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Digital Photography for Forensic Collision Investigators

7th  to 11th February 2022

Unit 2, The Studio, Southlands Lane, West Chiltington

West Sussex RH20 2JU

Members of ITAI - £595 (inc refreshments and lunches)

Non-member of ITAI - £650 (inc refreshments and lunches)

For enquiries and / or to reserve your place, please emailtraining@cameracal.uk

Delegates will need to book their own accommodation, but we can supply a list of hotels in the area if required.

Cameracal - www.cameracal.co.uk - 01798 306599

As many members will have seen in the last edition of Contact, Cameracal are collaborating with ITAI to bring digital photographic training to members of the Institute. We believe that your digital camera is one of the most important pieces of equipment available to you as a forensic collision investigator (FCI), but it is also one where training is often neglected and almost never refreshed, despite continued changes to the technology and importantly, emerging requirements from the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR).

Some of you may have had some training, but this may have been many years ago, or cascaded from someone who went on a course, or undergone training that was of a more generic nature and provided by someone who had little or no experience as to what Forensic Collision Investigation work entails.

This training course, is specifically designed for Forensic Collision Investigators and mirrors the course content being offered to police FCI s, as advertised in Contact.

This course is presented over 5 full days and includes practical sessions, assessments, and assignments. The practical sessions allow you to practice techniques and gather data for the assignments.

The comprehensive and detailed training is backed up by training staff with over 30 years experience in the photographic industry, training and retail, and 30 years experience in Collision Investigation.

The course covers everything from the technology involved, how it works and the differences between technologies (DSLR vs Mirrorless, Full frame vs APS-C vs Micro 4/3rds etc.), sensors, focussing systems etc., through to settings and input on capturing images in different scenarios and lighting conditions, HDR imagery, focus stacking, macro, plus a myriad of other aspects (filters, accessories, enhancing marks etc.).  The course also covers capturing day and night-time scenes, photographing vehicles and damage, as well as important aspects such as field of view, depth of field and perspective from a driver / witness point of view.

In addition, it s important for FCI s to understand how to back up their data and maintain audit trails, to conform to best practice and also align with the requirements of the FSR. In addition to these aspects, the course also covers the basics of editing, dust deletion, how to use images and understanding exif data, as well as how to clean sensors and why camera and lens calibration is necessary and the advantages of doing so.

This is all backed up with a comprehensive presentation and a supporting manual, to ensure that delegates have the reference material they need to refresh themselves.  The course will culminate in a certificate issued jointly by Cameracal and ITAI, following a delegate successfully passing the course. It will also attract CPD, as determined by ITAI.

Post course, Cameracal will also offer, during normal business hours, a free advice helpline, should delegates run in to technical difficulties.

Please note that the course will now commence on Monday 7th February and conclude on Friday 11th February 2022, at our studio in West Chiltington, West Sussex.

Delegates will also visit a recovery agent for some of the practical sessions. Practical sessions will also cover photographing vehicles and views, using filters, lighting, low light and night-time scenes.

Refreshments and lunches are provided throughout the course. Delegates will need a DSLR / Mirrorless or Bridge camera and a laptop to undertake the course.

This also includes all learning materials.

This course does not include accommodation, so that will need to be booked separately, but for reference

Accommodation (examples) -

Premier Inn Arundel Hotel - a short walk from Arundel town centre and priced at £148-250 for the week, depending upon room and offers. This is a 20min drive away from us.

Premier Inn Worthing Seafront - located on the seafront and 5 mins from the town centre (walking). Priced at £148-250 for the week, depending upon the room and offers. This is also a 20-25 min drive away from us.

Comfort Inn Arundel - a short walk from Arundel town centre (walking). Priced at £241 for the week. This is a 20 min drive away from us.

To reserve your place on this course, please email: training@cameracal.uk

Please specify whether you are a member of ITAI (all grades of member qualify for discounted price) with your membership number.

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