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Daytime Digital Photography Techniques for Criminal Investigators  

This 8-hour, hands-on course will teach you how to get the best picture possible from your digital camera while meeting the legal and scientific requirements of the court. We will explore the advanced shooting mode options you can set in daytime outdoor environments so that you can properly document the crime scene and evidence.

We will acquaint you with the operational controls of your agency’s digital camera so that you can take well lit, properly focused photographs. We will explain and demonstrate the four primary manual setting options you can use: the ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, and the camera’s built-in or externally attached flash unit. We will also discuss the camera’s other automatic feature -- the focusing control –- and how it can create its own unique set of problems.

Topics Include

  • Maximizing the available light at the daytime crime scene
  • Program shooting mode versus “green happy auto-land” shooting
  • Exposure compensation - the other brightening control
  • When and how to use the manual shooting mode
  • Understanding and taking advantage of the camera’s light meter
  • “Fill flash” techniques for daytime usage
  • Documenting footwear and tire tread patterns with flash during the daytime

Audience

Newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel

Course Length

8 hours

What to Bring

Required
  • Digital camera (SLR format preferred) and all factory accessories
  • Memory cards
  • Card reader that accepts your camera's memory card
  • External flash for mounting on the camera's hot shoe
  • Off-camera sync cord
  • Extra batteries for the camera and flash unit
  • Battery charger
  • Macro close-up lens, telephoto zoom lens, etc.
  • Tripod
  • Level
  • Flashlight
  • Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)
Recommended
  • Camera manual
  • Remote shutter release cable or wireless remote
  • Circular polarizing filter that will fit your camera's lens (i.e. 52mm, 62mm, 72mm, etc.)
  • Laptop computer with administrative priviledes

 

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