Children and older can learn the photography skill by taking a snapshot using a camera or smartphone camera. As an alternative from using the camera, Sims can learn by reading a photography skill book. If Sims graduate from LeFromage Art School, there’s a chance that they will learn the photography skill and come home with a camera in their inventory.[TS3:G] However, if both The Sims 3: World Adventures and The Sims 3: University Life are installed, all children and older will receive a camera in their inventory.
Note that you can’t keep photographing the same subject and expect to gain skill. After two pictures it’s time to move on. This resets after a day, and you can get decent money and skill gains from the ‘New Today’ photos you take. After that, it’s bunk and you should find something else to photograph.
Three different Cameras may be purchased in Buy Mode. You can also use your Sim’s phone to get started, but don’t expect much money with bad pictures.
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Photography is one of three new skills for The Sims 3: World Adventures, and carried forward in The Sims 3: University Life expansion pack and is reintroduced in The Sims 4.
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CamerasThere are three cameras in the Sims 3, all purchasable from Al Simhara’s general goods vendor. Using a higher value camera will result in faster skill gains. I recommend you start with the best camera you can, because boosting skills faster and taking higher value photos earlier will help you to get the most out of photography. The better cameras’ photos are more likely to earn profit because they seem to multiply value despite a higher operating cost. So, if you find you’re always losing money even when taking decent shots, blame your camera.
Learning the Photography SkillThere are two avenues for learning the skill. First and foremost, taking pictures. Head to one of the new locations in World Adventures and buy a camera from the general store there. While all three destinations sell the cheapie, Al Simhara, Egypt is the “home” of photography. They offer two additional, more expensive cameras (more on that later). Also at the Al Simhara book store, you’ll find a skill book to raise photography to up to level 3.
Now, under the frame, the phrase “Apple Tree” appears in green. This symbolizes that our subject is part of one of the many collections in the game. These objects are worth more money than random pictures. Luckily, Pyroville (or whatever neighborhood you may reside in) contains tons of valuable subjects; the apple tree is just the first of many. Pyro takes the picture (in black & white, of course), and he gets a couple pop up boxes that reports how much money the photo is worth as well as the name of the collection it’s a part of. His apple tree photo, it turns out, is worth $16, and it’s part of a collection called “Plants and Flowers.” Sweet.
Camera Photo ModesSince there are so many photo modes to test, and different combinations available, making solid recommendations isn’t that simple. However, it does seem to boil down to panorama shots with the classic vignette filter taking the absolute best photos. Use it for all first time shots when the abilities are available. In general, the more advanced the photo filter, and larger the photo size, the more money you’ll make.
What sort of photos a Sim can take depend on two major factors. The first is the quality of their camera, and the second is their skill level. Sims with low skill levels will not have access to some of the features found on high-end cameras. On the other hand, cheaper cameras simply do not have features like the ability to zoom in and out. Images are stored in a menu accessible from the camera object in a Sim’s inventory, and can be sold, deleted, or moved into the Sims main inventory for keeping and displaying. Each time a Sim takes a photo it costs money depending on the filter and size used. Players must counteract this cost by taking photos that are worth more.
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How Photography Works in the Sims 3Press Shift+C with a camera in your Sim’s inventory to take a picture. You can click the camera to do this as well, but it’s not recommended. As your Sim takes pictures, they’ll work toward filling photo collections. Some photos are more valuable than others, but in general as you approach the more rare shots the price multiplies. The first time your Sim snaps a particular photo, that picture will be worth more money. That’s why I recommended actually using the skill book — photography skill and higher quality cameras and camera modes will result in higher first-time prices for these pictures.
The Sims 3’s Photography ChallengesIt’s unclear what each of the challenges do, but it seems likely they boost the value of shots in certain categories. Some of these are a bit more ambiguous, such as Paparazzi and Shutternut. When we learn more about these challenges this section will be updated. World Adventures is still new and there’s a lot to learn!
