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Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode: how to take next-level snaps in Night City – TechRadar

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The Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode is a bit of a godsend for the Christmas break – while the holidays are usually a great time to get stuck into both gaming and photography, now you brush up on both simultaneously from your sofa.

Of course, Cyberpunk 2077 is far from the first game to have a photo mode – many popular games, from Red Dead Redemption 2 to Ghost of Tsushima, have embraced in-game snapping. But Cyberpunk’s mode is one of the most advanced we’ve seen. 

Why spend time crafting the perfect composition when you could be playing the game instead? Because the game’s designers and engineers have spent countless hours painstakingly creating detailed environments for you to explore, and they can make some genuinely impressive shots for virtual portfolios on the likes of Instagram.

When a photo mode is as fully realized as the one in Cyberpunk 2077, it can also be a great way to practice your photography (for both virtual and real worlds). Cyberpunk 2077 may have been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but its photo mode is proving such a success that it’s got its own Twitter channel, while Night City snaps commonly top Reddit’s ‘Virtual Photography’ subreddit.

If you fancy getting involved this Christmas, here’s how to take great snaps in the Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode (and other photogenic multi-verses with similar snapping potential).

How to open the Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode

Cyberpunk 2077’s photo mode offers a surprising amount of depth, giving you everything from adjustable aperture to vignettes. But what exactly do those words mean, and how can you use them to get creative?

Below, we explain five of the most important photographic terms you’ll need to understand to make the most of this virtual studio. But first, it’s helpful to explain where you can find Cyberpunk 2077’s photo mode in the first place.

If you’re on PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Series S, you can access photo mode anywhere in the game simply by pressing your pad’s two analogue sticks (L3 and R3) simultaneously – this will effectively pause the game and bring up the camera options. Playing on PC? You can open it simply by pressing the ‘N’ key.

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To take a shot, you simply press in the right analogue to remove the camera HUD and then capture a screen shot, using your controller’s screenshot button. The camera menu also lets you save three custom presets and add preloaded stickers, frames and backgrounds to your pictures. 

Each screenshot you capture creates an 8.2MP image, which saves to your PSN or Xbox account for you to download and share via their respective apps. All pretty straightforward, but those arcane photographic words are a bit more complex – here’s what five of the most important ones mean…

Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode: jargon buster

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Moving the ‘exposure’ toggle to the right will lift increase the amount of light in the scene… (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)
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Cyberpunk 2077 photo exposure

…whereas moving it left will darken it. This shot is underexposed, but you can intentionally underexpose shots in order to draw the eye to a bright object in a scene. (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)

1. Exposure

The exposure setting (above) allows you to adjust the amount of light in the shot; dial it up and you get a brighter image, lower it and your image will become much darker overall. Making exposure adjustments should be approached economically, pushing it too far in either direction makes for hyper-stylized images. If you want a more photo-realistic look, keep it subtle.

2. Depth of field

This setting reflects the amount that is in focus within your image. Cyberpunk’s photo mode gives you control over both aperture and focus distance. Your aperture number reflects how wide or narrow your depth of field (DoF) is. Having a low aperture number will give you the narrowest DoF – this means anything that falls outside of your focusing distance will be extremely out of focus. This can be a useful technique if you want to draw the eye to the part of the image that’s in focus.

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Here we have a crisp shot with the grain dialled right down… (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)
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…and here is the moodier, retro style you can create by cracking it up (most noticeably in the light and dark areas). (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)

3. Grain

Like the look of old-school film grain? This setting (above) adds those grain-like dots to your image, mimicking the grain or noise that you may recall from photos captured using manual film cameras or low-light digital photography. Adding grain to your image can give it a textured, retro film look.

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Here’s a good example of how a vignette can enhance a moody atmosphere and focus the eye on a subject… (Image credit: Cyberpunk)
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…and here’s an example of chromatic aberration, which can also affect black-and-white photos by blurring the image. (Image credit: Cyberpunk)

4. Vignette

Vignetting (above) is an optical imperfection that is characterized by darkened corners in your pictures. In real world photography, this can be an unwanted effect. However, adding vignetting can also help to frame and emphasize the subject of your photo. It also helps to convey mood and depth.

