Forza Horizon 5 Guide – Important Tips for Picture Mode


There is no denying that Forza Horizon 5 It is an insanely beautiful game. In addition to the great gameplay clips released, you have no doubt also seen HD screenshots not only from the development team, but also from the users. How exactly can a normal Joe get such crisp and clean shots with Forza Horizon 5 picture mode?

This guide will help you learn how to frame, structure and experiment Forza Horizon 5Position your photos so you can also get your internal shutter bug out. But, quick disclaimer, I personally do not consider myself an “expert” in this field. I’m just a guy who somehow managed to take close to a thousand pictures in the game in just one week. Thus, this guide serves as a look at what goes into my thought process when I’m behind the digital lens.

Camera settings crash

Horizon Forza 5The photo mode of the camera is set up very much like a real-life model camera. It also happens that the same terminology is used for all the different settings, like a real camera. The thing is that it’s not actually so explain What are all the different options. Again, I’m no expert, but the following descriptions are the gist of how each option works and the changes it makes to the image:

  • shutter speed – This determines the number of frames the camera takes per second. Lower value is better for slow/steady moments; And vice versa for high-speed/high-traffic moments. Finding the right balance will help you better maintain your main life Topics In focus (that is, the thing you’re really taking a picture of).
  • Focus mode – There are two of them. tracking It is to capture the background and the target at high speed. panning It is best suited for background dimming at high speed. This value does not matter much at low speed, and does not matter at all when it is stationary.
  • to focus – Primarily responsible for the clarity of the image, especially in relation to the subject. You press the “X” button on your Xbox console to select what/where you really want the camera to focus. You can zoom in close and tap to focus on a specific area (eg a car light or a wheel) or zoom out to make it focus on an entire object (eg the entire car itself). When you focus on an area or an object, that makes it the introduction From the picture. Thus, the remaining parts of the image are considered as the background.
  • detector Controls the amount of light allowed into the viewfinder. Higher exposure results in a lot of light; Not great in bright light conditions. Low exposure results in a very dark appearance. It is better to leave at 50% in the vast majority of situations.
  • slot – It is related to the focus value to control the clarity level. The lower aperture allows for very light background distortion (again, anything out of focus). A higher aperture will greatly intensify the jamming effect; It’s not really needed in most situations. Strike a good balance between focus and aperture values; Often they don’t need to be high at all – not even 50%.
  • bokeh shape – “Bokeh” refers to the sparkle/gloss effect that the camera creates when out-of-focus pixels are used. Changing the shape of this effect gives a slightly different look to the blurred parts of the image; It is especially useful in conditions where there is a lot of light in the background (eg car lights, street lights, signs, etc.)
  • take samples It gives priority to speed over image quality or vice versa. You can often leave it in Quality mode, but you can play with it along with the other settings if something seems to be off.
  • Contrast, color and brightness – The most unique options! Contrast controls the level of dark and light areas. Higher contrast levels will make shadows too dark, and lower contrast levels will blow out lighter areas. Color allows you to make the image more vibrant at the higher end, and more “natural” towards the middle, or desaturated if lowered. Brightness controls the white values ​​of the image; The brightness will appear too dim, but the brightness level too low will make the image appear too dark.
  • dark brown – Adds red/orange/yellow tint to the photo. You will likely never use this. But who am I to judge?
  • vignette – Adds a dark circular overlay around the edges of the image. Creates a very intense and dramatic shot when used correctly. Best in close-up shots with good lighting conditions.
  • Temperature – Makes the image ‘cooler’ when the value is low (blue hue), or ‘warmer’ when the value is high (reddish/orange).

Best way to use camera settings

Right off the jump, I’ll be honest: each image will require you to fiddle with the settings in a unique way. once again, Forza Horizon 5 The camera system works very similarly to the real-world camera system. Hence, many of the same rules and techniques are applied.

Forza Horizon 5 - PC - Beach Pocket

Play with the settings

Since each shot requires slightly different values, make mostly small incremental changes to focus, aperture, and shutter speed to see what best complements each given shot. But, there are some consistent values ​​that will give you a defining effect. If you want the background to always look blurry, increase the aperture and decrease the shutter speed. If you want everything to stay in focus at high speed, as if it was time-freezing, raise the shutter speed and reduce the aperture. But, again, play around with the settings from time to time to see what works for each shot.

Use the world around you

Real photographers not only pay attention to the thing they are capturing, but also pay attention to their surroundings. If you’re creative enough, you can turn a seemingly simple background detail like a tree or scene object into a really cool looking prop.

