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Get Kids Into Photography

Video games are often praised for how good they look. Some games let you use these beautiful spaces to take photos. It's a feature that's growing in popularity both in terms of how often its providing and how much people are using it.

We worked with The Fourth Focus to identify a series of games that can take you from beginner photographer to understanding the ins and outs of framing, aperture, depth of field and shutter speed. The Fourth Focus is a resource focused on the modern art of video game photography, and home of The Virtual Photography Awards.

Good games to start with, like Alba or Pokemon Snap, offer the ability to take quick snaps as part of the game. From there you can graduate onto basic camera control in games like #Drive, Wilderless and Genshin Impact. Once the basics are understood you can move onto games like Horizon Forbidden West or Ghost of Tsushima that feature realistic camera settings such as focal length and aperture f-stops for a truly authentic effect, and time-of-day control so that the light is always right.

Some photo modes, including Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, The Last of Us Part I, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits, even let you add in custom lights, while the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport include shutter speed for total control of dynamic motion blur.

This list includes 16 games from the last 25 years, with 552 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to learn photography in video games. We break them down into the following areas:


 

1. Point and Click

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

Dordogne

Dordogne is a narrative adventure where you play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman who returns to the house of her recently deceased grandmother. You explore the house and area to find letters and puzzles that bring back memories of the past.

New Pokemon Snap

New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...

Beasts of Maravilla Island

Beasts of Maravilla Island is an adventure game where you play an aspiring wildlife photographer. You play Marina who explores the hidden, magic jungles of Maravilla Island. Follow the sights and sounds of the place, you solve puzzles to discover...

2. Simple Photography

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...

Windbound

Windbound is an adventure game where you hunt, explore and craft to survive. But unlike games like Zelda when you die you start over and the world is endlessly changing for each new adventure. It's an exacting...

#Drive

Drive is an endless driving game where you pick a car, choose a location, and see how long you can survive for and beat your previous record. Its attraction is in the simplicity and light narrative about old cars finding a new lease of life.

3. Working With Settings

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...

Wilderless

Wilderless is a traversal and exploration game where you are left to discover a fantasy world at your own pace without the usual hindrances. You run, jumping and glide your way around the landscape that unfolds beautifully before you. It stands out not...

4. Full World Camera Control

The Last Of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...

The Last Of Us

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a running, jumping and shooting game. The latest in the series, Rift Apart focuses on jumping between parallel worlds.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating from an arcane frontier...

Gran Turismo (Series)

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem is an action adventure where you play a pair of siblings Hugo and Amicia. The story continues from the first game's discovery of the plague of rats and Hugo's latent abilities. Standing out again for weaving the sibling...

Days Gone

Days Gone is a survival adventure game set in a post-pandemic Oregon. You roam an open world pulsing with life (and zombies). It's unusual for its scale and sheer number of enemies. Add to that the changing light and weather and Days Gone creates a...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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