Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Photography

3rd Edition - June 12, 2016

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  • Author: Edward Robinson
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128027646
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027684

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Crime Scene Photography, Third Edition, covers the general principles and concepts of photography, while also delving into the more practical elements and advanced concepts of forensic photography. Robinson assists the reader in understanding and applying essential concepts in order to create images that are able to withstand challenges in court. This text is a required reading by both the International Association for Identification’s Crime Scene Certification Board and the Forensic Photography Certification Board. Includes an instructor website with lecture slides, practical exercises, a test bank, and image collection and many videos which can be used.

Key Features

  • Extensively illustrated with over 1000 full color photographs, with many images entirely new for the third edition
  • Over 100 practical exercises help the reader grasp the practical applications
  • Variations of correct and incorrect approaches, to be used alongside practical exercises, available online in the Instructor’s Manual
  • The chapter on Special Photographic Situations includes new sections on autopsy photography, images from drones, recommendations to photographically document bloodstain patterns and firearms trajectories


Undergraduate and postgraduate students in forensic and/or criminal justice programs, law enforcement training centers, police academies and local agencies

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. History of Forensic Imaging

    • My Inspiration
    • The Practical Value
    • The History
    • Summary

    Chapter 2. Composition and Cardinal Rules

    • Use-Once Camera Versus a Professional Camera System
    • Composition and Cardinal Rules
    • Cardinal Rules of Crime Scene Photography
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises

    Chapter 3. Crime Scene Photography

    • Photo Documentation Forms
    • “As Found,” “As Is,” or “In Situ” Photographs
    • Exterior Overall Photographs—Crime Scene
    • Midrange Photographs
    • Close-Up Photographs
    • The Photographic Documentation of Bodies and Wounds
    • Learning Objectives, Revisited
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises

    Chapter 4. Basic Exposure (Nonflash) Concepts

    • The Proper Exposure Triangle
    • Shutter Speed as Motion Control
    • Reciprocal Exposures
    • The Reflective Light Meter
    • “Normal” and “Non-normal” Scenes
    • Tools for Determining “Proper” Exposures With Tricky Scenes
    • Bracketing
    • The f/16 Sunny Day Rule
    • The Eye Cup Cover
    • Learning Objectives, Revisited
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises

    Chapter 5. Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses

    • Focus
    • Depth of Field
    • Lenses
    • Learning Objectives, Revisited
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises (All Nonflash Shots)

    Chapter 6. Electronic Flash

    • Guide Numbers
    • Flash Sync Speeds
    • Manual Flash Mode
    • The Inverse Square Law
    • Automatic and Dedicated Flash Exposure Modes
    • Built-In Flash Units
    • Fill-In Flash
    • Oblique Light, Both Flash and Nonflash (Flashlight)
    • Bounce Flash
    • Painting With Light3
    • Learning Objectives, Revisited
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises

    Chapter 7. Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Fluorescence

    • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
    • Ultraviolet Light
    • Infrared Light on the Electromagnetic Spectrum
    • Visible Light Fluorescence
    • Learning Objectives, Revisited
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises

    Chapter 8. Photogrammetry

    • Introduction to Photogrammetry
    • Perspective Grid Photogrammetry
    • Perspective Disc Photogrammetry
    • Natural Grid Photogrammetry
    • Reverse Projection Photogrammetry
    • Rhino Photogrammetry
    • Summary
    • Discussion Questions
    • Exercises

    Chapter 9. Special Photography Situations

    • Subchapter 9.1. Aerial and Elevated View Photography
    • Subchapter 9.2. Autopsy Photography
    • Subchapter 9.3. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and Photography
    • Subchapter 9.4. Drones
    • Subchapter 9.5. Photographic Documentation of Shooting Incidents
    • Subchapter 9.6. Surveillance Photography
    • Subchapter 9.7. Underwater Photography
    • Subchapter 9.8. Vehicle Crash Photography

    Chapter 10. Digital Imaging Technologies

    • The Cliché
    • Bias and Uncertainty
    • Bits, Bytes, Pixels, and Dots Exposed
    • Make a Strategy for the Entire Imaging Process
    • The Science of Digital Imaging Is Getting a Bit Deeper
    • Joint Photographic Expert Group
    • Tagged Image File
    • Digital Forensics Is Like the Wild West
    • Summary

    Chapter 11. Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography

    • Introduction
    • Standard Operating Procedure
    • Image-Processing Guidelines
    • Image-Processing Techniques and Procedures
    • Summary

    Chapter 12. Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images

    • Criteria of Photographs and Digital Images as Evidence
    • The Purpose of Crime Scene Photographs
    • Photographs of Suspects and Evidence
    • Legal Implications of Digital Imaging
    • International Association for Identification Resolution 97-9

Product details

  • No. of pages: 800
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: June 12, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128027646
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027684

About the Author

Edward Robinson

Edward M. Robinson began his career in law enforcement in 1971, with the Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department (ACPD). After 25 years with the ACPD, Mr. Robinson created the Crime Scene Investigation concentration at The George Washington University for their Master of Forensic Science degree program, and continues there today.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Forensic Science Department, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

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  • Kevin A. Thu Dec 22 2022

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    Got a good deal on the book & ebook combo. Im a tactile person so I like having that physical copy. Just a few chapters into it, I’ve learned a bunch & made some adjustments to put some of the skills to task. Excellent writing that puts it into perspective for an average blue collar person w/out being over-technical. My first hard copy had an issue w/ the pages coming apart from the spine in about 30 days in. Elsevier Customer Rep Albert Golviogo Tubongbanua was amazing & took care of the issue post-haste. Customer service is excellent. I’ll be expanding my library in the future w/ Elsevier

  • Helmut D. Mon May 14 2018


    Exactly what i have expected from ELSEVIER, a systematic, well structured introduction from primary basics to very sophisticated methods in photography, suited not only for the needs of the near 100.00% perfect operating investigator but to all interrested into the deeper physical meanings of masterly picturing the reality.