Best in Class: This collection depicts the best stuff for or of your Sims. You can shoot Sims who hit the top of their careers, a luxury car, or even just an expensive stereo.
You will run at a loss if you photograph the same thing twice in a day. After midnight, you can start snapping pictures of the same old stuff and earn a little profit. The real money is to be made by going out and seeking the more rare shots. Travel photos of landmarks and dungeon objects tend to be worth more. I recommend you develop the skill some before you do this, that way you’ll get the most cash for your time.
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A tough category to be sure. Doubly dead will be hard, and getting Death on Vaction may be challenging as well. Be ready to whip out that camera when a Sim dies in a foreign location. Doubly dead requires a shot of a ghost mummy, a tough find. You’ll need to get control of a mummy using a sarcophagus of kings and an offering with the canopic jar collection and wait or inspire the mummy to die. Good luck with that one. Share a shot at out our forum.
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Now on to the regular Photography collections. Some of these are updated to include items from other Expansion Packs.
Sims in Motion: This one is a bit tough just because it requires you to be in the right place at the right time. It’s best to have a second playable Sim to do the action while you, as the camera guy, ready yourself. Remember that P key to pause the action in place so you get that perfect shot! You can start this one off by photographing someone working out or dancing.
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StatisticsEdit Photographs Taken Unique Sims Photographed Strangers Photographed Ghosts Photographed Burglars Photographed Money Spent Money Earned Favorite Subject Favorite Style Favorite Aspect Skill benefits by levelEdit Level Ability 2 Take Black & White photos 4 Take Sepiatone photos 8 Increased ability to zoom in and out 9 Take Classic Vignette photos 10 Take Panorama photos Photo collectionsEdit
With the photo in the camera’s memory, I press the J key to bring up the job skills page. Under the Photography tab, in addition to basic information and what the challenges are, you can view all your unlocked collections and what photos remain to complete them. The photo titles are pretty self-explanatory, and you always get hints whenever you shoot a new one… however, the collection names are a bit more hidden with no hints.
Snaptastic Flimsy-Cam ($250) – This horrible camera takes only small size photos and delivers the lowest quality shots. It is however cheapest to operate. Later you can use it to take panoramas but it’s a waste to use up valuable first time shots with this camera.
Stick with the Hikon for panoramas and large portraits. The price is almost the same if you take a panorama with this camera but the price modifier is base line so you’ll often take a bigger loss when photographing the same thing.
ChannonTek Outlaw SE($850) – This camera can take small photos and medium landscapes. It’s the middle of the road camera and good for first time photographers. You’ll actually take less of a loss operating this camera Hikon QX40di Gladiator($3250) – When I start photography over, this will be my camera of choice.
It’s worth saving up for as the more valuable photos will help to make up for the cost of the purchase price. It takes the absolute best shots and can do all sizes. Using this advanced tech camera will also serve to raise photography the fastest of all.
Because of the high value photos, you can make money taking decently priced shots again and again, although probably at the most around $50 a shot. It’s better to keep seeking new subjects.
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Architectural & Buildings Collection: Pretty self-explanatory here. Start this one by taking a picture of the school; be sure the front door is in the frame, as that’s how it’s counted whether the picture has been taken. Note that you’ll need to go to France to finish off the collection.
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Easy, easy collection to pursue. See what you’re missing and snag those last shots.
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So many plants to take photos of. It shouldn’t be too hard. Find most of them in gardens around town and the travel locations. See my Plant List for World Adventures fruits. You’ll likely need to do a little searching if you don’t have a garden of your own. If your Sim is adept at Gardening, you can just grow your subjects. Single out plant types in your garden layout to make capturing them easier.
Anyway: also at the top of the screen is how many more pictures your camera can take. This is partly based on hard drive space, partly the quality of your camera; I wouldn’t worry too much about that, because if you’re shooting over 100 pictures and aren’t doing anything with them, you probably have more time on your hands than I do.
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Photo Sizes Small Portrait – Default at Photography level 1 – This is your basic getting started photo size. It’s the lowest grade photo available, with pictures coming in over 2x lower value than a panorama shot.
