Gran Turismo 4
WHEELZ OF STEEL - Photography Mode Guide
Authored by VampireHorde
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Thanks for clicking on the FAQ. This FAQ will guide you through the
super simple process of snapping photos of your favorite vehicles in
If you aren't busy racing your juiced-up ride in Gran Turismo Mode,
you're busy snapping photos of it.
Ready to take some pictures? Snap away, racer!
TAKE A PICTURE - PHOTO TRAVEL MODE
Welcome to Photography 101! If you hated Photo class back in High
School then you'll absolutely LOVE Photo Travel Mode!
In this section I will explain the intricacies of taking a Photo of
your beautiful ride in the various locales and cities all over the
BEWARE THOUGH! If you spend too much time on Photo Travel Mode, you may
end up not playing the game at all!
== EXOTIC LOCATIONS ==
(US) BEACON HILL
(ORIGINAL) FISH MARKET
(US) GRAND CANYON
(US) LAS VEGAS
(IT) PIAZZA SAN MARCO
(IT) PONTE DI RIALTO
(JP) TOGAKUSHI KOGEN
(JP) TIMES SQUARE
Fish Market is the only area that is completely made-up.
== CHOOSING YOUR RIDE ==
In Photo Travel Mode, whichever car you are currently "IN" will be
chosen as the default vehicle for the Photo.
To switch vehicles, you need to go back to your Garage and manually
change cars and then go back to Photo Travel Mode. You have to do this
every time you want to change vehicles.
Yes, it is VERY annoying, but what're you gonna do?
== HOW THE HEADS-UP DISPLAY WORKS ==
Photo Travel Mode is found only in Gran Turismo Mode. Select GT Mode
and place the cursor on the upper left corner of the HUD to find it.
After choosing a locale, you are presented with an onscreen HUD with
++ ONSCREEN MAP ++
On the left-hand side of the screen is the map of the chosen locale.
X BUTTON: SELECT/DESELECT ICON
CIRCLE BUTTON: BACK TO DEFAULT POSITION
LEFT ANALOG STICK: MOVE ICON
RIGHT ANALOG STICK: ROTATE VEHICLE POSITION (RED ICON ONLY)
RED AND BLUE ICONS:
Notice that the Car is placed as a RED Icon and the Camera as a BLUE
Icon positioned by default on the map.
Move the cursor to the map and press the X BUTTON to select either Icon
and manually move them.
On the map itself are RED and BLUE colored areas. This display shows
where and how far the Camera (BLUE) or the Car (RED) can be moved.
If an EXCLAMATION POINT symbol appears, it means that the Icon CANNOT
be placed there.
POSITIONING THE VEHICLE:
When selecting the Car Icon, rotate the RIGHT ANALOG STICK in any
direction to position the car in front of the frame. The vehicle can be
rotated to any degree for maximum effect.
The Car Icon can only be placed in red-shaded areas of the map.
POSITIONING THE CAMERA:
When selecting the Camera Icon, place the cursor over the Icon and move
the Camera into the blue-shaded areas. From there, place the cursor on
the Camera Screen layout to manually rotate and position the camera
NOTE: In some map locales, there are some default Camera positions
(like the Grand Canyon locale for example).
Test out what area and angle you feel is best for your Car.
++ ONSCREEN CAMERA FRAME ++
On the right-hand side of the HUD is the Camera frame. This is where
you determine the position of your Photo and your frame.
The default angle is always in front of the car at a 45-degree angle
when starting a new shoot.
Above the Camera frame is a small Lightning Bolt Icon. This Icon is the
VERTICAL/HORIZONTAL option. When you choose this option, the frame can
be manipulated to either be a Horizontal wide shot or a Vertical
As you move the RED and BLUE Icons, the frame itself is static.
Every time that the vehicle is moved out of the frame, the Camera
itself has to be manually moved with the vehicle also (like you didn't
-- CAMERA ONSCREEN COMMANDS --
These commands are located underneath the Camera Frame. This is where
you can take control of the Photo Shoot.
PAN/TILT CAMERA VIEW:
The first Button indicates Pan/Tilt option. You can move the Camera
angle in a 360-degree motion to get the best angle for the vehicle.
Press and hold the X BUTTON and rotate the LEFT ANALOG STICK to move
the Camera view.
**When you manually move the Car, this option is what you use to swivel
the Camera clockwise or counter-clockwise and find the angle needed.
ROTATE VIEWFINDER VIEW:
This indicates the rotation of the Camera giving the angle a sort of
tilted/sideways feel to the car. By default, the angle is always
Press the X BUTTON and rotate the LEFT ANALOG STICK to manipulate and
twist the Camera view.
With this option, you can move the Camera from left to right (of the
car). You can also move back for wide shots or get in close for an
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!! WHHHOOAA!!!
Press the X BUTTON and use the LEFT ANALOG STICK to move the Camera in
a four-way direction.
