b. The middle (body). The body of the picture story should proceed in
a logical order, with each picture contributing something fresh and
significant to the development of the story line. You should vary in the
body with long shots, medium, and close-ups. You should vary the angle or
perspective of the shots. Within all of this variety, you must maintain a
continuity which enables your readers to proceed smoothly from the beginning
to the end without becoming bored or confused.
c. The ending.
The last picture of the story is the second most
important photograph. This photograph should present a feeling of finality
and enable the viewer to arrive at the desired conclusion.
The Army is a vast reserve of picture story ideas that lend themselves to
keeping the Army in the public eye.
PART C - PHOTO ESSAY
10. Picture Essay.
a. What is a Picture Essay? A picture essay, unlike a picture story,
does not have to follow a logical order, have continuity, or be objective.
A picture essay has no plot, theme, beginning, middle, or end. You may base
an essay on opinion rather than fact and be subjective rather than
It allows you to present a subject from a personal point of
view. For example, how does a main battle tank affect you emotionally? Does
its massive bulk overwhelm you? If so, you might photograph it abstractly
with a fish eye lens or-wide angle lens to emphasize this feeling.
foldout of figure 1-8 provides a sample picture essay. This essay shows a
series of photos on a television station.
The lead photo, the largest,
provides information with the surrounding photos supporting what we see. We
get a glimpse of what it's like at a busy TV station.
b. What the Picture Essay Requires. Like the picture story, creating a
picture essay still requires an idea, research, and planning. You will have
to decide just how subjective you want to be.
Will you use a broad
interpretation or a tightly knit, artistic approach? What technique will you
(1) As a rule, subjective photographs show the subject in an unusual
form which makes it more interesting and stimulating because it is presented
in a new light; a way that they have not been seen before.