Digital Photography for Aircraft Accident Investigation (PHOTO)

Course Description

**Beginning July 1, 2022, this course will be conducted entirely at our lab located at 905 Westminster Ave, Alhambra, CA. We highly recommend staying nearby and not near LAX.**

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.

PHOTO 24-2
PHOTO 25-1
PHOTO 25-2
PHOTO 26-1
21-22 May 2024
17-18 Dec 2024
28-29 May 2025
16-17 Dec 2025

Course Outline

  • Digital Photography
  • Basic Photographic Equipment
  • Lenses and Camera Controls
  • Electronic Flash
  • General Techniques
  • Macro Photography
  • Lighting
  • Picture Identification
  • Specialized Photographic Techniques
  • On-Site Photographic Priorities
  • Student Practice Session
  • Critique of Student Photographs
  • Videography
  • Basics in Videography
  • 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 USC program; please coordinate beforehand to determine availability.

CEU: 1.4

Course Duration:  2.0 Days

Tuition: $1,300 (July 2023 - June 2024); $1,375 (July 2024 - June 2025); $TBD (July 2025 - June 2026)

Published on May 31st, 2017

Last updated on March 12th, 2024