Since my last blog post explaining my practice (What is my practice?), my aspirations as a future practitioner has changed due to recent knowledge and understanding in what careers I can pursue after university. I have taken a particular interest in Forensic Photography. After realizing getting a job in the media may be tough, my new interest is taking my media based skills in to a different profession – the police. One of the requirements for this job includes an A-Level or higher in a science subject, which considering my interest don’t change in the next two years, I will do a short course in my chosen science subject after graduation.
Forensic Photography in action
A few of the many qualities for the job are listed below:
- have a thorough understanding of high-intensity and low-level aerial imaging.
- have great photography skills.
- have an accurate approach towards image and data recording.
- be highly organised.
- pay close attention to detail i.e by also using macro photographs to use as evidence in court.
- use the best equipment for different environments and lighting condition.
- capture images that have maximum depth of field, are free from distortion and are in sharp focus.
- have an understanding of police methods.
- possess a sound understanding of anatomy to be able to take better and precise images.
- take images that record the appearance of physical evidence without appealing to the emotions of those judging a case.
- keep detailed records of the location the image was taken, the type of camera and lens used, and whether flash or artificial lights were used.
- have good communication skills in dealing with a wide range of professionals.
- demonstrate tact and discretion in dealing with victims of crime.
More information about the job role: http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/380_forensic_photographer
Nick Marsh – The forensic Photographer:
A forensic phphotographer I aspire to be like is John Smith. He is currently employed as Senior Lecturer in Photography & Digital Imaging at the University of Westminster, John is one of the UK’s leading experts in the area of forensic imaging, with over ten years experience working for the major forensic science providers.
His high quality work has enabled him to gain many personal commendations and an international reputation. Working towards these attributes inspires me to produce great work giving me a positive reputation towards the industry.
The inspiration I get from John Smith isn’t specific images he has taken (as they aren’t easily accessible for confidential reasons) it is more so his great reputation and positive outlook.
Below are some forensic photographers at work, showing all the fantastic equipment involved including different lights and filters for specific crime scenes.
Olympus OM-SYSTEM 50mm commonly used in Forensic Photography.
To gain a greater understanding of the photography industry within the police, I researched many prezi presentations from current forensic photography employees.
Forensic photography prezi, by Kylie McCloe: https://prezi.com/1qvrwwe3zsfu/forensic-photographer/