5. Chromatic aberration

This overly technical-sounding phrase manifests itself as color fringing, which is most noticeable towards the edges of the frame. Like vignetting, it’s often considered an unwanted imperfection in real-world photography, but as an in-game photo mode effect it can help a computerized digital photo look more filmic and authentic.

5 ways to take great photos in Cyberpunk 2077

1. Look for the light

Exploring the color of light and the way it falls on objects is crucial to real-world photography, and it’s the same in games. The lighting environment within Cyberpunk is exquisite. Inspired by cinematic influences such as Blade Runner, Mad Max and Ghost in the Shell, there are vibrant neon lighting and shadowy spaces throughout Night City – where Cyberpunk takes place – and its outskirts. 

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With night falling and the warm glow of the city ahead shining on the character’s face, we dialled up the exposure, contrast and film grain a touch to add some intensity. (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)

If you’re fortunate enough to be playing Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5, Xbox Series X or PC you’ll be able to make the most of Ray Tracing mode, which will add further realism to the look of your images. This is because ray tracing technology replicates natural shadows and reflections in real time. Lighting flares caused by pointing your camera directly at light sources can also produce some brilliant effects.

2. Meet some characters

There are some weird, wild and wonderful characters within the open world of Cyberpunk 2077. The fashion and numerous bio-hacked body modifications make for some fascinating street portrait subjects. As you explore Night City, pay close attention to the NPCs (non-playable characters) that are sprinkled around the city. Walk off the beaten track, go down alleyways. There are photo-worthy portraits to be discovered everywhere. 

Cyberpunk 2077 portrait shot

To focus on this character we increased the vignette to darken the corners, and used a low aperture number to create a narrow depth of field – this blurred the background more, intensifying the focus on our subject. (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)

Also, get up close. Portraits that isolate your subject from the background convey a strong sense of personality and despite these being computer generated characters, the level of detail and realism in each character’s face and their range of expressions are surprisingly authentic.

3. Compose with skylines

One of the most striking visual signatures of Cyberpunk 2077 is its skylines. When you drive to the outskirts of Night City, you’re surrounded by desert. But the glowing mirage of Night City beckons on the horizon and can make for some arresting landscape imagery.

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Cyberpunk 2077 lens flares

With our subjects on the road to Night City, we positioned the camera to show both the vehicle, the subjects sat inside it, and the destination in the distance. We used a medium aperture number to keep more of the background in focus, showing Night City on the horizon. (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)
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Cyberpunk 2077 lens flares

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Cyberpunk 2077 lens flares

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The atmospheric tones in the outskirts and within the walls of Night City are reminiscent of the worlds depicted within George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

The light is direct and high contrast, moving between martian warmth outside the city to cool blue, within it. High contrast and strong tones are great for landscape images.

4. Embrace the drone camera

There are two camera options within Cyberpunk 2077: point-of-view or drone camera. The drone camera option gives you greater freedom to move the camera around and explore different angles. 

Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode

By placing the camera at ground level and framing the subject with other people’s feet, it conveys a sense of inferiority by making the person in the centre of the frame extremely small. (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)

There are a couple of reasons why this feature rocks; it means you can take multiple different images of the same scene. It also lets you play with perspective, which can enhance and emphasize different things within the frame (see above).

5. Strike some poses

The main character in Cyberpunk 2077, “V”, comes with a range of stock poses and expressions that can be cycled through once you switch into Photo Mode. 

V’s poses are varied and can be used to curate some truly brilliant photos, depending on the environment.

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Cyberpunk 2077 pose photography

We used one of V’s oddball action poses and then turned on the muzzle flash of her gun to create a warm burst of light in the lower half of the image. This references the orange/teal color grading look that’s common in stylized cinema. (Image credit: Cyberpunk 2077)
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Cyberpunk 2077 pose photography

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Approach Cyberpunk’s Night City as an open world photography studio – if you see a space that provides a spotlight for a pose, take the shot. Posing V among NPCs within the frame can produce some great results that range from hilariously silly to album cover art-worthy.

