I just can’t get enough! #wowscreenshotaday September

After a whole month with one screenshot a day and Tycertank still wants us to post more screenshots, so there is a new challenge up for September!

Post a screenshot of the topic of the day on your blog or on Twitter with #wowscreenshotaday

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Borrowed this picture from Tycertank

 

How to take good screenshots

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Someone asked me how to take good screenshots in World of Warcraft, so I thought I’d write a small post about it and share my tips.

I’ve been taking screenshots since I leveled my first character back in the Burning Crusade. I didn’t know anything about how to hide my UI, zoom or turn up my graphics and resolution when I first started. But I’ve learned a lot since then, mostly by reading other guides and tips and by taking loads of screenshots. When I play I’m always looking for good shots. Sometimes I run or fly around doing something completely different when I suddenly see something I just have to take a screenshot of.

Basics

How do I take a screenshot?

Press the Print Screen button on your keyboard, it’s usually located at the top right. You should see a “Screen Captured” message.

How do I hide my UI?

Press Alt+Z to hide it and press Alt+Z again or Esc to get it back

How do I make names of characters/NPCs/pets disappear?

Open the Game Menu, choose Interface and then Names. You can uncheck the names you want to hide.

Where can I find my screenshots?

You screenshots are automatically saved in the screenshots folder in your main WoW directory.

Quality

WoW actually has an internal setting for screenshot quality which by default is set to 3/10.  You can turn it up by typing the following command into your chatbox

/console screenshotQuality 10

You should also turn your screen resolution and graphic settings up as high as your computer can handle before taking a screenshot.  This can be done in Game Menu – Interface – System.

Tips and tricks

  • Zoom all the way in so you’re looking through your character’s eyes and take pictures from first person view
  • Stand behind the object you want to take a picture of without seeing your own character and zoom in as far as you want
  • Fly around on a mount without effects
  • /sit /lay down to get a good view of something low to the ground
  • Talking to a friendly NPC will usually make them face you
  • Do emotes
  • Remove names, guilds, titles
  • Pay attention to the light
  • Having a character in target our mouse-over will make them look brighter
  • Find a neutral background for character shots
  • Edit the screenshot afterwards. Brightness, contrast, crop etc
  • Take as many screenshots as you can, spam your Print Screen button
  • Hold down the right mouse button to move the camera around
  • Hold down the right mouse button and use your arrow keys or the a and d key to turn your character around without moving the camera
  • The rule of thirds: photos are supposed to be more interesting with the key element of your picture off-center.
  • Take time to experiment

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I usually edit my screenshots before posting them. I turn up the contrast and brightness a little bit so they don’t appear so dark. It’s not a big difference but it makes them look better.

 

Free photo editing programs

Online

http://pixlr.com/

http://www.befunky.com/

http://www.photoshop.com/tools

http://www.fotor.com/

Downloadable

http://www.gimp.org/

http://www.getpaint.net/

http://www.phoxo.com/en/

Other guides 

http://wowpedia.org/Changing_the_screenshot_format

http://reviveandrejuvenate.blogspot.se/2010/05/tutorial-tips-for-taking-screenshots.html

http://www.wowhead.com/help=screenshots-tips-tricks

http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/05/17/tips-and-tricks-for-taking-great-wow-screenshots/

Through Your Interface – Day 7: Best Screenshot of the Year

Best Sceenshot of the Year
Show us the best screen shot you believe that you have ever taken and why you think it is the best (content, meaning, how you framed it, etc). 
I just can’t look through all of my screenshots cause there are just too many of them, but I found some good screenshots taken within the last year. The first two are from the Cataclysm beta when I flew around almost spam pressing my print screen button, the other two are just a few months old. It’s really hard to choose one which I think is the best, cause I like them all, so maybe you can help and tell me which one you think is the best of these four?
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This is a red dragon in the Vermillion Redoubt in Twilight Highlands. I like the way the dragon sits there, he/she looks so proud, and I like how the red colors of the dragon and the tree balance the screenshots.
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As you can see this is Stormwind seen from the farms behind the city with the water as foreground. The screenshot might be a little heavy on the left cause of the tree. But I really like the new water effect reflecting the city.
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This is taken from inside the Greymane Manor in the Gilneas zone. I wasn’t sure how to catch the light coming from the window, this might not be a very good screenshot after all, but there is still something I like about it.
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This is of course from the Faerie Circle event in the Whispering Forest. I love this place and event, and that might be why I also love this screenshot. But I think it’s also a good screenshot cause it catches the event in a good way, the faerie dragon’s song around the circle of mushrooms, the yellow beams and green effects, the trees around and starry sky frames it and you can even see the mist floating over the circle.
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