The most successful picture sequences create several
visual images that contain emphasis and action.
foolish for you to feel restrained by the amount of
series of 36 exposures can be made in rapid
succession to record many expressions that may be
interview where the cameraperson and the subject
remain in their respective positions throughout the
far enough away that you will not disturb the subject;
yet it can produce large images (usually head and
shoulders) or close-ups.
photography where the action moves up and down the
field of play while you are confined to your seat.
This type of sequence is also used for photographing
events, such as a parade, as it passes by. You may be
in the reviewing stand or even on the roof of a nearby
subject in a more interesting way. It is used to show
different aspects of the subject, such as several angles
of an aircraft or a building. It adds variety and
interest to the series.
requires you to follow the action physically. For
example, this type of sequence may be used to show
a pilot being rescued from his burning aircraft by a
crash crew. The first picture shows the crash crew
getting into their fire fighting turn-out gear. Picture
number two shows the fire trucks approaching the
burning plane. The third picture shows one of the fire
fighters freeing the pilot from the wreckage. The
fourth picture shows first aid being administered to
the injured pilot. The final picture in the sequence
shows a doctor treating the pilot in an emergency
room. In producing this sequence, you must shoot
many exposures and then edit them down to those that
are most effective.
technique, or by an event (fig. 1-4).
photography. It is an effective method of telling a
story about events that are happening in the Navy.
However, a picture story does not just happen; it starts
with an idea. This idea forms the foundation upon
which a story is built. When the idea is sound and
you provide good photography, there is an excellent
chance of developing a professional picture story.
too frequently you hear the comment, "There is
nothing in my command to do a picture story on."
are surrounded by a wealth of picture-story material;
look around! The sea, ships, and ships' crews have
fascinated people for years. Unfortunately, most Navy
people take their environment for granted.
sequence is a group of loosely related photographs
that provide the reader with only a few miscellaneous
impressions of an event. The picture story, on the
other hand, is a complete unit that has been planned,
researched, and supported by written text and
captions. It is the account of an interesting and
significant event, personality, idea, or other aspect of
contemporary life. In a picture story, the photographs
and text support each other. There are several types
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