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.
- 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
It is recommended, but not required, that you have completed a basic photography course.
Some days will run into evening hours. Please bring your agency’s digital camera (capable of manual operation), an external flash which attaches to the camera’s “hot shoe”, batteries for the flash and camera, a cable release or wireless remote, a sync cord for flash to camera connection, a sturdy tripod, a polarizing filter to fit your camera’s lens; an orange filter; a photographic camera level (bubble level); and all available macro/close-up lenses and filters with you. You will also need a laptop computer and card reader for reviewing your photographs.