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Developed by RaceWard Studio, TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 delivers all the thrills we were hoping for from an Isle of Man TT game.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 (RED 3) uses Kylotonn’s KT Racing game engine and features a photo mode similar to the French studio’s WRC series. This means you can snap action shots of your bike on the impressively detailed 37.73 mile Snaefell Mountain Course.

Though the game’s photo mode lacks basic features like adjusting the shutter speed so there’s no motion blur in the background or in the wheels of moving motorcycles, there are still a few tricks you can use to elevate your images to the top of the Glencrutchery Road podium.

Step 1: Adjust Steam Screenshot Settings

The first piece of advice is to allow Steam to save uncompressed copies of your images for maximum quality. However, this only applies to the PC version of the game, so console players will just have to make do with their system’s standard screenshot feature.

Saving an uncompressed copy of a screenshot in Steam using the F12 key creates PNG file types instead of JPGs (which are more compressed image files than PNGs) and can be accessed from the Settings and In-Game menus become. Check the “Save an uncompressed copy” box and you’re good to go.

The next step is to increase all your graphics settings to 11. This is a no-brainer when taking in-game screenshots, but you need to balance graphical fidelity with a smooth gaming experience.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain CourseTT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain Course

Step 2: Set up your recording

Choosing the perfect angle for a RED 3 photo isn’t as easy as it sounds. When you’re in the mood for that perfect wheelie down the Sulby Straight or your biggest jump over the Ballaugh Bridge, you need to press the start button real quick.

Pressing Start brings up the pause menu, which gives you access to the main map, settings, and photo mode, among other things.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain Course

Position your shot with the free camera using the left and right analog sticks. Unfortunately, the distance to the bike is limited, making it difficult to take really atmospheric landscape photos.

However, increasing the FOV (Field of View) slider effectively zooms out of the action, allowing more of the moody Isle of Man landscape to be seen. Decreasing the FOV setting zooms in closer to your bike, giving you a more dramatic perspective of your machine.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain Course

Step 3: Aperture and chromatic aberration are your friends

A camera’s aperture is the opening that lets light in. A fully open aperture lets in more light and creates more background and foreground blur. A narrower aperture results in the entire image being sharp.

In RED 3, moving the aperture slider all the way to the right increases background blur and adds a depth of field effect to the image.

The Camera Settings tab also allows you to rotate the image to your liking, changing the focus distance as well; However, your bike will of course always remain in focus unless you change this (perhaps you want to be artistic and focus on a detail in the background of the shot rather than your bike, as in the image below). .

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain CourseFor heaven’s sake, focus on the bike!

On the Image tab, you can change settings like exposure (lightens or darkens the image) and saturation, or add a grid overlay to better frame the image. You can even add a film grain effect to make your photo look noisier.

However, it’s the chromatic aberration that can really make a difference when shooting in RED 3. Chromatic aberration, also known as color fringing, occurs when light is bent by a camera lens in such a way that all colors (light waves) arrive in front of or behind the focal plane.

This creates blurry effects in the corners of your photos and draws attention to the subject in the center. In my opinion it adds more impact to the overall composition. Check out the effect in the image below. Ironically, it’s an effect you don’t really want in real photography, but it works well here.

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RED 3 also has image filters, but honestly they’re not very good, so I skip them and use my own post-processing later. If you want to add a little cinematic drama to your image, why not add black borders to your photo using the Logo & Borders tab?

Note: you can only change effects like aperture if you use the free camera.

Step 4: No motion blur, no problem

You know how I said earlier that there was no motion blur in RED 3’s photo mode? Well, that’s true, but to add a nice sense of speed to your photos, there’s another way…

Instead of using the game’s photo mode, just use its playback mode. The major downside here is that you can’t save race replays (same for Kylotonn’s WRC game series), which is a major omission, but you can at least watch post-race replays as many times as you like, and take your time to get the best shot.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain CourseIt looks great with motion blur, doesn’t it?

Using the in-replay cameras and the right analog stick, it’s now possible to move the virtual camera to a nice position to capture some nice motion-blurred artwork using the chase camera views (ok, maybe not art, but it’s better than nothing) .

Playback mode uses the game engine’s motion blur setting to achieve the speed blur in the background, and doesn’t that look good? Why this isn’t a Play Mode feature by default we’re not sure, but it would be an excellent addition for the future.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, Photo Mode, Snaefell Mountain CourseThis is a feature that we think needs to be added to the game’s photo mode as soon as possible.

Step 5: Lightroom Adjustments

No in-game screenshot is complete without a little post-processing, and for me that includes a quick run through Adobe Lightroom. (Other photo editing software is available!)

The filters in the game are far from ideal, so I decide to add some haze, clarity and vignette effects while increasing the exposure and contrast of the image to give my RED 3 images a bold and hyper-realistic look lend – you can see some examples below.

What do you think of TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3 photo mode? Let us know below in the comments.

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