This video is a preparatory video regarding the upcoming Forensic Photography Symposium. There’s a lot of good information in this video so please sit back and watch for the next few minutes to ensure that you don’t miss any valuable information.
If at any time during the conference, you have an issue, you can message us through Zoom or simply send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be monitoring that email address during the conference in case you have any issues.
In order to watch the symposium, I will be using Zoom as our meeting platform. The links for the symposium will only be sent on Sunday January 16, so make sure to look for them at that time.
When you sign into Zoom, please use your full first and last name. Do not use nicknames or numbers. This is so we can ensure that only registrants are attending. If you use a cryptic name, you’ll be kicked back to the waiting room until you change it to your full name.
At the very least, you'll need a computer with sound so you can hear the recordings. If you want to participate in the networking sessions, it's helpful to have a webcam and microphone. There is a Zoom app for mobile devices and this can be a good option in case you don't have a microphone or webcam.
All of the talks will be recorded although I won’t be recording the networking sessions. It takes some time for the recordings to be processed in the cloud, but once they are done, I’ll send an email out to everyone so you can catch up on on the recordings. The recordings will be available for a period of 2 weeks after the conference.
DUE TO THE NATURE OF SOME PRESENTATIONS, YOU MUST NOT SHARE ANY OF THE SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS THROUGH LINKS, SCREEN CAPTURES, AUDIO OR VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT PRIOR, WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE SPEAKER OR CONFERENCE ORGANIZER.
Some people have asked for Zoom backgrounds and I’ve created a few of them that you can set once you login to Zoom, or if you are really eager to check them out beforehand, you can download them below.
You can find a copy of the most recent schedule in the conference program and on the website. Please remember that all times are in Eastern Time (Toronto-New York).
I know many of you are familiar with Zoom, but in case you are aren’t comfortable with it, make sure to drop in during our Virtual Meet and Greet on Monday January 17, 2022 from 10-12, noon. I’ll be there just to say hello to everyone and to make sure that we can clear up any issues before the start of the Keynote presentation which begins at 1pm Eastern.
We’ll be having a Networking session on Tuesday January 18 from 10am to Noon, again, Eastern time and this is your chance to catch up with your colleagues, speak to our sponsors and meet your peers. This will be accomplished through Zoom Breakout rooms and should be a bit of fun before the presentations start at 1pm.
Wednesday and Thursday, the 19th and 20th of January, we’re going to have what I am calling our Tech Talks Rapid Fire sessions. These will be a series of 15 minute presentations from different speakers covering all sorts of topics. There will be very little time for breaks between the speakers and limited time for questions, however, it is a good way to see a lot of topics in a short time. Again, the regular presentations start at 1pm each day.
With respect to our Q&A sessions, I want to encourage everyone to ask questions where possible. Although we don’t have a lot of time, it’s important to engage the speakers with serious and thoughtful questions. In case we run out of time, we’ll do our best to get any remaining questions to the speakers, or we’ll ask them to hang back and answer any questions in the Q&A section of Zoom.
Throughout the symposium, we’ll be giving away prizes which have been donated from our sponsors. This includes everything from free software licenses, free seats for training courses and camera accessories and stuff. But, you may have to work for it so keep your symposium program handy.
We are also going to announce two photo contests. One for students and one for professionals. I’ve placed a page on my website where I’ll be hosting the photographs and I’ll be taking a poll during one of our breaks later in the symposium so that you’ll get a chance to vote on the best images. I’ve also placed the contest rules on the website as well. Just look for the photo contest page that was recently added on the website.
I want to thank you all for attending and supporting the Forensic Photography Symposium!