In an effort to teach photography skills using video games, I explain God of War’s photo mode as a photographer. Hopefully you gain some camera knowledge out of this!

1 : Anonymous2021/04/04 18:19 ID: mk1nts
In an effort to teach photography skills using video games, I explain God of War's photo mode as a photographer. Hopefully you gain some camera knowledge out of this!
2 : Anonymous2021/04/04 19:16 ID: gtdiyf8

This is so cool!

ID: gtdk2yl

Thank you! I know camera settings can be pretty daunting to new photographers so I wanted to help translate them using video games, especially the ones that incorporate real camera settings into their photo modes.

ID: gtdv7px

I used AC's Discovery Tour for History Class, but I think this is so creative.

3 : Anonymous2021/04/04 19:25 ID: gtdjyov

Could you do one with Ghost of Tsushima? I find the photo mode in that to be the best I’ve used.

ID: gtdkhjj

I actually did do one with Ghost of Tsushima! You can find it here

It was the second ever video I did like this so please forgive me if it came out less refined (like the game audio being accidentally muted in parts of the video lol). I'm slowly improving with my editing and recording though.

ID: gtdkva1

Ah awesome thank you.

I find the level of control in the photo mode to almost be better than real life in that game!

4 : Anonymous2021/04/04 20:28 ID: gtdrapi

My only complaint is that I can hear your nose whistle when you inhale.

ID: gtds3ly

That annoys me too lol. Still trying to improve how I talk in front of a camera.

ID: gtdshyu

You can cut those out of the voice track, a lot of editing goes into audio to make it seem natural

ID: gtejyx7

I didn't even notice it

5 : Anonymous2021/04/04 20:04 ID: gtdohmb

Awesome. Genuinely useful for a photography idiot such as myself! It's even inspiring me to go back into some of my favorite games and mess around in the photo modes for a bit. Thank you!

ID: gtdp9f6

No, thank you! It makes me genuinely happy to hear you're excited to go back and take photos in your favorite games. That's what I like to see. At the end of the day, video games (and photography) are about enjoying the journey and capturing your expression.

6 : Anonymous2021/04/04 20:36 ID: gtds74h

Personally I found the camera modes in Ghost if Tsushima and Last of Us 2 to be the most intuitive

ID: gtdstt9

I haven't played The Last of Us Part 2 but yeah, Ghost of Tsushima has some amazing tools to capture great shots. Seems like PlayStation first party games tend to do a good job with their photo modes.

ID: gtdyabc

I loved GoT's. The controls were just so intuitive and it used the most accurate tools like aperture and focal length, instead of just using sliders. It was super easy to refine shots and it'd be a great teaching tool

7 : Anonymous2021/04/04 19:35 ID: gtdl5t9

Full transparency, I haven’t watched this but I LOVE that you made it. I saw a thread the other day about someone not caring about photo mode in games. Realized if I didn’t do photography/videography for a living, I likely wouldn’t enjoy photo mode like I do in games either. It’s like running a camera in real life but with zero limitations. So fun.

Thanks for taking the time to make this. Games should probably UX the photo mode and make it more accessible to people who don’t know how cameras work irl.

ID: gtdmigw

I genuinely appreciate it, thank you!

Yeah I get it, photo modes aren't for everyone and that's ok. That's how I feel with Devil May Cry 5. Yeah there's a photo mode, but it's pretty basic and I just want to play the game. I'm a sucker for capturing moments so being able to capture a vast and imaginative land in video games (that you can't capture in the real world) has me excited, especially now that these games look absolutely stunning. I'm hoping to share my excitement and knowledge with others who'd like to do the same.

ID: gtdsblj

I love photo modes in video games and as a big fan of movies and cinematography I made an Instagram account for my photos. If you'd like check out

ID: gtdwb36

Agreed! I had a BLAST with photo mode in Spider-Man. So many insane action shots and stuff with all the particles and other video game nonsense.

Photo mode is also the only way I can get through Demon’s Souls right now too lol.

ID: gte1ewl

I love photography as well, but it’s something I do as a hobby occasionally. I always jump into photo mode in any game that has it. Some games really do a bad job at it but GoT, Spider-Man, and GoW do it awesome.

8 : Anonymous2021/04/04 19:57 ID: gtdnr0y

I've been looking for something like this for a while, this is awesome! I saw you did a ghost of Tsushima one as well which I'll have to check out. If you plan on making more of these (which you definitely should!) I'd suggest Uncharted 4

ID: gtdoiar

I appreciate it, thank you! Yes, I absolutely have plans to do more. I have a list of games I plan on looking at and I'll definitely add Uncharted 4 on there. I've had the game but never got around to playing it.

9 : Anonymous2021/04/04 20:13 ID: gtdpids

I love taking screenshots of my gaming journeys so this is very useful and informative. Thank you.

ID: gtdqj3b

You're welcome! A lot of the information here can be applied to other games, albeit some of the settings names may be different.

10 : Anonymous2021/04/04 21:30 ID: gtdyc8d

I’m not a photographer, but I love playing with photo mode in video games.

Which game has your favorite photo mode? Personally I love the one in Spider-man the most, especially since they added the ability to create your own lighting. It just seems to have the most options. Ghost of Tsushima had some unique features too though that I really enjoyed.

