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Advanced Forensic Photography   

This course will teach you how to photographically document visually observable evidence when conditions or situations are less than ideal.

We will show you how to use advanced lighting techniques such as existing light, spot lights, bench top lighting, umbrella lighting and forensic light source systems to record your evidence. The various macro/close-up settings of your camera will be used to give you hands-on practice in photographing footwear, bullet holes, projectiles, shell casings and laser trajectory as well as fingerprint evidence in both daylight and nighttime conditions.

You will employ alternate light sources to photograph luminescent fingerprints and other chemically developed fluorescent evidence and you will be given the opportunity to record the luminol reaction with existing light photography. Specialized lighting techniques for documenting difficult to record physical evidence such as glass and other highly reflective surfaces will be discussed as practiced.

The photographs you take during the course will be reviewed by the instructor who will aid you in reconciling any challenges you encountered.

Topics Include

  • Fundamentals of applied photography
  • Specialized evidence photography techniques
  • Luminescent photography
  • Alternative light sources
  • Painting with light
  • Recording the trajectory of projectiles


Crime scene technicians, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel, and prosecuting attorneys

Course Length

24 hours


It is recommended, but not required, that you have completed a basic photography course.


Some days will run into evening hours.

What to Bring

  • Your agency’s digital camera (capable of manual operation)
  • External flash which attaches to the camera’s “hot shoe”
  • Batteries for the flash and camera
  • Cable release or wireless remote
  • Sync cord for flash to camera connection
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Polarizing filter to fit your camera’s lens
  • Orange filter
  • Photographic camera level (bubble level)
  • All available macro/close-up lenses and filters
  • Laptop computer and card reader for reviewing your photographs

Related Courses

This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.



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. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.

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