Scene of Crime Photography


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 produce an accurate high quality photographic record of a crime scene.

Course Outline: The course covers the major aspects of crime scene photography including general scene shots, close-ups of evidence and the production of examination quality images of fingerprints, blood stains and other marks. Participant will also learn the importance of note-taking in support of the photographs, maintaining a chain of evidence recovery from the initial arrival at the crime scene to the final presentation of evidence. The course is supported throughout by realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Course Details:

  • Initial crime scene photography including overall and establishing shots
  • Techniques for lighting large areas, e.g. outside night-time scenes
  • Lighting techniques for crime scene marks and blood spatter
  • Photographic recording of other evidence in-situ
  • Examination quality photography of fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre tracks and other marks
  • Use of colour and metric scales
  • Note taking and record keeping

Participants: This course will be of interest to anybody involved in the photographic recording of crime scenes and the evidence found there.

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

  • Understand the role of photography in evidence recording
  • Produce a full and accurate photographic record of a crime scene
  • Develop an understanding of the lighting techniques applicable to the photography of crime scenes
  • Develop an appreciation of the imaging techniques appropriate to different evidence types
  • Appreciate the value of note-taking with photographic images to produce a chain of evidence
  • Understand the importance of following best practice and following a robust workflow

Assessment Method: On-going practical assessment

Suggested further courses include:

  • Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks
  • Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery
  • Introduction to Fingerprint Identification and Chemical Treatments
  • Retrieval and Enhancement of Chemically Developed Marks
  • Specialist Evidence Recovery and Recording Techniques

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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