Affairs (PA), the VI soldier will not be involved in storywriting as much as in
However, since VI personnel will support PA in the field, an
understanding of all types of picture stories is required.
Tactical stories. You must find enough time to plan your story. If you
are shooting a series of shots for a technical intelligence documentation or
other purpose, you must decide how many shots will provide the commander with
all information needed.
a. Here is an example. You must cover a captured building that contains
guns, ammunition, and other munitions which are still in the original boxes or
b. Your plan should show the following list of shots:
(1) Overall shot showing size of building and location in relation to
surroundings. Some kind of scale must be used to relate to size. This could
be a vehicle of known size alongside the building.
(2) Next, closer shots showing the building from all four sides plus
3/4 views. These must show the size and location of doors and windows. Don't
forget the need for a scale.
(3) These shots are followed by interior views showing the contents of
(4) Now comes the part that most photographers forget.
A shot is
required of the cases with any markings and next, a shot with the case opened
showing the contents. This is followed by a shot of an individual item such as
a weapon or round of ammunition showing its size and markings, and again, from
(5) Finally a closeup shot of such things as markings, serial numbers,
or proof marks is taken. In all cases, a scale must be included. This could
be a ruler or other known size object. A good high contrast ruler is best.
(6) Since some of your pictures may be used for PA, you will want to
duplicate certain shots for that purpose.
(7) Now your plan is complete. In some cases, normally after an action
has occurred, you may be able to storyboard your outline. This is normally not
possible under tactical conditions. However, don't automatically disregard the
chance to use this technique.
Storyboarding. Storyboards help put on paper your idea of what the final
picture should look like. It is best to use 3- by 5-inch cards or 8- by 10-
inch sheets of paper. Draw a rough sketch of the picture. You do not have to
be an accomplished artist. A simple stickman drawing will do (fig 2-1.)