The Sims 4 Photography Skill

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Learn Everything There is to Know About the Photography Skill in The Sims 4!

The photography skill in The Sims 4 can be increased in a very simple way. You take pictures of yourself or of other Sims and slowly work towards the maximum level of 5. However, not all of us have enough time to dedicate to this skill. And that’s why we want to quickly increase it, without doing too much hard work.

So, there are a couple of things you can do to boost your way through the photography skill in The Sims 4 and unlock its benefits. The tips that we’re going to share in this post have all been tested by multiple simmers, and they’ve all proven fruitful. However, know that you can use a cheat to instantly max out any skill in The Sims 4, including the photography one. That way, you can skip everything in the process and rip the benefits immediately.

But, if you just want to learn this skill yourself, then let’s begin!

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The Photography Skill in The Sims 4

Buying a Camera

The first thing that you’ll want to take care of is the right camera. For this, you can visit the Buy Mode and find the digital cameras under the Hobbies & Skills tab. Here we will list the three available options and tell you what each is capable of.

  • Barely Better Digital Camera – it costs 85 simoleons, and it has an okay quality for small pictures only. Not recommended for big landscapes. 
  • Appreciably Average Digital Camera – it costs 670 simoleons, and it has good quality for medium-sized pictures. You can also use the zoom and the flash tools as well.
  • Crystal Clear Digital Camera – it costs 2015 simoleons, and it’s useful for everything. It has the perfect picture quality with all of the tools available for use.

Obviously, you’ll want to pick the Crystal Clear Digital Camera for all of its benefits mentioned above. However, it also has the highest chance of giving you Outstanding photos, which is ultimately what you want.

If you want to know the basics of the photography skill in The Sims 4, then check out this video!

Getting Inspired

Another thing that plays a significant role in leveling the photography skill in The Sims 4 faster is your Sim’s traits and aspirations. Generally, you’ll want them to be an artist. This means that traits like Creative or Art Lover are almost necessary here. That is because they influence the Inspired moodlet, which is the key to taking more photos and leveling up the skill faster.

A Thoughtful Shower is a good action that you can do to repeatedly get in the Inspired moodlet. Also, you can observe other Sims’ art through Admire Art and get inspired that way too. And lastly, if you own the Outdoor Retreat game pack, you could also go Cloudgazing, which is another proven way of getting in the inspired mood.

Taking Pictures

Taking pictures in The Sims 4 is straightforward. When you pull up your camera from your inventory, you can choose to either take a picture of a specific thing or browse yourself. You’ll also get a couple of options, like adjusting the frame, selecting a picture size, and applying filters. 

Now, a common misconception is that you’ll need to take professional photos, much like in the real world. But to level up the skill as fast as possible, you should quickly snap pictures of whatever you can. The wall, the floor, the garden… it doesn’t really matter. Your Sim may point at some random object, and you should follow that instruction to quickly take a pic of it.

Doing this will give you the fastest results. Sure, later on, you can try your hand at professional pictures, but for leveling, it’s best to just do random snaps.

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Photography Benefits

Through the photography skill, you can unlock some cool things in The Sims 4. However, the primary thing you can do is to sell your photos for money. You can either sell them randomly whenever you want or open up a photography shop and do your business there.

Another interesting thing is to start a photography studio too. You will end up taking up pictures of Sims in individual or group settings, and they will pay you for every snap!


The photography skill in The Sims 4 has never been the fastest skill to level up. From our own personal experience, we can tell you that it does take a considerable amount of time to unlock everything. But, we hope we gave you a clear idea of what you should be doing with a Sim in this profession. For more help, please visit our cheat page and familiarize yourself with easy solutions for the game! Good luck!

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