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Photography in Minecraft [Tutorial Contest]

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avatar Exurbia
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So, you want to know how to be a good photographer in Minecraft? Well, you've came to the right place! This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know, from tips to landscapes and then to everything else!
If you have any queries do not hesitate to ask in the comments!


Lesson 1: The basics

Before we get into doing some photography there are a few things you need to know.

A few tips and tricks you should know:


-How to get rid of your GUI:


(Windows) To get rid of your GUI (crosshair and hotbar) press F1. To bring it back up press F1 again.

(Mac) Just pressing F2 or F1 doesn't work, since macs have their own special functions that those do. Instead, hold fn and then press F1.

You will need to know this to take good pictures.


-How to take a picture:


To take a picture, first get rid of your GUI and then press F2. If you had your GUI up it would tell you that it has saved a screenshot in the chat bar.


-How to find your screenshots:


(Windows) To find your screenshots you first have to go to your o Starto menu.


In the search bar type o %appdata%o


That will bring up a Windows Explorer window.


In that window you should have a folder called o Roamingo .


Go into that folder and click o .minecrafto .


That should bring up all of the Minecraft files.


You should have a folder named o screenshotso .


Go into there and you will find all of the pictures youo ve taken.

(Mac) To get to the screenshots, go to Library (it might be hidden, if it is, then look up a tutorial on how to show it), then Application Support, then minecraft, and then Screenshots.


Suggested mods to use for good pictures:


-Optifine: You can use HD texturepacks, zoom in (ctrl), and lets you expand your render distance to extreme. It also has many more features, and is a great tool for any Minecraft photographer.



-GLSL Shaders Mod: This is a great mod to use, it adds shadows into Minecraft and makes it look more realistic. It gives Minecraft a professional feel and makes your photos look better. (I wono t be using it in this tutorial, because my computer cano t handle it and because I dono t want my screenshots to look too fancy)




-Water Shader Mod: This is another great mod to use, it makes the water look real and very glassy. It is also makes the water reflective and gives a very professional look.




-Texturepacks: Texturepacks areno t mods, but they make Minecraft look prettier. You can use a HD pack to give a realistic feel or use a 16x16 for a simpler effect. (The texturepack Io m using Feathersong by Steelfeathers)


Lesson 2: Horizon Line

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Lesson 3: Horizontal Divisions

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Lesson 4: Vertical Divisions

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Lesson 5: Singular Divisions

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Lesson 6: Taking pictures of a sunset

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Lesson 7: Taking pictures of an island

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Lesson 8: Taking pictures of a building

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Lesson 9: You're done!

Now that you know how to take good screenshots in Minecraft, go and use those skills.
And if you need any further help be sure to PM me or ask in the comments!

And if you are ready for a challenge, I suggest editing the photos with Photoshop or GIMP. Have fun, express yourself! :D

If you need a tutorial for editing photos plyr_83 made a follow up tutorial to mine on photo editing!