Move on to better sizes as soon as you can. Medium Landscape – A bump in price that comes early on in photography. Best taken with the ChannonTek Outlaw SE or above. Large Portrait – Again, use the best available, panorama, but if this your best option use it.
Panorama – Finally some serious cash can start coming in once you’re able to take classic vignette shots with this photo size. Your Sim won’t be able to do this until level 10. Sims with this size option will finally be able to make serious cash and vacations can pay for themselves as you take new shots during your Sim’s adventures.
Photo Filters Color – Default. The lowest value type of photograph. Black and White – Unlocked by level 2, you can use this to replace color and make some extra cash for your photos. Sepiatone – At level 4 you can begin taking photos in the sepiatone filter.
Again, move up to this new option for all your photographs Classic Vignette – This photo filter is available at level 9 and will be the best option for use in your panorama shots. Use it often and make it the default on your camera.
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Pyro lucks out here, as all three camera types are available. All three countries always sell the cheapest camera, which is basically a disposable one. However, better pictures lead to bigger skill gains, and of course the best pictures come from the best camera. Further, the cheapest camera really is cheap: it can’t do much but take pictures, and the frame size is pretty small, just a hair bigger than your cell phone. All in all, it’s a poor choice… which is fine, because the Falkons have nearly $200,000 in the bank, so Pyro just goes ahead and buys the best camera. He also runs over to the Egyptian bookstore nearby and buys a book to teach the Photography Skill.
Getting a picture of a ghost family member, love interest and child could be the hardest for solo Sims. This collection encourages you to have a family, that or WooHoo with strangers and visit the baby.
Prior to University Life, many premade Sims in the World Adventures sub-neighborhoods – Al Simhara, Champs Les Sims, and Shang Simla – begin the game with a ChannonTec Outlaw SE camera in their inventories and have learned the photography skill. Only these Sims possess cameras at the beginning of the game. With Ambitions, Sims can register as a self-employed photographer.
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Note that there is no bonus money made from completing a collection, and you can feel free to sell photos before you’ve collected them all.
Taking photos is done by either clicking the phone and going to the Entertainment tab, or clicking the cameras in the Sim’s inventory. Each use will give a base amount of experience, more if the Sim has the Inspired mood. There are a few options – ‘Take Photo With’, which will be a selfie with another Sim. ‘Take Photo of..’ to select a nearby Sim to have them pose for the player. And, ‘Take Photo’ to use the camera to take pictures of anything.
Pyro makes his purchases, then heads all the home to Pyroville. This is because he’s impatient and stupid: he doesn’t realize that the best subjects for the Photography Skill are foreign, though there are more subjects for Photography domestically. As it is, once Pyro gets home, he pulls out his book and reads like crazy (helped, of course, by his Bookworm trait). Pyro hits Photograph level 3; when he hit level 2, he gained the ability to take black and white photos. That’s nice and all, but theory is one thing: Pyro needs to put it into practice.
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There are three cameras, which can be purchased by going to Buy Mode > Objects by Room > Study > Hobbies & Skills. There, are the 3 Cameras offered. They’re compared below. In general, the more the players are willing to pay, the better quality their photos, which affects price.
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You’ll really need to keep a sharp eye for Sims doing any of these actions as you go along. Dumpster diving seems tough. Like many of the others that involve other Sims, it might be easiest if you have a Sim under your control. In the previous example, a Journalist Sim could help you get this shot.
If any of these options is greyed out, it means either the camera is not capable of them, or the Sim’s skill is still too low.
These can be hard. Look for luxury cars parked in town at other Sims’ homes. You may need to grow some of these to effectively catch them. Look for Sims leaving work destinations in uniform to try to get the rest. An omni-plant shot should be possible outside the science facility.
The Sims 3: World AdventuresEdit In The Sims 3: World Adventures, Sims who take up the photography skill can complete the photo collections, that can be viewed in the skill journal. The photo collections can be completed by taking photographs of various events, objects, Sims, and places using the camera.
