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Midhras ADMIN January 16, 2018
In better days a group curated by the inimitable DeadEndThrills, administrative duties have since befallen lesser men. Diminished acumen notwithstanding, the screenshots gathered here constitute a fairly eclectic selection of some of the finer pieces of in-game photography, all according to guidelines formulated years ago.


Group Description

A group celebrating the beauty and imagination of videogames via clean and evocative screenshots using free camera movement.

Group Rules

If you're looking to submit screenshots to the UndeadEndThrills Flickr group, then you'll need to keep a few rules and guidelines in mind. This is just a basic list for now, but we will expand on it as we go. For now..

No huds or letterboxing
"Clean screenshots" is part of the group description. Nothing distracts from beautiful video game art like ammo counts, crosshairs, and unnecessary black bars.

No cut scene shots---
Shots on DET should feature your own compositions. As such, cut scene shots have no merit here unless you can find a way to pause the game and still control the camera freely. This is possible in the Mass Effect games, for example.

No photoshopping, Lightroom edits or colour grading in post
Don't use non-injectable post-processing to improve a shot. Cropping or stitching panoramas is ok. I'm sure no one would fault you for fixing a small bit of clipping or visual artifact that would ruin an otherwise great shot, either.

There are plenty of tools out there for tweaking real-time visuals. SweetFX, ReShade, and ENB are all staples of the screenshotting community.

Full camera control is crucial to the process
Most screenshots in this group are achieved via full control over the camera, field of view, and even the time scale. If the best you can do is point the game's 3rd person camera with the default field of view, then your compositions will be extremely limited. As a result, wall-hugged shots tend to look very similar in nature. The quality of those shots would likely stand out, and not in a good way.

If your 3rd person camera shot can get away with looking like it was achieved with a free camera, then it may be considered. If you're not sure that a game has an option for a free camera, feel free to ask here after looking on the forums.

Choose your aspect ratio and framing carefully
"Composition" is a term that gets used rather often here. That said, we're not all photographers and don't expect people to be following any strict composition rules. Some folks are just naturally skilled at composing screenshots and\or photographs.

While some of the best screenshots in DET are 16:9, it is not the best aspect ratio for all compositions. Carefully choosing an aspect ratio appropriate for your screenshot will produce better results than sticking to 16:9 for everything. And while a high field of view is certainly better for gaming, it's not necessarily better for screenshots. Distortion caused by a high field of view is typically an eyesore and rarely comes off as intentional.

Cropping is allowed, but it is not ideal. There are plenty of ways to render games in different aspect ratios, and that will always produce better results.

Note, these are not so much rules as they are guidelines for producing the best results. This is the sort of dedication that this community is known for.

Use the description field
A lot of games require certian tools and methods in order to achieve the best screenshots. The DET community works because we share as much information with each other as possible. Therefore, a brief description going over the tools, rendering resolution, and other tweaks is highly encouraged.

We are not enforcing this rule as of yet, but over time we will start to look for description fields before accepting\inviting shots. Sharing is caring!

Example shots with good descriptions: One | Two | Three

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 2 things to the pool each week.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe, Moderate
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