A reenlistment ceremony follows a set
The officer administering the oath and the reenlistee stand at
attention with their right hands raised as the oath is taken.
(a) The photographer must take extra caution that the raised hands
do not obscure faces or throw shadows on the principal subject.
(b) You may get your best pictures by posing the shot after the
actual event. See figure 2-7 for a picture of a reenlistment ceremony.
Reenlistments are difficult at best.
When possible, use the over-the-
shoulder technique and at a high angle.
Simply standing on a box or low
chair puts the photographer high enough to look over onto the action. Avoid
becoming part of the action by toppling off the chair.
This is a solemn
ceremony and a degree of dignity is required.
As such, the American and
Army flags should be displayed as part of this formal ceremony.
that you include the flags in your photo adds a significant touch.
b. Choosing the Best Shot.
(1) Pride in pictures.
The photographer who has covered a lot of
ceremonies sometimes becomes complacent. He may begin to feel there is only
one way to shoot these jobs and begin to think of them as just "grip and
(a) Remember, visual memories of these events are important to the
As a photojournalist, you should strive to take
pictures of these events that you would be proud of:
(b) For self-satisfaction and to elevate the status
photography, you should develop real interest and individuality.
These assignments are an
opportunity to use your imagination and creativity.
If a person receives
recognition for his work, picture him on the job instead of in an office
receiving a certificate.
If a soldier reenlists, show him enjoying the
benefits instead of standing at attention with his hand in the air. For a
best mess award, show the mess sergeant preparing an attractive display of
Picture a soldier who just graduated from advanced individual
training performing her new duties or skills, instead of looking at her
diploma. Remember, as a photojournalist you are trying to make the viewers
feel emotion. All these pictures should show pride, joy, and satisfaction.