What good is a modern video game without photo mode? Since Ghost of Tsushima for Assassin’s Creed Valhallacurrent-gen console staples have expansive means to capture gaming moments like professional photographers are always waiting for. Gran Turismo 7 might have the most comprehensive, detailed, and exciting photo mode in recent gaming history.
There are two ways to access Photo Mode, also known as Scapes, in Gran Turismo 7. While watching replays of your runs, you can pause the clip and manipulate the camera to take photos. Once you do, you will automatically be redirected to Scapes to edit the image. Alternatively, you can access Scapes from the world map after unlocking it. However, Scapes could stand as a standalone game itself. The capabilities seem endless. Here’s how to unlock and use photo mode in Gran Turismo 7.
For all its glory, Scapes won’t be available until you reach a certain point in the Gran Turismo 7 “campaign.” We put “campaign” in quotes because there isn’t necessarily a set storyline in the game. You’re more or less free to do whatever you want in Gran Turismo 7. However, most features are locked behind menu books, which is the closest thing to a campaign you’ll ever get to. Gran Turismo 7. One of these features is photo mode. Here’s how to unlock photo mode in Gran Turismo 7.
Step 1: Head to the cafe and talk to Luca. Here you will receive missions called menu books, which will have you do different things in Gran Turismo 7from unlocking similar cars to visiting new areas.
2nd step: Scroll through the menu books until you reach Menu Book 15, the Camaro Collection. It may seem difficult, but most of these books are quite easy to finish. The most time-consuming are those that require you to collect three new cars. Luckily, they tell you the races needed to earn those cars.
Step 3: Complete the Camaro collection by winning (or at least tanning) the highlighted races. Return to Luca at the cafe and claim your reward. Once back in the overworld, Scapes will unlock on the left side of the map.
Step 4: Start Menu Book 16, which has you take a picture of your car in Scapes. Since you’ll be heading to Scapes as soon as it unlocks, take this mission to kill two birds with one stone.
With over 2,500 real-life locations to visit (and more to come in future updates), Photo Mode in Gran Turismo 7 has endless possibilities. However, so many choices can make it difficult to start. We all know how stressful it can be to choose something new on Netflix. You can apply that same anxiety to Scapes (and that’s a good thing).
The best way to get started in Scapes is to play My first outings tutorial at the bottom right of the menu. Here you will choose one of five scenes to edit, thus discovering the different features that Scapes has to offer. Oliver, your friendly neighborhood Scapes teacher, will guide you through them.
On The Great Ocean Road, you’ll learn how to take panoramic photos of “moving” cars. The scenes simulate the appearance of these moving cars if they were passing in front of the camera. Once you understand how shutter speed works in tandem with motion speed and tracking rate, you’ll be taking masterful panoramic shots in no time.
In Porta Rossa you will learn how to add cars to Scapes and manipulate the aspect ratio under the camera tab. Oliver explains how the various preset effects work when you access the effects. While you’re free to create custom effects with color manipulation, lighting, film grain, and vignette, the preset effects offer a wide variety that’s easy to use.
In the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, you will learn how to use the different focus options to emphasize the subject of the photo. Single AF and locked AF let you choose precisely where to set focus. However, you cannot manually adjust the background blur. With Full Auto, Scapes automatically focuses on the subject of the image (the main car in the foreground) but lets you adjust the background blur to your liking.
In Blafjallavegur, Oliver asks you to move the truck in the foreground around the area to play with different positions. It also explains how to blur your car to fit the picture. A perfectly clean Mercedes doesn’t belong on a dirt road, does it? Add scratches and dirt under Detailed Settings to fit your car.
Finally, at the Iwate Museum of Art, Oliver explains how to use lighting and raindrops to enhance your image. Exposure compensation works somewhat like a brightness adjustment. Darken the image by dragging the slider to the left, lighten the image by dragging it to the right. However, too far to the right adds more sun to the image than necessary and doesn’t look good.
Photo mode in Gran Turismo 7 gives you an overwhelming amount of locations to choose from. Instead of going through the (current) 2,571 locations, roll the dice with the Random picks, and the game selects a location for you. From there, you are free to choose any location available there. For example, we rolled the dice and got Nurburgring, Germany, giving us seven racetrack scenes to choose from.
If you don’t like your role, select reshuffle in the lower left corner of the screen, and a new location appears. We had a really cool place in Ibaraki, Japan, full of old factories and dilapidated warehouses when we remodeled. If we were meeting rival racers to stage a super secret underground race, this is where we would come.
You could spend hours tweaking every minor lighting setting in Scapes. Alternatively, you can select one of 16 unique preset effects to take your image to the next level. Of course, these effects are totally up to your personal preference and depending on where in the world you are. Brighter colors bring out some effects, while darker settings make others more viable. Here are some of our favorite photo mode effects in Gran Turismo 7.
- Bleach bypass (general staining)
- Nostalgia (Balances solid colors, brings out bright colors)
- Dazzling (Oliver’s Favorite, Makes Everything Pop)
- Titanium (exploits that old school black and white look)
- Sunflower (cool 70s vibe)
The short answer is no, you can’t use photo mode during the race itself. However, you can use replay to pause the moments you want to capture after the race is over. Use the walk function to move the camera wherever you want on the track. However, you can only move the time forward or backward in intervals. Once you’ve found the general moment you’re looking for, press the play/pause button until you find the exact scene.
From there you can take a picture. The game automatically opens the Scapes edit menu, allowing you to adjust camera settings and effects. However, you cannot add or remove cars from the image.
Once you have taken a picture in Gran Turismo 7, the game offers you the possibility to save it. However, this only saves it within the game itself, not on your console’s hard drive. You can share images to your My Page or Showcase profiles, but that still limits you to keeping them. Gran Turismo 7.
Images for this article were taken on PlayStation 5 via the Capture Gallery. Here’s how to save Scapes photos to your console.
Step 1: Configure the image as you wish and take a photo in Scapes. This gives you a full screen view of the photo without any editing tools displayed.
2nd step: Don’t touch anything yet. Instead, press the capture button on your DuelSense controller to take a screenshot.
Step 3: Select the image from the PlayStation 5 capture gallery and save it to an external hard drive. From there, you are free to do whatever you want with the photos.