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New Pokemon Snap is here and it’s a bit more extensive than the classic version. If you’re looking for four-star diamond-quality photo shots to impress the professor, here are a few tips to fill your Photodex.

It’s Different from the Original

There are a few key differences to understand before you get snapping. In the original Pokemon Snap, Professor Oak was pretty blunt about lazy photography, which came off as rude at times but also gave you hints on how to take better pictures. Professor Mirror, your photo mentor in the new game, will not give you any tips or scathing remarks, but you can use the new scoring system to get an idea of how close to the mark your photos are (or aren’t).

Another thing to note is that there are no evolving shots in this game. Hit Magikarp all you want, he won’t evolve on camera into Gyarados, sadly.

Forget What You Know About Photography

Rule of thirds? Professor Mirror has never heard of that. The highest quality photo ratings come from filling the frame as much as possible with the Pokemon in question, front-facing, and center. Pay attention to what the “front” of the Pokemon might be. If you’re snapping a group of Pokemon, the “school” counts as one Pokemon, so you don’t need to try to focus on an individual. Other Pokemon are relatively large, and a photo from the actual front will rate lower than a photo from the side, where the eyes are visible.

Seek Interactions

For every species, there are four slots in your Photodex based on their pose. Is Pikachu just chilling? That’s a one-star photo. Is Pikachu eating a fluffruit? That’s two stars. To complete your Photodex, you have to find at least one of each star rating for all 214 Pokemon.

As you unlock new maps, the professor will give you tools to unlock different interactions. Throwing fluffruit and either stunning a Pokemon or giving it a tasty treat is almost always a two-star photo. You can also create a trail of fluffruit for your subject to follow to create unique and sometimes adorable interactions.

Similarly, you will unlock light orbs. When you use them on your subject or surrounding crystal bloom plants, it tends to yield a unique reaction you can capture.

Don’t Forget to Scan

Hitting “x” allows you to scan the surrounding area. It will point out surrounding Pokemon, hidden ones, curious spots, and hidden paths. There are a few Pokemon in the game that respond to the sound of the scan, but for the most part, it’s a great way to find environmental anomalies in the map that hold an evident interaction you need to figure out. If you see question marks behind a bush or tree, throw a few fluffruit to coax out whatever is hiding for a shot.

Look at the Request

As you unlock different maps, various characters will make photo requests to you. They include photos of shots they missed or the area they think an interaction should take place. While some of the descriptions are vague, they give you an idea of the map, area, and time of day to create the photo. Almost all of the requests will result in three- or four-star shots. Need help finding solutions for a few of the more difficult ones? Players have spent a lot of time unlocking them all and creating guides for frustrated gamers.

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