information about an uncontrolled event. In either case, the script is a guide
that may be changed when necessity dictates.
When on assignment, you can
"wager your lens cap" on the possibility of an unplanned incident occurring.
Therefore, you should be alert and aware of everything going on around you all
the time. An unplanned incident may give you the best shot of the assignment.
To catch an unplanned shot, and then continue with the script, is the mark of a
c. To maintain continuity in your stories, you should always plan
A shooting script provides added assurance for the
experienced photojournalist. A script can serve you in much the same way that
a planned route through a busy metropolis serves an unfamiliar traveler.
script is a lifesaver in a maze of action and activity.
There are three types of picture stories.
a. Illustration for text is a type of story using photographs to
illustrate main points of the article. The article should be able to stand by
itself if the photographs were eliminated.
The photographs supplement the
In illustration-for-text picture stories the text takes more
space than the photographs.
b. Picture-text combination uses a combination of words and photographs
to tell the story.
The story requires both text and photographs to be fully
The photographs should be related to each other so the reader can get
the idea being presented by looking at the photographs. The space is more or
less equally divided between words and pictures.
c. The all-picture story tells the story completely with photographs.
Words are kept to a minimum. All-picture story articles work best on simple,
single ideas or concept stories.
The reader must be able to look from one
photograph to the next, right on through the series, and see the story develop
Learning Event 3:
PLAN FOR THE MISSION
Planning. Planning a story sequence before you go on the assignment will
prevent a lot of disappointments. "I had no idea what to expect on this job."
is a statement made by many new photographers. Certain types of documentation
cannot be "planned" ahead of time.
However, a knowledge of what the final
story should look like is possible. Even under tactical conditions, a plan is
required. You may have to change the plan as you go along due to conditions on
the battlefield, but some idea as to a final story should be in the back of
Nontactical stories. You have more time to plan for a nontactical story
than with a tactical assignment.
First, check your DA Form 3903 to find out
what the story or assignment is about.
Most stories can be broken down into
three types; illustration for text, picture-text combination, or all-picture
stories. Since Visual Information (VI) personnel have separated from Public