Life Is Strange will up your achievements or trophies if you manage to find all the optional photos you can take as Max. Some are pretty hard to find and can be easily missed, so follow this guide to nab 11 achievements/trophies (10 photos and one for getting all of them) within Life Is Strange Episode 5: Polarized. Need help with Episode 4’s? Head on over here.
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This optional photo can be taken when you’re back in the classroom for the first time, after answering the Daguerreian Process question. Talk to Kate and afterwards, you’ll be able to take a photo of her.
When Max is in San Francisco in the museum, head down some stairs where you will see a woman with red hair sitting in front of a photo. She’ll have a camera next to her, which you can interact with in order to take this photo.
When you rewind time while tied-up in the dark room, you’ll have four options to give to Mr. Jefferson. Instead of choosing “Some Water” (which will advance the scene), choose “One Last Picture.” The photo Jefferson takes will unlock this optional picture.
When you stop the fire from exploding the Two Whales diner, turn around to look at the whale. Once you do, you’ll be able to take a photograph of the entire wreckage scene.
On top of the building across from the diner there will be a car right on the ledge of the roof. You need to angle yourself until you get the “Photo” option for this one and this will be the optional picture shot.
When you’re back in the classroom all alone, you need to interact with the etching that says Rachel Amber 4ever on the table. This may take you two tries to finally get the “Photo” option to appear as the etching changes when you look at it. When the mark changes to Chloe Price 4ever, you’ll know it’s time to take the shot.
When you’re in the weird time loop going through the Girls’ Dorm halls, after a couple of times going through the doors (if you’re doing it correctly to advance the scene), you should be able to approach the window to the right, next to the girls’ bathroom, to take a picture of giant squirrels outside.
This one is a bit tricky. When you’re in the school’s halls and everything is backwards in time, walk to the right when you can. You should see a skeleton standing in a corner (that you took a photo of in a previous episode for an optional picture unlock). You can’t just take a photo of it, you need to go to your journal to untake the photo.
In Max’s Splinter Cell wanna-be nightmare, you’re going to want to sneak past the first two people with flashlights and then take the right that you can take. Instead of continuing forward like you normally would, you’re going to want to take another right to make it to a locker area. You’ll be able to open up Warren’s locker and take a picture of the contents inside.
Yet another tricky photograph awaits as this time you’ll need to collect five bottles from within the nightmare junkyard area, all the while still being hunted by the flashlights. It’s not that difficult to find them all, but once you do, they’ll be lined up at the end on top of a desk. Take a photo of these bottles to unlock the last collectible in Life Is Strange Episode 5 – Polarized.