Welcome to Zombie Army 4: Dead War's Photo Mode!
13th February 2020
This guide will take you through the basics and cover the functions available to you!
Despite the horrific fiends of the underworld pressing in on you at every turn, groaning to feast on your brains and nibble at your extremities, there is always time for a snapshot to remember the occasion.
Whether it's a tasteful landscape shot of the dismal wastes and ruins of the place you once called home, or a cheeky selfie with the deceased in front of a volcano/pentagram/blood-fountain, this guide will take you through the basics and cover the functions available to you.
At any point during gameplay, you can access Photo Mode from the Pause menu. You will then be able to pan, rotate and crane the viewfinder around your character.
Use 'Hide UI' when you are ready to take your screenshot.
The Camera menu is fairly simple - it allows you to remove player characters and enemies from the scene, including their shadows. You can also add roll for a more dramatic shot (but don't overdo it!).
The Filters menu allows you to choose from a wide range of effects to apply to your shot. You can also fade the filter in so that it's just right, and adjust the brightness.
The Lens menu is all about focusing your shot. Depth of Field Bokeh allows you to alter the focal point, and add some artistic softening to the other elements.
A good way to start using this is to set the Aperture to its minimum, and then adjust Focal Distance. You should see a narrow band where things are in focus. Move this band to include the objects you want to be the focal point of your photo, then you can increase the Aperture to bring things into focus in front of and behind that point.
The Overlays menu is where you put the finishing touches to your photo. From a subtle vignette to all the bells and whistles of a movie poster, there's something for everyone here.
Often less is more, you don't always need an intense filter or an overlay. Getting the framing just right is possibly the most important aspect.
Use the 'Grid' function in the Camera menu. Following the rule of thirds, though not mandatory, can really help you to compose a good shot.
Remember to take lighting into account. Consider where your character is standing, whether they stand out from the environment or not, and whether their face is visible or they are just a silhouette.
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