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Introduction to Crime Scene Photography

From the author of Crime Scene Photography, 2nd Edition, this introductory text serves as a detailed nuts-and-bolts version of its big brother, currently required reading for certification by the IAI Crime Scene Certification Board.  Written for those just beginning their educations related to crime scene investigations, Introduction to Crime Scene Photography shares many of the features of the advanced text. This text initiates the novice to all the essentials of basic crime scene photography techniques.  And, it provides a smooth transition to the more complicated and advanced techniques found in the larger text.

The beginning of the book deals with basic theory and science of photography. This acquaints the reader with knowledge required to take superior photographs using composition, lighting and focus. Then follows photographing the crime scene, including specialty types of photography such as ultraviolet, fluorescence and infrared, going digital, using photos specifically to document bodies, wounds, and other related components to the crime scene. Also included are two chapters on the legal aspects of forensic photography and digital image processing.

Undergraduate students in forensic and/or criminal justice programs, law enforcement training centers, police academies and local agencies. Crime scene investigators/photographers, forensic consultants, forensic scientists

Hardbound, 432 Pages

Published: August 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-386543-4


  • "The book initiates the novice to all the essentials of basic crime scene photography techniques."--Evidence Technology Magazine, July-August 2013


  • CHAPTER 1 An Overview of Crime Scene Photography and Composition
    Photo Documentation Forms
    Composition and Full Field of View Responsibility
    Chapter Summary

    CHAPTER 2 Exposure
    The Proper Exposure Triangle
    Exposure Stops
    Exposure Variables
    Reciprocal Exposures
    The Reflective Light Meter
    Normal Versus Nonnormal Scenes
    Tools for Determining Proper Exposures with
    Tricky Scenes
    Exposure Modes
    The F/16 Sunny Day Rule
    Common Filters
    Chapter Summary

    CHAPTER 3 Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses
    Depth of Field (DOF)
    Chapter Summary

    CHAPTER 4 Electronic Flash
    Manual Flash Exposure Mode
    Automatic and Dedicated/TTL Flash Exposure Modes
    Fill-In Flash
    Direct Light
    Oblique Light: Hard and Soft Shadows
    Bounce Flash
    Aperture Priority Mode for Large, Dimly Lit Scenes
    Chapter Summary

    CHAPTER 5 Energy Filters and Sensors
    by Gerald B. Richards
    The Spectrum
    UV/IR Cameras
    Film and Other Camera Sensors
    Light (Energy)
    Chapter Summary

    CHAPTER 6 Digital Processing of Evidentiary Photography
    by David “Ski” Witzke
    In the Beginning
    That Really Bytes!
    Do You Give a RIP? Raster Graphics versus Vector
    The Speed of Light . . . I Mean Bits
    Guidelines and Standards
    Case Law
    Pixels, Dots, and Samples, Oh My
    Can You See It Now?
    Supplemental Guidelines for Brush Tools
    (Burn and Dodge)

    CHAPTER 7 Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images
    Photographs and Digital Images as Evidence
    A Fair and Accurate Representation of the Scene
    Relevant and Material
    Legal Implications of Digital Imaging
    Chapter Summary



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