The Last of Us Remastered Photo Mode Explained

Naughty Dog explains how to create and share photos in The Last of Us Remastered.

The Last of Us Remastered’s Photo Mode will allow you to freeze the action at any moment and edit a still photo you can then share online.

Naughty Dog’s in-house editor and videographer explained how the feature works in a recent post to the PlayStation Blog and in the video above. To use the mode, you must first toggle it on from the menu. You can then initiate it at any moment that isn’t a cutscene by pressing the L3 button. This will freeze the action and bring up eight different menus to customize your shot. You can reposition the camera, change the focus, choose from a variety of filters and frames, and more.

Once you’re done framing your shot you can share it with the PlayStation 4 controller’s Share button.

Photo Mode will be part of the game’s Patch 1.01, which will roll out globally before the game launches on July 29, for $50. It’s exclusive to the PlayStation 4, Remastered edition of the game. Sony isn't offering any kind of upgrade discount on The Last of Us Remastered, but owners of the PS3 version can trade it in at GameStop to get Remastered for just $25.

If you share your photos via twitter with #TheLastofUs, Naughty Dog will re-tweet its favorite shots.

What The Last of Us moments are you hoping to capture with Photo Mode? Let us know in the comments below.

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ferdinandpv
ferdinandpv

As a photographer this is an awesome feature. Thank you Naughty Dog i'm shooting every frame of this epic game! :D 

ferdinandpv
ferdinandpv

As a photographer this is an awesome feature. Thanks Naughty Dog I'm "photo moding" every single frame of this game! 

gbrendel
gbrendel

That's pretty cool that us suckers that bought the digital version of the game for PS3 don't get a discount or upgrade option.... I'd buy this game again if it was half off, or even $10-20 off.  Full price?  No way, I already bought it on their awesome e-store of the future.

fbn_games
fbn_games

Nice. just like inFamous Second Son. All games should have this.

deathstream
deathstream

The PS4 isn't a game machine.  It is a glorified Facebook knockoff.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

while the last of us and infamous have these features, this shows that the PS4 might get an update which will allow to change the background of the main menu.


which I believe is a must.

rob19ny
rob19ny

Sucker Punch started a movement.

Toadamus
Toadamus

I dont care about the graphics really ,i just want to experience this game again on the ps4 for the story

Kuhlio13
Kuhlio13

I don't see a need for this useless feature, but to each their own. I'm also 35 years-old, so I guess I'm not hip to what's cool. :)

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Photo mode for games seem to be a thing form PS4 exclusives (you know real exclusives. Take notes Microsoft) I think they REALLY want to show the graphics off on their games.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Is there much room for photo ops in a linear game like this?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Hey want to give me a video game with tons of camera and photo support - Sony make another Fatal Frame, now that would be something to get excited about.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I really hope the world is ready for about a bazillion crotch shots of Eillie in color mode vintage, with with some gritty film, slightly exposed, with a tasteful vinette border of course.  

Amazing features indeed, but one I will probably never use, though I do appreciate how much this took to add in, hey does anyone remember the ps3 with printer support and all those game photos and prints? .... yeah me neither. 

thebigmill
thebigmill

Oh I am going to use and abuse this feature. 

Twitter feed...you have been warned. 

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Infamous Second Son had a photo mode feature. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That's a pretty cool feature, and I couldn't think of a better game to include it in. I think I'm going to have some fun with this.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Be great if this were in MP... I want a nice photo of blowing someone's head off with a shotgun execution... those are so much fun!  I suppose I can settle for an NPC head-pop.

rjh_24
rjh_24

cant wait to try this game out but im pretty sure i wont be using this feature 

shadiezz2012
shadiezz2012

thanks to this...a 20+ hours game will turn into 30-40+ hours game

because i'm gonna photo mod the sh*t out of it

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

Photo mode - Freeze the game so we can add a LOT more detail into the game to showoff the "graphics."

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Boy oh boy, only 3 days before I pick up my copy and I can't wait to play TLOU on my PS4 and love it when I play it on PS3. One of the greatest exclusive PS game I play since Twisted Metal.

Greatness has arrive.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

@Kuhlio13 I thought the older a person was, the more they understood about fine art. I guess I was wrong. 

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@Kinguard73 if they put a lot of hard work into them then I see no reason why not to add this feature.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I don't know how i am hating the game lol, considering if you look at my posts from last year, it is easily one of my favorite games of all time, top 3 easily. I am just saying if the photo ops would be any useful for this game, as there isn't much room to manipulate unlike open world games.

shadiezz2012
shadiezz2012

@Gamer_4_Fun outside of RDR,sleeping dogs,Fallout3,Batman:AC i hate pretty much every single open world game 

i will always favor linear games over open world games 

also TLOU is wide linear more open than 90% of linear games

Kuhlio13
Kuhlio13

@Gamer_4_Fun Linear creates a great story. Don't know why people jump on the "open world" bandwagon....

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@jenovaschilld  could you imagine they had this for that one scene of that Ellen page game char and they could goto photo mode she'd really been ticked then heh

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@RicanV yea the photo mode in Second Son was pretty nice.  You could see a lot of really neat effects from the powers in a frozen frame that you never really noticed while in full motion.  The Neon in particular gave me some really nice looking shots.

shadiezz2012
shadiezz2012

@RicanV you are in for a treat with TLOU 

it's one of those rare games that mix great story with great gameplay 

this and Souls games are my best games of all time

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@nl_skipper Except while you're playing around with camera angles, lighting and shades, everyone else in the game is racking up the kills on your ass, including your own team simply because you're not contributing, lol.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

If greatness is a remake of a game that only came out a year ago. Then you are very easy to please.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@SythisTaru It's not "fine art," it's a useless feature they added to enhance the selling points on the back of the box. The game itself is art, but it's a far reach to call it "fine art."

Kuhlio13
Kuhlio13

@SythisTaru I agree with mr_nee.....snapping photos of video games fine art? You can think it's cool or fun, but if you really believe this is  fine art....you have issues.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@SythisTaru Game selfie is still a selfie. Since when the selfies became fine art?

hystavito
hystavito

@shadiezz2012 @Gamer_4_Fun I think it's a reasonable question and didn't say there was anything wrong with linear games either.  Why are so many people always looking for a fight? :)


I think the idea is, if the game is linear, then what every player sees will be very similar, so there wouldn't be a lot of opportunities for "hey look what I found" or "hey look what happened in my playthrough" kinda shots.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

@shadiezz2012 @RicanV I've been waiting for awhile. Held out on the PS3 version hoping for a PS4 version and it worked!

Kuhlio13
Kuhlio13

@deathstream @Kuhlio13 @Gamer_4_Fun Um, considering he'stalking about the game  being linear.....then yes, it does.  Read much?

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

No problem. (Glad you accepted it as a compliment. Some people here would've ignored the name and thought I was hating.)

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

The only thing great about Sony right now is how people keep respecting them even through all the false promises and lack of games.

Then again before the you call me an Xbox fanboy. Microsoft is doing the same shite. Long live this next gen.

Kuhlio13
Kuhlio13

@Gamer_4_Fun @Kuhlio13  "Is there much room for photo ops in a linear game like this?"

That was your quote verbatim. You're calling the game linear. It doesn't get any clearer than that.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@Kuhlio13 For f*** sake, it is a linear game! I am not complaining about it, i am just asking if the photo mode would be any useful for such a game.