b. When shooting, work the subject from as many angles as possible, to
capture the "key" shot that identifies the subject and its relationship to the
theme. Usual angles ("bird's eye" or "worm's eye"), different lighting effects
(silhouettes, crosslighting), or poses, are all required to document the
Learning Event 2:
PREPARE EQUIPMENT AND FILM
Equipment. You must not only get yourself ready for a mission, you must
be sure your equipment is ready.
You must perform checks, maintenance, and
a. Each job should be analyzed in terms of additional equipment as well.
A view camera, for example, requires a sturdy tripod and a cable release.
Filters are often required for accurate tonal rendition or color balance. You
should always carry a properly working light meter. Remember, there is nothing
more embarrassing than to travel to the shooting location, get set up, and then
realize that you have forgotten a piece of equipment that will make the
difference between success and failure.
b. Will this job require 35mm or 120mm or 4- by 5-inch film?
need a tripod or flash unit? What about a light meter? Should you bring an
extra body for the 35mm camera?
Should you use fast,
medium, or slow speed film?
d. It is best to carry the type of film you will need for the assignment,
then bring along other speed film in case something unexpected occurs.
Remember to always have at least one roll of film left when you return from an
assignment. You may come upon an incident that requires photographing.
Depending on where you are located in the world, appropriate
clothing could save you a lot of discomfort or inconvenience. Never depend on
the unit you are covering to supply you with clothing and equipment.
information units are equipped with all the clothing and equipment you need to
survive the elements in your operating area.
a. For arctic conditions, make sure you have all required protective
Don't forget a pair of cotton gloves to wear under your mittens.
These will allow you to operate the small dials and buttons on your camera
without having your fingers stick to the metal parts.
conditions. Keep your clothing clean and it will "breath" better. This will
help keep you comfortable.
c. Tropical conditions are probably the most difficult conditions to
operate in. Again, make sure your clothing conforms to local conditions. Keep
your clothing clean and serviceable.