The ‘rule of thirds’ is a good starting point for deciding a composition – using the grid in photo mode, position subjects or points of interest at the points where the lines intersect. This helps create a balanced photo, like the shot at the top of this page – though like all photography rules, it’s there to be broken. 

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MDA gets $35.3 million contract from Canadian Space Agency for Canadarm 3 components – CTV News

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The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a contract worth $35.3 million to MDA Ltd. to design a key component of Canadarm 3.

The funds will be used to design Gateway External Robotics Interfaces or grapple fixtures for Canadarm 3, which is Canada’s contribution to the United States-led Lunar Gateway, a small space station that will orbit the moon.

The contract is a follow-on to the first phase of interface work awarded in August 2019. A construction phase will likely be awarded in about a year.

The first elements of Gateway will launch in 2024, with Canadarm 3 scheduled to launch two years later.

The contract is the third awarded to MDA for the multi-phase Canadarm 3 program valued at more than $1 billion.

Canadarm flew on 90 space shuttle missions after debuting in 1981. Canadarm 2 has been operating on the International Space Station for more than 20 years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

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Motorola's next Edge flagship phone might drop the curved display – Yahoo Canada Shine On

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Motorola might soon release a sequel to its flagship Edge phones — albeit without their signature feature. OnLeaks and Pricebaba have shared what they say are CAD-based renders of the standard Edge 20, and Motorola appears to have dropped the highly curved “endless” display in favor of a 6.7-inch flat screen. It would be just another phone on the outside, even if the 120Hz,1080p panel could make it feel extra-responsive.

You’d also get a triple rear camera system that reportedly includes a 108MP primary sensor, a 16MP secondary cam and an 8MP tertiary sensor (likely for telephoto and wide-angle shots). This regular Edge 20 model would be an upper mid-tier device on the inside between a Snapdragon 778G chip, up to 8GB of RAM, a peak 256GB of storage and a 4,000mAh battery.

There is a chance the rumored Edge 20 Pro would keep the curved screen, and it might offer improved performance from the Snapdragon 870. An Edge 20 Lite is supposedly in the works as well. If Motorola does use this design for the mainstream Edge 20, though, it signals a change of tack. Rather than relying on an eye-catching (if somewhat impractical) design for the entire Edge line, it would focus on delivering value for the money. It’s just a question of whether or not the price will be low enough to draw you away from rivals.

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Oppo Watch 2 leaks ahead of July 27 launch, but will it get the new Wear OS 3? – Android Authority

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  • Renders of the Oppo Watch 2 have leaked.
  • Successor to the Wear OS-powered Oppo Watch, the new wearable will launch on July 27.

In the four images of the Oppo Watch 2 leaked by Blass, we see a square-shaped device that looks akin to its predecessor. It’s got two buttons on the right side and the renders depict blue, red, and black colorways for the straps.

One of the leaked images of the Oppo Watch 2 shows that it’ll have the ability to receive calls, something we also saw on the original Oppo Watch. A retail listing of the smartwatch on China’s JD.com confirms that it’ll feature eSIM support in its home market. This was also the case with the previous Oppo Watch. However, it remains to be seen if the second-gen Oppo Watch will come with eSIM capabilities globally.

Meanwhile, another render of the Oppo Watch 2 shows map directions on display. This suggests the device could come with built-in GPS like the first-gen Oppo Watch.

Oppo Watch 2 specs

Under the hood, the Oppo Watch 2 could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC coupled with the Ambiq Apollo 4s coprocessor. The second chip is expected to help the smartwatch run a low-powered RTOS in addition to the main operating system.

As for the latter, it’s unclear if the Oppo Watch 2 will feature Wear OS this time around. With the Snapdragon 4100 Plus at its core, the wearable should technically be able to run Google’s new Wear OS 3. However, Google recently shared a list of current and future supported devices for the software and the Oppo Watch 2 wasn’t on it. That said, things could change by the time the Oppo Watch 2 steps out of China.

Elsewhere, the Oppo Watch 2 is rumored to have seven models divided into 42mm and 46mm sizes. It might get 16GB of storage, up from 8GB on the current model. It is also tipped to feature stress detection, remote camera control, a tweaked UI, and a new Relax app. However, these findings only pertain to the Chinese model of the smartwatch.

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