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Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Developing Surveillance Photography Skills

Is it possible to capture identifiable photos of suspects at more than a quarter mile away using only an entry-level photo kit?  Can photographers have enough control of the camera to shoot photos at night without using the flash? Instructors with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy’s (OPOTA) new Surveillance Photography course will teach students how to produce clear, useful photos.  
This four-day class includes field work, including two night exercises. The course will review and teach different techniques than those used in crime scene photography. Participants will learn proper control of focus modes, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, camera stabilization methods, and other camera settings in stationary and moving operations. (Hidden or remote camera installations are not covered.) Instructors will teach via lecture, demonstration, and practical exercises. Although photography experience is helpful, instructors will review basic fundamentals of camera operation and photographic methods.  

Equipment Needed
• A digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera with telephoto lens
• Camera battery charger
• Memory cards
• Outside field work is required, so appropriate clothing is recommended. (Some OPOTA equipment is available, if students are unable to bring their own.)
NOTE:  The second and third days of the course will be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. to work on low-light exercises.  
OPOTA Main Campus
1650 State Route 56 SW
London, OH  43140
March 5-8, 2018
Cost: $560

OPOTA Richfield
4055 Highlander Parkway
Richfield, OH 44268
October 9-12, 2018
Cost: $500