This book explains how to take surreptitious photographs and record video of people and property in a safe and effective manner while producing excellent results. It is the most comprehensive text on clandestine photography available. It takes the reader through conventional as well as the most sophisticated clandestine photography methods in practice today, and it covers the use of all types of equipment ranging from off-the-shelf to the most high-tech equipment available. The ultra-long-range night vision photography methods discussed in this book were devised by the authors and only exist here. Readers will discover esoteric techniques for photographically recording recognizable human and vehicle plate images from distances of over a mile in both daylight and night conditions. Myriad methods for secretly photographing people and property under diverse and difficult conditions are presented. Readers will discover innovative applications of combinations of old and new photographic-related technologies—some combined in unexpected ways that produce surprising results. It is written and extremely well illustrated in an easy to understand style for all photographers regardless of skill level. The book is appropriate for anyone in law enforcement, military operations, and private investigation. It will also benefit government surveillance specialists and those responsible for detecting and thwarting manual clandestine photography.
Foreword—Stephen M. Hennessy, Ed.D.
Foreword—Carl J. Jensen III, Ph.D.
Chapter 1. MANUAL CLANDESTINE PHOTOGRAPHY IN
THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Chapter 2. CAMERAS AND LENSES FOR MANUAL
Chapter 3. PHOTOGRAPHIC ACCESSORIES FOR MANUAL
Chapter 4. TECHNIQUES AND METHODS OF MANUAL
Chapter 5. NIGHT VISION PHOTOGRAPHY FOR
Chapter 6. TACTICS AND STRATEGIES FOR MANUAL
CLANDESTINE PHOTOGRAPHY OPERATIONS
Chapter 7. ATMOSPHERE, WEATHER, AND MANUAL
Chapter 8. HUMAN VISION AND VISUAL AIDS
Chapter 9. MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS
Review from Security Management Magazine.
This fine reference publication updates the 1975 work by Raymond P. Siljander, Applied Surveillance Photography. The earlier work filled a void at the time, and this vastly expanded later work does the same today. Those of us who came of age using and “push processing” 35mm Kodak Tri-X, 2475 Recording, and High-Speed Infrared films will appreciate the comprehensive explanation of the digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera bringing us into the 21st century.
The introduction explores the need for clandestine photography to meet today’s investigative challenges of sophisticated criminal and terrorist activity. The book progresses through cameras and lenses, photographic accessories, techniques and methods, night vision applications, tactics and strategies, and the challenges of atmosphere and weather. In addition to DSLR cameras, the authors address the use of various camcorders. Tips are offered on camouflage, concealment, and near infrared signature management.
The visual presentation is professional with quality materials and clear type. Descriptive and explanatory drawings, tables, and photographs are found throughout the book. There is a comprehensive index and an impressive listing of current bibliographic references. The authors cite many government and military sources, and they clearly indicate that this book is to supplement—not replace—the photographic instructional material used by various agencies. They caution that this work is directed at the technical aspects of clandestine photography and that practitioners must be acutely aware of the legal issues in any jurisdictions in which they may be operating.
This book is strongly recommended for those involved with special surveillance challenges. It may be beneficial as a training text in courses for investigative personnel required to obtain photographic documentation and the application of manual photographic skills in extreme conditions. It would be a welcome addition to any investigative photographer’s library.
Reviewer: Paul D. Barnard, CPP, CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), SFPC (Security Fundamentals Professional Certification) is a security manager for the Department of Defense. He has been a member of ASIS International since 1975. The opinion expressed is solely that of the reviewer and does not imply a view of the U.S. government or any other organization.
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