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« on: November 22, 2009, 11:47:49 PM »
I'm starting to dig photography as a way to make a little extra cash here and there. It's not produced the kind of money it would take to survive early on in the game, but it's nice to have along in adventures and when traveling.

While you don't get the same amount of money after you've photographed something for the first time, many objects and landmarks can be photographed once a day to make an extra buck. This becomes really profitable once you've reached the point where you're at level 10 and have completed a couple challenges.

I would get to a higher level before I started taking travel shots. The first time pictures earn the most money. So you're better with refining the skill in Sunset Valley a bit at first so you can get more money out of the first-time shots in the new locations. For a new Sim this will make a big difference.

If you want to pursue this seriously head to Egypt and see the general goods vendor in the market to buy a better camera. The really nice one isn't all that necessary if you're just practicing the skill. Later use the more expensive camera, which also takes more money to operate.

We'll publish a guide to this skill within the next two days, I just thought I'd provide a couple of tips here in the meantime.

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Re: Photography
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009, 12:14:12 AM »
I've got a child who's at level 5 Photography after only a couple of days.  She's using the best camera (a gift from her big sister).  I haven't kept track of how much she's spent on taking the pictures, but at the moment she's got over $1,300 worth of pictures in the camera that she can sell.  That's pretty good money for an elementary school kid!  I also just gave her the Visionary Lifetime Wish, which is to reach level 10 in Photography and Painting.  She's got a wish to travel to Egypt.  Maybe her big sister will take her.  Fun!
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2009, 12:20:12 PM »
Great tips about photography.  I got a great opportunity...Wyatt had just been to Egypt and took only one pic there.  It was a pic of the pyramid that is lit up at night.  When he got home, he got the opportunity of going to Egypt to take a photo of a pyramid...so I delivered the pic I took and got $650 for it.  Very lucky! ;D

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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2009, 09:18:17 PM »
yeah I hold on to some of my pictures, raw materials, etc after doing that... helps to complete them fast when you already have the item in hand. Especially when you're time crunched on travelling.

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2009, 06:03:17 PM »
Haven't worked much on the photography, my Sim kept wanting to go to China...so I only had the cheap camera and most of his pictures are of his finger over the lens.  ::) :-[  I finally got him to Egypt and bought the next camera up since that's what he rolled he wanted to buy.  ;)  So hopefully I can get some shots other than his finger!  ;) ;D

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Re: Photography
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2009, 07:30:43 PM »
I have a level 10 Photographer who took a picture of a pyramid with the best camera that was worth $4,500!!  I thought that was amazing!  I can't think of any other skill that would bring in so much cash with a single click.  She's also taken ones worth $2,500 and she's got a wish at the moment to take a picture worth $3,500 with a reward of 10,000 happiness points!
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2009, 10:34:12 PM »
I have a level 10 Photographer who took a picture of a pyramid with the best camera that was worth $4,500!!  I thought that was amazing!  I can't think of any other skill that would bring in so much cash with a single click.  She's also taken ones worth $2,500 and she's got a wish at the moment to take a picture worth $3,500 with a reward of 10,000 happiness points!

that is a heck of a lot easier than painting!

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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2009, 10:53:35 AM »
most of his pictures are of his finger over the lens.  ::) :-[  

Ah, they can do that ?! :D :D :D
I haven't used the camera much, I think I will now. ;D

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Re: Photography
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2009, 11:01:26 AM »
That's amazing, Pam. I definitely pooped out on photography way too early to give it an honest assessment.

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2009, 05:33:35 PM »
That's amazing, Pam. I definitely pooped out on photography way too early to give it an honest assessment.

Yeah, I was afraid that's what was happening with you, Metro.  You were just expecting too much from it too soon.  By the time you get to level 10, use the best settings on the best camera, and add travel to the mix, it can do quite well.  It was ridiculously easy to reach level 10, too.  Just take pictures!  I haven't completed a collection yet, so I don't know how it will affect everything.
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Re: Photography
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2009, 07:21:17 PM »
most of his pictures are of his finger over the lens.  ::) :-[  

Ah, they can do that ?! :D :D :D
I haven't used the camera much, I think I will now. ;D

It's a low level screwup they make. Pam's results with the pyramid shot must have been taking it first time at high level. That's why I recommend getting some skill in sunset valley before you start photographing landmarks.

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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2009, 11:31:30 PM »
Pam's results with the pyramid shot must have been taking it first time at high level. That's why I recommend getting some skill in sunset valley before you start photographing landmarks.