CreditSteelfeathers - For the texturepack!
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07/03/2015 4:44 pm
Level 20 : Expert Dragonborn
Shquaz
Great. It really helped me
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01/08/2015 11:33 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Architect
XzDementedzX
Something you need to add is when referencing the horizontal image, it's important to think of azimuth angles as well. This is defined as the view of your eye level to the horizon, getting rid of the horizon line is important so you only see what is rendered and not missing chunks.
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07/22/2013 9:31 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Explorer
JaceWolfFox
THANKS THANKS THANKS!!!!! I never knew you had to hold FN then press the key!!!!
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03/03/2013 9:23 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Explorer
Randommatt
You could just use the program Chunky. But nice tutorial though!
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01/26/2014 11:17 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Ivain
This also counts for chunky renders. or for any photography in general, actually. A great tutorial that will probably improve my pictures a lot!
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01/06/2013 12:37 am
Level 29 : Expert Pokemon
Genesect
Cool this is helpful diamond for you
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12/25/2012 1:41 pm
Level 29 : Expert Mountaineer
Vvardenfell
Really helpful. thank you for this!
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11/19/2012 5:17 am
Level 43 : Master Enderdragon
jordanpyke
i use photo shop and pic monkey to edit the pics afterwards
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11/02/2012 4:01 am
Level 47 : Master Egyptian
wolfgang798
here i found this in my garage and i think U need this to get a hundred *Passes a Shiny over polished
Diamond to Exurbia* xD
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11/02/2012 4:06 am
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
:D Thanks!
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10/28/2012 5:34 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
Dinosaurrampage51
In my opinion, this tutorial is better and more clearer than the one that got first place.
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11/12/2014 5:12 pm
Level 29 : Expert Mountaineer
DouglasWarren
I agree.
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10/28/2012 9:55 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Same. xD
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09/01/2012 4:57 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Mage
coolkid61911
thanks
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08/29/2012 1:06 pm
Level 27 : Expert Taco
spike43884
with the buildings 1 if your doing like a city with a big arch in normall the arch is straight on (and either far away or close up) becuase otherwise it doesnt give that 'Archy Feeling'
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08/29/2012 1:06 pm
Level 27 : Expert Taco
spike43884
congrats you came second...i didnt get on leaderboard (probly becuase i didnt know how to get my photos in for my redstone blog/minetorial)
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08/25/2012 10:07 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lad
NubNoobNewb
BRO u came 2nd place but i think you deserve 1st!!!!!!!
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08/23/2012 4:03 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
NZL_Gingernuts
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08/23/2012 10:40 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
You're just jelly, Alec.
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08/24/2012 1:30 am
Level 1 : New Miner
NZL_Gingernuts
ik :(
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08/23/2012 12:27 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Miner
helicfire777
omg, you won 2nd, congrats
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08/23/2012 5:51 am
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Thanks :D
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08/20/2012 11:25 pm
Level 1 : New Hunter
Jake_Pyrosaur
Whats the seed for Lesson 3-5 cause it looks great
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08/20/2012 11:28 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
I have no idea, honestly. xD
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11/12/2014 5:13 pm
Level 29 : Expert Mountaineer
DouglasWarren
Type /seed to find out, Exurbia, FYI
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08/19/2012 2:20 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Dragonborn
ragingummybear
awesome you deserve second place, maybe even first :D
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08/19/2012 10:59 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Thank you! :D
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08/19/2012 11:02 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Dragonborn
ragingummybear
:D
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08/22/2012 2:48 pm
Level 23 : Expert Pokemon
Enigmatix
lol thats awesome he actually got second place :D
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08/18/2012 6:52 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Architect
Antonove
Congratulations on second place! This is a great tutorial. :)
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08/18/2012 6:58 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Thank you! :D
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07/18/2012 9:22 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Miner
helicfire777
It's good, but it would be better if you arranged better the images, for example: in lesson 6, instead of using 1 example ilustration for all the text you should put an example ilustration focused on that matter for each text. It would look better that way. Also the background color looks boring, and the fonnt as well, put something in the background and chandge the font to one that looks interesting. Im no expert but I think that would make it more presentable.I hope I helped, good luck getting to the top 100 at least. Diamond
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07/17/2012 8:42 am
Level 32 : Artisan Miner
heartshapedBox
Love it, katie! c';
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07/16/2012 11:09 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Taco
-Rusty-
I never knew there were so many things u had to mind when becoming a minecraft photograhper

XD
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07/16/2012 11:11 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Hahah :3
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07/16/2012 11:38 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Taco
-Rusty-
you deserve a diamond my good friend
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07/16/2012 11:39 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Thank you :3
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07/16/2012 11:50 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Taco
-Rusty-
hey can u tell me if im good enough XD i took some photos of the epic mountains here
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07/16/2012 11:53 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Looks great! There is nothing there that I can correct, it all looks fine. :3
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07/16/2012 10:44 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Ranger
Beelzemon
ah i wish i had this many views on my blog :3 but this is a cool tutorial its pretty much teaching about perspective in art!
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07/16/2012 10:56 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Thank you :D
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07/16/2012 10:57 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Ranger
Beelzemon
lol np did you make the pictures or find them online? if you did then Great work i dont have the patience for that lol
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07/16/2012 11:00 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
I made/took them all myself.
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07/16/2012 11:02 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Ranger
Beelzemon
:o skills i hope your tutorial gets top three :) i need to upload some pictures for mine and maybe a video and i might use this tutorial for the pictures XD
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07/16/2012 11:03 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Ahah, thank you very much. c:
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07/16/2012 3:10 pm
Level 41 : Master Modder
Tainz
1 word for you my friend: Wow
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07/16/2012 10:14 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Yay?
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07/16/2012 1:01 pm
Level 46 : Master Architect
nkishimoto
Very nice tutorial on the fundamentals of photo composition. :) Can't say theres much more you could add without leaving vanilla Minecraft behind. +1
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07/16/2012 6:27 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
Thanks :3
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07/16/2012 11:42 am
Level 22 : Expert Spelunker
Zedeik
Tell me, are these photos good? I modified them but mostly with brightness or little effects to make it "better."

No mean to advertise, just wanted to know your idea about my pictures :3
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07/16/2012 6:26 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Elf
Exurbia
They look very nice! :D
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07/16/2012 7:04 pm
Level 22 : Expert Spelunker
Zedeik
Weeee! :D
Thanks :3
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