r/WarframeRunway has a lot of awesome photography, but I've noticed some common flaws in less upvoted pictures. I like helping my friends out with their photography, so I thought I'd write a somewhat comprehensive guide to help people looking to improve at Captura.
I'll start off with the (in my opinion) major three factors that make or break a photo: Field of View, Depth of Field, and Lighting.
(P.S.: Do note that these aren't guidelines, just suggestions of what to look out for in a picture. There's always some exception to this somewhat general advice.)
(P.S.S.: Most of the "bad" examples were taken while writing this guide; far, far later than the original pictures were taken, so they don't always line up exactly.)
Field of View
For portraiture (which is what Captura is mostly used for), a low field of view is ideal; A high field of view causes the background to appear distant from the subject, while a low field of view "tightens" the image and makes facial features more flattering.
Depth of Field
A portrait with no depth of field effect can look messy – it brings too much focus to the background of the picture rather than the subject, making it confusing to look at. Though when adjusting the DoF setting in the Captura menu, make sure you're not blurring part of your warframe as well.
Here's a picture without depth of field.
Or more specifically — three-point lighting. A good set of lights can make a dull, flat picture "pop" a lot more. In theory, three-point lighting works like this. In practice (in Warframe, that is), I usually pick three fitting colors, mess with their brightness, and spin them around until I get something I like. It's not necessary for every picture, but I like to turn the scene lighting very, very low so that my lights look more intense.
You can get very creative with these three lights — look for light sources in the background that you could amplify or simulate with your lights. Here,
Now that those are taken care of, here's some smaller details that make pictures a lot better.
Pose – None of the big three factors matter much if your subject looks stiff as a brick. Turn on slow motion and cast some abilities, jump, swing your weapons, etc. You're bound to catch some great poses in those animations.
Particle Effects – DE has done an incredible job with particles in this game. Use them responsibly, and your pictures will look far better for it — but don't go overboard and obscure your subject. To get the most out of them, set your graphical settings to the highest available option, even if you have a low-end PC; you don't need a high framerate for a photo.
Weapon Trails – Much like particle effects, use these in moderation — it's very easy to obscure the subject with them.
Framing – A picture with the subject in center frame can look great, but it can sometimes be pretty boring; the rule of thirds is very useful in this regard. Divide the image into a grid of nine squares. Now place your subject in a way that occupies two-thirds of said grid. Keeping a good balance between the subject and empty space is ideal. Also — take both landscape and portrait versions of your photo; yes, this means rotating the camera and craning your neck sideways, unless your monitor is fancy and can rotate.
While it's not necessarily the correct way to take a picture, I prefer to fill the screen with the subject as much as possible, leaving little empty space. However, some pictures can look good with a good amount of empty space as well.
And last but not least…
BE STYLISH – There's no point to taking pictures of your favorite frames if your fashion sense is wack. Find a nice color combination for your frame, maybe a bit of armor and a syandana, and make sure to pick a scene that compliments your colors. But remember, Warframe is a videogame; if you take pictures too closely you'll notice the polygons in meshes and the crust in textures.
Was making this guide an excuse to post all my dope pictures? Maybe. But I hope this'll help people looking to get into or to improve their Captura skills.
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