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6 Things You Need To Know In Game Photography

Busy week this week!

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Welcome again to the 6 things you need to know in Game Photography News for this week! This week we looked at NVIDIA releasing a huge amount of new game photography features, a huge title coming out soon that will eventually have Photo Mode, and out own review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Photo Mode!

1. NVIDIA getting into photo upload business with “SHOT BY GEFORCE” website

NVIDIA has created a new website called “Shot By Geforce“, where people can upload their game pictures if they are taken by Ansel technology.

From NVIDIA:

“Shot With GeForce is a digital art gallery to upload and share your NVIDIA Ansel in-game photos. You can also upload every type of NVIDIA Ansel screenshot straight from GeForce Experience.”

NVIDIA Ansel is game photography software that is compatible with about 40 games. Ansel only works if you have a relatively recent NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

Watch the 30 second trailer video below:

2. God Of War PS4 Photo Mode confirmed, but only if the  Creative Director  can do something “really cool”

God of War pre-release reviews have been coming in hot and fast lately, and they are all saying the same thing – “This game looks incredible”.

So the question on our mind, and im sure on the game photography community’s as well, is will there be a photo mode?!!?!

The answer to this question is Yes, but….

In an interview with Daily Star UK, the creative director Cory Barlog said “It’s something that we’re definitely looking at,”

“The photo mode has got to be something really cool. Like people have sort of raised the bar on photo mode.

“So, I’m not talking about it much right now because I think we need to do something really cool.”

It probably won’t be coming out at launch though, given he also said “A lot of games kind of finish and they shortly after the release put a really cool photo mode out. So I think I’d like to follow suit in that respect and put something out. Something where I think ‘that’s great’. Like something that can stand toe-to-toe with some of the better photo modes out there.”

3.  Photographs that make cities in games look real? Yes Please!

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Gareth Damian-Martin is a game photographer with a difference – he uses a 35mm analogue camera to take photographs of  games. Above is an example of one of these photographs – it isn’t a real city! The website Heterotopias describes itself as “a project focusing on the spaces and architecture of virtual worlds.

In his most recent pursuit, he is producing a book that will be available in digital and hard cover called “The Continuous City”. The product is “a unique book of analogue photographs exploring the impossible architecture of videogame cities”, and currently has a pre-order and pledge available. See here for more details: https://unbound.com/books/the-continuous-city/

4. Star Wars Battlefront II Gets NVIDIA Ansel!

With a new set of drivers released on 21st March, Star Wars Battlefront II players on PC with a recent GeForce graphics card can now make game photos using NVIDIA Ansel.

Using Ansel’s tools in the game’s Arcade mode, you’ll be able to screenshot the action from virtually any angle, add filters, tweak the look of the shot, and save to extra-special Super Resolution and 360-degree formats, creating stunning, unique in-game photos.

In other Ansel News, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has just released a patch that adds Ansel support, and there are also a whole heap of new toys included with the driver update, including making highlights into gifs. Check out the announcement here.

5. GameSpew’s “7 upcoming games we hope will have photo modes” is a good read

GameSpew (quickly becoming one of my favourite game news sites) recently did an article on upcoming games that they hope will have Photo Mode, and I totally agree!

The games listed are:

  1. The Last of Us 2
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. Far Cry 5
  4. God of War
  5. Metro Exodus
  6. Spider Man
  7. Anthem

Check out the article here!

6. Photo Mode Review for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy!!

Uncharted - The Lost Legacy Photo Mode Review film grain
Uncharted – The Lost Legacy Photo Mode Review film grain

We recently reviewed the photo mode of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which performed surprisingly well, and had a score of 7.4 out of 10. Just 0.3 points behind Horizon: Zero Dawn which is everyone knows has an amazing photo mode.

Check out the review here, and if you have a photo mode you want to review, check out this article on how you can submit a review and have it published on our website!

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