PHC Chet King
Figure 6-1A.LT(jg) Robin T. Russler stands watch on the flag bridge of the USS Tripoli.
Do not fear the brass. They need directing too; after all,
you are the professional and that is why they hired
you-to do your job and to produce the best possible
pictures of them. Many people are nervous and
self-conscious in front of a camera. They try to look their
best, and in so doing often present an expression or pose
that is unnatural and displeasing. You are obligated to
provide directions to the subjects regarding their pose.
As the photographer, it is your responsibility to ensure
that coat sleeves are pulled down, wrinkles smoothed
out, hat set at the proper angle, body erect, head tilted at
the best angle, and a dozen other things which, if not
corrected, detract from the picture. Whether the subject
is a seaman or an admiral, the photographer must
observe these discrepancies and correct them. Figure
6-1A and figure 6-1B present examples of pictures of
people in their environment.