A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 6, 1984

News photographers, often operating under great pressure and adverse conditions, are not always able to make the precise camera adjustments that create the perfect picture. When that happens to TIME's photographers, they can turn to a resourceful ally: the Time-Life Photo Lab. It is the job of the lab to take a photo that might have been shot in haste or in poor light and skillfully upgrade its quality for use in the magazine. Some shots need more help than others. Recently, the only available film of a U.S. Navy...

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