RDR2 PC Photo Mode File Location - Where to Find

Photo Mode file location in Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is a bit of a mystery for players. As in, they can’t figure out where to find their Photo Mode pictures anywhere in the games local files. That’s because they aren’t there at all. There’s a whole rigmarole that you have to do in order to acquire your Photo Mode images in RDR2 on PC, and we’re gonna break it down in our RDR2 PC Photo Mode File Location – Where to Find guide.

RDR2 PC Photo Mode File Location Where to Find
RDR2 PC Photo Mode File Location – Where to Find

Where to Find Photo Mode Files in Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC?

To find your Photo Mode files in the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2, you’ll have to go through a number of steps. First, hit Escape, and select Social Club from the menu. Click on the camera, and upload the image you’ve captured. You can then download the picture at your leisure. As far as we can tell, this is the only way. The game doesn’t seem to save the Photo Mode files locally at all. Not only that, but, in some cases, you won’t even get the images in native resolution, if you’re playing on an ultra-wide monitor.

I’m not entirely sure why Rockstar decided to make the system work this way. I can only assume that they’re trying to promote engagement with the Social Club. However, if Google+ has taught us anything, it’s that people are only gonna get annoyed when you force them to use a service. I don’t know, I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the situation develops. And whether or not the console versions will also get a proper Photo Mode.

The Photo Mode situation is just one of many things causing confusion among PC players of Red Dead Redemption 2. We’ve got several other guides that you can check out that cover some of these issues. Among others, we’ve written Errors – Exited Unexpectedly, Stuck on Updating Launcher, Audio Issues, Freezing, Poor Performance, Vulkan vs DirectX 12 – How to Change API, and How to Change Language on PC. I think you might find them useful.


If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. M
    Michael

    I have found the location of the files on the filesystem… They are stored in C:\Users\{Username}\Documents\Red Dead Redemption 2\Profiles\{profilenumber}\

    The files all begin with “PRDR” then a series of numbers, followed by “_1”. Renaming the image with a “.jpg” extension didn’t really work, but after doing so, I was able to open the file in “SnagIt Editor” a screen capture editing tool I use. I could then save as a true jpg.

    It’s a crazy process… I need to find a more widely available/free method of converting the files to jpg.

    1. D
      Dan

      Nice. Was about to say its definitely local as I deleted my docs and my photos weren’t recovered with the cloud save… Only the already uploaded ones came back. Need a better way as you say.

    2. L
      lofsz

      I’ve used irfanview to open the files as is. It offered me change the file extension in a popup window, then I just used the save as option to get the image

    3. A
      Andrew

      That worked for me. Seriously, WTF is wrong with Rockstar and their obsessive insistence on trying to control everyone’s experience with their crappy game-breaking social club BS?

  2. J
    Jimmy Richards

    Hello Micheal,

    I renamed mine with a .jpg extension and it opened immediately in IrfanView no problem.

    Just an FYI, Cheers

  3. A
    Andrew

    It’s such a wasted feature. Why limit it to 200 photos? In the deluded belief that we’re all going to want to share them? Why make them a non-standard format and not accessible outside the abominably slow, obtuse and game crashing excrement of the Social Club? The Social Club has all the appeal of a social disease. Rockstar needs to take a long, hard look at its fascistic application.
    Why not simply copy Steam? I feel like I’m in Bizarro world when I think Rockstar has a lot to learn from Ubisoft and what they’ve done with game launch/online features with the last 2 Assassin’s Creed titles and start playing catch up.

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