The photograph above was taken from directly overhead. Specific measurements were made in advance of this photograph and marked on pavement. After the photo was printed, it was marked and cropped. The photo was then re-printed as cropped resulting in a photograph in perfect scale which can be used as an exhibit in court. For a full, detailed description of this process, see the bottom of this page.

 
 
 

Below is a detailed technical description of this process:

Scott H. Newby personally surveys the accident or crime scene to be photographed, takes measurements to determine the total area to be covered, and paints scaling markers onto the pavement which show up on the film. Usually, scenes are broken up into 2 equal segments, and scaling markers are painted on each segment.

Scott H. Newby rides shotgun with the flight crew when the aerial photograph is taken. After the film is developed a contact print is made of the 9"x9" negative. Scott H. Newby draws cropping lines on the print to show the borders of the final enlargement, draws circles around the scaling markers to locate them for lab personnel, and draws a line dividing the 2 segments to indicate where the final enlargement should be cut and hinged for easier transportability.

The lab prints the enlargement to an exact scale using the painted scaling markers on both halves of the picture. The enlarger head (equipment to print the picture) is moved to ensure the distance between both sets of painted Scaling markers is identical. The process is called rectification and ensures the scale is uniform from one end of the mounted enlargement to the other.

The entire procedure from initial site inspection to final scaled, mounted enlargement is easily explained to a lay jury. Scott H. Newby can also testify to the accuracy because he is in the airplane viewing the scene when the photo is taken.