, I will for sure use this for next time!!

    Also, when taking a picture you can use “buydebug” and buy invisible lighting. I use those light for taking pictures at night.

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  3. Woah, you remodeled your page! Nice 🙂 Loving Gemma’s haircut. That background definitely came in handy for me, and I didn’t know you could recolor it so that’s awesome. I’ve been doing this for ages as well but I always find you can learn something new, it was nice of you to make this post 🙂

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    1. I did. Gemma has a haircut in the next chapter, but I thought spoilering a few days before would do you no bad, so I posted it here. Yesm you can, I think that’s awesome that you can color it any color you want. Yes, that’s exactly what I think. Just decided to share in case someone found it helpful.

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  4. Nice tutorial, Jowita! 🙂 Remember, once we were talking about this and I told you about how I build a basement on my sim’s house with no doors and set that up in much the same way you do your room. LOL

    I love how your site looks! Very cool how the pic goes from gray until we get to the current heir and it’s fully in color. I like it! And Gemma’s hair is great, too!

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    1. Thank you, Kym. Oh yes, I remember it well. You and your crazy basements, oh dear, lol.
      Thank you so much. I wasn’t sure about using so much white, but eventually went for it. My first idea was to make both Maddie and Dellie black and white, but my friend told me it’d look as though he’d been dead.

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  5. I find it very helpful and not silly at all. I deleted “gimp” from my computer, because I’m to dumb to use it in a practical way. Maybe I will try again.
    Usually, I shift the ankle of the camera, so that those clippings are not to see. 🙂

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    1. Haha, thank you so much. I also use Gimp to place my sims to a different background, I could show it to if anyone wanted it, but generally I use it to sharpen, add more colors or do such things as you saw here. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid those clippings as Gemma’s hair does it to me all the time.

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  6. First, this is a nice, new look to your blog! And I love the new header image!

    Two, very interesting tutorial. I don’t stage pictures unless it’s for a family photo, so I’ve got no clue about most of this. I do use GIMP on occasion, mostly for cleaning up family photos.

    Thanks for the tips! ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much. Basically I just changed the background color and the header image. Theme is the same, because I really like it.
      Thank you, these are just my silly tips that come useful to me, so I thought about posting them here, don’t know if anyone’s actually interested, but it’s nice if I could help anyone.
      I only use Gimp for lags and putting up a new background (like in my avi), sometimes I just go with photo editing, like I did for the header image.

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