The difference lighting can make

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Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
I took some time to play around with lighting today. Different colors, intensities, how close they are to the sim, what angle they're pointed at, natural lighting coming into play, etc and I found out, as someone who doesn't stage photos often, that lighting in this game is actually pretty dynamic and makes a huge difference. I figured I'd share. :smile:

(My favorite was that if you put a light in front of your sim at night and change the color to flame, orange, or yellow it creates this golden glow that makes it seem like they are next to a campfire. Perhaps a good story telling tool!)

I'll put them under a spoiler since there's a lot of them. I took these pictures in Adventureworld because I knew it was empty and would be less laggy. However, this also makes the background environment look a little eh. Oh well. :tongue:

Here's the pics!
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Feel free to share your own pictures that you really like the lighting in! :smiley:
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  • MadRadMandeeMadRadMandee Posts: 110 Member
    Wow that's really cool. And your sims is very handsome! Reminds me of Jared Leto :)
  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @MadRadMandee Thank you! :3

    Also - it is Jared Leto as Hephaestion! So I am kind of overjoyed that you recognized him without me saying who it was! :mrgreen: I will take his creation as a success! :lol:
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  • MadRadMandeeMadRadMandee Posts: 110 Member
    Ah yay!! I knew it! He's spot on!
  • SummerjaseSummerjase Posts: 1,380 Member
    I love changing the lighting/intensities/colours! Maybe it's just the photographer within me, but I always change lighting in my Sims' houses. Usually warmer for most houses, but sometimes for certain rooms/builds, I'll make it cooler.
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @MadRadMandee Woooo! :mrgreen: Good eye! Thank you so much!

    @Summerjase It is super fun to play around with! EA by default uses lighting so boringly. I especially enjoy using red lights in a house with vampires. :3 I'd love to see some pictures of your sims' houses! :smiley:
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  • SummerjaseSummerjase Posts: 1,380 Member
    Emily4331 wrote: »
    @MadRadMandee Woooo! :mrgreen: Good eye! Thank you so much!

    @Summerjase It is super fun to play around with! EA by default uses lighting so boringly. I especially enjoy using red lights in a house with vampires. :3 I'd love to see some pictures of your sims' houses! :smiley:

    I'll have to take some screenshots and share them! I used to have a family who had a vampire in it; I set her room lighting very cold, and very dim. Unfortunately that family and house was on my old computer and I don't have any photos; but I'll keep this thread bookmarked and be sure to share next time I'm playing!
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    I took a few more pictures. I am obsessed with this sim and that orange hue light :lol: so I'll just give you a few of my favorites:

    The water quality in Isla Paradiso is immensely better than Adventureland.
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    And I found a pose which murdered me deep in the feels:
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    Orange light is god, orange light is life.
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    Blue light is close second. :tongue:
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    Now I have doomed myself. Even when playing normally I am going to mess with lighting for 6 years with every picture I take. :lol: Curses! :tongue:
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  • Odonata68Odonata68 Posts: 1,075 Member
    edited July 2017
    Oooh, awesome pics! I'm often surprised by the lighting in this game (as well as frustrated) :D For the most part the lighting really does convey a mood or atmosphere. I always make sure candles or torches are set to the "flame" color in my game. I really like how that looks.
    He just lit the fireplace and it had a nice warm glow. Why is he unhappy? :D
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    Club lighting
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    Outdoor lighting, at night
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    Hot tub lighting ;)
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    And finally my favorite, the lighting at sunset/sunrise
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @Odonata68 Wow! Nice pics! The club one has really fantastic lighting! Is that Lara Craft I see? :3
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  • Odonata68Odonata68 Posts: 1,075 Member
    @Emily4331 Thank you! :) Yes, that is Lara.
    Your pics are great! That last one though, with the blueish light, I think is my fav. I can't stop staring at it. B)
  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @Odonata68 She is a great Lara sim! Good job! :smiley:
    Haha! Thank you! I love that blue light. :smile:
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    edited July 2017
    So I was working with how 3 different colored lights would work, going from the darkest shade in their family to the lightest, it worked out pretty cool!

    It makes it look like the source of the fiery-light comes from his right, and so the light naturally fades the further away from the source. This pic and the next are light colors red>orange>yellow
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    Unfortunately, my game crashed, but I managed to also get this color combo to look pretty sweet. Light colors blue>purple>pink (If I remember correctly). Hephaestion had a script error when I went to change his pose and the game kind of got caught in this nexus between live mode and the pose list which cause the crash. :lol:
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  • VromanceVromance Posts: 72 Member
    Omg I love your sims. They're so amazing. I do agree that lighting can either make or break a photo. I've had many photos of my sims that were great but the lighting just killed it Lol. Anyway, good job! :)
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @Vromance Haha! Thank you! I know the feeling. I used to take pictures of my sims with just normal house lighting and oh my god - the difference that bright lighting can make in how good they look in this game is astounding! :lol: Thank you for your comment. :3
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  • Odonata68Odonata68 Posts: 1,075 Member
    @Emily4331 I love your idea using different hues of light! It adds an extra "something" to pics. <3 Amazing!
  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @Odonata68 Thank you! :3 Hopefully I can experiment with that more today without my game crashing! :lol:
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  • CharlottesmomCharlottesmom Posts: 7,000 Member
    I love the lighting when taking pictures of the Sims by the fire pits...I don't have close ups but I bet they would look great!

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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @Charlottesmom Oh my god that picture of Connor is precious. :3 Love them!
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    Used an ENB on my last playthrough, and I believe it changes the lighting enough to be relevant.

    Nighttime shot of the road:
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    It seems appropriately dark. At least, my neighborhood typically looks quite dark during the later hours of night.

    The ocean in the afternoon:
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    A rainy day in the park:
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    The lighting is quite soft in this one :smile:
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    And in this one
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    Sometimes, it seems a bit dark indoors. But I believe this has a lot to do with the quality of the lights in the house. :smile: I'll play around with it more, of course!
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    Have a few more ft. a new sim. :smiley:
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    So dramatic. :lol:

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    He was clearly not amused by my toying with him :tongue:
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  • Rflong7Rflong7 Posts: 35,473 Member
    It looks great! I love looking at the lighting and Sims. :+1:
  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    Thank you @Rflong7 :smiley:
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  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    The ENB I use really makes a difference...mostly, from my experience, in shadows and natural lighting...

    Monte Vista in the morning time without the ENB looks a bit too bright to me:
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    But with the ENB enabled...
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    Looks pretty cool!

    And I know some people think it just makes the game overall darker, but I think it is still possible to mess around with light values.

    A well lit room:
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    And this one was taken in the same room, but away from the brighter lights:
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  • madelynsims95madelynsims95 Posts: 231 Member
    Interesting! I never realized how powerful the light could be in this game.
  • Emily4331Emily4331 Posts: 9,818 Member
    @madelynsims95 Yep! Sometimes it takes a bit of modification, but even the base lighting in the game when you really play around with it can have some pretty nice results! Thanks for your comment. :smile:
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