Understanding Forensic Digital Imaging offers the principles of forensic digital imaging and photography in a manner that is straightforward and easy to digest for the professional and student. It provides information on how to photograph any setting that may have forensic value, details how to follow practices that are acceptable in court, and recommends what variety of hardware and software are most valuable to a practitioner.
In addition to chapters on basic topics such as light and lenses, resolution, and file formats, the book contains forensic-science-specific information on SWGIT and the use of photography in investigations and in court. Of particular note is Chapter 17, Establishing Quality Requirements, which offers information on how to create a good digital image, and is more comprehensive than any other source currently available.
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The science of digital imaging can be divided into two separate branches: the techniques that explain how to use and create digital images, and the technical knowledge that is necessary to design cameras, computers, and software. The expert witness should be a skilled practitioner in the techniques and have enough understanding of the technical knowledge to answer hard questions that might be asked in court. Understanding Forensic Digital Imaging is the first book to address both types of knowledge, offering a comprehensive and thorough approach to the subject of digital imaging, providing the reader with necessary information about the techniques and a solid understanding of the technology.
Providing information on the basics of photography, while also covering the complex concepts particular to forensic science, Understanding Forensic Digital Imaging is a one-stop resource for the forensic expert. With its unparalleled coverage of digital imaging – including a chapter on establishing quality requirements that is more comprehensive than any other source currently available – this book is an essential read for any forensic expert who is required to work with digital images and testify in court.
Herbert Blitzer is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Forensic Imaging in Indianapolis. Previously he served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Indianapolis, where he was assigned to work with the Indianapolis Police Department. Prior to that, he spent 33 years working for the Eastman Kodak Company, where he served as an engineer and strategic manager. At one point he managed the Company's Law Enforcement Marketing program. He has published numerous articles in trade journals and, with Jack Jacobia, authored Forensic Digital Imaging and Photography.
Karen Stein-Ferguson is president of Digital Data Forensics, LLC in Clearwater, Florida. She is a native of Indiana where she graduated from Purdue University with a BS in mathematics and earned her MBA with honors from Indiana University. After graduation, Ms. Stein-Ferguson worked in industry as a systems analyst, business engineer, partner in a software development firm, and other executive management roles. She spent 20 years managing technology departments for several Indiana businesses and Indiana state government agencies. After 15 challenging years in technology, Ms. Stein-Ferguson earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1994. She accomplished this milestone while working fulltime as the Chief Information Officer at Indianapolis’ largest law firm. In 2004 Ms. Stein-Ferguson added computer forensics to her skill set and is a certified computer examiner through International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE). Computer forensics compliments all her experiences and background perfectly.
Ms. Stein-Ferguson is licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is a board member of the Indiana Forensic Science Initiative and Vice-Chair of the General Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Stein-Ferguson is active in several business organizations and does speaking engagements on computer forensics and legal technology issues in business and the practice of law.
Dr. Jeffrey Huang recently joined Raytheon Company IIS/RIS in supporting the Department of Homeland Security US-VISIT program.
Before Dr. Huang joined Raytheon, he was an assistant professor of Computer Science at Purdue School of Science with joint appointment at the Indiana University School of Informatics, Bioinformatics Program at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Dr. Huang's research areas include computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning on the applications of biometrics, video surveillance, and bioinformatics. During Huang's academic appointment, he received several research grants as a PI or co-PI from National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and National Institute of Health (NIH). His funded projects are related to facial biometrics, video surveillance, and forensic applications. For past 8 years, Dr. Huang taught various computer science courses in the university, including graduate level courses of Data Mining, Biometric Computing, and Bioinformatics. He received Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award in 2003 and was elected as the favorite professor of Computer Science in 2005. Dr. Huang published more than 40 articles in biometric research field. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and Biometrics Consortium.
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