The snapshots taken will be worth more, depending on Sims’ photography skill and the subject of the photograph.
Clicking a camera in your inventory will bring up a menu where you can choose to sell your photos. Using erase all photos doesn’t seem to be a useful thing to do, because you will just lose all the potential profit or loss recovery you’d achieve by selling. It doesn’t make a second photo you snap revert to the first time for that day, so if you flub up a shot by taking a low quality photo on accident this won’t rescue you.
Oh, one more thing: if you have low Photography Skill, there is a chance that the photo turns out “bad.” This could mean it appears blurry (as if your Sim couldn’t steady his hands), or you may even have a gnome magically appear and take up most of the frame. These bad shots will disappear more as you gain Photography, to the point where they won’t appear at all once you hit level 10. Some of the shots are pretty amusing (the gnome one especially) and you may want to keep them for posterity, but they aren’t valuable cash-wise and won’t gain your skill very fast.
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Family & Friends: This collection is for your Sim’s closest relationships. Know that some may require you to break some hearts and do some magic with your household. For example, one photo is called “Spouse” and another is “Main Squeeze.” If you’re married and photograph your wife or husband, it does count as “Spouse,” but it does not count as “Main Squeeze.” That means if you want to complete this collection, you’ll need to have a spouse at some point and merely a boyfriend or girlfriend at another point.
Oh, the Calamity!: Only eight pictures, this collection depicts emergencies. Refuse paying your bills, and when the repoman comes to jack one of your precious belongings, take his picture to unlock the collection.
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Best likelihood of ‘Outstanding’ Photos, even at low Skill. Taking PicturesEdit
Another easy collection to complete because the stuff is found all over town. I don’t recommend buying the stuff just to get a picture because it will result in lost money.
Pointers for Early Level shotsI recommend you work your way around Sunset Valley or Riverview at first when working on photography. You can pause the game through the camera interface to ensure your Sim doesn’t miss the shot. This is helpful for things like cars and Sims in action where you could miss the shot with the game time clock running. Save the really good photos for later to get maximum profit. Take photos of strangers to work on the Paparazzi challenge. This will also count toward how many unique Sims you’ve photographed. Look for objects like plants, different types of household items, and other types of objects detailed below. While it takes a certain level to “unlock” a photo collection, you can get it revealed early by taking only one photo out of that particular collection.
Home Sweet Home: This is a collection of various objects around the house. Finally, Pyro’s golden toilet serves a purpose!
Occasionally, when a Sim checks the adventure board at the base camp, local townspeople request that they take pictures of various tomb objects.
Using the “Ask Sim to Pose” interaction on any Sim will result in them standing still, and cycling through a variety of poses such as peace signs and placing their hands upon their hips. There is currently no way to get Sims to do a plain, maintained pose of any kind.
Everyday Moments: This is one of the largest collections in the game, but there are plenty of common actions you can snap to complete it. Unlock it by shooting a Sim using a computer or fishing.
Note that you don’t get any bonuses for completing a given collection, nor do you get anything for the completing all the collections. Photography is basically a hobby, it’s just that you can get a decent income from doing it eventually. Also, taking multiple pictures of the same subject in the same day diminishes their value. However, pictures on subsequent days will restore the value. So Pyro won’t bother taking any more pictures of his apple tree today, but he might tomorrow, and he’ll still earn some cash.
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The white box, naturally, is the frame, with the inner box being the (sort of) targeting reticule. At the top center of the screen is information about the current mode your camera is in, as well as how much pictures cost to take. Yes: pictures cost money to shoot, and it can get a bit pricy if your Sim is new to the neighborhood. It also takes awhile to get a substantial profit going, so this is certainly not something to undertake if your Sim doesn’t have several thousand in the bank in case something delays you.
A large collection that’s not as easy to complete because of all the various actions you need to catch Sims involved in. Keep a sharp eye for Sims doing things involved in this list and whip out the camera.
