Starfield - Photo Mode Guide

Character stands posing
Credit: Bethesda

Character stands posing
Credit: Bethesda

Starfield launching with a photo mode is a first for Bethesda. The ever-growing popularity of the creative feature has taken a small addition to the stratosphere of an expected standard feature.

Photo mode is expected in open-world games like Starfield, especially with varied biomes, beautiful vistas, and a vast collection of alien creatures to frame and snap at the perfect moment. In this article, we will look into photo mode, how to use it and more.

Does Starfield Have a Photo Mode?

Of course, the answer is yes; Starfield has a photo mode available. The Starfield photo mode is quite robust and allows you to tinker with various settings for the perfect shot.

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So don't be afraid to explore, discover and create as you play Starfield; having a photo mode included from day one means you can take beautiful snapshots to remember each moment. We can't wait to see the work produced by the Starfield community as they explore the many planets of the galaxy.

How Do I Use Photo Mode In Starfield?

To use the photo mode in Starfield, you must first decide what you want to take a picture of. Do you want to show off your new custom character, a custom weapon, or a luscious meal at one of the fancy New Atlantis restaurants?

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Once you have your ideal subject, you need to activate photo mode. To do this, press the scanner button and then hit RB. This will bring up the in-game camera and allow you to capture the perfect moment as it unfolds. Check out some of our best photo mode images in this creatures guide.

If you're looking for the specifics on how to master the various photo mode settings completely, keep reading and become a professional space photographer.

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Starfield Photo Mode Settings

If you want to understand photo mode better, here's our rundown of all the settings and their meaning.


The camera setting allows you to swap between the different camera angles available. These include:

  • POV: A camera angle from your character's point of view.
  • Orbital: The camera is fixed in an orbit around you.
  • Free: You're free to take the camera anywhere.

You can also change the depth of field, which allows you to customize blur and fuzziness in the image.


The Player setting lets you choose whether your character is visible in the photo. You can also select from various poses to pick the one suitable for your image. Here's a list of the available poses:

  • Boxer
  • Cower
  • Hands-on Hips
  • Jump
  • Kneeling
  • Sit on Ground
  • Sneak
  • Wave
  • What’s Up?

Brightness & Contrast

The brightness settings let you mess around with the photo's colours to create custom filters and aesthetics. The three settings you can mess with here are:

  • Brightness: Choose how intense the lighting in the photo is.
  • Saturation: Choose how strong the colors are.
  • Contrast: Choose how strong the black-and-white balance is.


If the brightness and contrast settings aren't enough and you're looking for premade filters, Bethesda has you covered with these 18 filters.

  • Mercury Era
  • Gemini Era
  • Apollo Era 1
  • Apollo Era 2
  • Dusty
  • Binary
  • Astral
  • Bloodshot
  • Dystopia
  • Grunge
  • Bleach Bypass
  • Abandoned
  • Swamp
  • Black & White
  • Film Noir
  • Vintage
  • Night Vision
  • Negative

Once you pick a filter, you can mess around with its strength. You can also overlay textures and vignettes over the filter for a more cutomized aesthetic.


Frames allow you to sift through a plethora of premade frames and stickers representing various factions and symbols in Starfield. These are fun and make for nice postcard-type shots.

As we said, we look forward to seeing some breathtaking space photography from the community. From your carefully crafted ship to all your new weapons freshly modded and ready for battle, we are giddy with the possibilities that can be recorded using Starfield's photo mode.

While you are here, why don't you browse some of our other pieces, like our sniper builds, or get some marriage advice?

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