crime scene photography - phase 1 and Phase 2 

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Crime scene photography remains one of the most important aspects of crime scene and criminal investigation. Notes and sketches document only items of evidence and interest that the investigator recognizes and records. However, proper use of a camera can capture everything of significance at a crime scene that is contained in the viewfinder. This permanent recording can prove invaluable days, months, and even years after the crime scene has been released by law enforcement.

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Schedule:

2014 Class Availability

October 13-15    Open

Phase 1 Course Overview

 

This 3-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 course is taught with classroom lecture on photography concepts followed by hands-on exercises. 

 

The student will leave the Phase 1 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.

Day 1

Introduction and Registration (1 hour) 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 hour) 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 hours) 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 hour) Students will be divided into pairs and assigned for classroom work only a Nikon® camera kit in order to familiarize themselves with camera settings discussed previously during lecture.

Day 2

Review from Day 1 (1 hour)

F/Stops and Aperture, Practical Exercise and review of Images (3 hours) 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. Following the exercise students will self-critique their images in the classroom. Students will download images to a computer for presentation and class critique.

Shutter Settings, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images (3 hours) 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.

Day 3

ISO, Lighting, Filter Selection, Painting with Light and Body Panoramic Images (1 hour) 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 hours) 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 hour) 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 commonly found at crime scenes.

Practical Exercise and Review (2 hours) 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.

Course Summary, Critique and Discussion (1 hour)

Phase 2 Course Overview - Note: Phase 1 is a pre-requisite to take Phase 2

 

May 13-15 CANCELLED

 

The Phase II, 3-day course is hands-on, practical exercise intensive, and is designed for personnel with a basic understanding of the exposure triangle, crime scene photography, and camera functions. Students will review concepts learned during Phase I and expand to include on and off camera flash photography, metering, surveillance and macro photography, focusing, and photographing images with colored filters and crime scene search lights. Students will image both indoor and outdoor crime scenes (weather permitting) during the day and night. Students will photograph a large outdoor mock crime scene intended to simulate a fatal automobile collision, or shooting crime scene during the night. This outdoor scene will be during low or dark conditions and utilize PWL techniques. 

 

Day 1

Introduction and Registration (1 hour) Students and the instructor will discuss experiences and trends with crime scene photography and review the exposure triangle and basic camera operation

Updates on Legal Standards, SWGIT, and the NAS Report as it applies to Crime Scene Photography (1 hour) This lecture will review legal standards for admissibility of photographs in court, SWGIT updates, and the status of implementing the NAS Report recommendations

Photography Concepts, Terminology, and Basic Camera Operation Review (1 hour) During this lecture the student will review basic camera concepts, formatting a proper image, lighting techniques, terminology, and common settings on the digital camera.  Students will learn the nuances of the Nikon D7000.

Practical Exercise (1 hour) Students will divide into pairs and provided a Nikon camera kit in order to refresh themselves with camera settings discussed previously during lecture

On and Off Camera Flash Photography, and Metering, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images (3 hours) During this lecture the student will learn how to effectively use the camera's light meter, as well as, on and off camera flash units.  Following an exercise to demonstrate understanding in both concepts the student will self-critique their images in the classroom.

DAY 2

(Late Start - Extended Training for Low Light Conditions)
Review from Day 1 (1 hour)

Surveillance Photography and Macro Photography, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images (3 hours) During this lecture students will be exposed to the nuances of surveillance photography for capturing subjects from a distance, and close-up objects, such as fingerprints and trace evidence.  Following the exercise, students will present their images to the class and discuss techniques used during the capture of their images

Filters & ALS Photography (2 hours) This lecture will expose students to the concepts of photography with crime scene lights of various colors used to identify serological, fiber, and other trace evidence

Evening Mock Crime Scene and PWL Exercise (2 hours)  During this evening session students will work in teams to image a low light mock crime scene using PWL and Flash Techniques

DAY 3

Indoor (artificial light and low light conditions), and Outdoor Mock Crime Scenes Practical Exercise & Review (4 hours) Students will conduct culminating practical exercises to reinforce concepts discussed during the previous lectures

 •Course Summary, Critique, and Discussion (1 hour)


Instructor Bio

David G. Pauly

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 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, ASIS, EPIC and Vidocq Society.

Additional Information

Course Dates, Location & Fee

The course will be held on-site at Sirchie’s facility in Youngsville,  The course cost is $385.00 per student which includes tuition, study materials and lab fees. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student.

Registration

To enroll, call (800) 356-7311 or register online.

TRANSPORTATION

Raleigh is served by several major airlines through RDU International Airport, which is a short drive from Sirchie’s training and manufacturing facility. Transportation from hotels to Sirchie’s facility is normally provided by the student.

Accommodations

There are a number of hotels in the area. Call our training coordinator at (800) 356-7311 or email us at training@sirchie.com for a complete list.