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midnight445
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Welcome to Simatography’s latest project, powered by Midnight’s Universe, the school that will

make you sparkle!

 

Are you ready to learn something new, to feed yourself with detail and dept? Did you have enough with your parents saying that The Sims is just a game and you don’t learn a thing? Wait, have you thought at least once that The Sims is a loss of time, just a game, nothing more? Even worse, don’t you envy those simmers who come up with those flawless interiors, exteriors, sims, machinima, stories or photography? What are you ? A simple simmer? Can you even call yourself a simmer? A simple player? You deserve more, you need your spot, how about an artist? A breath-taking simatographer? A somebody that can bring to life his imagination, a somebody that can burn the ground under his feet?

 

Well then, it’s time to resuscitate that dead bone of yours, let Midnight polish you, bring out the best of you with his new School Of Photography, powered by Midnight’s Universe and Simatography, put on your man pants and join the Journey!

 

Portraits, landscapes, rules, lightning, color mixes, sci-fi, nature, photo editing, details over details, photo levels, shadows, emotions, clothes, buildings sets and characters. Everything from A to Z, easy to nightmare, told in small steps so even your great grandmother could understand!

It’s time to put your fingerprint, the sky is not the limit anymore, there is not even a definition for it. Sign in whenever you want, drop out minutes after, no rules just ambition, motivation, socializing, developing a handful of skills and pure simming!

 

School starts Monday, 4th of July. Are you in or what?


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June 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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June 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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Every school has it’s requirements to bring you the best quality there is. Please, make sure you have all the necessary equipment.

 

First you need a powerful camera, which means you need a pretty good computer that can carry The Sims 3 to high settings. All of your Sims 3 settings must at least be at High for taking pictures, make sure to tweak it up. The only setting we don’t need and you can keep it low is the High Detail Lots, keep that on 2 (you may need to higher it up if you want City pictures or level 3 landscapes). We need good shadows, textures, edge smoothing (very important). Keep them high as possible. For more information, check out this article.

 

Then you need a photo editing tool, I strongly recommend you Picasa 3, not just for The Sims but for everyday use, it’s all you need for your pictures to look flawless. All my photos are touched by Picasa 3, that is all I use. No Photoshop, no gimp, no time consuming advance photo editors. Download Picasa 3 from here, it’s free, made by Google. Check out the quick introduction for Picasa 3, I’m sure you’ll be very good friends with it. Don’t worry, I will teach you the ways of Picasa during the school.

 

A reminder that most of the forums works with 640x480px pictures, so if you want to publish your work on the forum, especially on the TS3 forum you have to make your pictures smaller.
Atention! Keep the original pictures on High Definition, never resize the original, make a copy and resize only the copy!

 

Optional!
Create a Photobucket account so you could have unlimited storage for your pictures. Also, to use your files on forums.
Advertise your work, don’t go blind!
Everything you make must be advertised so people could know you. You want to be a real simatographer, right? You want to have your own spot?
There will be times when you’ll shoot over 100 pictures but you’ll show only 4. You have to publish only the best of your Best work. Midnight’s School Of Photography is available on the TS3 Forum too, it’s not a must, but if you want to have extra attention from a more wider public, you need to post your work there too. Don’t expect me to do your job!

 

The upcoming lines will be about the very important cheats you MUST use before taking a picture. I wont accept teaching you the ways of photography if you don’t use these cheats.

First of all, you open the Console with CTRL+SHIFT+C then you type:
HideHeadLinesEffects On (the one that will hide the plumbob, chat bubbles and other unnecessary floating stuff).
MoveObjects On (so you can move any object without limitation, even sims).
UnlockOutfits on (so you can browse all the hidden outfits).
MotherLode (Cha-Ching! 50.000 simoleons for shooting expenses).
TestingCheatsEnabled On (for hidden actions, CTRL+SHIFT+MouseLeftClick you sims/item. Use this cheat to disable autonomy, to keep your sims needs always high during the shooting also to enable further cheats)
BuyDebug On ( so you could use all the hidden objects in the game, you can find these in Buy Mode under the “?” tab. Works only after entering the TestingCheatsEnabled cheat).
MovieMakerCheatsEnabled On (my personal favorite, use almost all animations on any sims whenever you want. You CTRL+SHIFT+MouseLeftClick your sim and select one of the four new actions, you need to discover this tool, it’s pretty big. Works only with the latest Sims 3 patch or The Sims 3 Generations. Also, works only if you entered TestingCheatsEnabled cheat).

 

That is all you need to have the perfect experience and to become a real simatographer!

If you are running low on computer resources and there’s no way how to adjust your game settings to the school’s requirements, you can still shadows us, participate but you won’t be reviewed, graded or be part of our Wall Of Fame.


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June 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kazee169
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I am in! :D

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June 20, 2011 at 6:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Minraed
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You're awesome! and a bit insane, but you have always known I think that. This should keep everyone busy until SIFF (and more importantly give me Sylent and Bzanna a break lol ;) ) I can't wait to see what is in store here. 

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June 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rhapsody12
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What time will the bell ring? I'll even pack my lunch box!

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June 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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No need for a lunch box, we have 3 prestigious restaurants in our campus and gues what? Because you are a student, you eat for free! 

