One fun in-game photography trick is to use reflections, mirrors, and glass to offer a different — and sometimes more artistic — vision of a scene. I have to applaud reader Jake’s use of the water’s reflection in this piece because it makes it beautiful times two!
“I’m leveling a Sylvari Ranger for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion, and I found this beautiful little nook off the beaten path in Brisban Wildlands,” Jake wrote. “There is no vista or point of interest in this location; you just have to be nosing about to find it. That’s one of the things I like about this game: The map was designed with exploration in mind. And jumping (sigh).”
Alternatively, you could also experiment with camera angles, especially by aiming the lens up from near the ground. It makes everything far more epic and full of stature, even if they’re creepy kid people.
Reader Roger offers up this Final Fantasy XIV panorama: “Here Momodi watches as I sail off as the Ambassador of Ul’dah.” Good luck with that, Roger!
It’s never fun to watch your character get assaulted by antsy weeds. At least reader Brandon got a good Star Wars: The Old Republic screenshot out of it (and then, by the looks of things, had fun with Photoshop filters).
“The ‘living world’ is awesome, in theory,” he snarked.
Methinks that the new Justice system in Elder Scrolls Online is anything but just, especially if town-wide atrocities such as the following are committable by homicidal players without any obvious recrimination.
Reader Woolydub explains this odd scene: “I was doing some woodworking, after which I walked outside to head to the bank and saw this! These guys got the notion that it would be all fun and games to murder all these NPCs and sing and dance and play music afterwards. You know what? They were right!”
We are all virtual sociopaths.
For my It Came from the Comments Section! pick, I’m going to go with this character shot from The Secret World, mostly because it had a pretty interesting player story to go with it.
“My alter-ego looks far more aggressive and scowlish here than he normally does, but Translyvania does that to everyone, I expect,” reader mysecretid wrote. “If he does look at all omninous here, you can see that his Egyptian Temple Cat, Isis, remains thoroughly unimpressed, as she always does.
“Now, I’m not usually a pet person at all in MMORPGs, but I found myself playing solo a lot, late at night, bleary from my chronic insomnia. In this reduced state, I found that the creepier aspects of the game would often get inside my head under these conditions, and make me jumpy — so I recruited Isis to come along (she drove a hard bargain) so that I wouldn’t feel so completely alone when treading the dark and desecrated corners of the Earth.”
For my screenshot challenge to you this week, I’m going to ask for all manner of camera trickery. Reflections, filters, weird angles, you name it. Get funky and fancy with that camera, and send in the results!