Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Photography, 2nd Edition

Crime Scene Photography, 2nd Edition,Edward Robinson,ISBN9780123757289


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Seamlessly combines the theory and practice of the craft

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* Over 600 full color photographs, also electronically available on the companion website
* Two new chapters on 'The History of Forensic Photography,' and 'Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography'
* Includes an Instructor website with lecture slides, practical exercises, a test bank and image collection
* An essential reference for crime scene photography, including topics such as Composition, the Inverse Square Law, Court Cases affecting photography, Digital Image Processing, and Photogrammetry
* Required reading by the Crime Scene Certification Board of the International Association for Identification (IAI) for all levels of certification


Crime Scene Photography, Second Edition covers the general principals and concepts of photography, while also delving into the more practical elements and advanced concepts of forensic photography. Edward Robinson assists the reader in understanding and applying essential concepts in order to create images that are able to withstand challenges in court.

The first part of the book deals with the basic theory and science of photography required to take superior photographs, and covers topics such as composition, exposure, focus, depth of field, and flash techniques. The second part of the text deals specifically with the challenges of photographing a crime scene, including instructions on how to document bodies and wounds, traffic accident photography, underwater photography and aerial photography. In the latter portions of the text, the author turns to digital theory and its advantages and disadvantages.


Students in forensic science programs, crime scene investigator/photographers, law enforcement training centers, police academies and local agencies. Forensic consultants and forensic scientists.

Edward Robinson

Edward M. Robinson began his career in law enforcement in 1971, with the Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department (ACPD). After 25 years with the ACPD, Mr. Robinson created the Crime Scene Investigation concentration at The George Washington University for their Master of Forensic Science degree program, and continues there today.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Forensic Science Department, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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Crime Scene Photography, 2nd Edition


Chapter 1: The History of Forensic Photography (Robert C. Sanders III)
Chapter 2: Composition and Cardinal Rules
Chapter 3: Basic Exposure (Non-Flash) Concepts
Chapter 4: Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses
Chapter 5: Electronic Flash
Chapter 6: Crime Scene Photography
Chapter 7: Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Fluorescence
Chapter 8: Photogrammetry
Chapter 9: Special Photography Situations
Chapter 10: Digital Imaging Technologies (David "Ski" Witzke)
Chapter 11: Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography (David "Ski" Witzke)
Chapter 12: Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images


Quotes and reviews

"[The book] addresses a technically sensitive practice with great accuracy. The writing is concise and easy to understand... The content is well organized and, fittingly, uses ample photographs as examples of both correct and incorrect ways to employ various photographic techniques. Specific topics discussed range from filters, flash, and focus to evidentiary concerns and court presentations. An excellent table of contents and index make finding specific content a breezeā€¦. The text is written primarily for a law enforcement audience. This solid text would serve nicely, however, for security professionals who may need to document accidents, potential hazards, crimes, or property loss. It is an excellent reference and would serve both a novice and experienced photographer."--Security Management Magazine

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