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Digital Photography for Forensic Collision Investigation Course Completed

As the training side of Cameracal starts to return to normality, following the long period of Covid lock down, one of the first disciplines to take advantage of this was Forensic Collision Investigation within the police. They again took up the availability of the training for their Forensic Collision Investigators and the newly revamped Digital Photography for Forensic Collision Investigation course. This course is aimed at providing practitioners with the knowledge and skills to attend collisions on the roads of the UK and capture the scenes and evidence using their digital cameras. Fortunately our tutors have considerable experience in both Photography and Forensic Collision Investigation and have presented this type of training many times in the past, although this course is considerably more comprehensive than in the past, and encompasses up to date technology and processes.

The course is run over a full five days and is backed up with three assessments, a final examination and 7 assignments that run over a further 6 weeks, covering a number of the aspects covered, all of which is subject to a 70% pass mark

The technical input covers everything from DSLR / Mirrorless camera (including their components) and how they work, through sensor types and function, lens types and construction and on to more conventional aspects such as, APS-C vs Full frame vs Mirrorless technology, focussing systems, depth of field, perspective, white balance, exposure, ISO, camera functions, file types, the use of flash and creative lighting and onto aspects such as day and night-time scene photography, macro photography, enhancing marks with light, markers and fingerprint powders to more easily capture them, IBIS/VR/IS, HDR, focus stacking, bracketing, panoramic images, the use of filters and accessories andmuch more.

This is backed up with practical sessions both at our Studio and at a local Recovery Agent (Midhurst Engineering, who have been staunch supporters of Forensic Collision Investigation Units in the South-east for many years) and of course the assignments, which are designed to reinforce the theory and require the student to provide images (or a series of images) using a myriad of techniques, in both day and night-time situations, which must be supported by a written overview detailing how it was achieved, including the settings and equipment used.The course also covers more mundane, but vitally important aspects, such as audit trails, compliance with the Forensic Science Regulator’s requirements and the Good Practice Guide from the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators, who are supporting the course. It’s fair to say that the course is non-stop, but it is backed up with all the learning materials (presentations, supporting manual, pdf guides and video guides), as well as a direct line and email to the tutors during business hours. This support extends well past the course, as we believe it is important to support our customers going forward.

Whilst on the course the students use our iMacs or Mac Mini computers (although students can use their own equipment if they prefer) and are also shown some basic editing and image enhancing techniques, along with the issues that may arise by doing so for evidential images.

If you want to know more, or you’re interested intaking the course, or perhaps your organisation needs something similar, but geared towards your discipline, please give us a call on 01798 306599, or you can email us on: