Photos - taking Photographs and/or Videos

If you need to take a picture of an object such as a piece of machinery, or of the inside or outside of a building, or of land outside, there are advantages in taking a video rather than a series of still photographs. A video will show the subject at changing angles which may make detailed features of the subject clearer than still pictures would. In addition a video which starts from a known point - such as the back door of a house - will make clear the layout of the land in a way which still photographs would not do so easilly.

On the other hand good quality still images are generally more convenient for use in court or tribunal proceedings or during pre-action correspondence and, whilst it is possible to extract still images from a video, they can often be rather blurred - even if a video seems very clear when being played.

So often it is best to do both - take a video so that your barrister can easily see e.g. the layout of the land you are photographing, but also take still images.

When you take a video:

1. If the video is of the inside or outside of a building or of open land (rather than an isolated object such as a piece of machinery) start at an easily identifiable point, such as the outside doorway of a building or the roadside gate of a field, and take 3 or 4 seconds panning round the starting point so that the starting point is clearly shown. For example if you going to be videoing a garden starting from the back door of a house, walk several paces into the garden from the back door, then turn round and video the back door for 3 or 4 seconds, before turning round again and proceeding to video parts of the garden. This helps the viewer to "get their bearings".

2. Every ten seconds, and when videoing any important details, hold the phone/camera still for a couple of seconds. 

When taking photographs:

1. If the photos are of the inside or outside of a building or of open land (rather than an isolated object such as a piece of machinery) try to take photos which make it easy for the viewer to get their bearings as well as close-ups. For example if the state of a fence is important, as well as take a close-up of the fence, take a photo with the fence in the distance and with some easily identifiable feature - such as a veranda - in the foreground.

2. Give each of the photos a number and make a plan showing where each photograph was taken from.  



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