TESO Elite Screenshot Contest

Garbrac April 13, 2014 34 Comments » Share

Hello Teso Elite Community,

Once again we are writing a message to inform you of an awesome contest we’re holding, one that should never end. So if you do not win right away, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to win.

Screenshot_20140404_193119Contest Details

It is a screenshot contest. This will be held and run every week. We’ll create a post in the forums with the start and end date for that week’s contest. You will submit a screenshot in that post. The post with the most likes will be deemed the winner. The contest will run from Sunday to Saturday each week. Starting April 20th.

Prize

Five Elite Gold and no limit to how many times you can win. Your screenshot will also be used in the TESO Elite Calendar.

What Type Of Screenshot

It can be any type of screenshot, remember it is the community members that will be voting you the winner, not any one person.  We’ll be taking the winning screenshot and creating TESO Elite Calendars, with a new calendar version being released every three months.

Eligibility

All members of TESO Elite community are eligible for this contest. As all voting is done by the community and not the staff, all members, including staff are allowed to submit screenshots and win.

Requirements

All screenshots need to be taken with the UI off. To turn off your UI, you’ll need to hit ESC once you’re in game. Go to Controls and click on Keybindings. You’ll then scroll down about half way and you’ll see one that says “UI On/Off” most likely it will be “Not Bound” but you can just click on it and add a new key.

keybindingsultra

Keybindings and Ultra Graphic Settings

Ideally you’ll want your graphics settings be set to Ultra for the screenshot. You can reduce the settings after the screenshot is taken if you are unable to play the game at Ultra settings.

Submitting a Screenshot

We will have a specific thread for you to post your screenshots in. It will be labelled with the week of the contest and the day it starts and ends.

In order to assist in not overloading the servers bandwidth we ask that you convert your screenshots to JPEG before uploading them. However, KEEP the original as if you are the winner we will ask for the higher quality file (the BMP file) to use in the calendar. There are many ways of converting the file from BMP to JPEG, the easiest is to open the screenshot in MSPAINT and go to File > Save As. Then save it as a JPEG/JPG.

  • Once you’re in the correct thread, click on Upload a File, located right below where you’d be typing your reply to a post.

uploadafile

  • Find the file you wish to upload. Typically they are stored in the ESO directly. If you’re playing on the NA servers, the default location is C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\live\Screenshots. If you’re on the EU servers the default location is C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\liveeu\Screenshots
  • Once the image is uploaded you’ll be presented with two new buttons, Thumbnail or Full Image. Click on Full Image. This will place your image directly into the post so others can fully enjoy your screenshot.
  • Once the image is placed into the post, click post reply, and tell your friends to vote on your screenshot!

Rules

  • You may only submit one(1) screenshot per week.
  • You can not submit a screenshot that has been submitted in a previous weeks contest
  • Absolutely no image editing is allowed. The screenshot must be 100% genuine with no alterations.
  • You must have been the one to take the screenshot. This means no googling and taking images from the internet.
  • All screenshots must be from The Elder Scrolls Online LIVE server, no test server screenshots.
  • Most important rule is to HAVE FUN with your screenshots.

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What To Remember When Taking A Screenshot

A good screenshot is all based on view, location, and lighting. Before you take your screenshot take into account some of the following.

  • Is there a higher/lower view this can be taken from?
  • Does the view capture more of an idea of what is going on? Is there a specific scene in the screenshot going on? A fight? Ritual?
  • Can the person looking at it grasp what they are seeing from the start?
  • Will the person actually be able to tell what they are looking at?

Some tips on getting the best QUALITY screenshot…

  • Set graphics to the max the game allows. This means going in settings and putting shadows, water, textures, the whole lot of it to its highest setting.
  • Maximize your resolution! This allows for every little detail to pop up and give you the best looking screenshot possible. If the resolution is to low it will look blocky, blurry, and sloppy.
  • POV (Point of View) is a large aspect to a good screenshot. Does the screenshot look better from First Person view? or does it look best with a character in it? For more scenery shots, first person view would be ideal. Unless you’re trying to portray some form of emotion, than using the character could be your best solution. But remember, art is in the eye of the beholder :)

Whether it’s your first screenshot or your 50th screenshot, always take more than one. Don’t sit there and think “this is the best one!” right from the start. There are multiple angles, different lighting, and different shadows. There is a lot to consider when you are looking to grab exactly what you felt when you saw it for the first time.

34 Comments

  1. Faentomet April 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    vfxninjaeditor
    Garbrac

    Ideally it should be turned off as it alters the apperance of the game that not everyone has access to. Some GPUs can't handle SweetFX but can still handle ESO.

    for Screenshot Purposes SweetFX should be disabled as it would offer a completely different perspective than what the game (by default) offers it's players.

    It's funny that you say that. SweetFX has almost 0% performance impact on modern GPUs. If you can run ESO, you can run it with SweetFX (if anything, you might see 1fps loss) I would argue that while you may be altering the appearance of the game, it's being done in real-time with a commonly used tool. Also, everyone has access to SweetFX. They just need to use Google to get to it.

    I am afraid I won't be participating in any of the contests in this case. It's really disappointing to hear this.

    p.s. For an example, here is a link to a shot with SweetFX on and off in ESO. The game itself lacks clarity. Contrast is low, it needs sharpening and it also has a greenish tint the developers has applied in most scenes (??). I work in film and do a lot of color correcting. It always kills me inside when I see this kind of work in a AAA game title. My SweetFX settings cure this:
    http://goo.gl/9OZWpj

    IMO, if you are going to do a screenshot contest you should also promote quality. SweetFX is not photoshop post processing (which should be a no-no) but can be used to make a better screenshot. Downsampling should be promoted as well (those shots I linked to are 8K screens. 7680×3240).