ID: gtdz8vj

You'd be surprised how much you can take away from these photo modes and apply what you've learned to a camera or phone. Even if you're not a photographer, your skills will get sharpened and you'll just take better pictures overall.

My favorites right now are a tie between Spider-Man Miles Morales and Ghost of Tsushima. Spider- Man because of the lighting you mentioned, and Ghost of Tsushima because of the insane amount of controls and the fact that the main settings are the same like in a camera (focal length in mm, F-stops for aperture, etc.)

ID: gte9vvp

I feel like I’ve definitely learned a lot from photo modes! It was kinda neat to watch the video and see that I’d already figured out how a lot of the options worked and how to use them properly just from all the time I’ve spent fiddling around with them in-game.

11 : Anonymous2021/04/04 20:18 ID: gtdq2k8

Oh this is cool, did you ever do one about RDR2?

ID: gtdqt0b

Thank you! Not yet, but it's on my list of games to look at. I was affected by the recent Texas freeze so I'm just now getting back to working on content.

ID: gtduh2f

It’s a gorgeous game let me tell you.

But anyways have a nice day mate

12 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:10 ID: gte2sob

Others worth a shout : Horizon Zero Dawn, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, GoT, Uncharted Lost Legacy, Last of Us Remastered/ 2, Days Gone, Borderlands 3. Been dabbling with Photo Mode on all of these, seen some good shots out there.

13 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:12 ID: gte34af

Once you know you the rules you can break them .

14 : Anonymous2021/04/04 21:15 ID: gtdwmsi

I can learn coding all day long but photography hell no

15 : Anonymous2021/04/04 21:17 ID: gtdwvlo

Nice! I actually have a tattoo of Sigrun that originated from a screenshot I took in photo mode on my forearm.

16 : Anonymous2021/04/04 21:23 ID: gtdxli7

I’ve been using photo mode lately and I never once touched it on the ps4. I’m actually stopping in the middle of games to just look around lmao

17 : Anonymous2021/04/04 21:35 ID: gtdyvjm

Very cool, thanks for sharing!

18 : Anonymous2021/04/04 21:55 ID: gte159u

Wow what incredible timing in this post lol. I just finished a playthrough last night and went on a huge photo mode journey. Heres 3 favs I took.

ID: gte21y4

Nice work! Do you mind if I add some suggestions on what you could potentially do to make those images pop a little more?

19 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:15 ID: gte3drr

Great video! Demon souls has a fun photo mode and is on PS5, you should check it out!

20 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:20 ID: gte3zpw

Super cool and super helpful! Keep it up man!

21 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:23 ID: gte4bds

So a neat idea!

22 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:27 ID: gte4rc8

Back when the PS4 just came out I had just finished high school where I took photography for 3 years. It was so cool to be able to use what I learned for screenshots in the inFamous Second Son photomode. Because of that I've never really thought about the fact that a lot of people probably see these terms and have no idea what they even do. This is a great idea to teach people not only how to use photomodes properly but to teach photography!

ID: gte5vdc

I wanted to take a film photography class in high school but my parents didn't want to pay the fee, and I didn't have a weekend job back then. I never got to take that class. Almost a decade after I graduated, I thought back to that moment while visiting a friend in Prague, and taught myself how to use a camera when I came home. A lot of what I learned was from YouTube and I figured this would be my way to help those who may be in the position I was in when I was in high school. Broke and wanting to learn. I've been playing video games since Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo, and it felt like a no-brainer to mix the two things I love. Video games and photography.

23 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:29 ID: gte50zy

This was awesome. Such a great way to explain how cameras work, that I never really understood. I'm definitely subscribing!

24 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:36 ID: gte5rg7

I took a photography class in HS, and ever since than I've enjoyed using photo mode in every game I play as well as IRL. I'm talking GB's of space on my PS4/PS5, just for photos.

25 : Anonymous2021/04/04 22:59 ID: gte8adt

Cool idea!

26 : Anonymous2021/04/04 23:02 ID: gte8k28

This is really sweet. Thanks for sharing. I learned a lot from your video.

27 : Anonymous2021/04/04 23:22 ID: gteapkt

What favorite lenses are you rocking, dude? Been in love with a used EF 135mm f/2 I got recently.

ID: gtec8mj

Right now, the Fuji XF 50mm f/2 is my favorite prime lens, and the Fuji 55mm-200mm is my favorite zoom. I'm primarily a car photographer and a lot of the shots I get are with my 55mm-200mm.

I'm currently eyeing the Fuji 16mm-80mm f/4 zoom. That'd be the perfect one stop lens for my car and travel photos. I don't really need a fast lens for the work I do, so f/4 is fine with me. I'm waiting for either a sale or an extended no interest finance option to finally go for it. I shoot everything (including the webcam footage in this video) with my Fujifilm X-T2. I'd like to upgrade to the X-T4 at some point.

28 : Anonymous2021/04/04 23:27 ID: gteb9bq

The photography tool on the PS5 is incredible. I am a photographer myself and have used this to help my wife understand what I do with the camera before I take a photo (also, as an excuse to keep her interested in watching my game).


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