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NFSTC staff member earns evidence photography certification

NFSTC Media Design Specialist, Becky Carter, has earned the Certified Evidence Photographer (CEP) designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission (PPCC).  The Commission currently recognizes fewer than 100 photographers in the world with the CEP credential.

This image, part of Carter’s practical assessment, shows careful placement and lighting to reveal tear details from a questioned document as well as proper use of a scale for size and proportion.

The CEP is typically earned by taking a 40 hour course of classroom instruction, passing a 3-part examination and completing and submitting a range of images and associated reports showing practical application of the necessary skills.  Evidence photography differs greatly from other photography forms in that crime scene photographs can aid scientists, investigators and members of the court in their search for the truth and must depict the subject matter in a non-subjective and highly accurate way.

NFSTC delivers elements of crime scene photography training in many of its programs, such as Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation, Medicolegal Death Investigator training and others.  Students are trained in the basics of camera operation, light management and the use of angles and scales to depict object size and eliminate distortion.  Several NFSTC scientific and design staff are pursuing the CEP designation to further enhance this capability for the organization.

More information about the CEP can be found online at http://certifiedphotographer.com/cpp-certification/get-certified/.