The use of photographic documentation by the law enforcement community began in the 1800s, the earliest days of photography. Since those days, photographers have struggled to have the ability to use their cameras in dimly lit areas. Although technological advances have made some aspects of the use of cameras in darkened areas easier, these advances have also made some aspects more difficult, if not impossible.
The Low-Light Forensic Photography course will familiarize the student with technology and techniques that can be employed to document evidence and scenes in darkness while identifying and addressing the pitfalls.
This low-light forensic photography training will impart knowledge through the use of lectures, in-class discussion, and hands-on training. Hands-on training includes both camera/flash operation orientations and practical in-class exercises. Practical exercises include long exposure photography at crime scenes, slow-synchronization and multi-TTL electronic flash, painting-with-light, Luminol/Blue Star Photography for the documentation of blood on the crime scene, shooting reconstruction laser photography, and low-light surveillance photography. All exercises will be reviewed in the classroom and photography will be critiqued.
LOW-LIGHT FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE TOPICS
Day 1: Basic Photography Review Basic Photography Review (Continues) Low-Light Photography Slow Flash Synchronization Luminol/Blue Star Photography Luminol/Blue Star Photography Exercise Low-Light Scene Photography Exercise Exercise Review