Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks


Length of Course: 3 days

Pre-requisites: Participants should either have completed the course "Fundamentals of Forensic Photography and Digital Imaging” or otherwise have a basic understanding of photography using a digital SLR camera

Training Objective: To enable participants to optimise the capture and enhancement of images of crime scene marks to maximise their evidential potential.

Course Outline: Training in use of lighting and photographic techniques for the recovery of fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre tracks, tool marks and other scene of crime evidence. This is complemented by the application of digital enhancement of captured images for forensic purposes. The course is supported throughout by realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Course Details:

  • Lighting techniques including copy-lighting, oblique lighting, diffuse lighting, cross-polarised lighting and specular reflection
  • Use of coloured filters for contrast enhancement
  • Use of forensic light sources for fluorescence photography
  • Photography of marks on commonly encountered surfaces including porous and non-porous surfaces
  • Photography of untreated and chemically treated marks
  • Photography of marks in blood
  • Image enhancement techniques
  • Standard Operating Procedures in the processing and documentation of image enhancements

Participants: Anybody involved in the photographic recording of forensic evidence and the enhancement of images, who wishes to develop their skills further.

Benefits: At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and will be able to:

  • Understand the role of photography and digital imaging in evidence recovery and enhancement.
  • Develop a good understanding of a range of lighting techniques applicable to the photography of crime scene marks, including fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre marks and tool marks.
  • Be able to optimise the lighting and capture of images of fingerprints, etc, from a range of different surfaces.
  • Be able to choose and apply suitable image enhancement processes to maximise the evidential value of images.
  • Understand the importance of following best practice

Assessment Method: On-going practical assessment

Suggested further courses include:

  • Scene of Crime Photography
  • Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery
  • Introduction to Fingerprint Identification and
  • Chemical Treatments

All forensic courses conducted by Complete Forensics are based on the guidelines and standards of the NPIA, Harperley Hall, County Durham, UK and the Metropolitan Police, London.

Certification: Facilitated through our assessor to UK NPIA & MET Police standards.
CPD certification is expected soon for this course.

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