And what bell? Photographers can't work under pressure, they need time to connect to their pool of creativity. Relaxation and entertainment, our main key to succes!  

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June 21, 2011 at 2:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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The School's Requirements were posted! :)

June 21, 2011 at 4:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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I see there’s a lot of movement here, getting excited with my little school of photography, eh? Very good, that means my classes will be pretty populated. Let me tell you a bit about my system. School starts on July 4 and ends September 10 which means 10 weeks of developing new skills. The journey will start with building up your own universe, we’ll start with your character that represents you, on your style, feel and look. We will work on the portraits, backgrounds, tweaks, modern touches and so on. Practically, we will shift between trends, from B&W pictures, sepia to cutting edge color madness. Later on these trends will mix in your own style, you’ll see!

 

After playing with your character and use of simple background, we will go even further in building small sets and sharing avatars with other simmers as part of the school. Using other simmers stuff gives us more feeling, the want to make that avatar look better. This will give you the photographer’s mind.

 

There will be a total of 10 assignment, from easy to nightmare. Each of them will put you in a different position. Also, dragging you deeper into the limitless pool of creativity. All assignments will be neutral, which means it doesn’t matter if you have just the base game or a couple of expansion packs or/and stuff packs. All you need is Sims 3 and the school’s requirements mentioned later today.

 

About the mods and third party objects, I’m not a fan of them but I’m not here to draw lines. Keep in mind though that some objects are very cheap in texture and too artificial. The key is simple clean and sweet detail. I wont’ even talk about mods. Use whatever you want just keep up the A game.

 

Let me tell you a bit about how an assignment looks like. It’s simple, you get the week’s subject, some tips and tricks, a lesson or two and a constant example flow. All you need to do is come up with your work, maximum 5 pictures per week, each picture will be reviewed, you’ll have the good and the bad also, a few tips.

 

What’s up with the Wall Of Fame? Oh, that my friend, will keep you up in the night. Each picture will get a grade, the best pictures gets on the Wall. Being on the wall makes you an international Simatographer, which means that you are on the right road!

 

All I can promise you is that you’ll have a lot of fun, you’ll make new friends, develop your own style and you’ll become a great Simatographer!


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June 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

mysteryjack1
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Posts: 141

Sounds awesome! I'll be sure to sign up :)

June 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Moon Entertainment
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Posts: 142

Sounds like fun I'll sign up

June 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Minraed
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Your turn to get even with me! Yikes! It's hard to admit this, but I might even learn a thing or two. I'm in!

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June 22, 2011 at 8:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Minraed
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I have a question - I know that the recommendation will be to do ALL assignments, but if something comes up like summer vacation or computer meltdown, can we still continue if we miss an assignment along the way?

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June 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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Very good question, Minraed! 
You can always submit the pictures, you'll get a small penalty but if the picture is perfect it gets on the wall of fame. Announce the school, catch up when you're back and keep up with your colleagues! 

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June 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

aenava
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I am so in. I hope the restaraunt food is good. My brain needs good food to learn ;) xox ps. and of course a brilliant photography teacher... :D but that's already sorted :L

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June 22, 2011 at 9:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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The classic question, everybody can brag about a thing or two and doesn’t even have to be true and after a short search, Midnight is a storyteller, he likes to write stories about coma guys or desperate girls. School of Photography, I’m sorry, come again?

 

A picture means more than a thousand words, right? That’s what they all say, that’s what I learned in 7 years of simming. Actually, if you look closer into my stories, you’ll see progress in pictures more than in text. I mean, bigger stories came up because I had the skill or the tools to create better pictures.

 

What’s a story without a picture? Depending on the writer, if he knows how to drag you into dirt and toss you here and there it’s OK but when you have The Sims, why even bother writing ten pages just to describe a room or a character when you can just throw some junk around and drop a helpless Sim in the middle and just focus on the dialog or his mind.

 

I choose photography because pictures are all I have, true pieces of my mind, soul and madness. My universe, my living, my true fingerprint, that’s what a picture means to me.

 

Pictures a like a mirror of your personality. You can see favorite colors, feeling, simplicity or complexity, emotions or memories, bad or good. Also, if you see a couple of pictures from the same photographer you can see what he likes the most, the genre he enjoys, the motivation, his way of thinking.

 

So, for those who are questioning my skills, here are a couple of pictures from my latest work. See you in school on 4th of July!







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June 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Blaze
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Count me in!

June 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

midnight445
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Awesome! 

June 24, 2011 at 12:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

SimGirl
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Well, I dowloaded Picasa 3.8 ... but with 2 babies, it makes it hard for me to garuntee my presence anywhere.

 

Can you promise that entering those cheats won't mess up gameplay on any saved games?? (cheats have always been a problem before)

I am looking to better my photography for my Legacy and stories though!!

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I just adore all my sims! <3

Sims 3 Legacy -  The Fuller Legacy

Sims 3 Sories I write -  Sim Stories 

Sims 3 Houses I build - My Houses

SILC Stories -  SILC Blog

 

 

 

June 24, 2011 at 7:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Minraed
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(cheats have always been a problem before)

Cheats will  in NO way mess up your game. They are not the same as mods, which are installed from other sites and are created to change your game's settings. Cheats are build into the game. Once you exit the game, even if you save, no settings are altered permanently.

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June 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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