This course has been approved by the IAI Crime Scene Certification Board
While photography has changed forms over the years from the simple pinhole box camera to the state-of-the-art digital, it remains the primary way that crime scenes are documented. Any camera can accomplish basic crime scene documentation, but there are times when automatic photography is not enough. This course will teach students the basics of crime scene photography; what pictures to take and how to compose them.
This course will teach students the manual functions of an SLR camera and additional basics of digital technology. This class will teach students how to get quality macro photographs of fingerprints and other small items. This course will cover the importance of 1:1 photography for shoe prints and tire tracks. This course will teach students how to bracket exposure for dimly lit scenes and arsons. This course will teach students how to overcome darkness and get quality photographs no matter where they are or what time of day. This course will cover the basics of depth-of-field and when and how to adjust the camera to get an entire trajectory line in focus or obliterate a chain-link fence that blocks the view.
Instructors are knowledgeable on many different makes and models of cameras, and will help students learn how to get the best pictures possible with the camera issued by their individual agencies. Students spend the week taking hundreds of photographs with their own equipment, learning its strengths, limitations, and how to best deal with both.