Fundamentals of Forensic Photography and Digital Imaging


Length of Course: 2 days

Pre-requisites: None

Training Objective: To give participants an understanding of the fundamentals behind photography, digital imaging, lighting and human vision emphasising best practice in the forensic context.

Course Outline: This course is specifically designed for anyone involved in preparing forensic images who wishes to gain an understanding of the fundamental processes of digital imaging as well as basic photography and lighting methods. Participants will learn how to record evidence digitally and enhance important features therein as well as understanding the importance of following best practice procedures in maintaining the integrity of their work. The course is supported throughout by realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Course Details:

  • Why we take photographs
  • Limits of human vision
  • Using the camera to extend the range of human vision
  • Basic photography theory and technique
  • Digital image acquisition and properties of digital images
  • Lighting techniques
  • Colour filtration and fluorescence
  • Introduction to crime scene photography
  • Introduction to photography of fingerprints and other crime scene marks
  • Standard Operating Procedures of imaging including workflow, documentation and archiving

Participants: This course will be of interest to anyone wishing to improve their understanding of forensic digital imaging.

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

  • Gain an understanding of the limitations of human vision
  • Gain an understanding of the workings of a camera
  • Understand the role of photography and digital imaging in evidence recovery and enhancement
  • Have a basic understanding of a range of lighting techniques applicable to the photography of crime scenes, fingerprints and other marks
  • Understand the importance of following best practice and following a robust workflow

Assessment Method: On-going practical assessment

Suggested further courses include:

  • Scene of Crime Photography
  • Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks
  • 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 Accreditation is expected soon for this course

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