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The Sims 4: Moschino Stuff opens up a whole new world of photography that previously wasn’t possible in the game. It seems unreal, considering that photography has been a skill in the game since the release of Get To Work and was later added to the base game, but up until now, photography was very limited.
This guide will walk you through how to make the most of the new photography options to get the perfect shot every time, whether for profit or pleasure (or both).
Getting Started with Photography
Of course, Moschino Stuff comes with its own new freelance career; Fashion Photographer, but what if your Sim isn’t interested in fashion photography? What if they prefer to capture landscapes or wildlife? What if your Sim is just a hobbyist who wants to learn photography for fun instead of profit?
Well, all of that is possible with the tripod! Beginning your photography journey is as easy as buying a camera, a tripod, and setting off to make the entire world your subject. You can even save more money by buying the cheap Barely Better Digital Camera. The tripod is magical and will turn any camera into a pro camera.
With a tripod and camera in your Sim’s inventory, explore the world looking for interesting things to photograph. Sims, scenery, action shots, candid everyday moments in the city or suburbs, it’s all up to you. Click the tripod in your inventory and choose Place in World to set up the tripod wherever your Sim is standing. Then click the tripod to add your camera to it. If you’d like, you can place down a Sim marker to help you position the Sims in your photos with more precision, but this isn’t absolutely necessary. You can still photograph Sims without the markers.
While in camera mode, utilize every tool you have available, not just your filters, size/orientation, and zoom (but play with those, too, if you like!) You can now angle and move your camera around the same way you can in TAB mode. This gives you endless freedom to take your shots your way. Get a low to the ground shot for a dramatic effect or an elevated view over a fantastic landscape. Turn and rotate the camera any which way you please until your subject is at the exact angle you want. If you’re taking pictures of Sims, you can now select their poses from a wide variety of categories.
When you’re happy with your shot, click the camera button. You can take up to ten shots in one session using the tripod (which is double the number you can take using a camera without the tripod).
It’s up to you what to do with those finished shots. If you have Get Famous installed, upload them to Simstagram or sell them to a publication for a bit of money and fame. Display them on walls and surfaces, give them unique frames, or even collect all your photos in one handy digital picture frame which also comes with Moschino Stuff.
Time for an Upgrade
Okay so your photographer has some skill and experience now. They got a good start by taking shots around the world using whatever was nearby as a backdrop, but they’re more polished now. They want to be more professional. It’s time to upgrade to a proper studio.
Studios give you even more control over your pictures. Pose Sims in specific spots using the markers, set up backdrops and lights, customise the brightness and colour of your lights to truly get the ambiance and vibe you’re after. Drag and drop spotlights and softer lights wherever you need them whenever you need them.
Moschino Stuff comes with a simple backdrop that comes in a few different solid colours and patterns, along with a very nifty digital backdrop that comes in two pieces; a flat piece and a curved piece, which you can connect to wrap fully around your scene. These digital backdrops are a step above traditional backdrops. The backgrounds are animated and have various effects. Even when you’re shooting with the same digital backdrop numerous times, your shots will always have that extra touch of uniqueness and variety thanks to the animations. It won’t be exactly the same background every time. Moschino Stuff also comes with its own portable lights designed for taking professional studio shots.
With all these more advanced tools at your disposal, your amateur photographer can become a seasoned pro. They might even want to consider becoming a professional.
For more information about the Freelance Fashion Photographer career, see our article, The Sims 4 Moschino Stuff Pack: Freelance Fashion Photographer Career Overview.