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Check out some of the best videogame portraiture

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Screenshot by Rincevent (opens in new tab).

Along with writing and directing, Andrew Cull (opens in new tab) takes exceptional videogame screenshots—several of which he graciously allowed us to use in our round-up of beautiful screens from 2017 games. (opens in new tab) His latest project is a group gallery of videogame portraits on Flickr (opens in new tab), which contains some stunning work that was exclusively "shot in game and not manipulated in image editing software afterwards." 

"This was the toughest gallery that I’ve put together so far," writes Cull. "There are so many great portraits already in the group that narrowing down my selection to twenty four shots took a lot of consideration. I’ve tried to showcase shots that capture the many different elements of portrait photography. Some shots were chosen for their ability to capture a moment or a glance, a message, some for photo-realism, some showed exceptional composition."

Check out the full gallery here (opens in new tab), as well as the Infinite Lives group (opens in new tab) that Cull selected the shots from, where there are a couple hundred more great in-game portraits. 

For anyone interested in engineering and composing great shots, I recommend also checking out Duncan Harris (opens in new tab)' DeadEndThrills (opens in new tab)—though scarcely updated today, the forum (opens in new tab) is a great place to find tips for taking shots of games from the past several years. Others to follow include HodgeDogs (opens in new tab), who also contributed to our year-end gallery, and Frans Bouma (opens in new tab), who produces camera mods aside from taking great screenshots of his own.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.