Crash Photography (with Nighttime Photo Techniques)

Crash Photography (with Nighttime Photo Techniques)

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Crash Photography (with Nighttime Photo Techniques)
by Jan Bobe, Ulrich Fasse and Larry Fasnacht

Did you know that a good tripod is the most important camera accessory for a crash photographer? If not, then perhaps IPTM's newest publication, Crash Photography (with Nighttime Photo Techniques) can help solve other problems you may have experienced when taking pictures in less than ideal conditions.

A collaboration by three authors who have extensive knowledge in crash reconstruction and photography, this booklet begins with a brief overview of the basics of photography. From there, they discuss shutter times, apertures and f-stops for both daytime and nighttime photography. The issue of camera positioning is addressed and actual photos are used as examples to show you not only what to do, but also what not to do when taking pictures.

The authors recommend options that you may use to overcome adverse lighting conditions. They discuss the different types of light and how artificial lights in various locations can improve the quality of a photo. They also offer ways to avoid both backlights and stray lights on wet roads and suggest rules for photographing scenes in snowy, rainy and foggy conditions to get good results.

A section of the booklet is devoted to various problems with modern cameras. The authors point out which features will and will not work in crash photography situations and make recommendations as to which features are absolutely essential when purchasing a camera for dead photography.

Crash Photography (with Nighttime Photo Techniques) is divided into the following sections:

  • Basic Thoughts on Crash Photography
  • How a Photo is Made: The Secret of the Black Box
  • Doing a Crash Photo
  • Camera Position
  • Night Photography
  • Disruptive Factors
  • Modern Electronic SLR Camera
  • Final Remarks

About the authors:

Jan Bobe holds the position of Polizeihauptkommissar in the Gütersloh (Germany) Police. He has served over 20 years in law enforcement, taking a keen interest in traffic crash investigation and reconstruction and in making the work of the responding officers easier and more effective.

Ulrich Fasse holds the position of Polizeikommissar and is the training officer for photography, photo and video documentation, traffic crash investigation and photogrammetry at the Erich Klausner Police Training Institute in Stukenbrock.

Larry Fasnacht has been in law enforcement since 1978 and is currently a police officer and traffic crash reconstructionist with the Papillion Police Department in Nebraska. He has experimented with long shutter times and simple but effective photographic techniques suitable for use by a patrol car officer.

Specifications: 19 pages, 8½”x11”, saddle stitched, 38 photos; Publisher: IPTM (January 2002)

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