Police Photography Camera Exposure Controls

True & Accurate Police Photography, Part 2: Camera Exposure Controls

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  TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) This time-honored mnemonic applies to many fields. In photography, it means that everything is a trade-off. This is especially true in forensic photography, where a “true and accurate representation” is the price of admission to the courtroom.   Many photographers try for their “free… Read More

Police Photography - Camera Modes

True and Accurate Police Photography, Part 1: Camera Modes

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  Forensic photography is not snapshot photography. It’s intentionally not artful. It isn’t intended to show things in their best light. Done properly, it shows things exactly as they are. In court, that’s called a “true and accurate representation” of the subject.   Police Photography is an essential task for crime scene documentation, yet is… Read More

Pi Day 2019

Pi Day – A mathematical constant

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  I’m mathematically confused. It’s my constant, and once a year, that’s okay.   Married to a math teacher, I’ve spent more than 20 years nodding my head, feigning I know terms she throws around.  A result of her influence, I can claim some knowledge about three of them – tessellation, Fibonacci sequence, and Pi… Read More

How to document a crime scene - evidence collection

How to Document a Crime Scene? What are the Critical Aspects of Evidence Collection

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How to document a crime scene: what critical aspects of evidence collection must be included?   Crime scene documentation is a systematic and multifaceted process. Because a crime scene investigator’s “work product” is a public record that will likely be featured in some level of court proceeding, it is essential that documentation be thorough and… Read More

Women's History Month - the ladies of L-Tron

Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day: Equality shouldn’t have to be a fight     Grow up in a house full of women as a boy, you can’t help but have sympathy for the cause.   Equality. A concept, a weight, a calculation, a size, a quantity, a value, an issue. Throughout time it’s… Read More

How could OSCR have assisted Ontario County with the 2009 Valentines Day Homicide?

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  “OSCR360 could have given us a huge advantage in how we organized and presented the 2009 Valentines Day Homicide case”   Retired Crime Scene Technician, Pete Butler, and Sergeant James Alexander of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department reflect back to a 2009 homicide investigation, in which a man executed two parents while their children… Read More

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How can you Recognize Law Enforcement Appreciation Day? From an Officer’s voice

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  Law enforcement. The thankless profession. Sure, there’s the occasional polite “Thank You” for services, and even the obligatory political citation for acts beyond the call of duty. But unless you’re a police officer, or member of a cop’s family, there’s no true understanding of what law enforcement goes through.   Appreciation.   Cops don’t… Read More

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What is OSCR360? Everything to Everyone

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What is OSCR360? One tool that does everything.   From Spork to Swiss army knife, since at least (201-300 A.D.) the human race has crammed convenience and functionality into singular forms. Whether gear, or strategic approach, today the “multi-tool” reigns supreme.   In the public safety sector, the OSCR360 spherical photographic solution, began as a… Read More

Forensic Photography Refresher Course

Refreshing Forensic Photo Skills is a MUST for a Crime Scene Technician

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  That little green AUTO icon on your camera is forensic evil.   If you’re a crime scene technician, you’ve heard this for years; yet you admit you didn’t listen. Human nature took over. Blame your ancestors if you wish. Laziness is a trait left over from our ancestors’ need to conserve energy to hunt…. Read More

9/11 never forget

9-11 And The Everyday

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  It was an everyday morning.  Almost.   The only thing out of ordinary was I had to put my uniform on early, well before my tour, and get to court.  The rare subpoena for Family Court was the source of my irritation at everything and everyone between me and there.  Of course, me –… Read More