Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolute masterpiece for gamers and photographers alike. The photo mode allows you to capture the beauty of the game’s stunning landscapes and characters in perfect detail. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, there are plenty of options available to help you take amazing photos. If you’re a fan of beautiful scenery and spending hours exploring every nook and cranny then Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely for you! Not only does it have an engrossing story line, but the photo mode is ridiculously good. You can capture everything from sprawling landscapes to tiny details in your photos, making it perfect for anyone who loves photography. Here’s our review of the photo mode in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Incredibly versatile photo mode

The photo mode in The Red Dead Redemption 2 is really cool. The toolbar with all the different settings and tools can be accessed by simply pausing the game at any time then pressing the [F6] key. The photo tools align down the right side of your screen when you open up this menu from the pause screen or anywhere else within the gameplay itself! There’s also an advanced tab where people who are coming from traditional photography will find themselves very happy – because they’re able to adjust depth-of-field (which affects how much background gets blurred), exposure levels as well as some other useful options.


In-Game Graphics

This is where Red Dead Redemption really shines. I mean WOW. The textures are detailed, the backgrounds are stunning and the general surrounding landscapes and lighting within the game is can take your breath away.


User Experience

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a pick-up and play intuitive feel to it. You can easily find yourself losing hrs in this game. The storyline is extremely captivating, whilst the free roam nature lends itself to exploring the countryside. This is great for those of us who want to spend more time in photo mode than anything else, searching for great light, epic vistas and the opportunity to tell stories through images.


Photo Mode Camera Controls

Red Dead Redemption 2 photo mode camera controls are not the easiest to get a handle on, but it does have something up its sleeve that traditional photographers will love. Instead of just zooming in and out you will be choosing lenses. From 16mm, 20mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 75mm. While restrictive, for me, it’s a very welcome restriction. It’s a nice touch that gives a sense of authenticity to the photo mode.


Should you buy Red Dead Redemption 2 for photography

In a nutshell yes. This game is worthy of your hard-earned cash. Even the most basic of gamers will be able to pick the game up quite quickly and enjoy the free roam aspect of this visual delight. The camera controls can take a little getting used to but it doesn’t take too long to get the hang of it. What Red Dead Redemption 2 does best is put you at the heart of some of the best landscapes, lighting conditions and stories that will keep you coming back for more.

In-game photo tools 89%
Graphics 91%
Ease of use 85%
Motion effects 80%
Overall Score 86.3%