Screenshots: Tips & Tricks
Esohead thrives on user contributions! Quest data, database comments, forum posts - you name it, we love it! One of our favorite methods of contribution is via uploaded screenshots, images depicting various items, NPCs or quest details in the Elder Scrolls Online. Users can submit screenshots to any database page which will then be reviewed by our staff and, upon approval, added to a database page! Taking and uploading screenshots is easy!
Taking Screenshots in ESO
- Press your keybind for hiding the UI (You may need to change your keybind in the OPTIONS menu)
- Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard
- The screenshot is saved as a .BMP file in the Elder Scrolls Online screenshots folder.
Example: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\VERSION\Screenshots (replace version with which client you're using)
The picture is automatically saved and ready to upload to Esohead.
A good screenshot is like a miniature piece of art. It should showcase the main object, but take into account the details around it. The same seven elements of art design come into play here: Line, Shape, Form, Space, Texture, Light & Color. We'll touch on several of these and how to make use of the in game settings and mechanics to enhance your pictures.
Turn your resolution and color sampling as high as your computer can handle. In general you want all your settings maxed to really show the environment to its fullest potential (this actually helps with the lighting, too). You may find a shot that you need to play with these settings to enhance, sometimes turning down environmental detail is helpful to remove extra grass.
Most of the time taking the pictures from first-person view works best, so zoom all the way in so that you're looking through your character's eyes. Occasionally the object might be too big (large NPCs especially) to use this view - if this is the case get as close to them as you can without having your body in the shot and swing the camera around to get the angle that you're looking for.
Pay attention to the light - a well lit picture is 10 times better than a dark one. You may even want to do a little color correcting before uploading - increase the brightness and contrast a touch.
We want to see the armor! Not Joe Schmoe in the armor. In general you want close ups of the piece itself (except for full set pictures). Don't be afraid to submit a 4 inch picture of one glove. Once it's cropped and loaded and shrunk down to the thumbnail it will look great!
Use your best judgment when cropping armor pics, but remember - we want to see details of the armor - not the person or a far away image. Of course, this also applies to weapons or any other piece of equipment!
Full body shots should be the norm. If you can't get a good full shot (e.g. they're standing behind a counter) get the waist-up shot. There's no need to include the on-screen text and titles of NPCs. The website already lists those, so just get in close and take a great shot of the NPC itself.
When capturing moving NPCs, try to get as much of a frontal shot as you can; being willing to take a few hits while you take picture of a mob attacking you can make for a great shot. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, sitting in place for a while and waiting for it to path in front of you is often easier and faster than running around it trying to get your shot.
Uploading an Image
- Go to the desired page for the image
- Scroll down towards the bottom of the page and click the "Submit a screenshot" tab.
- Click "Choose File" and a upload box will pop up.
- Choose which file you wish to upload. By default ESO saves images to C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\VERSION\Screenshots (replace version with which client you're using)
- Optionally fill in a caption and click the "Upload" button.
- The next page is a built-in image editor. Here you can shrink and crop images. The page has some instructions on how to use it.
- When you're done editing click "Save"
From here on your screenshot will be put into a moderation queue: soon one of the staff here at Esohead will approve the screenshot. Typical turn-around on screenshots is 24-48 hours but may take longer depending on the queue's current size.