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Digital Photography for Law Enforcement  

This truly “hands-on” course will teach you how to properly use your agency’s digital camera. You will learn how to properly document all manners of evidence ranging from human injuries to outdoor nighttime crime scenes. The primary focus of this course is to equip you, as the agency photographer, with confidence in how to adjust the camera settings to record both the scene and all related evidence the way you observe them.

We will teach you the skills that are necessary to overcome the lighting challenges that crime, crash, and fire investigations create. You will be immersed in indoor, outdoor, daytime and nighttime practical situations using your departmentally-issued or personal cameras. IPTM’s instructors will work alongside you and share the “tricks of the trade” so that you can become proficient in photographing a variety of scenes.

In addition to the practical exercises, we will emphasize court proven methods for properly recording the scene and archiving the images correctly in compliance with the standards set by the Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT).

Topics Include

  • The 3 primary camera shooting modes
  • Familiarization with departmentally issued cameras
  • Basics of scene documentation
  • Footwear, tire tread, injury, and macro close-up evidence photography
  • Daytime/Nighttime flash photography and painting with light
  • Digital image archiving as related to chain of custody

Note(s)

On the second day, class will run into evening hours.

Audience

Patrol officers, crime scene technicians, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel, and attorneys

Course Length

24 hours

Note

This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.

What to Bring

Strongly Recommended
  • Digital camera (SLR format preferred)
  • 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
  • Tripod
  • Small flashlight for nighttime exercises
  • Level
  • Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)
  • Laptop for reviewing photos following hands-on projects
Recommended
  • Remote shutter release cable or wireless remote
  • Circular polarizing filter that will fit your camera's lens (i.e. 52mm, 62mm, 72mm, etc.)

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Awesome, awesome, awesome instructor!!” – I.J.
  • “Outstanding course-lectures are on point; good visual aids of topics. Practicals reinforced lectures.” – C.S.
  • “Imparted a great deal of operational knowledge covering all environments and situations I am likely to encounter.” – S.H.
  • “Excellent in all areas, hands-on, especially the night photos.” – J.S.
  • “Instructors were excellent. Very informative class. Classroom and practicals were very hands on – great for understanding the camera.” – Ofc. T.A.
  • “Instructor knowledge and real-world experience. Hands on work with instructors actively helping.” – M.S.
  • “Great job with hands on and explaining methods with simplicity.” – Det/Sgt. A. D.
  • “The instructors are highly motivated and knowledgeable. They have an ease with teaching. I learned more about photography in 40 hours than I have in 23 years in law enforcement.” – Det. C.I.
  • “It’s amazing how much I didn’t know about photography until this course.” – Const. J.C.
  • “This was a great course. I only wish I had been able to take it sooner in my career.” – Det. N.B.

 

Digital Photography for Law Enforcement
    3/4/2020 - 3/6/2020 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 2 of the training will run from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fee: $595.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s):
 

Digital Photography for Law Enforcement
    11/4/2020 - 11/6/2020 Altamonte Springs Florida    
Class times:  12:00 AM to 12:00 AM Fee: $595.00
Location Information:  Altamonte Springs Police Department
Training Room,  225 Newburyport Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Instructor(s):
 

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Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online at www.iptm.org and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

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Please do not make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

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