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FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

 

To enable participants to produce an accurate high quality photographic record of a crime scene including general scene shots and close-ups of evidence

 

Outline

Training Objective:

To give participants an understanding of the fundamentals behind photography, digital imaging, lighting and human vision emphasising best practice in the forensic context.

Course Outline:

This course is specifically designed for anyone involved in preparing forensic images who wishes to gain an understanding of the fundamental processes of digital imaging as well as basic photography and lighting methods. Participants will learn how to record evidence digitally and enhance important features therein as well as understanding the importance of following best practice procedures in maintaining the integrity of their work. The course is supported throughout by realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Details

Course Details:

● Why we take photographs
● Limits of human vision
● Using the camera to extend the range of human vision
● Basic photography theory and technique
● Digital image acquisition and properties of digital images
● Lighting techniques
● Colour filtration and fluorescence
● Introduction to crime scene photography
● Introduction to photography of fingerprints and other crime scene marks
● Standard Operating Procedures of imaging including workflow, documentation and archiving

Participants:

This course will be of interest to anyone wishing to improve their understanding of forensic digital imaging.

Benefits:

At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and will be able to:
● Gain an understanding of the limitations of human vision
● Gain an understanding of the workings of a camera
● Understand the role of photography and digital imaging in evidence recovery and enhancement
● Have a basic understanding of a range of lighting techniques applicable to the photography of crime scenes, fingerprints and other marks
● Understand the importance of following best practice and following a robust workflow

Assessment Method:

On-going practical assessment


Next Step:

Suggested further courses include:
● Scene of Crime Photography
● Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery
● Introduction to Fingerprint Identification and Chemical Treatments

● Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks

 

Outline

Training Objective:

To enable participants to optimise the capture and enhancement of images of crime scene marks to maximise their evidential potential.

Course Outline:

Training in use of lighting and photographic techniques for the recovery of fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre tracks, tool marks and other scene of crime evidence. This is complemented by the application of digital enhancement of captured images for forensic purposes. The course is supported throughout by realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Details

Course Details:

● Lighting techniques including copy-lighting, oblique lighting, diffuse lighting, cross-polarised lighting and specular reflection
● Use of coloured filters for contrast enhancement
● Use of forensic light sources for fluorescence photography
● Photography of marks on commonly encountered surfaces including porous and non-porous surfaces
● Photography of untreated and chemically treated marks
● Photography of marks in blood
● Image enhancement techniques
● Standard Operating Procedures in the processing and documentation of image enhancements

Participants:

Anybody involved in the photographic recording of forensic evidence and the enhancement of their images who wishes to develop their skills further.

Benefits:

At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and will be able to:
● Understand the role of photography and digital imaging in evidence recovery and enhancement.
● Develop a good understanding of a range of lighting techniques applicable to the photography of crime scene marks, including fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre marks and tool marks.
● Be able to optimise the lighting and capture of images of fingerprints, etc, from a range of different surfaces.
● Be able to choose and apply suitable image enhancement processes to maximise the evidential value of images.
● Understand the importance of following best practice

Assessment Method:

On-going practical assessment


Next Step:

Suggested further courses include:
● Scene of Crime Photography
● Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery
● Introduction to Fingerprint Identification and Chemical Treatments

Outline

Training Objective:

To enable participants to produce an accurate high quality photographic record of a crime scene.

Course Outline:

The course covers the major aspects of crime scene photography including general scene shots, close-ups of evidence and the production of examination quality images of fingerprints, blood stains and other marks. Participant will also learn the importance of note-taking in support of the photographs, maintaining a chain of evidence recovery from the initial arrival at the crime scene to the final presentation of evidence. The course is supported throughout by realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Details

Course Details:

● Initial crime scene photography including overall and establishing shots
● Techniques for lighting large areas, e.g. outside night-time scenes
● Lighting techniques for crime scene marks and blood spatter
● Photographic recording of other evidence in-situ
● Examination quality photography of fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre tracks and other marks
● Use of colour and metric scales
● Note taking and record keeping

Participants:

This course will be of interest to anybody involved in the photographic recording of crime scenes and the evidence found there.

Benefits:

At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and will be able to:
● Understand the role of photography in evidence recording
● Produce a full and accurate photographic record of a crime scene
● Develop an understanding of the lighting techniques applicable to the photography of crime scenes
● Develop an appreciation of the imaging techniques appropriate to different evidence types
● Appreciate the value of note-taking with photographic images to produce a chain of evidence
● Understand the importance of following best practice and following a robust workflow

Assessment Method:

On-going practical assessment


Next Step:

Suggested further courses include:
● Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery
● Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks
● Retrieval and Enhancement of Chemically Developed Marks

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