ADVANCED FORENSIC PHOTOSHOP
Advanced Forensic Photoshop is the first course of its kind, a must for individuals in any industry where pictures are used for visual documentation. Photoshop is an easy to follow, easy to understand workflow for making your images look their absolute best.
This program lays the foundation for the complete, authentic, and ethically sound processing of images in a timely manner. It explains the process of transferring 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, archival issues and much more.
The course will lead students through several real world projects meant to build on and test their Photoshop skills, their ability to correctly articulate what they've done in courts of law, how it was accomplished, and why their chosen methods were the most appropriate for the given tasks.
In processing these images, students will learn the necessity of adhering to the State's Evidence Code, the Federal Rules of Evidence and accepted practices under established relevant case law. It is an introduction to the process, the law, and the scientific standards by which the criminal justice system processes images.
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Understand the importance of adhering to their States' Evidence Codes and Federal Rules of Evidence
Understand the scientific standards for forensic processing of images
Understand the process of transferring images into Photoshop
Understand and identify focus problems
Learn noise reduction techniques
Correct color and light problems
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE
This program is a must for individuals in any industry where pictures are used for visual documentation such as in law enforcement (image/video analysts, crime analysis, fingerprint examiners, questioned document examiners, tool mark and footwear examiners, criminalists, arson investigators, crime scene investigators, detectives, patrol officers and forensic photographers), medical/scientific imaging specialists, photo journalists, private investigation, insurance fraud detection, medical photographers, research imaging experts, and industrial photographers. The content is appropriate for any individual who wishes to understand the roles and responsibilities regarding the processing of images in a forensic environment.
It is suggested that course participants complete the SS-2012 Course "An introduction to Forensic Photography" or have basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your level of knowledge, you may call for further information and explore enrollment.
2010 Course Start Dates
1-17-10, 2-17-10, 3-17-10, 4-17-10, 5-17-10, 6-17-10, 7-17-10, 8-17-10, 9-17-10,
CE CONTACT HOURS
40-Continuing Education Hours
The course is offered on Blackboard with ongoing instructor participation. During course presentation, the instructor is available by telephone, if necessary.
The course requires students to read designated material, complete homework assignments (fun & interesting) and enhance self-awareness through skill-set practice in a variety of settings. Assignments must be completed within specific time frames, including discussion board forums.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING
Pass/fail grading system. The examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions, from a pool of over 125 questions, taken from the course text. The minimum passing score is 70%. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. For information regarding additional retakes of the examination, contact email@example.com
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION
After successful completion of the course study and examination, an evaluation shall be completed and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Upon completion of the course study, examination with a passing score of 70%, and evaluation, the student will receive an official original Certificate of Course Completion verifying continuing education hours.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
Forensic Photoshop, a comprehensive imaging workflow for forensic professionals.
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SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS
There will be supplemental readings posted online throughout the course.
OTHER RELATED COURSES
An Introduction to Forensic Photoshop, Chain of Custody
$895.00 (or US equivalent)
Note: Fee does not include required course materials. The student will receive an email confirmation upon receipt and processing of course payment. Within twenty-four hours prior to the course start date, the student will receive an email with user name, password, Blackboard link and student ID.
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