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


From the author of Crime Scene Photography, 2nd Edition, this introductory text serves as a detailed nuts-and-bolts version of its big brother, currently required reading for certification by the IAI Crime Scene Certification Board.  Written for those just beginning their educations related to crime scene investigations, Introduction to Crime Scene Photography shares many of the features of the advanced text. This text initiates the novice to all the essentials of basic crime scene photography techniques.  And, it provides a smooth transition to the more complicated and advanced techniques found in the larger text.

The beginning of the book deals with basic theory and science of photography. This acquaints the reader with knowledge required to take superior photographs using composition, lighting and focus. Then follows photographing the crime scene, including specialty types of photography such as ultraviolet, fluorescence and infrared, going digital, using photos specifically to document bodies, wounds, and other related components to the crime scene. Also included are two chapters on the legal aspects of forensic photography and digital image processing.


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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