New York is a beautiful city; with skyscrapers towering over streets, Central Park thriving in the middle of a concrete jungle, skylines that span the horizon, and street art that splash color in the pale grey and red walls of countless buildings. There is something for everyone in The Big Apple and Spiderman: Miles Morales gives you a glimpse of this beautiful city from a whole new perspective as you swing and zip across the New York rooftops, marveling at the beauty of the city.
Of course as Spiderman, you would also likely want a shot of some action, either through the perspective of Spiderman himself as he glides through the city or when he performs his Venom Attacks against enemies or through a vantage point highlighting how much height there is with every web swing and how intense it is being a fly on the wall while a fight is ongoing.
In this guide, we will be looking at the photo mode provided in Spiderman: Miles Morales and how to use it. We will also be looking at the various tools it has to make you capture the perfect shot.
How Do You Access Photo Mode?
You can access Photo Mode by simply pressing the Options button on the controller and selecting the Photo Mode in the pause menu.
Alternatively, you can set one of the directional buttons as the Photo Mode button so that you can immediately jump into it when you see a scene or frame-worthy of a photo. I would personally place it on the Right d-pad button so that you do not accidentally press it when trying to heal or go into camouflage as it is more out of the way than the Left d-pad button.
Photo Mode Tools
Spiderman: Miles Morales’ Photo Mode is filled with tools that will help you get the perfect photo. Below will be the list of the different modes within Photo Mode itself, as well as the tools and effects found within each mode.
Try and experiment with the effects and tools until you are satisfied with the outcome!
These are the tools that alter the camera in general, on how the camera captures light, how your photo is framed, as well as some fun add-ons like frames and filters that will help make your picture stand out.
This option pertains to how the camera is situated in conjunction with Spiderman. There are 3 options here, namely Free, Orbit, and Selfie. Free has the camera completely off-rails and lets you control it however you want it, even leaving Spiderman out of the shot. Orbit has the camera orbit around Spiderman perfectly, making him the center of the shot. Selfie puts the camera in the hands of Spiderman, giving you a very personal and close-up angle of Spiderman.
This option basically has you switch around the suits you have currently unlocked. If you think you want to showcase a different suit than what you have equipped at the moment, use this tool to cycle through them.
For your Dutch Tilt needs, this tool allows you to tilt the camera giving you a way to convey much more motion intensity from an action shot or just giving a shot a more aggressive look.
Hero Visibility / Enemy Visibility
These options make either Spiderman or any enemy goons invisible to the shot, making for great landscape and scenery shots if you so please.
If you want a cleaner look of New York without the snow, toggle this option to turn off any particle effects that are caused by the weather.
Also known as Field of Vision, this option increases or decreases what the camera can see. You can use this to mimic wide-angle lenses to truly capture the scale of something, or fisheye lenses to have it focus on something much more.
Exposure deals with how much light gets inside the camera. Increasing this lets in more light, therefore leading to brighter pictures. Lower exposure makes the picture a lot darker.
Focus Distance / Aperture
Use these tools if you want to blur the background of the photo, putting more emphasis on the foreground and the subject matter.
Near Focus Distance / Near Aperture
Opposite to Focus Distance / Aperture, these tools let you blur whatever is in the foreground to give more emphasis on the background.
Filters and Frames
Filter Types are basically your Instagram quick filters that play around with the color and lighting of your image. These filters also include some cool effects like a VHS effect to give you scanlines reminiscent of the age of analog TV, and even Pop Art and Hatching, two famous comic styles used throughout the decades.
There is a total of 30 filters to choose from so play around with them to maximize the beauty and the effect you would want to give out with your photos.
Blend basically refers to how much you want the filter to apply to your image. So, if you only want a subtle effect of your filter, adjust it with this setting. Take note that this option is only applicable to some filters.
Frame Selection gives you 30 different frames to decorate your photo with. These range from simple decorative frames to stylized ones that make it look like a comic book cover.
This option is connected to the Sticker Mode of the photo mode. This allows you to either place the stickers on top of the frame that you have selected, or the stickers are placed below the frame.
Vignette Intensity / Vignette Size
These settings alter the vignette surrounding the image, to make it darker with the Vignette Intensity and bigger with the Vignette Size.
Film Grain Size / Film Grain Strength
Same logic as the vignette settings, these settings put more or less film grain onto the photo. You can also set how big the grain is, making the image look more vintage than they are.
This setting affects how sharp the image would look, getting rid of jagged edges on the map, making it a lot smoother.
These options are only available with the Selfie camera mode.
This option changes the emotes given out by the mask of Spiderman as it adjusts the visor.
This option alters the intensity of the effects from masks with visors that glow or give out an effect like the Miles Morales 2020 Suit and the Miles Morales 2099 Suit.
Selfie Light / Light Intensity
This option enables the flash of Miles’ selfie cam giving more direct light towards his direction. The Light Intensity options alters the light given out by the flash.
This mode is where you can control the lighting around Miles, as well as the color and intensity of these lights. These lights can be either the natural light or artificial light that you can place around Miles to give out the perfect highlights to your photos.
You are given 3 different light sources (barring natural light if you are out in the open) to work with in these options, each with a list of options to cater to how you want to light up your photo.
This option alters type of light source your lighting is coming out from. There are 2 kinds of light sources available: Spot Light and Sphere Light. Spot Light is a more direct lighting that you can either point directly at any subject to bring out intense highlights, while Sphere Light is a more indirect lighting that spreads out the color of the light onto your subject.
Intensity / Cast Shadows
These options control how much light these light sources are giving out with Intensity controlling the color of the light and how it hits your subject matter while Cast Shadows control how much black is given out by the absence of light.
Color / Color Intensity
These options control what color your light source you will be, giving you an array of colors to play with as you find the perfect lighting to set the mood and atmosphere of your photo.
Spread / Softness
These options are only available if you choose Spot Light. Spread refers to how big of a radius the Spot Light gives off while the Softness option refers to how intense the light hits your subject.
These options control the natural light (or the sun) of the game world, giving you the option to have a more natural look to your photo or giving you the option to have the photo at day or night.
This option controls how much light is given out by the sun, use it to control whether you want a brighter picture or a more subdued one.
Elevation / Rotation
These options control the position of the sun and the direction of it. These options also control the time of day through the Rotation option.
This option controls how much of the ambient lighting from streetlights and Christmas lights pop in your pictures, so if you want more natural light, turn this option down.
Sticker Mode is the last of the modes in the photo mode and this is purely for fun and adding a bit of flair to your photo. You can choose from a variety of stickers that are separated into groups, namely: Chibis which are cutefied stickers of Miles, Miscellaneous which are self-explanatory, Marvel Comic stickers that draw straight from Miles Morales comics, Comic Text which help out in drawing action and narrative-driven scenes, Burst Bubbles which are the stickers that give out more pop with expressive comic effects, and webs and action lines that will enhance any action scene that you have pictured.
You can have a total of 10 stickers within the photo so plan out your formatting and of course, just have fun with the stickers.
Saving Your Photo
Once you have decided that your photo is perfect, you can then hide the UI with the Triangle button. The game does not have a dedicated capture button, so you need to take a screenshot of your photo with the Share button to save it to your PS4 or PS5.
Photo modes in games are always fun inclusions that let you have fun in the world and just put the beauty of the world the game is set in in full view. Spiderman: Miles Morales is no exception with its extensive effects and camera options, giving you a plethora of settings to play with for you to just gaze upon the majesty of the graphics and the game world itself.