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A Sim taking a picture.

See also: Camera

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.

Children and older can learn the photography skill by taking a snapshot using a camera or smartphone camera.[1] 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.

The Sims 3: World Adventures[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

  • Photographs Taken
  • Unique Sims Photographed
  • Strangers Photographed
  • Ghosts Photographed
  • Burglars Photographed
  • Money Spent
  • Money Earned
  • Favorite Subject
  • Favorite Style
  • Favorite Aspect

Skill benefits by level[edit | edit source]

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 collections[edit | edit source]

Challenges[edit | edit source]

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
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 mechanics[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Camera interface[edit | edit source]

In-game camera interface.

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.

  • 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.

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.

Photo sizes[edit | edit source]

There are four sizes of photographs that relate to the photography skill, with one size that does not.

Cellphone Snapshots Small Portrait
Cellphone snapshot compared with small portrait Small portrait photos sitting and on wall
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 landscape photo measured against small portrait Large portrait photo measured against small 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 measured against Sim.

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 filters[edit | edit source]

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:

  • Color
  • Black and White
  • Sepiatone
  • Classic Vignette
Color and Black and White Sepiatone and Classic Vignette
Panorama measured against Sim. Panorama measured against Sim.

Posing Sims[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Opportunities[edit | edit source]

There's a number of adventures requiring the photography skill.

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Occasionally, when a Sim checks the adventure board at the base camp, local townspeople request that they take pictures of various tomb objects.

A basic camera shot with the best camera available.

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.

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.

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.

The Sims 4[edit | edit source]

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.

Cameras[edit | edit source]

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.

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.
  • Barely Better Digital Camera (§85) - Barely better than a phone. Landscape and Portrait modes, flash control. No zoom, small pictures available. Lowest quality.
  • Appreciably Average Digital Camera (§670) - Landscape and Portrait modes, flash control. Zoom functionality available, medium pictures available. Medium quality photos.
  • Crystal Clear Digital Camera (§2,015) - Landscape and Portrait modes, flash control, Zoom functionality, small to large pictures available. Best likelihood of 'Outstanding' Photos, even at low Skill.

Taking Pictures[edit | edit source]

The left mouse is used for most of Photography's Controls

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.

Photos can be hung on a wall, placed on a surface, or sold. They can also be framed, or have filters applied to alter how they look.

Photography controls[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. In The Sims 3, the regular cellphone camera prior to Patch 1.50 does not have photography functionality.

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