Video game photography has definitely seen its rise during the pandemic. While photographers have been able to capture photos within video games and their own stories, now there’s a game that’s completely dedicated to photography. Photography Simulator is, as the name suggests, a game that lets you become a photographer in a virtual world.
With the pandemic and all limitations it brought upon us, some photographers turned to video games for shooting alternatives. But is there a career path potential lying in video game photography? Folks at Repair Outlet did a little research to see which games are used for honing photography-related skills. As it turns out, there are plenty of them, and we can even see it become a career in the future.
Game screenshots are common and popular on social media, and have been a thing ever since streamers started streaming. I’ve never been a big fan of calling “video game photography” photography (they’re still just screenshots), but they can still be a valuable teaching aid when it comes to things like composition and lighting (depending on the game).
And that’s exactly what Texas-based pro car photographer Mir-or-Image has been doing in his new series on YouTube. With as popular as in-game screenshots have become, many games now come with a “photo” mode that allows you to freeze the game and move the camera to get yourself that perfect competition. Mir has been utilising this feature to help teach other photographers.
Many people argue that video game photography can never be equally valid as real-life photography. However, there are plenty of photographers who turned to taking photos in video games while they were in isolation. Heck, Getty Images even licenses photos from video games! So, could it be that video game photography is slowly becoming a new genre? In this video from eurothug4000, you’ll hear an interesting discussion on this topic.
This is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in my life, but Getty Images is apparently going to be the “dedicated in-game sports photographers” for the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships. Yes, that’s right, video game screenshots are now “photography”, according to Getty and Polyphony Digital, the developers of Gran Turismo for the Sony Playstation.
And it turns out this isn’t the first year that this has happened, either. Getty says that “the new service was debuted during the 2019 season” and “used its expertise in photographing live racing” to… create better screenshots, I guess.
Cables seem to be popping up more and more in our lives lately, whether it’s power cables, USB cables or whatever. And as many of us have shifted our attention towards video, there are even more, with HDMI and microphone cables. But cables require care, especially the expensive ones. There are ways to wrap them up properly and definitely ways you don’t want to wrap them.
But what does this have to do with video games? Well, The Last of Us Part 2, it seems, has taken this mindset to heart, to provide more realism. It shows pretty much perfect techniques for wrapping cables and ropes that never tangle and come loose when thrown.
I am amazed by the ideas creatives have come up with to keep shooting in isolation. Some have turned to self-portraits, some to macro photography experiments, some to online photo shoots, and so on. There are also those who have turned to video games, and when you think about it – it’s a perfect strategy if you shoot street photography. During quarantine, streets from video games have become the place where some folks take their photos, and to be honest – they look darn amazing!
Fan films are hard to produce, especially if they are on a high standard and even more so if they are using zero budget. We have seen a cool Game Of Thrones fan movie two years ago, and now the anticipated game Mirror’s Edge gets a fan treatment from Paul Hillier.
Mirror’s Edge is a futuristic game that raised a lot of interest when it was released in 2007 and got a fresh reboot coming on may 2016. The game is about a dystopian society where Runners (or Curriers) deliver messages while avoiding the government. The 2:45 movie focuses around Faith, who is a one such Runner.
In my early teenage years I loved nothing more than gaming and going to LAN parties every weekend. Unreal Tournament, Battlefield 1942 and Counter-Strike were my favorites back then. Although I also liked strategy games like Warcraft 3, I spent most of my time playing Counter-Strike with my friends till 2AM. Although I’m not that much of a gamer anymore besides the occasional SNES nights, a crazy thought crossed my mind. If street photography were a game, it would definitely be a first-person shooter.
Released in the summer of last year, The Last of Us has quickly gone from one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2013 to the most awarded video game of all time. Just recently, Sony even announced plans to develop a full motion picture based off the story. Last week, The Last of Us was released as a remastered exclusive for the PlayStation 4; the game came upgraded in 60fps and 1080p HD, along with a handful of extras to offer. One of the biggest highlights to come out of them was something called Photo Mode.