The second half of the Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course at the Defense Information School starts with photography. Photography covers rudimentary components such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, multiple flash, focus and exposure. Other subjects covered are MDR photography and advanced photography exercises such as writing a thesis paper and presenting a renowned photographer and their photography. Various class trips are made to Baltimore and D.C. to help sailors become comfortable as photographers. The culmination of this course results in photo stories. Students submit ideas, which are approved by instructors, then venture off to shoot, edit and layout the final product. The instructors give ample feedback and mentorship to students throughout the BMCSC course.
SN Luke Meineke works on one of the Noritsu printers in the DINFOS print lab making any final adjustments necessary. The process at which these printers create the pictures is incredibly amazing.
SN Corey Hensley explains the process of selecting and editing photos to MC2 Sabino Cruz. We're all shipmates so we help each other to understand the material as much as training allows. "One team, one fight" is as common as Hooyah in the Navy.
SN Jennifer Lobao and SN Ian Carver admire Lobao's finished print. SN Peter Melkus is patiently waiting in the back.
Using gels to check the finished print to make any last minutes changes is a must to obtain a pristine product.
SN Ian Carver and SR Kevin Harbach rejoice at Carver's masterpiece. There's Mr. Melkus again!