Kenzie needed a quick escape from real-life pressures, and found "The Sims 4." She now enjoys playing, writing, and YouTubing the game.
Taking Baby Pictures and Family Photos in "The Sims 4"
On the surface, photography in The Sims 4 appears to be quite limited. Unfortunately, there are no specific options to take photos of or with newborn babies. There is a freestyle photography option, however, and you can use it for your Sim to snap pics of their newborn. Since babies are unnaturally bound to a bassinet, this too can pose a challenge. You can overcome that by thinking out of the box.
Here are a few tips to get you started photographing your Sim newborns so parents can proudly display those baby pictures.
Tips Before Your Photo Session Starts
You might want to start preparing for your newborn's photography session while the mother is still pregnant. Here is your checklist for things to do.
- Buy the Crystal Clear Digital Camera for best photos.
- Max out your Sim's photography to level 5.
- Set up an open space where it is easy for your photographer Sim to move freely around the bassinet.
- Don't forget to Put Up Walls (though they won't show up in basement pictures in my game).
- Turn off autonomy for photo sessions to save yourself the frustration of Sims walking away.
How to Operate the Camera in Sims
- Store it in the photographer's personal inventory.
- Use the "Take Photo" option for baby pictures.
- It doesn't matter which direction the photographer is facing because you can turn the camera 360 degrees.
- Drag the camera around or use the arrows to change the cameras position/angles to frame your shot.
- Play with filters by using the symbol on the left, but you can change them as much as you want later so it's not necessary while you're taking pictures.
- The slide bar on the right will allow you to zoom in and out.
- The photo sizes on the bottom left will allow you to take small, medium or large pictures. Pictures can be changed later in the build mode.
- The circular arrows allow you to change the orientation of the shot from horizontal to vertical.
- The circle with the lightning arrow lets you turn the flash on and off (for most shots it's best to keep it on).
- The camera symbol allows you to snap a picture; you have up to five shots for each "pose."
- When you want to cancel the camera action, click the "X" in the upper right corner. Remember, though, once you bypass a shot you can't get it back.
Practice with the camera with your Sim who is learning photography, you'll get the hang of it in no time!
Birth Shot: Step by Step
I like to be prepared for the first baby shots when the mother is in labor because there is a precious moment you can capture when the infant is just born. The mother doesn't do this pose with the baby long enough during any other interaction to capture it.
- Put the bassinet in the open space you have prepared for photos.
- Have the mother give birth at home.
- Save your game just before birth.
- Position the photographer Sim to her right or left side (see below).
- Name the baby, then the mother will do a jump-spin in a field of sparkles. Hit the pause button when she lands.
- Queue the photographer to "Take Photo" several times in a row.
- Unpause and wait for the screen to show the camera perspective. Adjust the shots and snap away-- they will come one after another and you won't be able to do anything else in between because it goes so fast.
- Check the photographer's personal inventory for the photos. Make sure the quality is good and you're satisfied.
- If you don't get the shot, try again by exiting without saving and having her give birth again.
- When you are satisfied with your photos, save the game.
All other shots of your newborn are easy because you can repeat actions and take your time. It all comes down to experimenting with angles. Beyond that, the steps are the same.
- Put your photographer in the best position
- If you want someone interacting with the baby, pause. Click the bassinet to queue up baby interactions, such as "Feeding" or "Cuddling."
- Queue up one or more shots on the photographer.
- Unpause and take photos.
- Save when you capture pictures you like.
Bassinet Photo Tips
- These shots usually work best if the photographer is standing slightly behind and to the right or left of the open side of the bassinet (rather than the hooded side).
- This is the easiest shot to keep trying because the baby just lays there most of the time.
- Try to get close so you can zoom in on the baby, but if you get too close you won't be able to angle the shot down very well. Try different positions.
- Try to get variety. Take pictures of the baby when he's smiling, crying, sleeping or being lifted out of the bassinet by another Sim.
Tips for These Interaction Shots
- The best position is for the photographer to be in line with the bassinet hood, or slightly behind it, slightly to the left of the bassinet. The baby is always held by Sims in their left arm, so this will help you get the baby's expressions.
- Use the "Cuddle", "Make Silly Faces," and "Bottle Feed" interactions for the best shots.
- Best shots happen when the Sim holds the baby up high and you zoom in tightly.
- Have another parent stand in the background, or have parents hold twins simultaneously for family shots.
Just Change Sides—If You Want
- Have the photographer stand to the right of and slightly behind the person who is picking up the baby. This will allow you to get the baby's face.
- Standing where you would stand for the holding/cuddling/feeding shots also will work, but you'll get the parent's face and the back of the baby's head.
- Use the "Cuddle" interaction. Occasionally the person cuddling the infant will hold them up over their shoulder.
Getting Photos Ready for the Wall
- Open your photographer's inventory and go through the photos. Put them on the wall to view them more easily. Put away the so-so pics, and keep your favorites out.
- Click on a photo and select "Filter" to play with different filters. Try different filters to find your favorite, or you can click "Remove Filter".
- Click "Frame" to frame your photo with a sleek black frame.
- Go into build mode and click on the design tool symbol in the top bar that looks like paint chips. It allows you to change the color of your frame to white or brown.
- In build mode, click your photo, then hit CTRL+] to make photos larger, or CTRL+[ to make them smaller.
- In build mode, click the photo, then hold down ALT while moving it. This will allow you greater freedom and precision in placing your photos on the wall.
- Place photos with frames overlapping to make it look like a collage.
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