Christopher Murrie plays GTA Online as combat photographer

In [GTA Online] he’s begun to play as a “war photographer,” using GTA Online‘s passive viewing mode to follow other players around and snap pictures. He even started his own crew called (appropriately enough) “Media Lens” in order to invite other like-minded GTA players to contribute their own “firsthand images of the war zone that is San Andreas.”

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Edited to have a sepia-like filter and the boxy shape of a medium format camera, his images look like a cross between the work of the famously macabre portrait artist Diane Arbus and a seminal war photographer like Robert Capa.

source: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/9akw7d/the-war-photography-of-grand-theft-auto

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more: https://www.polygon.com/2014/1/19/5325122/coraline-film-editor-adopts-unofficial-role-as-gta-online-war

previous post: “Gamers Act as Photojournalists and Document Street Crime in ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’”

 

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Grand Theft Auto – cameras and photo missions

Grand Theft Auto has incorporated an in-game camera in its franchise since 2002, growingly giving importance and expanding the capabilities of photography in the gameplay and as a free photo tool independent from the game missions. Camera simulation in GTA is always a first person view, with the frame of the camera viewfinder. The player has the ability to zoom, but no other control (like focus, aperture…) is available. Alternative to the camera, there is also a smartphone with a camera app, in more recent GTA editions (GTA IV and V).

[…] The device was also available in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, albeit with more functionality, allowing Carl to use it freely. It can be used in San Fierro to collect snapshots, which is required to achieve 100% completion. The camera has a capacity of 36 pictures per film, and pictures taken can be saved. If the player recruits a gang member, the player can give the camera to him by walking up to him and pulling the left trigger. After that, the game is viewed through the perspective of the gang member and pictures of CJ can be taken. The player can also aim the camera at a girlfriend and CJ will say something related to photo-shooting and she will wave. If you aim the camera at a gang member, CJ will say something like he says to his girlfriend, but the gang member will not respond or wave unless the player has recruited him.

[…] [In Grand Theft Auto IV] The camera is used in certain missions where a picture is required. Outside of missions, snapshots can be taken, but there is no way of saving them.

[…]In Grand Theft Auto V, the camera is replaced by the Snapmatic app on smartphones. Snapmatic has the same function as regular cameras, but allows users to take selfies or use filters. In the mission Paparazzo, Franklin follows Miranda Cowan’sLimo so Beverly Felton can take pictures of the actress consuming drugs. Subsequent Paparazzo missions also feature the use of cameras. In the mission Casing the Jewel Store, Lester givesMichael a pair of glasses fitted with a camera, to study Vangelico’s vents and security systems, which can’t be used outside of missions.

Prominent appearances in missions

GTA: Vice City

GTA: San Andreas

GTA: Liberty City Stories

GTA: Vice City Stories

GTA IV

The Lost and Damned

GTA V

GTA Online

source: GTA wikia, http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Camera


[selected missions featuring photography]

GTA VICE CITY – “Martha’s Mug Shot”

Grand Theft Auto Vice City was the first GTA to feature a camera mode in its gameplay. In one mission the player had to take incriminating pictures of a politician.

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Martha’s_Mug_Shot

GTA SAN ANDREAS – “Photo Opportunity”

In this mission, the player has to get on the roof of a building to take pictures of each target.

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Photo_Opportunity

GTA LIBERTY CITY STORIES – “Snappy Dresser”

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Snappy_Dresser

GTA VICE CITY STORIES – “The Mugshot Longshot

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Mugshot_Longshot


GTA IV – “Photo Shoot”

In one mission in GTA IV called “Photo Shoot”, the player has to take pictures of gang members and send it to another character, to individuate the target for an assassination. The photo is taken with the character in-game camera phone, which allows zooming.

GTA V – “Paparazzo photo missions”

In GTA V, all of the three main character has a smartphone with camera capability, and the player has the ability to take pictures freely and indipendently from missions and gameplay objectives. Photography however is also integrated in missions related to the “Strangers and Freaks” side storyline. Here the player works with a Paparazzi to get pictures of specific targets.

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Paparazzo_-_The_Meltdown

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Paparazzo_-_The_Highness


GTA V – Wildlife Photography Challenge”

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Wildlife_Photography_Challenge

GTA IV selfie mod

JulioNIB created a mod for Grand Theft Auto IV, to allow a in-game “selfie mode”. The script and isntructions are available on his site: http://gtaxscripting.blogspot.it/2014/08/gta-iv-selfie-mod.html

 

This mod makes possible take some “selfies” in GTA IV, something similar to what we have in V, but here the photos are not related to the mobile phone, all script action. The photos are saved in the game Scripts folder (sElfie files folder). This mod was started some time ago by Josemar Santos.