The Hunter: Call of the Wild (Avalanche Studios, Expansive Worlds, 2009)
The Hunter: Call of the Wild is a hunting game that also features photography missions. The player can use a simulated smartphone camera to take pictures of the animals up close in order to pass the mission.
Main photo missions:
Side photo mission:
Some users have expressed their frustration in the photo missions, some pointing to the difference experience between the hunting and photographing gameplay. Photographic safari games are often connected to wildlife hunting game mechanics: they both rely on “point and shoot” actions, “look through the viewfinder/crosshair” aesthetics, “capture of the prey/moment” challenge. It’s interesting to follow these comments and the think about the difference between the experience of playing a hunting game vs. simulated wildlife photography.
Photo Dojo (Nintendo, 2009).
Star in your very own fighting game on the Nintendo DSi!
Be the star of your own fighting game! Create up to 8 characters based on you and your friends, then fight to the end!
Welcome to Photo Dojo, where you create a dojo filled with ruthless (or humorous) fighting machines—using images of you and your friends! Use the Nintendo DSi Camera application to take pictures of yourself and your friends in various poses, then use the microphone to record sound effects and dialogue to give your warrior a voice. Choose one of the four available fighting styles, name your character, and you’re done! Better yet, repeat the simple, step-by-step process and create a lineup of up to eight fighters. Complete the setup of your game with the ability to make customized backgrounds and your choice of three awesome soundtracks…then prepare for battle! Two players can share one Nintendo DSi system and face off against each other in a one-on-one grudge match, while single-player mode offers the chance to pick your favorite fighter and take on a relentless wave of opponents of your own creation. If you’re ready for some seriously off-beat Kung Fu action—literally starring you—Photo Dojo’s unique twist on the side-scrolling beat’em up genre lets you use your imagination to set the stage for a fun-filled fight to the finish. May the best warrior win!
In Yakuza 3 (Sega, Amusement Vision, Sega Sports R&D, 2009) the protagonist uses his smartphone to photograph and blog about some events, that allow him to learn something in the process. Camera simulation is basic (no zoom or framing).
Skate (Electronic Arts, 2007)
Skate 2 (Electronic Arts, 2009)
Skate 3 (Electronic Arts, 2010)
In Endless Ocean Blue World (Arika, 2009) you play a diver who can take photo assignments for magazines. Pictures of rare fish and other animals are rated from clients. The camera simulation allows to zoom and to change F-stops.
Players’ discussion on how to achieve an A-rating within the game: https://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/954373-endless-ocean-blue-world/54367209
Tropical Dream: Underwater Odyssey is a game where you play as as a young girl who moves to a tropical island and starts taking underwater pictures.