Course overview

The technical features of a DSLR camera can be challenging for many crime scene investigators and law enforcement professionals. This course aims to make students feel more comfortable making adjustments on their cameras beyond just the basics. Students then take their new technical camera skills and apply them to challenging crime scene situations where camera set up, proper equipment and specific techniques are key to producing quality crime scene documentation photos.


Day One.

Day one begins with a review of how light interacts with a camera and how we as users adjust the camera for proper exposure. The day continues with a discussion of proper crime scene photo composition and making advanced adjustments.

  • Light and the DSLR camera

  • Shutter speed, aperture & ISO

  • Evaluating exposure

  • Crime scene photography composition

  • Understanding advanced adjustments

  • What not to adjust

Day Two.

Day two builds upon day one where students learn the characteristics of bloodstain patterns, bloodstain pattern enhancements and proper application techniques of these chemicals.

  • Basic chemistry of Amido Black and Leuco Crystal Violet (LCV)

  • Proper application and documentation of Amido Black and LCV

  • Basic principles of chemiluminescent reactions (BlueStar)

  • Proper application of chemiluminescent reagents

  • Camera set up and photography of chemiluminescent reactions

Day Three.

Day three introduces students to firearms and projectiles as evidence. With an emphasis of safety, student will learn how to search for, document and collect evidence produced by firearms.

  • Firearm “anatomy”

  • Firearms safety

  • Sodium rhodizonate testing

  • Documenting a shooting incident scene

  • Photographing trajectory rods and LASERs

Day Four.

In day four, students learn advanced photography techniques to help them better document the crime scene and evidence items.

  • Comparison quality photography

  • Long exposure and flash photography

  • Physics of UV/IR light

  • UV/IR use at the crime scene and for evidence processing

  • Photography using UV/IR

Day Five.

On the last day of class, students focus on perfecting their report writing skills and then learn how to properly convey their crime scene processing techniques to a court and jury.

  • Proper documentation and note taking

  • Crime scene report structure

  • Use of photos and diagrams

  • Common phrases

  • Court process

  • Court attire

  • Voir dire and qualifications

  • Presenting forensic concepts to the jury

Course links

advanced crime scene photography course syllabus

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Course requirements.

Students will need to bring any camera equipment normally carried while on duty.

(Camera kit rental is available. Select option during registration)