Sniper Elite V2 Remastered – Mastering Photo Mode

May 20th 2019

This guide will cover the functions available to you in Sniper Elite V2 Remastered's incredible photo mode, and will finish with some useful tips for creating some memorable shots.

Remember: Use 'Hide UI' when you are ready to take your screenshot, and then take the shot!

Adjustment

The Adjustment menu allows you to change the fundamental qualities of your shot: brightness, contrast, saturation, and exposure.

Saturation adjusts the intensity of colour in the shot. At its minimum the picture will be in black and white. Exposure is different from brightness in that it mimics the look of under- or over-exposed film. At its minimum the shot will be totally black, and turned up high light sources and any pale or reflective surfaces will be completely washed out.

Less is often more when altering these, and you will often find you need to come back to this menu after adding filters and a vignette.

Filter

The Filters menu allows you to choose from a wide range of effects to apply to your shot. 

You can also fade the filter in so that it's just right, and then add a film grain effect.

Camera & Lens

You can roll the camera manually, but this slider will give you finer control.

Depth of Field allows you to alter the focal point, and add some artistic softening to the other elements.

A good way to start using this is to set the Aperture to its minimum, and then adjust Focal Distance. You should see a narrow band where things are in focus. Move this band to include the objects you want to be the focal point of your photo, then you can increase the Aperture to bring things into focus in front of and behind that point.

Vignette

A vignette is simply a dark circular border around your image. Great for getting a pinhole or time-worn effect on your image.

Hide Characters

This menu is fairly simple - it allows you to remove the player character and enemies from the scene, including their shadows.

Frame

This menu is where you put the finishing touches to your photo. You can choose to recreate a film still, Polaroid, or even a postcard.

Presets

Finally, the presets menu has some ready-made setups, and you can add your own to the list. This is useful if you want to take a lot of shots with the same settings.

Some Tips

During killcams, craning/panning the viewfinder is disabled. Hiding characters is also unavailable.

Following the rule of thirds, though not mandatory, can really help you to compose a good shot.

Remember to take lighting into account. Consider where your character is standing, whether they stand out from the environment or not, and whether their face is visible or they are just a silhouette. Use frame advance to get the perfect shot lined up. It can be fun to try to capture the same subject in very different moods.

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