POINT OF VIEW CAMERA:
With this option, certain locales can have the Camera go really high
for a Bird's Eye View perspective or down to the ground for a Road's
The Bird's Eye View gives the vehicle a smaller effect. It shows the
world around it as a bigger entity.
The Road's Eye View gives the vehicle the Muscle Car effect. Shooting
from down low makes the vehicle hulk over the frame making it look
Press the X BUTTON and move the LEFT ANALOG STICK up or down for the
-- VARIOUS COMMANDS --
Underneath the Camera Controls are the various commands that enhance
the Camera Frame and the development of the Photo process.
When selecting this option, you can manually adjust the front wheels of
the vehicle to face 30-degrees to the left or 30-degrees to the right
From here you can choose from the various settings: Vignetting, Color
Filter, Exposure, and Color Tone.
Vignetting is known as the "halo". When setting the maximum effect for
Vignetting, the Photo is given a dark halo around the edges.
--COLOR FILTER MODE:
There are three settings of color for your Photo: Vivid, Mature, and
VIVID color is the Default Color during Photo Travel Mode. This option
brightens the vehicle and the surroundings to look more robust.
MATURE color gives the vehicle and the environment a darker palette and
less colorful palette that makes it blend with the environment for a
more realistic look.
MONOCHROME color is a plain black, white, and gray color palette.
**IMO, the second option is always the best. Your vehicle looks way
better and can fool anyone who sees it.
With this option, you can choose from two different types of exposures.
Do you want the Photo to have a dark, noirish-style element or should
the Photo look like it was taken during a nuclear winter?
Choose one to your liking.
There are three sets of color tones for the Photo: DEFAULT, SEPIA, BLUE
DEFAULT: The color is unchanged
SEPIA: When you move the COLOR TONE meter to the left, the color is
turned to a dark brownish-yellowish tone.
What this does is give the Photo an "old-style and rusty" look. It also
gives the vehicle and surroundings a "Hot and warm" setting
BLUE: When you move the COLOR TONE meter to the right, the color around
the car itself is turned blue, leaving the car as the only source of
color in the photo.
What this does is give the vehicle and surroundings a "Cool and cold"
PHOTO MODE OPTIONS
From here you can choose the type of Photo session, Shutter sound,
Focus control, and quality of the image when saved on the Memory Card.
ADJUST FOCAL LENGTH
You can choose to use an Amateur style of lenses or a Professional
35mm lenses are the default style used by all Cameras found in your
local store. 70mm lenses are more of a sports-style lens used in
Sporting events and for stalking celebrities (you know, those REALLY
long lenses that they use).
How do the Focal lenses work? Every Professional Camera has a lens
adjust option. When a Photographer snaps a Photo, he rotates the lens
in front of the focal point to get a closer shot from a faraway
distance or vice versa.
This adjusts how fast the Photo itself will be taken (1.4 being the
fastest, 22 being the slowest).
When a photo is taken at a fast rate, everything in the photo is at a
standstill. Sort of like a quick snap. All 35mm Cameras utilize this
When the photo is taken at a slow rate, the subject in the photo is
immobile while everything in the background turns into a blur. All
Professional Cameras utilize this option.
This is the kind of photo you see when you look at a picture of a
freeway at night and all you see is a long stream of lights. That's the
effect of a slow aperture.
Click on this button to auto-focus the image.
**BIG NOTE: If the Car is blurred after auto-focus, manually move the
Camera back and re-adjust the lens. Re-focus the lens for a clearer
Do I have to explain what this means?
++ VIEWING AND SAVING THE PHOTO ++
R1 BUTTON: ZOOM IN
L1 BUTTON: ZOOM OUT
START BUTTON: SAVE PHOTO TO MEMORY CARD OR USB DEVICE
SQUARE BUTTON: GO BACK TO CAMERA MODE
After taking the Photo, you can save it to the Memory Card or transfer
it to a USB device. The image can then be printed on an Epson-
compatible color printer or similar. Don't have an Epson printer? Well,
guess what, neither do I!
All photos are saved as JPEGS and have the SCEI/Gran Turismo 4
watermark on the bottom right-hand side (which can be easily
Photoshopped out). You can then use the image as Wallpaper on your PC
That is EVERYTHING you need to know for Photo Travel Mode. Have fun!
DAYS OF THUNDER
Think that Photo Travel Mode ends there? NO SIR!
When you play a race in Arcade or GT Mode, you can view the Replay and
save it. When you go to Replay Theater, you can view the Replay and
also snap photos of the race in 64 different angles.
-- REPLAY PHOTO MODE --
All controls from Photo Travel Mode apply here. The only thing you
CANNOT do is move the vehicle itself. You can manually manipulate the
Camera in any direction or you can choose from the 64 different default
(4 angles from the Spectator POV and 60 angles that rotate around the
Car in a 360-degree radius.)
ADDITIONAL CONTENT COMING SOON!
Like I mentioned above, if you're not playing the game, you're busy
taking pictures of your sweet ride. If there are any questions or
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no problems with anyone who asks. February 2005.