Basic Forensic Photography

Instructor: Robert Wyman

This informative and exciting 3-day course provides each in attendance unique classroom presentations and outdoor hands-on exercises, both for day and night situations. This training is designed to assist Crime Scene Investigators, Traffic Crash Officers, Fire and Arson Investigators, Medical Examiners, and Local Government Code-Compliance officials to accurately document assignments they are faced with in their respective investigative professions. There are many elements involved with assembling a forensic puzzle for an investigation, in many cases most importantly, is the invaluable forensic photography that can used to either make or break your case. This course will be most useful to inform the attendee of the ever-important task of properly documenting your crime scene.

Course topics are purposely structured to be basic, entry-level presentations for inexperienced or “point-and-shoot” photographers, moderately-experienced photographers with some training, as well as experienced photographers looking for a refresher course or some new ideas.

Throughout the course, these basic photographic subjects will be matched to real-world forensic documentation assignments; however, this course is not intended to be a complete, in-depth Forensic Photography “Master Class.” This class will cover the exposure triangle with modern digital cameras, image composition, choosing the right camera tools for the job at hand…basically, the start to finish of your critical documentation achieved by forensic photography.

Examination photography of evidence, impression photography, flash photography, night and low light photography will be covered. Regardless of your skill level in forensic photography, your images are sure to improve upon completion of this training.

Topics Covered:
• Importance of Evidence Photography
• Evidence Photography Standard Operating Procedures
• Camera Switches, Dials, Menus and Functions
• The Exposure Triangle … Shutter, Aperture and ISO
• Camera Modes…
• Automatic Mode
• Program Mode
• Shutter Priority Mode
• Exercises including illustrations of Subject Movement and Camera Movement
• Aperture Priority Mode
• Exercises including illustrations of Depth of Field
• Manual Mode
• Extensive exercises utilizing Manual Mode settings
• Scene Modes
• Exercises utilizing the Macro Scene Mode
ISO exercises including illustrations of Digital Noise
• Proper Use of Tripods and Other Camera Mounts
• Remote Camera Controls
• On-Camera Flash, Off-Camera Flash, and Steady-Burn Lamps
• Direct Lighting, Oblique Lighting, and Bounce Lighting
• Low Light, Night and Inclement Weather photography
• Retro-Reflective Sheeting photography
• Ambient Light photography
• Close-Up and Macro photography
• Fingerprint photography on various surfaces
• Indented Writing impression evidence photography
• Tire Track/Shoe Print impression evidence photography
• Confined-Space photography
• Image Metadata
• Camera and Sensor Cleaning

(Approx. 2 hours at night)


1) Time of the night session will be adjusted as needed during the year. In the Summer months, night photo sessions will not commence until 9:00 PM and will run until approximately 10:30 PM – 11:00 PM.

2) A dark classroom will NOT fully substitute for an outdoor night photo session and will only be utilized if there’s inclement weather or other special circumstances at the venue.

• Camera Flash Distance exercise (may include pop-up flash vs. high-power external flash,
dependent upon agency’s equipment)
• Retro-Reflective Sheeting and Off-Camera Flash exercise
• Painting With Light exercise

This course can be combined with the two-day advanced topics to make a 40 hour course if desired.


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