Yes, this is true.  I followed Carl's advice from the Photography guide and had the settings on the camera defaulting to the best settings on the most expensive camera.  My Sim was level 10 and it was the first time she photographed the pyramid.  A big serving of AWESOME!
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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2009, 11:35:32 AM »
I'm with igzigpuff...my sim is poor so she only bought the cheap camera and now all photos have what looks like a big smudge on the pic, must be her finger.  :-\

She's getting more and more money so maybe she can buy the next camera up.  She could really use the cash as I have a hard time selling some of those really nice relics she's finding.  :D

There just seems to be so much to concentrate on in this ep.  She's into nectar making as she is a gardener and now into photography, plus making the moves on Jon Lessen.  :D

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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2009, 06:01:23 PM »
Ooooh!  Jon Lessen!  He's a good one!
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2009, 06:59:34 PM »
Hey Pam...I thought so too...I heard he makes real pretty babies!  ;D

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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2009, 10:28:46 PM »
My Sim just invited Jon Lessen to a party and he'd already aged to Elder!  My Sims are still Young Adults with a Child in elementary school.  Yikes!  I hate when that happens!  Like in Sunset Valley, Gunther Goth ages up after only a few days in the game.
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2009, 09:20:28 PM »
Okay this might be a stupid question but for the life of me I can't figure it out. I'm trying to get a photo of "bathroom stuff" for the Home Sweet Home photography challenge but no matter what bthroom objects I try and photograph I can't get. So what exactly do I take a picture of to get this?


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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2009, 09:24:24 PM »
Hi Arisun and welcome to our Forum!

I tried getting that photograph, too, and couldn't.  But I got the feeling that maybe I wasn't getting an angle far enough away to get all of the bathroom stuff in one shot.  I figured I would need the shower, toilet, and sink all together, but a bathroom isn't always laid out in a way that makes it easy to get that shot.  If you try it and manage to get it, let us know!
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2009, 10:01:32 PM »
Okay this might be a stupid question but for the life of me I can't figure it out. I'm trying to get a photo of "bathroom stuff" for the Home Sweet Home photography challenge but no matter what bthroom objects I try and photograph I can't get. So what exactly do I take a picture of to get this?



Try taking a picture of the ducksworth bathington (the rubber ducky) or the bubble bath maybe?

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« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2009, 05:32:55 PM »
I'm having fun with the photography stuff because I'm a photographer in real life! The guide here was extremely helpful!

Last night, I did figure out a way to get a couple of the really hard to get photos. I kinda cheated....but hey....that might have been the ONLY way to get them! LOL I actually didn't set out to do it this way...it just kinda happened.

When one of my sims was exploring a tomb and a couple of mummies started coming after him...I had the "testingcheatsenabled" cheat already on and I freaked when I saw the mummies coming! I was like, "Oh no...what do I do?"  I shift-clicked the mummy and it brought up the "Trigger Age Transition" so I clicked that and it caused the mummy to die and turn into a ghost. So I got the "mummy" shot, the "doubly dead" shot, the "death on vacation" shot, the "grim reaper" and another death shot that I can't remember off the top of my head. It was pretty funny! LOL 

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« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2009, 07:23:40 PM »
Hi RockinRobin and welcome to our Forum!

How much did you get for those awesome shots?
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2009, 08:03:00 PM »
For bathroom stuff, I think you need 3 bathroom or bathroom decor items in one shot.  It worked for me with a shower, toilet paper roll, and hanging towel rack decoration.

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« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2009, 07:38:50 AM »
Hi RockinRobin and welcome to our Forum!

How much did you get for those awesome shots?

I can't remember Pam. I was just trying to get the photos so fast before anything bad happened, that I wasn't paying attention to how much they were worth. LOL I'll have to go back into my photos and see how much those were worth. Oh and I remembered the other shots I got.....one was "simply death" which I believe is the Grim Reaper, and the "death of my enemy" for the mummy dying.

It was pretty funny, but when a mummy is coming after you, you have to act really fast because once the mummy sets his sights on you, it's pretty much locked and you can't do anything or get anything to work.

I'm gonna have to let one of my sims die from a mummy too so I can see what happens. I bet that sim turns into a mummy also. I wonder though....if you have a sim that turns into a mummy, and they die once they get home....does that mean you now have a mummy in Sunset Valley? (or wherever your sim lives)

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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2009, 11:13:41 AM »
I shift-clicked the mummy and it brought up the "Trigger Age Transition" so I clicked that and it caused the mummy to die and turn into a ghost.

A mummy can die of old age?!? That's just too funny. :D :D :D

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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2010, 07:48:57 AM »
Hi. I have trouble with some photos. I can't get Photo of Photographer , Gadgets Galore [what is that ?] , Town Theatre [omg, i tried for a milion times, is freaking me out ..  there is just 'Places in town' ]:-l

sorry for bad english .. i really need some advice . thanks :D

 

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