Purpose of the Workshops
The 5 day workshops are not, generally, imaging schools for absolute beginners. However, if it is known beforehand, they can be. Workshops consist of a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and practical hands-on work by the individual. Each individual will image under a variety of situations, similar to actual case-work, and they will discover, record, and preserve mock evidence material as though it would be used for court. They are designed to be of maximum help to people involved in forensic photography and that have some basic photographic experience. Some of the major imaging applications covered for law enforcement include accident, arson, close-up, crime scene, document and surveillance. Also, the basic use of the “digital darkroom” (Adobe Photoshop™). The applications of infrared and ultraviolet imaging are, also, addressed. Practical exercises are held for most all topics addressed, including the infrared and ultraviolet imaging.
Workshop Entrance Qualifications
Since practical exercises, generally, set a maximum limit of of 24 persons at each of the workshop, attendees must register with the approval of their Chief or Supervisor. Registrants must spend at least half their time in police, or fire departments, doing photographic work. The only exception is made to persons teaching photography in colleges, police training schools, or members of the intelligence community.
What Equipment to Bring to a Workshop
For the 5 day workshops registrants are urged to bring their own photo equipment: a changeable lens digital camera with a suitable zoom, or telephoto, wide angle, and close-up lenses. An electronic flash which can be operated "off camera" (either wireless, or via a greater than 3' synch cord) is needed. Having your own tripod, cable release, battery charger (if needed) and related batteries for the camera and flash is a necessity.
Purpose of the Seminars
The one day seminars were developed to give an intensive, one day, specialized, training program in a single area of application expertise. They are designed to give a quick review of imaging information that should teach the novice and, also, clarify for the more experienced. The seminars move quickly through a review and, then, into the specialized applications area.
It is felt that a greater number of departments and personnel can benefit from having a series of one-day seminars brought into a given area. Further, it is felt that a one-day seminar is more cost effective by keeping the associated travel and lodging costs at a minimum for the attending departments. Having a follow-up of an intensive hands on workshop, for the more advanced trainers to be, is even more beneficial, since they can expand the educational experience within the locale.
Seminar Entrance Qualifications
Since the seminars have no practical exercises, the class size is usually only controlled by the size of the room available.
What Equipment to Bring to a Seminar
One merely has to be in attendance, since there is no hands-on experience at the one-day seminars. Having a camera and flash, for reference, during the lecture is recommended, though.
Typical Imaging Course Topics, Times for Delivery and Major Scopes and Objectives
While it is felt that the Forensic Imaging, Inc. can address nearly any aspect of forensic and intelligence imaging, the following is provided for basic thinking, planning and discussing of a course. Naturally, custom designing can be done for any type of imaging course.
While courses may be given to instruct attendees in “by rote” methods, it is felt that better training is given in the following fields by getting the attendee to think in imaging terms and actualities. Discussion is always encouraged in classes. As a result of this type of training, those in attendance should continue to grow their imaging expertise (on their own), should they desire, or need to.
If possible, instructor assisted practical exercises are used with small classes. However, with groups larger than 24, lecture by itself is usually dictated. This is due to the lack of class control and the lack of quality “close-in” instruction.
The listed practical exercises are the more common ones that might be found in a typical three to five day course. Naturally, not all exercises are found in all courses. These are, merely, used to illustrate the flavor that can be given to a course and the objectives of the exercises that might be used in a course having these exercises. In any of the courses listed (including those that do not show practical exercises, due to brevity), practical exercises would be used whenever practicable.
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