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Digital Photography for Law Enforcement   

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).

Topics Include

  • 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 prosecuting attorneys

Course Length

24 hours


This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.

What to Bring

Strongly Recommended

  • 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
  • Tripod
  • 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.)
  • Macro lens or magnifying filters

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “This course was very informative and useful for my career. Nancy is an instructor with real world experience and an obvious passion for the subject matter. I appreciated the amount of hands-on training that we received. ” – Special Agent Q.K.
  • “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.
  • "Nancy is very knowledgeable and engaging. All of the hands-on projects were very beneficial. The little tips and tricks were helpful and I know I will put them to use in the field." – Crime Scene Technician T.H.


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. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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