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Introduction to Crime Scene Photography

Introduction to Crime Scene Photography acquaints the reader with the essentials of basic crime scene photography techniques. It looks at the concepts related to composition and relates them to the types of photographs captured by crime scene photographers. It explains how to capture images based on the exposure settings chosen to produce the effect desired. It considers the techniques used needed to control and maximize Depth of Field (DOF), and reviews how the different lenses will affect an image. Organized into seven chapters, the book begins with an overview of crime scene photography and composition, including the three cardinal rules of good photography. It then proceeds with a discussion of the benefits of bounce flash and how to utilize this technique to properly compose the subject of interest. It also explains how to capture any image necessary at the crime scene by combining the concepts of composition, nonflash exposure, DOF, flash exposure, and the use of various types of lenses. In addition, the reader is introduced to various energy sources and filters, digital processing of evidentiary photography, and legal issues related to photographs and digital images. Examples and illustrations are provided throughout to demonstrate how the concepts examined tend to form a sort of symbiotic relationship. This text will benefit scene investigators and photographers, forensic consultants, forensic scientists, undergraduate students in forensic and/or criminal justice programs, law enforcement professionals, and anyone who wants to acquire the skills needed to be a successful crime scene photographer.

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


  • Acknowledgments


    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 Ultraviolet/Visible/Near Infrared

        The Spectrum

        UV/IR Cameras

        Film and Other Camera Sensors

        Light (Energy)




        Chapter Summary

    Chapter 6 Digital Processing of Evidentiary Photography

        In the Beginning

        That Really Bytes!

        Do You Give a RIP? Raster Graphics versus Vector Graphics

        The Speed of Light ... I Mean Bits

        Taking a Bite (Make that Byte) Out of Digital Imaging

        Some Like their Data Raw

        Guidelines and Standards

        Image Classifications

        The Ball is in Your Court





        Case Law

        What Goes in Must Come Out ... Sort of

        Pixels, Dots, and Samples, Oh My

        Can You See It Now?

        Image Processing Guidelines

        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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