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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.
  • “Excellent course- covered all areas needed to complete job as crash investigators.” – Anon.
  • “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.


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