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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

How To Use Photo Mode

Paul McNally

Every great-looking PC game these days has its own Photo Mode - allowing you to take and show off the coolest-looking screenshots from your adventures.

Now with the Next Gen Update to The Witcher 3 we can now see and record the locations we have loved for getting on for a decade in all their glory with the aid of TW3’s own, new Photo Mode. Let’s find out more.

(1 of 2) By pulling the camera out and tweaking some other details you can get some stunning shots.

By pulling the camera out and tweaking some other details you can get some stunning shots. (left), If you think you have happened on a particularly nice view, hop into Photo Mode and capture it forever. (right)

How To Use Photo Mode In The Witcher 3

Photo Mode is accessed by hitting the U key on PC. If it doesn’t come up it might mean that the game is already asking you to do something else. We tried it earlier on when the game wanted us to mount our horse and had no joy until we had completed that request.

Once Photo Mode does come up though you will be presented with an interface as you can see below.

The UI of Photo Mode is simple to use and can be switched off by a tap of the Spacebar

From here you can move or rotate the camera with the keyboard and mouse, or even use the scroll wheel to increase or decrease the distance from you on the screen.

The black box in the lower-right portion of your screen is where you can change things that camera folk know about such as Focus and Aperture, or alter the Depth of Field.

You can also increase the Field of View to get more in or overlay a vignette to give your screenshot a much more dramatic air.

The tabs are flipped between using the E button and you can hide the UI for the perfect shot.

Finally to exit Photo Mode, just tap the Escape key and you will be back to your adventure, exactly where you left off.

Witcher 3 Photo Mode Controls

If you need a handy list of all the Photo Mode controls you can refer to the table below.

Command Keybinding
Move Camera W-Key-Filled A-Key-Filled S-Key-Filled D-Key-Filled
Rotate Camera MouseRightButton-Filled
Camera Distance MouseMiddleButton-Filled
Select Option Arrow-Up-FilledArrow-Down-Filled
Previous Tab Q-Key-Filled
Next Tab E-Key-Filled
Take Screenshot Space-Filled
Show/Hide UI Tab-Filled
Exit Photo Mode Esc-Filled
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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    12 July 2024
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin (Haeravon)

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You are Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster-hunter known as a Witcher. You’ve fully regained your memories since your miraculous revival and escape from the Wild Hunt, and have cleared your name of the false accusations of regicide. In the wake of the assassination of Foltest, king of Temeria, the north have been rent by warfare as Nilfgaard launches its third major invasion, and the northlands have been united under the insane king Radovid. Overshadowing these petty politics is the mysterious return of Ciri - Geralt’s adopted daughter, who is now being pursued by the Wild Hunt.

The guide offers the following:

  • A full walkthrough that’s more than just a listing of quests-it’s an “ideal chronological order” that will get you through the whole game and allow you to see and do everything the game has to offer.

  • Side quests, including monster contracts and treasure hunts for obtaining powerful Witcher sets.

  • Descriptions of decisions, quests, and events that influence the various endings of the game.

  • Crafting and Alchemy information.

  • General strategies on how to take down foes large and small, monstrous and humanoid, boss or mundane.

  • Information on how to complete all the Gwent quests and obtain all the Gwent cards, including detailed Gwent strategies.

  • Trophy/Achievement information.

MASSIVE UPDATE: 7th September 2016 ongoing

  • Added DLC quests “Fool’s Gold” and “Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear”.
  • Organisational changes in the Velen section of the walkthrough to reflect the increased level of Griffin School Gear.
  • Organisational changes throughout the walkthrough to provide a “no skulls” path through the game.
  • Added Death March difficulty tips and commentary throughout the guide.
  • More XP reward numbers included.
  • Walkthrough now includes additional information based on patch changes.
  • Various typo and grammar fixes.
  • Added DLC pages for Blood & Wine, Heart of Stone
  • Lots more quality of life improvements

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