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Pokémon Go’s new snapshot mode will let you take better AR-powered pics

Shoot your Pokémon snaps anytime, anywhere

The Pokémon Starly stands on a deck in an augmented reality photo from Pokemon Go Niantic/The Pokémon Company
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Pokémon Go players will soon be able to level up their photography skills, thanks to a new augmented reality feature coming to Niantic’s hit mobile game. Called Go Snapshot, the feature will let trainers take pics of any of the Pokémon they currently have in storage against real-world backdrops.

Players can already take AR-powered photos of Pokémon in Pokémon Go when they’re attempting to catch them. But Go Snapshot will offer the chance to do a photo shoot with your favorite Pokémon anytime, anywhere.

Here’s how Niantic describes the new feature:

Select a Pokémon and tap on the screen to throw its Poké Ball to that spot. Once your Pokémon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo. Is your Pokémon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.

According to Niantic, the developer’s Real World Platform technology will scan the environment and place your Pokémon at the proper scale, so your Starly or Pikachu will look appropriate to its surroundings.

Pokémon Go players can take as many photos as they like during a photo shoot, and pics will be stored to their mobile device automatically. They can then be shared via social media “with a couple of quick taps.”

Here are a few examples of how Go Snapshot photos will look in Pokémon Go:

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