When fighting the female survivor and the black shadows in dream two, defeat the female survivor first, as then the black shadows will stop appearing. If you attempt to keep defeating the black shadows first, you will waste your film as they will not stop coming until the female is gone.
At first he may seem like a big deal and when battling normally he is. However, as big and tough as he may seem Kusabi is a major cry baby. Upon taking any sort of attack, fatal or otherwise, he goes into a long animation where he releases energy to attack the player. Once you hit him don't stop, don't wait for the camera to charge or anything just keep shooting. As long as he does this he can't hit you and he will go down. Trust me until I did this I kept losing because I thought it was all about Zero shots and Shutter chances, with him it isn't.
Recommended film : Type 14 or 61, 7 if you want to do the above method more than once.
I've done it every play through and he usually goes down in about 6-10 shots.
Reika is a tricky opponent - far more difficult than either Kyrie or the Kusabi.
She has three main attacks. The one you have to worry about least is when she walks up to you and attacks. All you need to do is keep the camera trained on her and snap her during the (long) Shutter Chance. She won't touch you.
Her second attack is a little trickier. Reika will hover above you, out of sight, then come streaming towards you. If you have her in your sights at this point, use the right analogue to move out of the way, still in viewfinder mode, following her with your lens. If you're lucky you'll get a (split second) Shutter Chance or a Fatal Frame at the exact moment she would have hit you.
Neither of the two attacks above hurt too much. Try coming out of viewfinder if she is not immediately in sight. If you see her walking towards you get her in your sights and prepare for an easy hit. If she's in the air, and you cannot see her, keep running around so she won't be able to hit you. If she's in the air and you can see her, bring up your camera and attempt to snap her as she tries to attack you.
Her third attack, however, can be fatal. The skull following Reika will hover around you, and a split second later the screen will turn to monochrome. Reika will lunge out of the darkness towards you. If she touches you at this point, you will die.
I find the best thing to do when she uses that attack is to wait until you see her, then immediately run in the opposite direction. You need to be very quick. If you start running before you see her, however, you may run straight into her. Don't run in a straight line, either - run around in circles. Otherwise you may run into a wall, and end up unable to escape. This attack will only last a few seconds, but you may find she uses it every other minute.
You may not have much film to spare at this point. In my experience it will take either six shots with Type-60 or four shots with Type-90 film. These shots must be Shutter Chances or Fatal Frames, otherwise they will not harm her.
Mostly what you need in this battle is luck. When I finally managed to defeat her, it was just after she'd tried using her basic attack three times in a row, enabling me to get in three of my six Type-60 shots. I also had a stone mirror at that point.
There are several locations with the dream manors were herbal medicines and film can be found. Remember these locations as no matter how many times you collect these items, they will repelensih and be there everytime you enter a new dream. The Blind room always holds film, and the tatami room amogst various other cupboards always holds health
In Chapter VIII as Kei, when pursuing mio, you will encounter the ghost of Rope Man 3 times, however you should only attempt to fight him once. The first time you encounter him will be in a partitioned room, if you try to fight him here, he will be invincible. Its a rather awkward room, but keep dodging his attacks and wait for the crimson butterfly to appear to open the door that Mio went through. After following Mio down the corridor you will follow her into another room. The door she advances through is locked, as is the door you came through. After you try both doors, Rope man will appear again, this time you must fight him as you can not leave the room until you do. The easiest way to get Fatal Frames and shutter chances is when he swoops down at you from above. Be careful his attacks are very damaging if they catch you. After you defeat him, you must return the way you came, back down the spiral corridor. Rope man will appear again, lunging out from the walls. Do NOT try and fight him, the space is far to narrow and movement is restricted, he will easily attack Kei. Continue to run at full speed down the corridor and he wont catch you. He may or may not follow you through the door at the end- if he does, don't worry, the dream is about to come to a close.
During the first Manor that features in hour one and two's dreams, if you get into a situation were you really need to save, return to the doors were the dream began. You can then chose to 'go outside'. You will automatically wake up in Rei's room, were you can save at her desk, then return to the dream with your progress (eg Keys you have found) intact.
When you`re standing for the door where Yuu heded foreward you could use a special code, to open that door. press L1,L2 then hold fast the cirle button and press R1 two times.
Make good use of it.
Kei-Browband: Complete the game in normal mode.
Kei-Fox ears: Complete the game in hard or 3 times in normal mode.
Kei-Glasses: Complete the game twice in hard or nightmare mode.
Kei-Glasses (white): Complete the ghost list.
Kei-Yukata (navy): Complete the game in normal mode.
Kei-Yukata (orange): Complete the game twice in hard or nightmare mode.
Miku-Barrette: Complete the game in normal mode.
Miku-Cat ears: Complete the game in hard or 3 times in normal mode.
Miku-Glasses: Complete the game twice in hard or nightmare mode.
Miku-Headband: Complete the ghost list.
Miku-Pinafore dress: Complete the game in nightmare mode or clear all missions.
Miku-Yukata (blue): Complete the game in normal mode.
Miku-Yukata (pink): Complete the game twice in hard or nightmare mode.
Miku-Zero costume: Complete the game in hard or 3 times in normal mode.
Rei-Cat ears: Complete the game in hard or 3 times in normal mode.
Rei-Glasses:Complete the game twice in hard or nightmare mode.
Rei-Hair ornament: Complete the game in normal mode.
Rei-Headband: Complete the ghost list.
Rei-Pinafore dress: Complete the game in nightmare mode or clear all missions.
Rei-Suit: Complete the game in hard or 3 times in normal mode.
Rei-Yukata (black): Complete the game in normal mode.
Rei-Yukata (red): Complete the game twice in hard or nightmare mode.
Ruri-Bell: Complete the game in hard or 3 times in normal mode.
Ruri-Ribbon: Complete the game in normal mode.
The concept: Complete the game in normal mode and capture 50 or more ghosts.
Trailer:Complete the game in normal mode and capture 50 or more ghosts.
Trailer images: Complete the game in normal mode and capture 50 or more ghosts.
Upgraded Lens (Crush): Complete the game in normal mode and capture 150 or more ghosts.
Upgraded Lens (Serial): Clear all missions.
Upgraded Lens (Stop): Complete the game in normal mode.
Equipped Function: Fs: Clear all missions with S rank.
Equipped Function: In: Complete the game in nightmare mode
Equipped Function: Sn: Complete the game in normal mode.
Equipped Function: Zm: Complete the game in normal mode and capture 100 or more ghosts.