subjects, both military and political. Army photographers support the overall
strategic intelligence effort when location, time, and opportunity favor such
Army operational record photography is the routine coverage of military
organizations and units in terms of organization, training, support, and
eventual employment in the field. Since this type coverage may eventually be
used to serve historical record requirements, photography must be complete and
must preserve the reality, spontaneity, authenticity, and informality of the
military situation. A typical operational record photograph shows elements of
an infantry unit deployed in a "sweep" operation in an area that has been
infiltrated by enemy guerillas.
Photographs prepared for other military uses
may, in many instances, be used to serve Army operational record purposes.
Variety of applications of visual information products. Still and motion
picture coverage of military operations are indispensable for the study and
evaluation of the performance of personnel, equipment, and tactics under
different circumstances and conditions.
a. Applicable photographs clarify after-action
realism when used in military publications.
b. The public is made aware of the continued operations of the Army when
pictorial material, released by public information officers, appears in
c. Motion picture footage is widely used in
releases for staff studies, training, and television.
d. Much of the photographic work in this category achieves special value
as part of the historical record of military operations of the nation.
As a photographer, you can expect to shoot action
shots many times.
Successful action photography demands highly developed
techniques and ingenuity.
a. The word "action" means that the subject is moving.
photography, you will have a decision to make: Should I stop the action or
emphasize it, that is, how should I show the action?
Two ways to stop the
movement of an object on your film are using fast shutter speeds and panning.
(1) Use a fast shutter speed to stop the action of the object.
shutter speed will make the object appear to be blurred.
(2) To pan, you follow the movement of the subject with the camera.
During the pan, you trip the shutter. This method will produce a subject that
is in sharp focus and a blurred background. Shutter speeds are slow to medium