Professional Training

Forensic Image Processing and Analysis Workshop

Images contain vital forensic information whether the image is a crime scene photograph, captured from surveillance video, or laboratory evidence documentation. Extracting relevant and accurate information from images using computer software requires an understanding of the tools and methods and is best learned by hands-on experience. This 4-day workshop will provide attendees with the techniques (and experience in their use) suitable for application to forensic images. Using commercially available software such as Adobe Photoshop® as well as state-of-the-art techniques, and working with a collection of representative images (as well as being invited to bring their own), students will learn how to process photographs to enhance the visibility of important details, isolate objects for measurement of size, shape and position, accurately determine distances, and more. Attention is also given to courtroom presentation of photographic evidence, emphasizing documentation, consistency, clarity of explanations, and compatibility with Daubert rules of evidence.

Forensic Photography Workshop

Photography is an integral part of any investigation. The photographs captured in a case are reviewed and studied for new information for years. If the photographs are not captured, processed, handled and stored properly the outcome of the case may be permanently compromised.

Today’s digital cameras, with a variety of menus and settings, require significant training to get the most appropriate images. The post processing of photographs once they have been captured and transferred to a computer require even more training to get the most out of the image data.

How to properly photograph a crime scene, how to handle those difficult lighting situations, and how to appropriately prepare photographs for presentation in court are all techniques that will be presented in this three day forensic photographic workshop.

Training will consist of morning classroom instruction and afternoon hands-on workshop providing an opportunity to put the morning’s lessons into practice.

This course is instructed by Gary Knight, an adjunct instructor for NC State College of Textiles, retired Wake City-County Bureau of Identification field agent and former SBI agent.