News from the Field

Evidence Photographers International Council
hosts 2009 EPIC School, launches new certification

Professional photographers who spend most of their time working to capture accurate images of evidence greatly understand the importance of staying up to date with the latest photography tools, techniques, and guidelines. The Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC) aims to help photographers achieve that education during its 2009 EPIC School in Phoenix, Arizona, January 11-13, 2009.

The educational event focuses on making today’s evidence photographers better equipped and ready for the various situations they face every day. With topics like “Lighting Techniques for Crime Scenes”; “Creating a Digital Photographic and Printing Workflow”; “UV-IR Capture of Forensic Evidence”; and a full day dedicated just to the photography basics, EPIC School aims to help all industry photographers, both new and advanced.

For the second year, EPIC School is being held in conjunction with Imaging USA, a photo event held by the Alliance of Visual Artists that last year drew 8,600 photographers. The combination of these two conferences gives attendees an even broader source of informational and networking opportunities, including the chance to peruse the 600-booth Imaging Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Hands-on workshops at the 2008 EPIC School included a mock crime scene where students can practice their field-photography techniques. This workshop, “Canon Crime Scene (Mock Shoot)” will be held again at the 2009 EPIC School in Phoenix, Arizona.

In addition to the course offerings, the 2009 EPIC School will feature the launch of the new Evidence Photographer Certification (EPC). This certification is the result of nearly a year of research with a team of 17 leading experts in the evidence photog-raphy industry (including a number of professionals with the FBI, the Secret Service, educators, and crime-scene specialists), as well as the back-ing of the Photographic Certification Commisssion.

“This new certification is not just a piece of paper,” said Claire Werner, association manager for EPIC. “It will also become a part of your reputation, increasing the trust others have in your abilities.”

The EPC is unique for evidence photographers. It includes six days of instruction and testing, followed by the submission of a series of specific images—each with a specific setup and equipment requirements. After passing both sections, participants are given a certificate, a credential card, and notification to their supervisor on their accomplishment.

You can learn more about what happened at the 2009 EPIC School and the new certification by visiting the EPIC website:

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November-December 2008 (Volume 6, Number 6)
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