Frame your cat by putting your car in a good position when possible. For example, you don’t always take a picture on the road. Maybe there is a field nearby? Why don’t you stand by the field, or in a field? Or what if there was a group of trees with a space in the middle for you to park the car? Try placing them there, then take a picture from behind one of the trees, and use the others as great props, along with the background scene. Here are some of my examples:

Forza Horizon 5 Pc Jimmy At The Beach.  Forza Horizon 5 Pc Jimmy At The Beach

In this shot, notice how the camera is lowered to the ground, and a little further away from the GMC Jimmy. The camera is at the base of a palm tree trunk, and three more tires surround the car. There are also good scenery elements in the background: chairs and umbrellas, along with a brief glimpse of the ocean and mountains in the distance, all nicely dressed with the glow of the sunset on the left. I didn’t have to do much. I just parked the car, and played around with the scenery until everything looked lined up and nice.

Forza Horizon 5 Pc Toyota Supra in flower field

This is another example with the Supra parked in the middle of a flower field. By ignoring the crushed flowers under the frames, the sun’s glare creates some gentle drama and contrasts with the beautiful orange petals. It also matches the yellow gold paint of the car itself, all of which contrast with the sky blue. The camera is positioned low at the fender, but magnified to capture only half of the vehicle, and cuts precisely in the middle. In this way, the car and the flowers share a balanced space.

He should go without saying it Forza Horizon 5 It has a lot of detailed effects such as different times of the day, weather phenomenon, and different scenes, including many different locations and biomes. Walk around and find great places to take pictures.

Experience the jungle during a severe rainstorm; There is a lot of rain falling through the thick canopy. Or how about a beautiful road after a rainstorm has passed and the sun is still visible? The reflections are exceptionally beautiful. Then there is the beach at sunrise or sunset. Crystal clear views of the sun traveling across the horizon with an unobstructed view of the sky. No matter the situation, always be aware of things like the amount of highlights, shadows, etc. The image should not be too bright or too dark. Even rotating the camera to the side of the car facing the light can really make or break your shot.

Zoom in and out, find corners and get creative

As mentioned earlier, zooming in and out will give you a completely different scene. Zooming in close and narrow will create very interesting shots, but zooming out allows for beautiful panoramic photos. Play around with the scene to see what zoom level best suits the situation, along with tilting the camera left, right, up, and down to see what you’ll get out of it; You can even take many great shots from same Mode at different zoom levels and angles. This is an example:

Forza Horizon 5 Pc Baja Collage

For this series of shots, I simply moved the camera around and played with the zoom in the same state and was able to get six different shots out of it. I didn’t change the settings from the snapshot basis either. Fortunately, the values ​​were able to integrate one another consistently even at these different angles and zoom levels. So, when I said earlier to “play with the settings”, I didn’t literally I mean change it every time. It really depends on the scene and whether you have a specific “look” in mind.

The gameplay with the camera really depends on the action on the screen. Try to find things that seem to complement or contrast appropriately; Some scenes may contain both. This is an example:

Forza Horizon 5 pieces Ford on the volcano

The Ford truck is clearly at a very extreme angle, but I let the camera tilt straight. This straight angle is complemented by the mountain range in the background, which contrasts equally with the ramp in the front of the truck. There is asymmetry both visible and invisible, and the scene is made even more dramatic by the low, narrow position of the camera under the truck’s fender. But, here’s another version of the same situation:

FH5 Ford Burkan

Now the camera is at the same angle as the truck. that makes You are You feel like you’re sliding along with the truck, rather than just watching the truck float down the ramp. All we did was swing and tilt the camera a bit, but it feels like a completely different shot; Your head may ache a little trying to address the very unnatural angle. Here’s a final example of this scene:

Truck FH5 Ford

It can be said that this is the most neutral position in this situation. Now, we’re looking down the slope, which is a little easier on the eyes. It blends naturally into the mountains in the back, and the truck is in a more natural setting. The slope doesn’t seem too extreme anymore; But the position of the truck did not change at all, only the position of the camera and the level of zoom. All three shots serve as examples of how to try the camera mode alone and get very different results.

Final Tales

Get a good shot Forza Horizon 5 It’s not at all difficult. The game is actually very beautiful, and you’ll find it hard to ruin that. But getting a shot looks more Just another screenshot is where your creativity and accuracy come into play. So, keep experimenting and try new things.

If you really want to get serious, the pros won’t just stop at taking pictures while you play. They make King Scenes by creating combos using the in-game creation tools found in Super7 and the new Horizon Event Lab. And even if they don’t go that far, many take their base photo and then run it through an image-editing app like Adobe Lightroom or Google’s Snapseed to craft the look and feel they really want. Just like I made this panorama from three screenshots (using This tool), and with some basic editing with the built-in Windows Photo Editor:

Panorama FH5

Again, I’m just a humble bug that loves to take beautiful pictures. So, my best advice to you is to go ahead and start playing. “Practice makes perfect” and all those Momo Jumbo cliches. Keep taking pictures until you get a vague idea of ​​your “style,” and use it.

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