In-Game Photography can be definded as taking a Screenshot while beinig in a game. Taking a screenshot is in most systems an easy process by clicking a special button or using a simple tool. So everyone can be an in-game photographer as today everyone can be a photographer using modern digital cameras or mobile phones. But as in the early days of photography if you dig deeper in the technology there are many possibilities to improve the outcome of your in-game photography far beyond taking a screenshot.
In perfection it can be a form of art, which consists of photographing video game worlds. It differentiates from Screenshotting in being more related to art and photography. Émile Zola, who described a painting from Camille Pissarro as creating an extraordinary poem of life and strength from ordinary reality. This can be applied to in-game photography, too In this Wiki the focus lies on the emotional responses as the keystone to experiencing In-Game Photography and the creation of an emotional experience as the purpose of artistic expression.
In-game photographers share the same motivations as "real life" photographers, including a desire to capture visually interesting images, preserve memories, and demonstrating technical expertise. You find examples on the artists page.
Image manipulation involves transforming a photograph using various techniques to achieve a desired result.