A closer look at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s Photo Mode, plus developer tips

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A closer look at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s Photo Mode, plus developer tips

Ratchet & Clank’s first-ever Photo Mode is full of possibilities.

Hey everyone! As a longtime fan of Ratchet & Clank, it’s been my absolute honor to show you what awaits in our heroes’ latest interdimensional adventure in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, including the jaw-dropping next generation visuals. That’s why I’m eager to dive into a feature that’s near and dear to my heart: Photo Mode.

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for fans and virtual photographers to get their hands on Ratchet & Clank’s first-ever Photo Mode. We’re bringing the intuitive features from our previous games to provide you with a suite of photography tools to use in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, all backed by the power of the PlayStation 5 console. Snap photos promptly with incredible fidelity, including tremendously detailed dynamic 4K resolution images* complete with ray tracing. It’s unbelievable stuff, so check out our Photo Mode Trailer below to see it for yourself.

A closer look at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s Photo Mode, plus developer tips

If you’ve used our Photo Modes before, you’ll feel right at home here. We have multiple tabs with a variety of settings and adjustments that you can make on the fly, including changing the field of view, choosing focus distances, overlaying stylish filters and frames, applying hilarious stickers, and more.

As with real-life photography, lighting is essential to capturing the perfect shot. We brought back the option to add up to three lights in your scenes, including sphere lights to cover wider areas and spotlights to focus on the details that matter to you. You can also tweak the natural lighting within the environment to create the right mood for your shots.

Something new we’re introducing in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s Photo Mode are character poses. There are tons to choose from, including weapon-specific poses that are unlocked when you buy a new weapon in-game, as well as some silly ones to add some fun to your snaps. To top it off, you can apply facial expressions and mix-and-match armors you have unlocked to give Ratchet and Rivet some personality and style.

We also have a new Visual Effects mode that you can toggle to add some animated effects to your preview – great for people who love to make gifs or videos!

“Point and shoot” has a whole new meaning in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart thanks to some of the game’s stellar features outlined here. So, while you’re out blasting Nefarious Troopers and saving the Omniverse from the dimensional cataclysm, take a second to jump into Photo Mode and experiment with your photography skills. 

To get you started, we’ve put together a few tips for your consideration:


“Make sure to take advantage of lights when creating images in Photo Mode. Lights will help you make your subject stand out from the background, and can add more depth and dimension to your images.” 

– Justin West, Sr. Content Artist at Insomniac Games


“The rule of thirds is your friend! Imagine your screen was divided up evenly 2 lines down, 2 lines across, forming 9 squares. Wherever the grid lines cross, that’s a great focal point position to have our hero’s or dreaded enemy’s face be!” 

– Shaun Besman, Sr. Content Artist at Insomniac Games 


“Stickers and borders are a really simple way to add a ton of personality to your shots.” 

– Thomas Hart, Associate Community Manager at Insomniac Games

A final tip from me: don’t be afraid to get in close! Use the ‘FOV’ and ‘focus distance’ modes to create some awesome close-ups. There are incredible details on our characters, weapons, and environments; focus on those to really make your subjects pop.

We’re looking forward to seeing the photos you capture in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which is available now exclusively on PlayStation 5. Tag @InsomniacGames and use #RatchetPS5 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in your uploads so we can see your photo mode screenshots.

*4K display required to experience dynamic 4K resolution.

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19 Comments

  • Great advice.

    I’m having just much fun with Photo Mode than I am blasting enemies.

  • These animated photos should be animated themes – this is too great an opportunity to pass up for the ps5!!

  • I’m loving this game so much the photos mode is amazing is better then miles Morales and spider man remastered photos mode

  • Hi, I ask the ban for MakyFilms be revised and lifted as it was unrightful.

    • Please stop taking down my comments.

    • I disagree – please, Sony, be more aggressive about removing off-topic posts. I didn’t come into the comments on a Ratchet and Clank article to read about whatever MakyFilms is.

    • I don’t think you would have the same attitude if it happened to you pal.

    • 1) Sony doesn’t read these comments so this is pointless.

      2) The account moderation team doesn’t either.

      3) Sony makes the rules about stuff on Sony’s network and can decide what’s “rightful” or not. Telling they’re wrong wont change anything, and it was probably banned for a reason. So whatever that reason was, don’t do it again.

    • For 3, I respectfully disagree, I was basically playing a game and afterwards, I was receiving hate messages so I responded without being offensive to them in any regards besides skill and with no vulgar language and it seems the moderation team can’t deal with the players who cuss and instead are getting sloppy and banning whoever. I was also informed by support that this was the best way to get their attention. Thank you for your input.

    • Support probably meant the Sony twitter accounts and not this blog. The Twitter accounts are more responsive and are more related to support/account issues. Here the staff reply once every 152 years and only about promotional stuff.

      When dealing with unpleasant players it’s probably better in the future to block them or ignore them rather than argue with them. So try not to do that in the future.

    • That’s the plan, and no they specifically meant here on the blog, I did try their Twitter page but no response.

  • Just bought it yesterday and it crashed 2 times after only playing 1 minute.
    Got so angry I turned it off.

    Am I the only one with problems in Ratchet????
    Maybe I will try to play it today.

  • Incredible well-crafted photo mode. The best I’ve seen since Gran Turismo. One questions a lot of people have: Does photomode automatically switch to Fidelity Mode? So let’s say I’m playing in Performance mode, and I’m jump into photomode, will that be switched to Fidelity or is that photomode still in Performance settings? Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

    • I wouldn’t think so. When switching modes, the game resets to the last checkpoint, so it very likely does not switch to fidelity or you would lose your placement and shot entirely.

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  • One of the coolest photo modes ever! :)

  • The photo mode looks awesome it looks better then miles Morales

  • Saw the trailer some days ago and just wanna say that the idea with lighting was great.Great job again guys y’all really know how to do a photo mode,I had fun and spent quite a lot of time on Spidey’s photo mode and whenever I get to play Rift Apart gonna do the same.

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