Updated: January 1, 2018
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Criminal Forensic Consulting uses only Adobe Photoshop, the cost effective, industry "Standard" for digital photo image processing and enhancement.CFC is proud to be a founding member of the Photoshop Forensic user's Group.A network of forensic professionals, dedicated to the discovery of truth, through the scientific use of digital image enhancement.
This is more like it !
With Criminal Forensic Consulting's "Photoshop for Forensic Imaging" course, technicians learn how to get the colors, contrast, and brightness right every time. Now you can really see the brown car, the red canopy, and the yellow curb. With proper forensic imaging enhancement, you get all this without changing a single pixel of the original photo. Now you can testify that the photo is un-retouched and is a correct representation of how the crime scene appeared. Any evidence technician would be proud to present an exhibit like this comparable example. Prints like this win cases. Training from Criminal Forensic Consulting can teach the skills and provide the knowledge needed to document every step of the enhancement process, so the judge, jury, prosecutor, and defense know the photo is a correct representation of the evidence. They will be able to see every step of the enhancement process. Push buttons are great but if a technician can't explain the process, how does the jury really know?
This, and the following photo are actual investigation file, digital photos.
Sometimes, a technician may not get exactly the right photo to make a case... maybe they couldn't get the right angle... or maybe they just forgot to shoot one for scale. Sometimes both.
With CFC's training in proper photo enhancement techniques, quite often, these problems can be corrected.
Want to see how the process works in action? This photo was never shot to scale, and it's too distorted by the photo angle. A court would never allow this evidence photo as a shoeprint comparison exhibit.
Why don't we see if it can be corrected. First, let's remove the distortion.
Too dark? These ae real crime scene photos in these frames. Let's fix them.
'WISDOM IS OFTEN THE RESULT OF BAD JUDGMENT' (or a lack of training and experience)
New Millennium Police Photography
Although out of print since 2008, New Millennium Police Photography was written in 1992 for the forensic imaging professional. Criminal Forensic Consulting's Bob Allwardt and Dick Roth wrote the book in everyday, understandable language, to help provide budget oriented answers to those important questions from the rookie crime scene photographer as well as the physical evidence supervisor. It was written to help them as they wandered through the maze of new programs, equipment, and accessories, or just making the transition from conventional film photography to digital imaging. New Millennium Police Photography explained the mysterious difference between quality and resolution. It also explained some of the best ways to get a high quality professional digital camera without the three to five thousand dollar price tag. The book also stressed why your printer should receive top priority of the budgeting dollar, and is the heart and soul of any law enforcement, digital imaging lab. You also got that all important overview on how to make Adobe Photoshop, Imaging Software, (still the industry standard in 2018), work for your team.
With Adobe Photoshop's skew and distort tools, and a little simple arithmetic, we remove the surface distortion to 'square up' shooting angle of the technician's camera lens.
Now we're faced with the monumental task of correcting the photo perspective, and attempting to find the scale of the image for a 1 to 1 comparison photo.
With Criminal Forensic Consulting's court proven techniques, and Photoshop's pen and perspective tools, this photo can be brought back to the correct photo angle to show a 1 to 1 comparison perspective that reveals the actual shoe size, width, and tread pattern.
To see the corrected image, click next.
" WITH TIME AND PERSEVERANCE, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE "
Old Testament Proverb
With courtroom proven, defensible, forensic enhancement training, the distortion is removed and the photo enlarged to proper scale.
Now we could use a shoe sole, tread pattern book to discover the brand, style, actual width, and size by using a 1 to 1 comparison of the image, except...
We still can't quite make out the tread pattern on the shoe sole. No problem, many of the same techniques used in latent print enhancement can also apply to the enhancement of shoe and tire prints.
Let's apply some of them, click next.
Hard to believe it's the same image, yet here we have a finished, properly scaled, corrected, and enhanced crime scene image photo, worthy of any technician's reputation or courtroom exhibit.
Still not convinced? How about the fact that the previous four images could be presented in court to document the enhancement process.
Don't forget, many of the scientific and mathematical enhancement techniques learned from Criminal Forensic Consulting, could also be used or applied to kinesiology, wound ballistics, crime scene, and accident reconstruction projects.
Isn't it time for professional training? Call Criminal Forensic Consulting for pricing and class availability.
" IT AIN'T BRAGGIN' IF YOU CAN DO IT ! "
Dizzy Dean, Baseball Hall of Fame
" KNOWLEDGE, IS POWER; WISDOM, IS IN ITS' PROPER USE "
Old Irish Proverb
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