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Digital Photography for Traffic Crash Investigators   

Clear, identifiable photographs are essential for both the subsequent investigation as well as the courtroom presentation. This comprehensive “hands-on” course addresses the unique characteristics of crash scene photography and will teach you how to properly photograph a crash scene, no matter what the size or environmental conditions.

Since time is of the essence in opening the roadway and resuming normal traffic flow, we will show you valuable and timesaving techniques for quickly and accurately photographing the scene. And because much can be lost when the scene is cleared, you will learn the methods and settings to achieve the best results the first time.

“Hands-on” exercises photographing crash scenes and wrecked vehicles will accompany class lectures to give you a thorough working knowledge of your camera’s component parts and accessories. We will also explain the legal guidelines for archiving photographs and presenting photographic evidence in court.

In addition, we will present you with an overview of videotaping as it relates to the crash scene. You will have the opportunity to see new equipment and hear about future technical advances in this field.

Topics Include

  • Use of digital cameras
  • Analyzing the crash scene
  • Close up documentation
  • Lighting conditions
  • Night, inclement weather and flash photography
  • Photographing vehicle damage
  • Photographing human body injury


Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, medical examiners, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers

Course Length

40 hours

What to Bring


  • Digital camera (SLR format preferred)
  • Memory cards
  • Card reader designed for the camera's memory card
  • External flash for mounting on the camera's hot shoe
  • Off-camera sync cord
  • Extra batteries for the camera and flash unit
  • Battery charger
  • Tripod
  • Level
  • Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)


  • Camera manual
  • Remote shutter release cable or wireless remote
  • Circular polarizing filter that will fit your camera's lens (i.e. 52mm, 62mm, 72mm, etc.)
  • Laptop computer with administrative privileges

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Digital Photography for Traffic Crash Investigators course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Excellent of course – well blended between in class instruction and hands-on practicals. Instructors work strictly knowledgeable on the topic. Kept attention and high energy that maintained my interest. I would highly recommend this course.” – N.S.
  • “The hands on was phenomenal! I love that at least half hour day was actually driving the camera. I also appreciated the instructors make sure each person knew what we were doing.” – H.T.
  • “Both instructors very knowledgeable and willing to help. Course was very informative and would recommend to other police officers.” – Ptl. C.D.
  • “Every aspect of the course was beneficial” – Ptl. F.S.
  • “Being hands-on helped learning and making it fun. I have a new appreciation for photography.” – Ofc. A.S.


Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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