Description

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.

Key Features

*Contains over 350 high-quality 4-color images
*Includes a Companion Web site hosting images from the volume as well as an Instructor Web site with key words, lecture slides, test bank and supplemental images
*'Rules of Thumb' are included to highlight key concepts

Readership

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

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. An Overview of Crime Scene Photography and Composition

Learning Objectives

Photo Documentation Forms

Rule of Thumb 1-1

Rule of Thumb 1-2

Composition and Full Field of View Responsibility

Cardinal Rule I: Fill the Frame

Cardinal Rule II: Keep the Film Plane Parallel

Rule of Thumb 1-3

Rule of Thumb 1-4

Cardinal Rule III: Maximize the Depth of Field (DOF)

Chapter Summary

Suggested Readings

Chapter 2. Exposure

Learning Objectives

The Proper Exposure Triangle

Exposure Stops

Exposure Variables

Rule of Thumb 2-1

Rule of Thumb 2-2

Rule of Thumb 2-3

Rule of Thumb 2-4

Rule of Thumb 2-5

Reciprocal Exposures

Rule of Thumb 2-6

The Reflective Light Meter

Normal Versus Non-normal Scenes

Tools for Determining Proper Exposures with Tricky Scenes

Exposure Modes

Bracketing

The F/16 Sunny Day Rule

Common Filters

Chapter Summary

Suggested Readings

Chapter 3. Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses

Learning Objectives

Focus

Rule of Thumb 3-1

Rule of Thumb 3-2

Depth of Field (DOF)

Rule of Thumb 3-3

Lenses

Rule of Thumb 3-4

Chapter Summary

Suggested Readings

Chapter 4. Electronic Flash

Learning Objectives

Manual Flash Exposure Mode

Rule of Thumb 4-1

Rule of Thumb 4-2

Rule of Thumb 4-3

Automatic and Dedicated/TTL Flash Exposure Modes

Fill-In Flash

Rule of Thumb 4-2

Direct Light

Oblique Light: Hard and Soft Shadows

Bounce Flash

Rule of Thumb 4-4

Aperture Priority Mode for Large, Dimly Lit Scenes

Chapter Summary

Suggested Readings

Chapter 5. E

Details

No. of pages:
432
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123865434
Electronic ISBN:
9780123865441

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

Reviews

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