When a shoeprint is located, it needs to be photographed in situ and up close, and if the impression cannot be carefully and safely recovered for examination in the laboratory, an examination-quality photograph needs to be taken. These photographs are taken with a tripod-mounted camera, which is rotated in such a manner that the plane of the film is parallel to the plane of the print. The inclusion of a scale will enable the photographer’s technician to develop a 1:1 scale photo of the impression to aid comparison. When lighting is necessary for photography, the flash should be held at least 45º from the print and fired from at least three different positions. By using this oblique lighting procedure, a different amount of light is reflected from the shadowed and non-shadowed areas providing greater contrast for both 2D and 3D impressions.

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