Santa Monica Studio Details God of War Ragnarök’s Photo Mode, Now Available with the Latest Update

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Santa Monica Studio has announced that Photo Mode is now available in God of War Ragnarök as part of the game’s latest update, allowing players to snap photos across the Nine Realms, including Midgard, Vanaheim, and Svartalfheim, home of the dwarves.

“Since the release of photo mode in God of War (2018), we’ve been continuously amazed by the amount of talent and passion in the Video Game Photographer community that has gathered to the game,” Grace Orlady, Lead Community Manager, Santa Monica Studio, explained on PlayStation.Blog before detailing all of the options that players will find in God of War Ragnarök’s new Photo Mode, which includes focal length, character adjustments, and more:

God of War Ragnarök – Photo Mode Features

  • Apply expressions to the following characters in a scene:
    • Kratos, Atreus, Freya, Brok, Sindri, Angrboda, Thor, and Thrúd
  • Hide main or side characters in a scene
  • Adjust camera controls with:
    • Field of View
    • Focal Length
    • Camera Roll
  • Adjust shutter controls with:
    • Depth of Field
    • Focus Distance
    • F-Stop
  • Adjust brightness and filters with:
    • Film Grain
    • Exposure
    • Filter Intensity, with finer controls for Vibrance and Saturation
  • Apply vignettes, borders, and logos

Tim Ward, who serves as QA Lead at Santa Monica Studio, has provided the following tips to players who want to capture the best shots in God of War Ragnarök:

  • Adjust the Filter Intensity, Vibrance, and Saturation on your desired filter for a wider range of colors.
  • Be sure to add a vignette when appropriate to give your shot more depth.
  • Don’t be afraid to roll the camera a little bit, especially when shooting combat. It can make your screenshots feel more dynamic and less like the camera is always shooting from a fixed horizontal position.
  • If you like to take vertical shots, you can roll the camera 90 degrees to give yourself the much-needed headroom.
  • Remember, lighting is everything! Your screenshots will really pop if the subject of your shot is properly lit. Know where your light source is when entering Photo Mode to give your subject proper visibility.
  • Take your time looking for a shot you’re happy with. A lot of times, you can enter photo mode thinking of taking a specific shot only to find something else better during that moment. Explore with the camera and move about the scene and see what jumps out at you.

God of War Ragnarök has sold more than 5.1 million copies since its debut week, making it the fastest-selling first-party launch game in PlayStation history and setting a new record for the franchise, according to a tweet that the official PlayStation account shared in November.

The Art of God of War Ragnarök, a full-color, 240-page book from Dark Horse that features concept art and creative commentary chronicling the development of the sequel, is now available for $49.99.

Prime 1 Studios is also working on one or more God of War Ragnarök statues, as confirmed by the statue maker during its most recent showcase.

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