    I am genuinely interested in a screenshot contest each week but these things need to be thought about.

    Any chance you'd share your settings?
    I have tried a few different types, but all seem overdone.

    And yes, I'm a tad lazy to turn the game on and off 20 times to check\uncheck all the boxes :p

  2. Malariawest April 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    How is the contest weeded out the non-compliant entries? If they are left to be voted on, some voters that don't notice the entry is not within the rules will vote on it, unaware that the vote may not be used and hold back from voting on others as to not saturate all entries with votes. Then we have useless votes.
    Also, I have a condition that stops me from voting for obvious non-compliant entries, so if those do end up as viable entries, I may have voted for some of them for their content if I had looked past the rules.
    Maybe its just me, but it creates a conundrum for me! I do notice a surplus of entries with image editing and UI still on. I know no cheating was intended from contestants, just fine print going overlooked.

  3. baldylox April 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    i run a contest like this in a photography group. First thing we do is similar to this, everyone posts their photo into our forum, just like we are doing here. Although, the Staff, based on theme or goal (for TESO its a Calendar idea each week), then picks the top 'X' depending on total submissions to cover about 10% of the top images. last month we had a contest that had 167 images and we took 16. those are then setup in a poll where you vote for the week w/ 5 total votes. this allows us to focus in on what folks really like and not just people tossing out a like for a majority of the content that was posted.

    As our prizes can include equipment, money, job offers, etc. we had to tighten it up a little. lol but over all it would be good here too. especially with a popular site like this. you could easily get 50+ submissions and many might get overlooked as folks will just skim through each page and hit like as much as they want.

    just a suggestion :D

  4. Garbrac April 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    @vfxninjaeditor the point of the contest is to display the beauty of the game not what 3rd party software can do to change it. I do see your point but it is an alteration to what the game provides.

  5. vfxninjaeditor April 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    Garbrac

    Ideally it should be turned off as it alters the apperance of the game that not everyone has access to. Some GPUs can't handle SweetFX but can still handle ESO.

    for Screenshot Purposes SweetFX should be disabled as it would offer a completely different perspective than what the game (by default) offers it's players.

    It's funny that you say that. SweetFX has almost 0% performance impact on modern GPUs. If you can run ESO, you can run it with SweetFX (if anything, you might see 1fps loss) I would argue that while you may be altering the appearance of the game, it's being done in real-time with a commonly used tool. Also, everyone has access to SweetFX. They just need to use Google to get to it.

    I am afraid I won't be participating in any of the contests in this case. It's really disappointing to hear this.

    p.s. For an example, here is a link to a shot with SweetFX on and off in ESO. The game itself lacks clarity. Contrast is low, it needs sharpening and it also has a greenish tint the developers has applied in most scenes (??). I work in film and do a lot of color correcting. It always kills me inside when I see this kind of work in a AAA game title. My SweetFX settings cure this:
    http://goo.gl/9OZWpj

    IMO, if you are going to do a screenshot contest you should also promote quality. SweetFX is not photoshop post processing (which should be a no-no) but can be used to make a better screenshot. Downsampling should be promoted as well (those shots I linked to are 8K screens. 7680×3240).

    I am genuinely interested in a screenshot contest each week but these things need to be thought about.

  6. Garbrac April 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm
    Kaleka

    question, do screenshots taken when you are DC'd count? There are times I find myself still in the game but not connected. I've been to some very interesting places that way since you can't be killed. For example swimming in lava and such. Just wanted to make sure before next weeks contest. :)

    If it is in game he it counts.

  7. Kaleka April 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    question, do screenshots taken when you are DC'd count? There are times I find myself still in the game but not connected. I've been to some very interesting places that way since you can't be killed. For example swimming in lava and such. Just wanted to make sure before next weeks contest. :)

  8. Garbrac April 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm
    vfxninjaeditor

    You might want to include a section in the rules for those of us using SweetFX (RadeonPro integration). I would assume it's allowed, but because I can only assume it probably needs to be officially stated.

    Ideally it should be turned off as it alters the apperance of the game that not everyone has access to. Some GPUs can't handle SweetFX but can still handle ESO.

    for Screenshot Purposes SweetFX should be disabled as it would offer a completely different perspective than what the game (by default) offers it's players.

  9. vfxninjaeditor April 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    You might want to include a section in the rules for those of us using SweetFX (RadeonPro integration). I would assume it's allowed, but because I can only assume it probably needs to be officially stated.

  10. Garbrac April 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm
    Toorlokviing

    where do we post these screenshots? or do we have to send them in?

    Read the post :p

  11. Toorlokviing April 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    where do we post these screenshots? or do we have to send them in?

  12. picasso trigger April 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    Garbrac

    In order to assist in not overloading the servers bandwidth we ask that you convert your screenshots to JPEG before uploading them. However, KEEP the original as if you are the winner we will ask for the higher quality file (the BMP file) to use in the calendar.

    That is what I said in the article :)

    As for the panos, that would be considered altering the image. Least as far as I know there is no way to so a panned screenshot in ESO.

    the jpg capture is what they use for bug reports, it's probably heavily compressed… like Garbrac says, I'd leave it on as bmp and then convert it yourself to either a better quality jpg or png.

  13. Garbrac April 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This starts tomorrow and we'll be doing it EVERYWEEK.

    Ensure you're telling your friends to like your submission. One with the most likes will WIN

  14. baldylox April 18, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Folks with new apple monitors have some of the best resolution options and thus can literally capture a more pano looking screenshot where as I have to stitch mine or use my dual monitors when playing. :(

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