Photo Collections Sims Can CompleteThere’s a lot of data here. Its purpose is to help you unlock the photo categories easier. Some photos in a collection are inevitably low value, but the first time shots will earn plenty of money to ensure you aren’t running at a loss. Be sure to bring the best camera when you’re going for rare shots of doubly dead, travel destinations and other odd shots.
Plants & Flowers: This one is self-explanatory. Pretty much anything you can plant in the ground and tend will be a picture for this.
Photography is a new skill introduced in The Sims 3 World Adventures expansion pack. While Photography’s not a good way to make money early on in the game, it can provide a nice steady income later. With this skill, you’ll direct your Sim to photograph landmarks, Sims doing different things, and objects in the game. It’s certainly not the best skill in the Sims 3’s World Adventures, but it’s very accessible to any Sim in any profession. Children can even learn to take photographs. The Photography skill comes with University Life, but does not provide cameras. Sims are able to level Photography using their smartphones. If you want big profit from this skill, you’ll need to have WA installed and buy a good camera.
Cellphone Snapshots Small Portrait Cellphone snapshots are actually larger and nicer than small portraits, but they do not contribute to the Photography skill. They all have medium wooden frames. Small portraits are very tiny and portrait-oriented, and show relatively little detail of their subjects.
All small portraits have a turquoise frame. This photo can sit on surfaces. Medium Landscape Large Portrait Medium landscapes are reasonably sized, show a bit more detail, and are quite nice on display.
They all have a dark brown frame. This photo can only be wall-mounted. They are slightly smaller than a floor tile in width. Large portrait photos are very impressively sized, good for displaying legacy members.
They can fit a lot of detail, and are reasonably expensive under the right conditions. They all have a silver frame. This photo can only be wall-mounted. Panorama Panorama photos are the largest and most profitable.
They all have a wooden frame, and can fit broad regions or wide compositions as they are exactly three floor tiles in width. Photo filtersEdit
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Pictures can be hung on the wall to decorate the home, or to be sold at retail. There can also be a frame added to the picture, or filters applied to alter how it looks.
Click ‘Show Filters’ to the left of the photo control panel to apply filters to the picture, which can also be done once a photo has been taken. Pressing ‘C’ will take a picture instantly, or else the player can zoom and pan to their target with the arrow keys and use the left mouse button to click the take picture button.
Travel: This collection can only be completed while on vacation. To complete it will require at least one visit to each country, so it might take awhile. Shoot any floor switch in any tomb to get started.
Lastly, you can browse your photos and use them as wall decorations. Panoramas are huge. Take them home and decorate the room with photographs of your travels as well as artifacts and relics you’ve found along the way.
The other option for clicking a camera is the settings menu, where you can set the default size and photo filter. Later you’ll want to set this to vignette panoramas. Keep it set at the best photo size you have available to ensure you don’t accidentally take lower value photos. The worst camera can only default its color filter.
Photography is a lot less involved in Martial Arts, but possibly way more time consuming. Unlike Martial Arts, however, it can make you a substantial profit; certainly a more regular profit than Martial Arts. While all Sims can take pictures with their cell phones, it doesn’t help at all with gaining Photography skill. For that, you’ll need to travel abroad.
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Once Pyro finishes his shot, he interacts with his camera in his inventory with the “View Photos” command. From there, he can click-drag the photos out and place them around the house, on desks or even hanging on walls. Alternatively, he can sell the photos individually from there, or he can even just do a “Sell All” command to clean out his camera and make some cash.
It’ll be vital to bring a camera while inside tombs to complete this collection. The soulpeace statue is found within the Sphinx, which seems only accessible if you’re cursed by the mummy or able to use tranquil transference or Zeneport from martial arts.
