There is a bit more to the new skill of
Photography than you might be expecting -- for instance in addition
to allowing your Sim to take photos that are of better quality than
those taken by the camera on their cell phone, it permits them to
create an album of themed photo collections, the point of which is to
have your Sim take Photos of different places, events, people, and
objects -- though completing some of the collections requires that
they take some rare photos.
Learning the Photography skill does
require that your Sim own a camera -- but they can obtain one simply
by enrolling in the LeFromage Art School, where they can learn the
Photography skill and come home with a camera in their inventory.
When you are on holiday you can check
the bulletin and notice board for Photography Jobs, then find the
person and take the job on, complete its goals, and you can earn some
Ancient Coins and experience.
-- The Camera --
Just how good a photo your Sim can take
depends upon the quality of their camera, and their skill level. Sims
with low skill levels only have access to the more basic features on
the better cameras, but as they level up they can use more of the
tech that they contain. Bear in mind that there are a variety of
quality levels in the cameras that you can obtain in the game, and
while a lower-quality camera may make sense for a lower-level
Photographer, eventually you will want to get the best that you can.
Unlike taking photos with your Sim's
cell phone, when they take a photo with their camera it costs them
money -- it seems that digital cameras have not quite made it to the
world of the Sims -- and the cost of each shot depends upon the
filter and size selected, so it is generally a good idea to take
shots that are worth taking -- unless you have the extra money to not
The collection system relies upon a
mechanism by which your Sim's cameras identifies the objects, event,
or Sim that you are shooting, and will only reward your Sims for
capturing the object once in any day. The rarer the place/Sim/object
the more valuable the photo is, so you will want to bear that in
Your Photos on
Display add to your Memories
-- The Camera Controls --
Whenever your Sim uses their camera to
take a photo the camera interface will open, allowing you to adjust
the frame and focus:
Press I to cycle through the available
sizes of photo.
The choices that you have are Small
Portrait, Medium Landscape, Large Portrait, and Panorama.
Press F to cycle through the available
The choices for filters are Black and
White, Classic Vignette, Color, and Sepiatone.
Press X/Z to zoom out or in on the
Press C to take a photograph.
If any of the options are greyed-out,
it means that the camera is not able to use them, or your Sim's skill
is still too low to access them.
-- Photography Levels and their
Level 2 Take Black & White photos.
Level 4 Take Sepiatone photos.
Level 8 Increased ability to zoom in
Level 9 Take Classic Vignette photos.
Level 10 Take Panorama photos.
-- Photography Challenges --
Completed by capturing 10 unique
landmarks -- rewards your Sim by giving all landmark photos higher
Human Form Expert
Completed by capturing 50 unique Sims
-- rewards your Sim by improving their relationships with other Sims
just by taking photos of them.
Completed by capturing 60 unique Sims
who are strangers -- rewards your Sim by making photos of strangers
Completed by capturing 75 unique
subjects -- rewards your Sim by giving their photographs a higher
Completed by completing 5 Photo
Collections -- rewards your Sim by making all photos after that free