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Nighttime Flash Photography Techniques for Criminal Investigators  

In this fast-paced 8-hour class, you will learn techniques that will empower you to successfully conquer the challenges associated with outdoor flash photography at night. We will teach you how to manually operate your agency’s digital camera to produce courtroom-quality photographs.

You will be presented with a wealth of information you can use immediately to properly photograph a crime scene and its evidence in less than ideal lighting conditions. We will teach you how to control your camera’s ISO for maximum effect as well as how to use the flash and timed exposures.

As the focus of the course is on intermittent, low light, or no light photography, class will begin in the afternoon hours and continue into the late evening. You will be required to participate in hands-on exercises designed to reinforce the techniques taught in the classroom. The resulting photographs will be reviewed and you will be given the opportunity to address any challenges you encountered.

Topics Include

  • Controlling your ISO for maximum effect while maintaining courtroom-quality photos
  • Basics of flash photography
  • Nighttime outdoor flash photography
  • Timed exposures
  • Multiple flash techniques
  • Painting with light


Newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel

Course Length

8 hours

What to Bring

  • Digital camera (SLR format preferred)
  • Memory cards
  • Card reader that accepts your 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
  • Macro close-up lens, telephoto zoom lens, etc.
  • Tripod
  • Level
  • Flashlight
  • 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 priviledes


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