By Dan Phillips
The most expensive camera is never going to shoot clear images through a dirty windshield. The windshield should be cleaned thoroughly prior to surveillance. This shot is nearly ideal, as its shot at close range and with the sun behind the investigator leaving the surveillance vehicle free from glare.
Sometimes there are only certain places to capture the shot. Shooting through obstacles like a privacy wall and chain link fence are sometimes unavoidable. When a claimant carries a bag of sand though, the investigator learns to turn off the auto focus and keep the camera steady, in order to capture the activity.
When a claimant goes to the grocery store, the investigator needs to park directly behind the vehicle, so that when they start placing the items into the vehicle, they are able to catch the shot no matter which door they place items into.
When at grocery store, the investigator may need to move their vehicle several times in order to gain the best position. An investigator when having to shoot through glare may simply place a black, low gloss sheet or towel over the source creating the glare.
Sometimes what was a great shot becomes obstructed when an unexpected object blocks the shot. The investigator needs to only worry about keeping the camera steady, windshield clean and frame the subject!
Sometimes Mother Nature, such as fog, haze and rain can cause the picture to be somewhat obscured. However, the investigator may need to improvise by cleaning not only the exterior but interior windows, run a defogger or simply shoot through a crack in the window of their vehicle.
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