It made its introduction in Dead Rising, to go along with protagonist Frank West; a photographer. After taking thirty pictures, Frank must replace the batteries of his camera in one of the camera stores around the mall.
Photography was absent in the sequel, Dead Rising 2 and its prologue, Case Zero as the protagonist, Chuck Greene is a former motocross champion. Unlike Frank, Chuck has no interest in the media, and has a much more personal motive to fight, which is keeping his infected daughter alive.
Along with Frank, photography returned in Case West, the epilogue to Dead Rising 2. This time however, Chuck himself can take evidential photographs (albeit with a significantly less advanced camera than Frank's) as the plot involves the exposure of criminal pharmaceutical company; Phenotrans.
Photography is also in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, being part of the plot. This time, Frank doesn't need to change the camera's battery anymore, though he does have a limit to how many photos he can store.
The opening cutscene of Dead Rising shows Frank and Ed DeLuca in a helicopter on their way to Willamette. Frank explains that he received a tip-off that something big was going down in Willamette, and orders Ed to fly them over the main street so he can take some pictures of what he believes to be a mass riot.
This segment acts as a tutorial for the player to learn how to take pictures and gain some experience. There are four major opportunities to be photographed, each of which can rack up some major PP.
NOTE - Pressing the "START" button will skip the helicopter ride and bring you straight to the rooftop.
The first major event comes when Frank and Ed spot a lone motorist desperately fending off a group of zombies from atop his vehicle. He swings his baseball bat wildly before noticing the helicopter and waving for assistance. However, he is soon outmatched when the zombies drag him down and devour him.
This photo opportunity can score the player up to 400 PP Points. Using the camera zoom function, and making sure to capture the zombies in the shot can help increase the score.
School Bus Edit
The second event depicts a swarm of zombies gathered around a school bus at an intersection. Presumably trying to get to the person(s) inside, they are repeatedly pounding on the windows and rocking the bus. There is not much action taking place, but the scene itself offers between 100-300 PP Points if photographed. Again, the more zombies in the shot, the better.
Gas Station ExplosionEdit
Thirdly, as Ed and Frank fly by, the Tornado Gas Station suddenly explodes, sending numerous burning zombies hurtling across the street. This presents a golden opportunity to score some PP Points in the high hundreds. Timing the shot for the explosion is key here, as unexpecting players may miss this chance.
Woman in TroubleEdit
Finally, right after the gas station explosion, just as Ed begins to take the helicopter up, Frank demands he get closer to a certain building as he can see activity on the rooftop.
It turns out there is a crowd of zombies closing in on a woman. The woman is armed with a handgun, but soon runs out of ammo. She then throws her gun at a zombie and flails her arm at the helicopter to signal for help. Unfortunately, three zombies grab her and she loses her balance and falls, her body (and the zombies) splatters as it hits the pavement below.
This event can score the player up to 700 PP Points. Timing is also useful here, and the player should aim to shoot just as the woman falls, and again mid-fall.
This section lists the locations where Frank can get new camera batteries once the previous ones die through taking too many pictures.
- Cam's Camera in Paradise Plaza, convenient as it's right outside the warehouse.
- Pearly White's Photo in North Plaza
- Philo's Photos in Wonderland Plaza
Taking pictures at a certain time or of a certain body part will score you PP bonuses, giving you more points. The bonuses include:
- Erotica - Taking pictures of interesting parts of female characters' or even female zombies' bodies will score you this bonus.
- Horror - Taking pictures of zombies or events with graphic gore will score you this bonus. In Off the Record, it is also granted by taking pictures of Psychopaths.
- Outtake - Taking pictures of zombies with gag items on their heads or something funny will score you this bonus.
- Brutality - Taking pictures of blood & violence will score you this bonus. In Off the Record, taking a picture of a dead psychopath will score you this bonus as well.
- Drama - Taking pictures of dramatic events (As well as certain survivors in Off the Record) will score you this bonus.
- Photo Ops - Taking pictures of certain survivors' actions when the Photo Op symbol appears can score up to 10,000 PP at a time.
- PP Stickers - Taking pictures of notable landmarks in the mall can score up to 1,000 PP at a time.
- Special - In Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, taking pictures of PP Stickers and unique actions by survivors and psychopaths will give you this bonus.
- BFF - Grab a zombie and take a picure next to it. Grants 300-500 PP.
- Frank's camera has the Capcom logo on it in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
- Frank's cameras have different camera views between Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2: Case West, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.
In relation to taking pictures and gaining large amounts of PP, see: