How to Take Great Pictures With the Last of Us Remastered Photo Mode
Today’s release of the Last of Us Remastered comes with a release-day update that unlocks Photo Mode. Far more than a simple Share option, this is actually a feature-rich editing tool that allows players to create interesting and dramatic shots from the game. Once you’ve mastered the Photo Mode basics, use these tips to make your shots are the best.
Don’t center your subject. Even in a simple portrait, the subject is almost never perfectly centered. Instead, good photographers know to place the subject off-center. A standard technique is to follow the “rule of thirds.” Basically, imagine there’s a 3 x 3 grid over the image, like a tic-tac-toe board. The rule of thirds says that subjects should fall along those lines or at the intersection of the same. This makes photos more interesting, and it also plays to the way an eye “looks” across a page.
Look for balance. When you use the rule of thirds, you sometimes end up with a lot of empty space on the opposite side of the pic. By adjusting the camera angle, though, you can often find something interesting to put in the other side on the photo to add balance and sometimes even juxtaposition.
Play with the angle and tilt of the shot. Taking a picture straight-ahead-at-eye-level is never a good choice. Bringing the camera down and angling up can add a fair amount of drama to a picture. Likewise, adding some tilt to the shot (but not too much) can suggest dynamic motion, or it can simply help you better frame the characters along the rule of three.
Use Zoom. Zooming into or out of the photo, as opposed to using a middling shot, can add drama and interest. Zooming in closer to let the subject character fill more of the frame can make them seem more interesting and dramatic. Conversely, zooming out can draw the eyes more on the environment, making the subjects seem like part of the setting or even dwarfing them with the immensity of the world around them.
Watch your backgrounds. A busy background shot at the wrong angle can sometimes ruin a perfectly good shot. Be sure to pay attention to what’s behind your subject, both for potential balance (above) and to make sure there’s nothing that will distract from the picture itself. If needed, change the picture’s depth of field (like in the image below) to emphasize your foreground characters and minimize background distraction.
Don’t over-filter. We all love our camera filters nowadays, and there’s no question that a good filter can create a more interesting shot. But over-filtering can also wash out color, muddy details, or generally distract from the content of the image. Apply filters if they enhance the shot; don’t apply them just because they’re there. And when you do use them, consider lowering the Intensity.
If you take some great shots with The Last of Us Remastered Photo Mode, feel free to share them below!