NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- America's fighting prowess was forged on the anvil of the past. For every Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine who sacrificed his life for his country, America took one step toward becoming the most powerful nation on Earth.
Although his life was not given in vain, for every American fighting man who gave the ultimate sacrifice, there lies a tale untold.
If it's said a picture is worth a thousand words, then a great picture could be worth a million.
So that these tales are not forgotten, Navy photographer's mates (PH) are almost always around to document everything. By using the right tools and a skill that is very difficult to master, these photographers help the future generations of America remember their past.
Recently, USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) photographers got a rare treat. HST's photo lab studied under one of the most famous photographers in the world, Joe McNally.
Joe McNally is an award-winning photographer, having shot magazine cover stories for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, Newsweek and others. American Photo magazine has described him as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today," and listed him among the 100 most important people in photography.
From July 22 to 25, McNally was on board showing the already skilled photographers of HST how to make their photos even better. Stressing new and innovative lighting techniques McNally brought a new perspective to the photo lab.
"He taught me to look at things a little differently," said Photograper's Mate Airman Derrick Snyder, one of the many who attended his seminars.
Over the course of three days, McNally showed the photographers how to shoot in a normal, white office space, complete darkness, and even showed them how to properly light an F-14 Tomcat.
"I just want to show them some of the lessons I had to learn over the years," said McNally.
Although McNally doesn't teach often, when he does it costs students up to $2,500, but for the Navy, he did it for free.
"I've known (Lt.) Jeff (Elliot, HST's photo officer) for going on 20 years, and when he asked if I'd like to come out and show his people some stuff, I jumped at the chance. It's just my way of saying thank you," said McNally.
"I'm glad he came out. I've learned some things I never would have known," added Snyder.
The photographers on board HST have always been able to get the job done. Now, they'll be able to get it done with a little style.
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