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Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Photography, Second Edition covers the general principals and concepts of photography, while also delving into the more practical elements and advanced concepts of forensic photography. Edward Robinson assists the reader in understanding and applying essential concepts in order to create images that are able to withstand challenges in court.

The first part of the book deals with the basic theory and science of photography required to take superior photographs, and covers topics such as composition, exposure, focus, depth of field, and flash techniques. The second part of the text deals specifically with the challenges of photographing a crime scene, including instructions on how to document bodies and wounds, traffic accident photography, underwater photography and aerial photography. In the latter portions of the text, the author turns to digital theory and its advantages and disadvantages.

Students in forensic science programs, crime scene investigator/photographers, law enforcement training centers, police academies and local agencies. Forensic consultants and forensic scientists.

Hardbound, 720 Pages

Published: February 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375728-9


  • "[The book] addresses a technically sensitive practice with great accuracy. The writing is concise and easy to understand... The content is well organized and, fittingly, uses ample photographs as examples of both correct and incorrect ways to employ various photographic techniques. Specific topics discussed range from filters, flash, and focus to evidentiary concerns and court presentations. An excellent table of contents and index make finding specific content a breeze…. The text is written primarily for a law enforcement audience. This solid text would serve nicely, however, for security professionals who may need to document accidents, potential hazards, crimes, or property loss. It is an excellent reference and would serve both a novice and experienced photographer."--Security Management Magazine


  • Foreword

    Chapter 1: The History of Forensic Photography (Robert C. Sanders III)
    Chapter 2: Composition and Cardinal Rules
    Chapter 3: Basic Exposure (Non-Flash) Concepts
    Chapter 4: Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses
    Chapter 5: Electronic Flash
    Chapter 6: Crime Scene Photography
    Chapter 7: Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Fluorescence
    Chapter 8: Photogrammetry
    Chapter 9: Special Photography Situations
    Chapter 10: Digital Imaging Technologies (David "Ski" Witzke)
    Chapter 11: Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography (David "Ski" Witzke)
    Chapter 12: Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images



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