AN INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PHOTOSHOP
Every day, thousands of images are captured for use in courtrooms and laboratories around the world. The employees of the agencies that must process these images are often placed in these high-pressure positions with inadequate training and a lack of resources. What should I do? In what order should I do it? How do I even begin to process these images? These are the most common questions people ask. Because lives often depend on each image that we process, it is essential that every person employed in the process have a guide that will help them make use of this complex program; a guide that will give them the results they desire in every aspect of image processing and a thorough grounding in the legal or ethical considerations of the process for which they are involved.
Forensic Photoshop's self-paced online training course is for users of all levels. No matter the starting point, or level of proficiency, readers will join in the journey to mastery. Topics include setting up Photoshop and Bridge, getting images into Photoshop, fixing focus problems, correcting global light and color issues, fixing light and color locally, sharpening, noise reduction techniques, preparing for output, interpolation, printing, and archival issues and much more.
Forensic Photoshop is not simply a curriculum of tips and tricks. It offers a comprehensive workflow, that is, a reliably repeatable pattern of activity enabled by a systematic organization of resources that can be documented and learned. It offers the student the logical progression of steps necessary to the accomplishing of the goal with clarified and balanced images; images that remain true to their original content and context. Forensic Photoshop seeks to achieve the goal of clarified and balanced images; images that remain true to their original content and context.
AUTHOR/INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Jim Hoerricks, a self confessed Photoshop fanatic, is an artist, designer, and photographer. He is a Forensic Video/Image Analyst for the Los Angeles Police Department's Scientific Investigation Division and specializes in blending techniques from the design world with the Forensic Workflow. Always an innovator, Jim established the LAPD's Forensic Video Lab in 2001, has been the lead analyst on many of the LAPD's high-profile cases, and has assisted in setting the standard by which video evidence is handled by the department. Jim has worked on loan to many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and has testified as an expert in Forensic Video Analysis in courtrooms throughout California.
In addition to his work in law enforcement, Jim is the creator of the Forensic Photoshop blog and co-author of Best Practices for the Retrieval of Video Evidence from Digital CCTV Systems, published by the Investigative Support & Forensics Subgroup of the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG); TSWG is the US national forum that identifies, prioritizes, and coordinates interagency and international research and development requirements for combating terrorism.
As a CaPOST Certified Instructor, Jim has taught classes on Photoshop, Premier, CCTV Evidence Retrieval for the National Association of Technical Investigators (NATIA), Imaging Techniques for Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA), and Using Microsoft's PowerPoint to Present Video Evidence in Court for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. He has been a part time Photoshop Instructor in the Photography Department of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Identify and articulate the forensic workflow.
Understand the roles and responsibilities of imaging specialists in a forensic setting.
Demonstrate their ability to clarify and present images in a structured and organized manner utilizing sound legal and ethical strategies.
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE
Content is appropriate for any individual who wishes to understand the roles and responsibilities of personnel in regard to the forensic processing of images in law enforcement, hospitals, or other forensic environments. Basic principles and techniques of forensic image processing will be especially pertinent for persons who have specified duties to identify, collect, process and safeguard image based evidence.
Law enforcement, questioned document examiners, forensic video analysts, latent print specialists, image analysts, crime analysts, forensic physicians, forensic nurses, attorneys, forensic scientists, crime scene photographers, medical/scientific imaging specialists, photojournalists and criminalists will benefit greatly from this very informative course
There are no prerequisites for this course.
16-Continuing Education Contact Hours
This course is self-paced; however, all course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.
This online course is presented in a downloadable PDF format and may include media files, (student may be required to download free corresponding media players.) Course content format may also include assignments, case studies, multiple choice and/or true or false statements.
This is a downloadable self-paced home study course. Interim key point prompts are included throughout the course to highlight and reinforce vital information. The Multiple-Choice course examination will be taken online after completion of all other course requirements.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING
Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. For further information regarding additional retakes of the examination, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION
After successful completion of the course study and examination with a passing score of 70%, an evaluation shall be completed and submitted to email@example.com
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Upon completion of the course study, examination with a passing score of 70% and evaluation, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion via email.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
Forensic Photoshop - a comprehensive imaging workflow for forensic professionals. Blurb Publishing, Seattle, WA
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SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS
There are no suggested course materials.
OTHER RELATED COURSES
An Introduction to General Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Forensic Photoshop
$285.00 (or US equivalent)
Note: Upon receipt and processing of course payment, the student will receive an email with payment confirmation, link to the course PDF file, online examination and evaluation.
Group rates are available upon request. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.
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