This course will teach you how to effectively use your agency’s digital camera system. You will learn the proper approach to various types of law enforcement-related scenes that require photography documentation - from human injuries to outdoor nighttime crime scenes. The primary focus of this course is to equip you with the confidence to adjust the camera settings to record both the scene and all related evidence the way you observe them.
We will teach you the necessary skills to overcome the lighting challenges that crime, crash, and fire investigations create. You will be immersed in indoor, outdoor, daytime, and nighttime practical situations using your departmentally issued or personal cameras. IPTM’s instructor will work alongside you and share best practices so that you can become proficient in photographing a variety of scenes and evidence.
In addition to the practical exercises, we will emphasize court proven methods for properly recording the scene and archiving the images correctly with the suggested standards and best practices set by the Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT), the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), and the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE).
- Three primary camera shooting modes
- Exposure triangle
- Familiarization with departmentally issued cameras
- Basics of scene documentation
- Footwear, tire tread, injury, and macro close-up evidence photography
- Daytime/Nighttime flash photography and painting with light
- Digital image archiving as related to chain of custody
On the second day, class will run into evening hours.
Patrol officers, crime scene technicians, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel, and attorneys
This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.
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
- Small flashlight for nighttime exercises
- Bubble level
- Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)
- Laptop for reviewing photos following hands-on projects
- Remote shutter release cable or wireless remote
- Circular polarizing filter that will fit your camera's lens (i.e. 52mm, 62mm, 72mm, etc.)
What Our Students Are Saying
- “Awesome, awesome, awesome instructor!!” – I.J.
- “Outstanding course-lectures are on point; good visual aids of topics. Practicals reinforced lectures.” – C.S.
- “Imparted a great deal of operational knowledge covering all environments and situations I am likely to encounter.” – S.H.
- “Excellent in all areas, hands-on, especially the night photos.” – J.S.
- “Instructors were excellent. Very informative class. Classroom and practicals were very hands on – great for understanding the camera.” – Ofc. T.A.
- “Instructor knowledge and real-world experience. Hands on work with instructors actively helping.” – M.S.
- “Great job with hands on and explaining methods with simplicity.” – Det/Sgt. A. D.
- “The instructors are highly motivated and knowledgeable. They have an ease with teaching. I learned more about photography in 40 hours than I have in 23 years in law enforcement.” – Det. C.I.
- “It’s amazing how much I didn’t know about photography until this course.” – Const. J.C.
- “This was a great course. I only wish I had been able to take it sooner in my career.” – Det. N.B.