Saturday, January 19 - Monday, January 20, 2013
8AM – 5PM
Digital Thrills and Data Chills
With David "Ski" Witzke
Digital technology has come a long way, but not our understanding of how to use those bits, bytes, dots, pixels and resolutions. We have a very long way to go to understand the big picture…especially how the new technologies impact us in the forensic field. That's what David will be helping you with in these two days.
After all, we may have all the top-quality digital cameras, scanners and monitors with high-definition capabilities, but what we have yet to learn is how to deal with the image files those create (and we already use). For instance, digital cameras capture better, higher quality images than ever before. However, those higher resolution images come with several big "buts"!
- BUT high-resolution image files are larger.
- BUT larger image files require more storage space.
- BUT high-resolution image files take longer to upload and/or download.
- BUT it is nearly impossible to email high-resolution image files.
Unfortunately, the typical solution for these "buts" is compression. But did you know that compression can severely degrade image quality and affect what you can do with the images as well as how well those images are accepted? This is particularly important in the criminal justice community, especially in disciplines where image quality is crucial for accurate analyses and comparisons.
Making an improper conclusion from a degraded digital image can affect your life and the life of a possible future victim. It can have a significant impact on whether or not a suspect is identified. It can impact whether or not an innocent person goes to jail or—even worse—gets the death penalty. For example, Ray Krone, who has been called the "snaggletooth killer," was convicted of murder in 1991 and sent to death row based on conclusions drawn from the use of overlays created digitally.
Understanding and using digital imaging technologies can make a world of difference, and this is a lesson to be learned for the real world of crime scene investigation. David will focus on the issues involved in digital imaging technologies and the impacts these technologies have on you as the crime scene photographer. With him, you'll learn best practices for digital evidence processing and management from the crime scene to the courtroom.
Monday, January 21 - Tuesday, January 22, 2013
8AM – 5PM
Crime Scene: Forensic Photography
With Thomas Doggett, CEP, CCSI
Crime scene investigation photography may not be as "flashy" as other specialty areas, but the skills needed here set the foundation for any truly professional forensic photographer. Yet so many forensic photographers struggle with these fundamental skills! That's why Thomas will focus on refreshing and refining your basic photographic skills before moving into more advanced death investigation photography. With a combination of lecture and hands-on practice, you'll come to better understand the following:
- Flash basics
- Fingerprint, footwear & tire mark photography
- Painting with light & using timed exposures
- Blood spatter & luminol photography
- Autopsy protocols
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