PHAN Wright
Details of interiors, mainly close-ups of
adornments, technical features, interior decorations, and
so forth.
Photographs of public interiors are often
characterized by size, dominance, scale, and measure-
ments. You must be careful of fluorescent lights when
shooting color film. They can produce color casts. If the
fluorescent tubes are all of the same type, the color cast
can be corrected with filters. Fluorescent lighting is,
however, often excellent for black-and-white
photography. In interior photography of public
buildings, an attempt may be made to shoot from a
somewhat higher camera angle than eye level to provide
an overview of the scene. It is important not to have the
first detail in the subject too far from the lower edge of
the picture. The interior should glide into the image
frame in a natural way. Maximum depth of field is the
only acceptable technique here.
Another important problem in public and residential
interiors is the balance between natural outdoor light and
indoor artificial light. When lighting is mixed this way,
it is better to delay shooting until the daylight is too weak
to overwhelm the interior lighting. Using the light of the
midday sun is definitely wrong. It is also wrong to
photograph interiors so late in the day that the sky seen
through windows is completely black So a time near
sunset or, if you wish to avoid visitors, the early morning
hours is recommended, especially for color
photography. Measurement of the ambient interior
illumination and the outdoor light gives you a good idea
of the best time to take pictures. Lenses with built-in leaf
shutters are major assets in interior photography when
some daylight is present, because they synchronize with
electronic flash at all speeds. The choice of a suitable
shutter speed allows you to obtain balance between
daylight and flash illumination.
Photography is regarded as indispensable to Navy
industry. You say you did not know the Navy was or had
industry? Well, stop and think for a minute. How about
the naval aviation depots, the public works centers, and
the shipyards? The demands for good photography for
research, development, documentation, and
communication placed on us by these industrial types of

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