Police Photography, Sixth Edition, discusses the fundamental principles of police photography. Toward that end, this book is organized into two main themes: (1) the photographic process; and (2) the application of photography to police work. The original text has been updated with materials on cameras, films, equipment, processing techniques, videotapes, and digital imaging. The book begins with a brief history of police photography and a general discussion of the various uses of photography in police work. It then introduces some basic concepts, such as the properties of light and types of photography equipment, including cameras, films, and lenses. Topics such as film exposure; the components of a darkroom; and black-and-white and color film processing are discussed. The remaining chapters deal with digital photography, accident photography, crime photography, evidence photography, identification photography, photography of documents, ultraviolet photography, fluorescence photography, and infrared photography.

Key Features

  • Step-by-step instructions show both experienced and inexperienced photographers the best way to capture specific situations encountered in law enforcement.
  • A wide variety of photographs and illustrations demonstrate techniques and complement the material.
  • A glossary provides a quick reference for looking up important definitions.


Students and beginning professionals in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 The Police Photographer Police Photography — A Short History The Many Uses of Photography in Police Work Public Relations Police Photography and Fire Investigation Evidential Photographs The Future of Photography Chapter 2 Light and the Simple Camera Refraction Light Light — Our Most Important Tool Intensity of Light The Simple Camera A Pinhole Camera Disadvantages of the Pinhole Camera Adding a Lens Adding a Shutter Chapter 3 Cameras 110, Ultra-Miniature, and Instamatic Cameras 126 Instamatic Cameras and Disposable Cameras The 35mm Camera The 120 Medium-Format Camera The 4 × 5 Camera Polaroid Cameras Digital Cameras Video Cameras Camcorder Formats Camcorder Features Image Sensors Lenses Viewfinders Use of Camcorders The Police Camera Chapter 4 Film The Emulsion The Base Basic Film Sizes Sub-Miniature Film 35mm Film Types of Film DX Film 120 Film 4 × 5 Film Color Sensitivity Speed Graininess Contrast Sharpness and Acutance Special Black-and-White Films Color Film Color Negative Film Color Slide Film Color Balance Selection of Color Films for Police Work Handling Films Professional versus Consumer Films Film versus Digital Chapter 5 Equipment Lenses Normal Lenses Wide-Angle Lenses Telephoto Lenses Zoom Lenses Autofocus Lenses Macro Lenses Lens Speed Lens Mounts Care of Lenses Filters Care of Filters Exposure Meters Choosing a Meter Using a Meter Proper Expos


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