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Photography for Aircraft Accident Investigation

Course Description:

This specialized course in accident investigation is designed to assist the investigator to improve photographic documentation of an accident site.  Course participants will take photographs of components and critique them as a class.  This course assumes that the investigator is not a professional photographer.

Objectives:  To provide the aircraft accident investigator with basic accident photographic and video techniques.

Who Should Attend:  Individuals involved in aircraft accident investigation.

Course Outline

  1. Digital Photography
  2. Basic Photographic Equipment
  3. Lenses and Camera Controls
  4. Electronic Flash
  5. General Techniques
  6. Macro Photography
  7. Lighting
  8. Picture Identification
  9. Specialized Photographic Techniques
  10. On-Site Photographic Priorities
  11. Student Practice Session
  12. Critique of Student Photographs
  13. Videography
  14. Basics in Videography
  15. Uses of Video in an Aircraft Accident Investigation

Required:  Each student should bring a Digital SLR camera or digital camera equipped with a Macro (close-up) lens feature, if available, and a flash.  A limited number of cameras are available to be checked out from the U.S.C. program; please coordinate beforehand to determine availability.

Course Duration:  2.0 Days

Tuition: $1125 (July 2016 - June 2018)

Dates Course No.
30 - 31 Mar. 2017 PHOTO 17-2
12 - 13 Oct. 2017 PHOTO 18-1
22 - 23 Mar. 2018 PHOTO 18-2

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