How to use Photo Mode in Starfield

Rishabh Sabarwal
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After years of anticipation, Bethesda’s ambitious sci-fi opera Starfield is finally available, and the game’s impressive visuals flourish in Photo Mode. Here’s how you can easily use the Photo Mode if you’d like to capture stunning images during your cosmic exploration voyage.

Ever since the first trailer for Starfield arrived back in 2021, gamers have been eagerly waiting for the chance to get their hands on Bethesda’s spacefaring title. Core gameplay tenants of Fallout and Elder Scrolls with a vast open galaxy to explore has proven to be a recipe for unparalleled hype.

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Now that the early access of the game has been released, players are launching off to take that first trip across the cosmos. With the game’s stunning visuals and the ability to aimlessly travel across space, players are sharing their moments of exploring the universe.

Given the hundreds of unique planets to visit, dozens of characters to meet, and countless options for customization, capturing your travels along the way is bound to be a big deal for many players. For that, the Photo Mode in the game comes in handy.

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Here’s how you can use the Photo Mode in Starfield to capture stunning shots.

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Starfield’s photo mode lets you take stunning shots while exploring the cosmos.

How to use Photo Mode in Starfield

Using Photo Mode in Starfield is a straightforward process. As soon as you land on Kreet for the first time and gain access to the scanner, you will have the option to take spectacular photographs.

Nonetheless, the game provides two distinct activation options for the mode. If you’re new to RPG titles or specifically Bethesda games, here’s how you can easily get into Photo Mode in Starfield.

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You can also launch the photo mode directly from scanner.

Activate Photo Mode using the scanner

In Starfield, you can directly activate the Photo Mode while using your Helmet Scanner. To access the scanner, you only need to press F on your keyboard or LB on your Xbox controller.

Use the Mouse 4 button or the RS button on your controller to access Photo Mode from there.

You are now prepared to take photographs. This is the simplest method for taking photographs while enjoying your environment or a strange-looking creature. However, traditional gamers who are more accustomed to the system menu can activate Photo Mode using an alternative method in the game.

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The Photo Mode is one of the key options in Starfield’s system menu.

Activate Photo Mode from System Menu

If you wish to take the traditional route, you can simply pause the game at any time and access the Photo Mode via the System Menu. It is displayed directly beneath your settings, from where activating Photo Mode in-game is as simple as clicking on it.

The Space key on the keyboard or the A button on the Xbox controller can then be used to click images with ease, which will later be stored in your Photo Gallery.

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As you would expect from a fleshed-out Photo Mode, all the usual options are here in Starfield. Posing characters, toggling helmets on and off, adjusting light, filters, and all the rest, is already possible in the game.

So, there you have it — that’s everything about using Photo Mode in Starfield. For more about the game, be sure to check our other content and guides:

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Rishabh is a Games Writer at Dexerto. He holds a degree in multimedia with a specialization in VFX and game design, and an additional diploma in Cinema. In his spare time, the Indian national enjoys playing games such as Fortnite, Roblox and Call of Duty Warzone. He's a specialist in Roblox and Fortnite as well. You can contact Rishabh at: