Ater a while, due to too many offenses, he was kicked out from Navy. Being an 18 years old young man without money and home, Ralph realized that, compared to all the difficulties he had faced, photography school was his only shelter where he was comfortable and felt needed. So after going through bureaucratic hell and writing a huge number of humiliating letters with explanations, he got his place back at the School of Photography, this time with a clear idea of what his true purpose is.
He works as an assistant photographer for the U.S. Navy until 1960, after which he continues to deepen his technical knowledge of photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.
At the same time, he got an assistant job with Dorothea Lange, a very known photojournalist. He had worked as her assistant for 2 years until 1962. Then Ralph Gibsons starts his independent professional travel into the world of photography.