Introduction to Crime Scene Photography

Introduction to Crime Scene Photography, 1st Edition

Introduction to Crime Scene Photography, 1st Edition,Edward Robinson,ISBN9780123865434


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A concise, up-to-date introduction to crime scene photography techniques for the layperson with little to no photography experience

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*Contains over 350 high-quality 4-color images
*Includes a Companion Web site hosting images from the volume as well as an Instructor Web site with key words, lecture slides, test bank and supplemental images
*'Rules of Thumb' are included to highlight key concepts


Introduction to Crime Scene Photography acquaints the reader with the essentials of basic crime scene photography techniques. It looks at the concepts related to composition and relates them to the types of photographs captured by crime scene photographers. It explains how to capture images based on the exposure settings chosen to produce the effect desired. It considers the techniques used needed to control and maximize Depth of Field (DOF), and reviews how the different lenses will affect an image. Organized into seven chapters, the book begins with an overview of crime scene photography and composition, including the three cardinal rules of good photography. It then proceeds with a discussion of the benefits of bounce flash and how to utilize this technique to properly compose the subject of interest. It also explains how to capture any image necessary at the crime scene by combining the concepts of composition, nonflash exposure, DOF, flash exposure, and the use of various types of lenses. In addition, the reader is introduced to various energy sources and filters, digital processing of evidentiary photography, and legal issues related to photographs and digital images. Examples and illustrations are provided throughout to demonstrate how the concepts examined tend to form a sort of symbiotic relationship. This text will benefit scene investigators and photographers, forensic consultants, forensic scientists, undergraduate students in forensic and/or criminal justice programs, law enforcement professionals, and anyone who wants to acquire the skills needed to be a successful crime scene photographer.


Undergraduate students in forensic and/or criminal justice programs, law enforcement training centers, police academies and local agencies. Crime scene investigators/photographers, forensic consultants, 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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Introduction to Crime Scene Photography, 1st Edition

CHAPTER 1 An Overview of Crime Scene Photography and Composition
Photo Documentation Forms
Composition and Full Field of View Responsibility
Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 2 Exposure
The Proper Exposure Triangle
Exposure Stops
Exposure Variables
Reciprocal Exposures
The Reflective Light Meter
Normal Versus Nonnormal Scenes
Tools for Determining Proper Exposures with
Tricky Scenes
Exposure Modes
The F/16 Sunny Day Rule
Common Filters
Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 3 Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses
Depth of Field (DOF)
Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 4 Electronic Flash
Manual Flash Exposure Mode
Automatic and Dedicated/TTL Flash Exposure Modes
Fill-In Flash
Direct Light
Oblique Light: Hard and Soft Shadows
Bounce Flash
Aperture Priority Mode for Large, Dimly Lit Scenes
Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 5 Energy Filters and Sensors
by Gerald B. Richards
The Spectrum
UV/IR Cameras
Film and Other Camera Sensors
Light (Energy)
Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 6 Digital Processing of Evidentiary Photography
by David “Ski” Witzke
In the Beginning
That Really Bytes!
Do You Give a RIP? Raster Graphics versus Vector
The Speed of Light . . . I Mean Bits
Guidelines and Standards
Case Law
Pixels, Dots, and Samples, Oh My
Can You See It Now?
Supplemental Guidelines for Brush Tools
(Burn and Dodge)

CHAPTER 7 Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images
Photographs and Digital Images as Evidence
A Fair and Accurate Representation of the Scene
Relevant and Material
Legal Implications of Digital Imaging
Chapter Summary


Quotes and reviews

"The book initiates the novice to all the essentials of basic crime scene photography techniques."--Evidence Technology Magazine, July-August 2013


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