Pyro decides he’s had enough of writing for a bit, and books a flight to Egypt. There, he hits up the general goods merchant, who is selling three types of cameras. Now, before we go further, an aside: prior to the first patch for World Adventures, all three types of cameras were available randomly in all three countries. Since we’ve patched, it seems that the better types of cameras are only available at Egypt… and not always. If the cameras don’t appear in the general goods merchant’s inventory, wait until the next day: their stock tends to change daily (and the relics merchants always get new stuff every day), and you may get lucky.
Now, some skills are best taught using the associated action. For example, Martial Arts and Painting are best taught just smacking a training dummy and painting a picture respectively rather than reading about it.
Photography is the opposite: you’ll see the fastest initial gains and the most money by just reading about it first. Part of the reason is practical, which we’ll get to in a moment.
Even if a Sim doesn’t have any photography skill, and the picture “fails” the person who requested the picture will still give them ancient coins.
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Though Pyro wanted to shoot Ara, her arm is clipping through a tree. I’m a perfectionist, so I cancel the command. (Ara is in tears still. He’s so mean to her.) Pyro walks over to his growing apple tree and decides to shoot that instead…
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Collectables: This is a collection of various gems and relics. You’ll need to go on vacation to each country to eventually complete it. Pretty much any gem you see on vacation will unlock the collection.
Cameras recognize objects, Sims, events, and places in the game, and will only properly reward Sims for capturing an object once in any day, so it pays to make the first attempt count as often it won’t be profitable to have a second try. Rare places, Sims and objects serve to make more profitable photographs. Guarantee getting plenty of money by photographing landmarks like The Dragon’s Maw or hybrids like the ghost-mummy. Sims can name all of their photographs.
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Around Town: This collection is comprised of various objects or buildings around the city. Try shooting the front door of any store: some, like the Spa, get their own special place in the collection; others get the generic “Places Around Town” entry.
ChallengesEdit Photog Capture 75 unique subjects and photographs will all have a higher base worth. Architectural eye Capture 10 unique landmarks and all landmark photos will be worth more. Human form expert Capture 50 unique Sims and you’ll be able to improve your Sim’s relationships with other Sims just by taking photos of them Paparazzi Capture 60 unique Sims that are strangers and photos of strangers will be worth more.
Shutter nut Complete 5 photo collections and all photos after that cost nothing to take. Camera mechanicsEdit
There’s a number of adventures requiring the photography skill.
Each time the player clicks on a camera in a Sim’s inventory and selects “Take Photo” the camera interface will appear. It is relatively intuitive.
If you complete these challenges, join us at the Sims 3 Forum to post your theories on exactly what they do for your Sim. Perhaps a patch will improve the photography skill journal in the future and give us a hint.
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Across the bottom of the screen are the controls for your camera. Zooming in and out, changing the filter, pausing the game so your subject stays still, and so on: it’s all pretty simple. Note that although your camera imposes some limits on settings, your Photography Skill limits others. Although Pyro can take black & white photos, he can’t do much more, so some of his buttons are disabled. As your may have guessed, better filters and so on make for more valuable photos and larger skill gains; that means for pure profit, Pyro should be taking nothing but black & white pictures for now.
The Sims 4Edit Photography used to be exclusive to The Sims 4: Get to Work, but was added to the base game in Patch 57. The skill allows players to earn some money or decorate their home with photos of their Sims’ lives. CamerasEdit
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A Sim still must take a picture of the floor switch though. While taking the picture, when the player focuses the camera onto the floor switch, it will say “Floor Switch”. At that point, take the picture and the requester will accept it. If it is not the floor switch, they will not accept the photograph.
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This is one of the easiest collections to complete. Most of the subjects here can be found around Sunset Valley.
Paranormal: This collection is for some of the weirder stuff around the game. By far, one of the toughest pictures here is the “Double Dead” picture, which requires you to photograph the ghost of a mummy. You’ll have to get a playable mummy, kill them, then use the science center to resurrect them and make them a playable ghost, then shoot the picture. Crazy, huh? A much easier opening picture is a simple death caused by any means; starvation in a single locked room is always a classic.
