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NCJ Number: 218724 Find in a Library
Title: General Guidelines for Photographing Footwear Impressions
Corporate Author: Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)
United States of America
Date Published: October 2003
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)
Washington, DC 20535
US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, VA 22135
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laboratory Branch
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents general guidelines for photographing footwear impressions to be used as forensic evidence.
Abstract: Standard operating procedures should include at least five steps: (1) locate the visible impressions to be photographed; (2) photograph the overall view of the area with identifying markers; (3) photograph the midrange view of the impression area with an identifying marker; (4) photograph a close-up view (instructions provided); and (5) prepare the photographic log or worksheet according to agency policy. The report also provides a listing of recommended equipment, which includes a professional, 35 mm camera with interchangeable lenses; a macro lens; a remote shutter release; and a variety of black-and-white and color negative film. The report notes that digital cameras should not be used to photograph footwear impression evidence until minimum resolution requirements have been developed.
Main Term(s): Photography techniques; Standards
Index Term(s): Evidence collection; Rules of evidence
Note: From Forensic Science Communications, V 5, N 4, October 2003; downloaded June 5, 2007.
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