Position and Orientation

All KeyShot cameras are defined by their position in 3D space in relation to the Camera Target. The Camera Target specifies the exact mathematical point or location the camera is “looking at.” This relationship is critical to understand, especially when fine-tuning settings and creating camera animations.

Camera Mode - Spherical

Default setting for defining position and orientation of the camera.

When using the default Spherical definition all values reflect camera position in relation to the static Camera Target.


Distance between the Camera Target and Camera in scene units. Setting this value too low can lead to the camera being “inside” the 3D model. This can be controlled with the mouse scroll wheel. The direction can be inverted in Preferences.


Rotation around KeyShot up (Y) axis, measured in degrees.


Defines camera tilt, or vertical rotation from horizontal plane.


Twists/rotates the camera around its own axis.

Camera Mode - Absolute

Here you can set the position of the camera (Position) and the camera target (Target) relative to the global X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis.


Defines X/Y/Z coordinates of camera location in scene units.


Defines X/Y/Z coordinates of Camera Target in scene units.

Keep View Direction

Locks View Direction for Position/Target changes. When unchecked, the camera will keep looking at the target while the Position values are changed. If the checkbox is checked, the camera direction will be kept and therefore the Target point will change as the Position is changed.


Twists/rotates the camera around its own axis.

Set Camera Target

With Set Camera Target you can click on a surface in the real-time view to define it as the camera target. The camera will now tumble, pan & dolly in reference to this exact point on the surface. In the Geometry panel you can always see where the camera target is.
Next to the button the position of the Camera Target is displayed as coordinate values.
The default Camera Target is always the center of geometry in the scene.


To reset the camera target, you can right-click in the Real-Time View and select Center and Fit Models. This will use the center of all objects in the scene and dolly to a distance where all parts are within view.

Walkthrough Mode

See Walkthrough Mode.

Standard Views

Quickly access camera presets based on common orthographic directions. Note that this does not automatically change the camera to the orthographic lens only the position of the camera.


Enables on-screen grid which can be helpful for image composition and camera placement. The grid will not be visible in rendered output.

Stay Above Ground

This option allows all camera movements to be restricted to the upper hemisphere. This is useful for scenes where bottom views are undesirable.

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