Whether you are an experienced photographer or a complete novice just starting out, the huge variety of features found in video game photo modes can be confusing or even overwhelming at times. Don't worry though, the first step to taking better pictures is simply understanding how each feature works and what it does to the image.
That's why I'm going to use all of my photography experience to put together guides like this that explain exactly what each photo mode feature does in simple terms that anyone can understand...
- SPIDER-MAN // REMASTERED -
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered: Photo Mode Explained
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on both PS5 and PC features Insomniac Games' fully featured photo mode, complete with several camera movement options and their advanced lighting system. Here's every feature explained:
Allows the camera to be moved freely using LS for forwards, backwards, left and right, L2 / R2 for up and down, and RS to pan & tilt the camera's aim direction like moving your head to look around. The range of movement is restricted to within a large sphere around Spider-Man.
Anchors the camera to Spider-Man and allows only orbital movement around him with no separate control of the camera's aim direction. LS can move the camera closer to (↑) or further from (↓) the character.
A limited movement camera held by Spider-Man at arm's length as though using a mobile phone.
- PHOTO MODE // CAMERA -
Swaps between any of Spider-Man's suits that are currently unlocked in the game without exiting photo mode.
Rolls the camera around a central point to change the horizontal angle or flip all the way into a vertical / portrait orientation. A value of 25 rotates the image clockwise by 90°, 75 rotates it anti-clockwise by 90°, and 0 or 100 flip the image by 180°.
Toggles whether the playable character is visible or invisible in photo mode.
Toggles whether hostile enemies are visible or invisible in photo mode. This applies to all enemies at once.
Toggles whether effects such as falling raindrops are visible or invisible in photo mode. Clouds and ground conditions are not affected.
- PHOTO MODE // FIELD OF VIEW -
Field of View:
Narrows or widens the angle of view within the frame using a simple 0 - 100 scale. Increase the value to zoom in for a telephoto effect that brings the subject closer and compresses the visible distance between foreground and background. Decrease the value to zoom out for a wide angle effect or to create an exaggerated sense of perspective.
Controls the overall brightness of the image. Increase the value for a brighter shot with strong highlights, or decrease the value to make the scene appear darker.
Sets the maximum distance at which objects appear sharp and in focus. Higher values here will extend the range of focus further from the camera while lower values bring it closer. (Requires an "Aperture" value of >0 to visualise).
Determines how much defocused blur is applied to objects beyond the maximum Focus Distance, giving the effect of a shallow depth of field. Increase this value to add more blur and to create a soft defocused background complete with a nice circular bokeh on distant lights.
Depth of Field Range Near:
Sets the minimum distance at which objects appear sharp and in focus by enabling foreground blur. Higher values here will extend the blur further from the camera while lower values bring it closer. (Requires a "DoF Aperture Near" value of >0 to visualise).
Depth of Field Aperture Near:
Determines how much defocused blur is applied to objects in the foreground area set by the "DoF Range Near" value. Use this in combination with "Aperture" for a fully realistic shallow depth of field effect.
- PHOTO MODE // DEPTH OF FIELD -
Applies a preset colour filter or stylised rendering mode by selecting from 29 different types to quickly create a different look and feel for the image.
Adjusts how strongly the selected Filter Type is applied, decreasing this value fades out the filter style and allows more of the original image to show through.
Applies a pre-designed graphical surround on top of the image by selecting from 35 preset styles.
Sets whether the selected Frame appears underneath or on top of any stickers added in the Sticker Mode.
- FRAME // FILTERS -
Applies a circular darkened gradient around the outer edges of the image. Higher values increase the opacity of the vignette, making it darker and more visible. (Requires a "Vignette Size" value of >0 to visualise).
Adjusts the size of the Vignette with higher values extending the darkening effect closer to the centre of the image.
Film Grain Size:
Increases or decreases the size of film-like grain particles that are applied to the image. Larger grain is more noticeable and can give the impression of an enlarged image.
Film Grain Strength:
Adjusts how much film grain is applied to the image. Use lower values for a cleaner shot, or higher values to increase the amount of grain and emulate the look of film photography. Added film grain can also help low light shots look more natural.
Applies a sharpening effect to enhance fine details and make textures stand out more. Notice that this feature is very aggressive and likely to cause unwanted edge artefacts if applied too strongly.
- SHARPEN // OVERSHARPEN -
Selects a facial expression for Spider-Man. (Only available when using Selfie Camera).
Adjusts how much the Selfie Emote changes the shape of Spider-Man's eyes.
Turns on / off the flash light from Spider-Man's phone when using Selfie Camera.
Adjusts the brightness of the Selfie Light.
- PHOTO MODE // LIGHTING -
* Spot Lights only
Light 1 / 2 / 3:
Allows you to place up to 3 moveable lights in the scene to compliment or completely change the lighting effects on the subject and surrounding environment. Each light can be repositioned with movements including orbital rotation (←LS→), distance from character (↑LS↓), lower height (L2), and raise height (R2). For Spot lights, the direction of the light beam can also be controlled (RS).
A spherical light source that shines light in every direction. Use this if you want to light up an entire area or don't need to control which surfaces the light hits.
A focused spot lamp that shines light in only one direction. Use this to create directional lighting and to avoid unwanted illumination of other nearby surfaces,
Controls the brightness of each Sphere or Spot light with a higher intensity being a brighter light.
Sets whether each Sphere or Spot light causes shadows to be cast by objects the light shines on. Keeping this turned on is recommended for more realistic lighting behaviour.
Changes the hue of the light cast by each Sphere or Spot light by selecting from a visual colour picker chart.
Increases of decreases the saturation of the colour selected for each Sphere or Spot light. Use a setting of 0 to produce a pure white light.
Adjusts how broad the cone of light is from a Spot lamp. Larger values cause light to shine across a wider angle, smaller values narrow the light into a more focused beam.