Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 photo mode: How to use & features

Udit Surve
A Miles Morales shot in Spider-Man 2's photo-mode.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 offers a revamped perspective of New York with substantial graphic improvements leading players to wonder how they can take photos of the city with their favorite Spider-Men. So here’s everything you need to know about photo mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Taking full advantage of the powerful hardware that the PlayStation 5 has to offer, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is one of those titles of recent times that go beyond the traditional aspect of a game and gives players quality-of-life features that they tend to appreciate.

One of these features that was introduced in the previous games is called photo mode which allows players to take photographs as they swing across or Fast Travel through the various districts of New York. The sequel builds and improves on this feature, allowing players to take pictures of their favorite scenes, be it action or the New York skyline, anytime they want.

On that note, here’s how you can use photo mode in Spider-Man 2 along with what each feature does.

Scaled down Peter Parker on a pedestrian signal in Action Figure mode in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.
The Action Figure mode will be added to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 in a future update.

How to use photo mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use photo mode in Spider-Man 2.

  1. Launch the game and pause it by hitting the Options button on your controller.
  2. Scroll down to Photo Mode using the D-Pad or the analog sticks and click on it.
  3. This will launch the photo mode and now you can take pictures.

We recommend mapping photo mode to a button on your controller for quick and easy access. Here’s how you can set up a shortcut for photo mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2:

  1. Pause your game and go to the settings menu.
  2. At the bottom, set Shortcut 1 to Launch Photo Mode.
  3. Set Shortcut 2 to Game Speed as it can help you take better shots during an action sequence.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 photo mode features

Here’s a brief rundown of all the features available in the photo mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2:

Camera Mode

In the Camera Mode, you can move the camera as you like to get the best picture, except during a story mission. Suit and suit styles in this mode are also available using which you can have your hero display their suit and switch between the ones you have unlocked. You can also toggle hero and enemy visibility if you want to capture just the scene.

There are four sub-modes in camera mode in which you can adjust FOV, aperture, exposure, add filters, frames, vignettes, film grain, and more.

Character Mode

The Camera Mode in photo mode allows you to experiment with the current active Spider-Man. From toggling poses and switching between a wide variety of them to changing facial expressions, you can do a lot in this mode.

However, if you are wearing a suit, the facial expression option only affects the eyes.

Lighting Mode

Imagine you go into Photo Mode at just the right moment to get a cool shot, but the light is bad. This is where Lighting Mode comes in as it lets you add light spots to the photo. You can choose from Sphere Light or Spot Light to light up the environment or a character and also fine-tune the natural lighting of the scene.

With the light tools, you can take your time putting light spots in the scene wherever you want, and change the color, intensity, distance, and toggle shadows too.

Miles Morales with various stickers in Sticker mode in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.
Sticker Mode features different sticker types that can be moved and resized onto your shot.

Sticker Mode

The Sticker Mode is a fun little addition to photo mode that allows you to add stickers to your photos. Ranging from basic designs and chibi Spider-Men to sound effects, and more designs straight from Marvel Comics, you can turn a basic photo into a scene from a comic book.

Is there a selfie mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2?

Unfortunately, there’s no dedicated selfie mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. It is unclear why the sequel lacks it when the previous games had a dedicated selfie option. And although there’s official confirmation, we hope Insomniac will add the much-loved feature in a future update.

How to take a selfie in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Although there’s no selfie mode, you can take a selfie-like photo by setting the camera type to orbit and adjusting the tilt in the camera tab in photo mode. You can also play with FOV to zoom in or out, making it seem like Spider-Man is holding the camera.

That was all about photo mode, how to use it, and it’s features in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. For more on the game, have a look at our other guides.

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