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Comprehensive Crime Scene Photography

Comprehensive Crime Scene Photography

SKU: CCP300
$600.00

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Crime scene photography remains one of the most important aspects of any criminal investigation. Whereas notes and sketches document items of interest that the investigator recognizes and records, a properly trained crime scene photographer will record everything of significance at a crime scene that is visualized in the viewfinder. A permanent recording can prove invaluable days, months, and even years after the crime scene has been released by law enforcement. Failure to obtain images while at the crime scene, or in a laboratory setting, that properly portray the item(s) of evidence in the lab, or piece of evidence at the scene, will likely result in the photograph not being accepted by the court, and thus being deemed unsuitable for presentation to the jury.

This 5-day course is designed for all personnel in the judicial process who are charged with taking crime scene photographs and/or presenting the images in judicial and administrative proceedings. The comprehensive course is also a designed for instructors charged with teaching proper photographic techniques to crime scene personnel, or students interested in entering this, or a related field. The course involves classroom lecture on photography theory and concepts followed by hands-on exercises. Nikon® equipment will be provided, so all students are operating identical equipment. Note: Students should bring a new, unused 8GB or larger high-speed USB storage device if they would like to keep the images they expose during training.


The student will leave the course with:

  • A high-level of understanding of digital cameras
  • Techniques for capturing quality images under various conditions
  • Acceptable standards for documenting crime scenes and physical evidence via photography


Curriculum


Day 1

  • Introduction and Registration (1 hr)  Students and the instructor will discuss experiences and trends with crime scene photography.
  •  Basic Crime Scene Documentation, Legal Standards, and Implication of the NAS Report for Crime Scene Photography (1 hr)  This lecture will review crime scene documentation concepts and the legal standards for admissibility of photographs in court.
  • Photography Concepts, Terminology, and Basic Camera Operation (4 hrs) During this lecture the student will learn basic camera concepts, formatting a proper  image, lighting techniques, terminology, and common settings on the digital camera. Students will learn how to take the camera out of the “automatic” mode so they can maximize the capabilities of the digital camera. Students will learn to download images for presentation and the effects of digital compression (TIFF, RAW, JPEG).
  •  Practical Exercise (1 hr) Students will be divided into pairs and assigned for classroom work with a Nikon® camera kit in order to familiarize themselves with camera settings discussed previously during lecture.


Day 2

  • Review from Day 1 (1 hr)
  • F/Stops and Aperture, Practical Exercise and Review of Images (3 hrs) During this lecture the student will be taught the importance of f/stops, the effects on the photographic image, and conduct exercises to reinforce the lecture. Students will download images to a computer for presentation and class critique.
  • Shutter Settings, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images (3 hrs) During this lecture the student will be taught the effects of changing shutter speed, and conduct exercises designed to reinforce the lecture. Following the exercise students will present their images to the class and discuss techniques utilized during the capture of their images. Students will download images to a computer for presentation and class critique.
  • ISO, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images (2 hrs)


Day 3

  • Painting with Light (1 hr) This lecture will expose students to the concepts and effects of various lighting, ISO settings, dark scene photography and painting with light, as well as taking photographs of victims of crime.
  • Practical Exercise and Review (2 hr) Students will conduct practical exercises to reinforce concepts discussed during the previous lecture. Students will download images to a computer for presentation and class critique.
  •  Luminol and Impression Evidence Photography (1 hr) This lecture will expose students to the concepts of photographing chemically-enhanced blood evidence (luminol-based and related products), as well as foot and tire impression evidence.
  • Practical Exercise and Review (2 hrs) Students will conduct practical exercises to reinforce concepts discussed during the previous lecture. Students will download images to a computer for presentation and class critque.
  • Review of Days 1, 2 & 3 (1 hr)

 

Day 4

  • Effects of Lighting, Filter Selection, Vehicles 360's, and Body Panoramic Images (1 hr)
  • Practical Exercises (1 hr) Students will conduct practical exercises to reinforce concepts discussed during the previous lecture, followed by presentation of images for class review and critique.
  • On and Off Camera Flash Photography, Metering, and Practical Exercise (2 hrs) Students will learn how to effectively utilize the camera's light meter, on and off camera flash units, followed by practical exercises and presentation of the images for class review and critique.
  • Evening Mock Crime Scene, Laser Trajectory, and Painting with Light (PWL) Exercise (3 hrs) During this evening session students will work in teams to image a low light mock crime scene using PWL and Flash Techniques, coupled by use of a high powered laser to simulate crime scene reconstruction of bullet trajectory.

 

Day 5

  • Review of All Previous Lessons and Practical Exercises (1 hr)
  • Surveillance Photography, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images (2 hrs) During this lecture students will be exposed to the nuances of surveillance photography for capturing subjects from a distance, and scenes involving confined spaces, such as the interior of a vehicle, trunk, or closet. Students will complete a comprehensive practical excercise utilizing fixed "prime" lenses of 14mm, 18mm, 24mm, and an assortment of variable "zoom" lenses from 18mm-135mm, 200mm, 300mm, and 400mm focal lengths. Images taken during the exercise will be presented to the class for review and critique.
  • Macro Photography, Filters, Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared IR, and ALS Photography (3 hrs) This lecture will expose students to the concepts of photographing small items close-up, such as bullet casings, stria from recovered bullets, fingerprints and other trace evidence. During this exercise students will experiment with crime scene lights of various colors used to identify serological, fiber, and other trace evidence, and will be exposed to IR and UV photography while utilizing the most state-of-the-art IR Digital Camera.
  • Course Summary, Critique and Discussion (1 hr)

 

 
 

Instructor Profile


David Pauly retired from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer. He holds a Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University and is currently the Director of Applied Forensic Science at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. He graduated the FBI National Academy (Session 195), Canadian Police College Major Crimes Course, Miami-Dade Police Department Bloodstain Interpretation Course, and National Fire Academy Arson Investigation Course. He is a member or affiliate of the following organizations: American Academy of Forensic Science, IAI, North Carolina Chapters of the IAI and FBINAA, IABPA, American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), and Vidocq Society.