Pyro calls up Aralia Rose and invites her over. He corners her in the front lawn and insists on taking a picture. Because of his Photography Skill, he can actually use a social interaction called “Ask To Pose,” and followed up with “Do This Pose…” to make her stand a certain way. Unlike The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, Sims will not hold this pose indefinitely. In fact, Ara gets pretty bored waiting for him to get into position to shoot a picture, so he has to ask her to do the pose again.
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Photolog – Capture 75 different subjects. This one shouldn’t be too difficult with the list we have compiled below. Look for photos you’ve never taken and pursue them. Architectural Eye – Capture 10 unique landmarks.
This seems to be a catchall for buildings. While the subjects fall into different categories, places in town such as the bistro and school will count, while the Sphinx and dragon cave also count. I noticed a nice increase in photo value for all new buildings once I achieved this challenge.
Human Form Expert – Take shots of 50 unique Sims. Photos of two’s company or three’s a crowd seem to count toward this. This should help with photograph prices for Sim-related photos across the board.
Sims in action, Sims around town and unique types of Sims such as firefighters will likely see a price boost. Paparazzi – You must not know the Sim you’re photographing to work toward this challenge. Locals in the travel destinations in world adventures are good candidates, along with those around your Sim’s home town.
Shutter Nut – Complete 5 photo collections to complete this challenge. Afterward, it will make all future photos free (increasing profit from each shot).
I actually recommend using the skill book for this one. Read it until level 3 then chuck it. Taking poor quality, small photographs can actually run you at a loss due to the base cost of a photo. Using the skill book will get you closer to level 5, where photographers tend to stop making errors when taking pictures. Additionally, you’ll unlock new camera modes on the more expensive cameras which helps to increase income.
For an example, a Champs Les Sims local wants the Sim to photograph a floor switch for a brochure of the location. So, the Sim must go to the nearest tomb to take a picture of the floor switch.
Again, look for the destinations in your skill journal that you haven’t yet covered and head there.
Controlling the camera is a little bit advanced. When in Photo Mode, the player must use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out (or else + and – on the keyboard). Also, the player may left-click to switch from moving the camera to controlling the mouse. This allows to change the orientation of the photo (landscape or portrait), change the picture size (small, medium, large photos), or disable the flash.
Snag photos of these gems and metals you find to work on this one, before you sell them. Dropping them on the ground seems to work just fine. They’ll be easier to capture if you can place them far from other potential subjects.
Pyro stands in position, and I press Shift + C. This queues up a command for Pyro to take a picture using the best camera in his inventory… which of course, in Pyro’s case, is the best camera in the game. An alternate way is to interact with the camera in inventory and select the “Take Photo” interaction, though Shift + C is quicker. Either way works the same.
Now, the game camera will snap to a first-person perspective. This, of course, is important: you aren’t getting any aerial photos like the standard game camera can provide, and your subject’s distance will have to be somewhat realistic. Just like you can’t take a good photo with the camera’s lens being shoved against your subject’s nose in reality, so to you cannot take a good photo in The Sims 3 when your Sim is standing a couple pixels away from the subject. Pyro stands about two tiles away from Ara when I give the command, which is the perfect distance. Here’s a shot of the screen that appears…
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Press C to take a photograph. If the game is paused the photo will not appear in the camera until it is unpaused. Press I to cycle through the available sizes of photo. Press F to cycle through the available photo filters.
Press X/Z to zoom out or in on the subject.
There are four sizes of photographs that relate to the photography skill, with one size that does not.
But, of course, that’s where IGN Entertainment comes in. These are the 13 collections in the game, as well as an overall description of what to look for, as well as an easy sample photo so you can unlock the collection to get started…
There are four filters that will affect the price of the resultant photos, but the better ones also make photos cost more to produce. These are, in order of expense:
Oh, the Calamity! One Sick SimSoaked to the Bone A Social WorkerA Fight Slap FightsThe Repoman A ThiefA Singed Sim Oh No, Snake! A tough one in some aspects. You could get the social worker by attempting to adopt a baby then cancelling the process.
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