A Chance to Learn Evidence Photography

EPIC at Imaging USA provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn evidence photography techniques and strategies through interactive sessions in a logical, continuous format.

The programs include lectures from highly experienced practitioners and instructors. EPIC will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2012 with programs running January 14-17.

All attendees receive access to the Imaging EXPO, one of the largest professional photo trade shows in the U.S.

Here's the schedule from the EPIC website:

Thursday, January, 12, 2012 – Tuesday, January 17, 2012
8AM – 5PM
Certified Evidence Photographer Program

With D. Eric Johnson, CEP

The Certified Evidence Photographer program (CEP) sets guidelines and standards—needed in this ever-changing industry—and provides this information through instruction. The certification is not just a piece of paper; it will become a part of your reputation, increasing others’ trust in your abilities.

This program is unique for evidence photographers. Every test answer is fully referenced to at least one readily available textbook regarding forensic or general photography.

The CEP education and certification provides and refines the essential qualities needed in a professional evidence photographer, especially those involved with crime scenes.

Saturday, January 14, 2012 – Sunday, January 15, 2012
8AM – 5PM
Intermediate Forensic Photography and Alternate Light Source Applications

With Scott T. De Broux, CEP

Review the basic principles of photography and explore intermediate and advanced lighting techniques using digital color control, filters, and alternate light source applications. Also, explore some techniques using Adobe Photoshop. This is a hands-on course using practical exercises.

Monday, January 16, 2012 – Tuesday, January 17, 2012
8AM - 5PM
Digital Processing of Evidentiary Photography

With David (Ski) Witzke

With hands-on instruction in basic image processing techniques and a focus on the guidelines and best practices for digital image processing, "Ski" will build your existing knowledge up to new heights. Join him for a new, deeper look at the basic concepts and skills you need to be even stronger in your career.

While image resolution is recognized as the most crucial element in the world of digital imaging, color has proven to be the most important factor when it comes to image processing. Not only are black-and-white images limited to just 256 shades of gray, but the numbers of processing techniques that can be used with these images are also inadequate. Make the most of your evidentiary images by learning the following:

  • Proper scaling (sizing) of digital images (for accurate, life-size output as well as the “required” image processing guidelines)
  • Preparing scaled (calibrated) contact sheets vs. non-scaled contact sheets
  • How to use features other than Levels for adjusting tonal range and contrast (to bring out details barely visible to the human eye)
  • Tips on using multi-channel images
  • Adjusting hue, saturation and lightness
  • How and when to use filters for removing background noise and other special effects

While these techniques are of tremendous value and aid in the identification of latent prints, they are also extremely useful in many other disciplines, including but not limited to questioned documents, ballistics, sexual assault examination, DNA, and many other disciplines where image processing will aid in the analysis, comparison, evaluation and verification of digital images.

At the end of this two-day workshop, you will have firsthand experience using vital digital imaging tips and techniques…and you'll understand how it can aid your investigative and identification processes.

Go to the

EPIC website

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