Visual checks. Visual checks of camera equipment give a good indication
of condition and usability. This visual check shouldn't be a quick glance but
a thorough examination of condition. For example, suppose you are checking a
camera bellows. A casual examination of the item may indicate that the bellows
is in perfect condition. Instead, extend the bellows to its maximum and, in a
darkened room, place a light inside.
If you cannot see any light leaks, the
bellows is in good condition. Examine all items with the thought in mind that
something is wrong and prove to yourself that they are all in satisfactory
It is surprising how many pitfalls you can avoid by looking for
trouble in advance.
peacetime maintenance on each item of equipment. There is a danger of losing a
photograph by a mechanical malfunction. This applies to the camera and all its
a. Any item that must function to contribute to the final product should
be considered as a possible trouble spot. For example, without a functioning
focal plane shutter, a 35mm reflex camera can become a useless object.
Therefore, you should check the camera very carefully prior to going out on a
b. There is a tendency to let seldom-used items, such as tripods and
filters, slip by in the initial test. We may use a 35mm camera daily and the
filters or tripods less often. Don't let such usage lead you into a sense of
false security. Check each item against a check list that you have prepared.
Learning Event 3:
DESCRIBE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSIGNMENTS
Each visual information (VI) facility has its own set of
conditions, such as personnel, workload, and equipment. Photography is not a
field where there is one set method to accomplish each task. Many factors must
be considered in determining how a job is to be accomplished. It is important
that when you are called upon to carry out a mission, you are aware of what is
required. In this way, you can apply the skills you are mastering to get the
necessary results. In this section we will discuss various types of missions
that you may be assigned to do and some of the basic techniques you may want to
documentation photography is to provide the commander and his staff with
pertinent visual information to be applied to specific military uses.
a. Some of the subject areas particularly suited for this type coverage