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Today’s tip: Cameraman mode – how to take good pictures of your house

Posted on: July 31, 2009

Wide angled shot achieved by using "cameraman mode".

Wide angled shot achieved by using "cameraman mode".

Taking pictures of your home in The Sims 3 can be a real pain – especially those really small rooms, like a bathroom or a small working area. Yet you keep seeing these perfect wide angled screenshots at every Sims-forum and no matter how much you try to place that damn camera you can’t get the same result.

Search no more – here’s the secret to taking good pictures of your home (right after the jump).


No, not the soft drink Homer, the key on your keyboard. It’s placed just above Caps Lock, or left of the Q key, or three steps up from the fn key if you’re on a MacBook Pro,ย or one step down and five steps left of the number 6 key.

Did you find it? Good, let’s move on then, shall we?

When you play The Sims 3 (you have to be in “play mode”, “building mode” doesn’t work) just press the TAB key (you know where it is!) to enter “Cameraman mode”. Now you can adjust the camera just right to get the perfect shot. Use the arrow keys to move around, move the mouse to chose the angle, Z and X zooms in and out, and C takes the picture.

There you go, easy as cherry pie!



9 Responses to "Today’s tip: Cameraman mode – how to take good pictures of your house"

Cool – thanks sooo much!

No problemo kiddo ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy photographing your homes!


If you have more detailed tips like… angles that tend to work better on small rooms or if the bright adjustment of the screen influence the shot… I’d appreciate it. You see, I’ve started a legacy ( and I’m kinda of struggling for good pictures.

Well, not really. Just don’t over do the wide angle when shooting in small rooms (or at all, really).

The brightness of your screen does not affect the outcome of the shot.

Kind regards,
The Sims Architect

OMG I cannot believe I’ve been taking pictures for a month without knowing this. Thank you!

Cool house! ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish I could play this game!


I can’t believe I’ve been blogging a legacy for over a month and I did not know this. Thanks!

Thank you!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I have been playing Sims 3 for over a year (and blogging a legacy for a couple of months!) and I couldn’t figure out my everyone else’s pictures were so much better than mine. Thank you so much for posting this!

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