Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Photography, 2nd Edition

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


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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, offers an introduction to the basic concepts of forensic picture-taking. It covers the basic crime scene scenario, providing important details to guide the student and professional through the process in a step-by-step manner. In addition to the photographic aspect, the handling and care of evidence and maintenance of the crime scene are also addressed. The book begins by tracing the history of crime scene photography. It explains the cardinal rules of crime scene photography; the photographic variables related to exposure; and the three basic types of crime/accident scene photographs: overalls, midranges, and close-ups. This is followed by discussions on the use of digital imaging technologies and the legal issues related to photography. Each chapter begins with an outline of Learning Objective and Key Terms that will be used for the remainder of the text. Within the text are tips and rules-of-thumb that highlight important aspects of the chapter. The chapters conclude with a succinct Summary, Discussion Questions, Practical Exercises, and a comprehensive list of Further Readings. This textbook is designed for photography students in an academic setting and practitioners working within various law enforcement agencies.


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

Foreword to the Second Edition Foreword to the First Edition Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 History of Forensic Imaging My Inspiration The Practical Value The History Summary Chapter 2 Composition and Cardinal Rules Use-Once (or, Use One Time) Camera versus a Professional Camera System Composition and Cardinal Rules Cardinal Rules of Crime Scene Photography Summary Chapter 3 Basic Exposure (Non-Flash) Concepts The Proper Exposure Triangle Shutter Speed as Motion Control Using Slow Shutter Speeds to Eliminate Rain and Snow Reciprocal Exposures The Reflective Light Meter “Normal” and “Non-Normal” Scenes Tools for Determining “Proper” Exposures with Tricky Scenes Bracketing The F/16 Sunny Day Rule Causes for Complete Rolls of Film with Exposure Errors Common Filters The Eye Cup Cover Summary Chapter 4 Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses Focus Depth of Field Lenses Summary Chapter 5 Electronic Flash Guide Numbers Flash Sync Speeds Set the Flash for the Film Used (If Still Using a Film Camera) Manual Flash Mode The Inverse Square Law Automatic and Dedicated Flash Exposure Modes Built-in Flash Units Fill-in Flash Oblique Light, Both Flash and Non-Flash (Flashlight) Bounce Flash Painting with Light Summary Chapter 6 Crime Scene Photography Photo Documentation Forms Overall Photographs Midrange Photographs Close-Up Photographs The Photographic Documentation of Bodies and Wounds Summary Chapter 7 Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Fluorescence The Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Ultraviolet Light (UV) Infrared Light (IR) on the Electromagnetic Spectrum Visible Light Fluorescence Summary Chapter 8 Photogrammetry Introduction to Photogrammetry Perspective Grid Photogrammetry Perspective Disc Photogrammetry Natural Grid Photogrammetry Reverse Projection Photogrammetry Rhino Photogrammetry Summary Chapter 9 Special Photography Situations Accident Photography Surveillance Photography Aerial Photography Underwater Photography Summary Chapter 10 Digital Imaging Technologies In the Beginning Expose Yourself to Digital Imaging Concepts: Bits, Bytes, Pixels, and Dots Take a Picture! It Lasts Longer … Or Does It? Image S&M … Storage and Management of Your Digital Images Summary Chapter 11 Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography Best Practices and Guidelines General Guidelines and Requirements The Order of Enhancements Getting Started The Imaging Process (The Act Formerly Known as “Enhancement”) Summary Chapter 12 Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images Criteria of Photographs and Digital Images as Evidence The Purpose of Crime Scene Photographs Photographs of Suspects and Evidence Legal Implications of Digital Imaging International Association for Identification (IAI) Resolution 97-9 Case Law Citations Relevant to Film and Digital Images Canadian Cases Summary Appendix Glossary Subject Index

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"[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 breeze…. 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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