Why Is Crime Scene Photography Important

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Crime scene photography, sometimes referred to as forensic photography or forensic imaging, is the art of producing an accurate representation of an accident or crime scene. Crime scene photography is an important asset in the collection of evidence at the crime scene, documents the appearance and location of victims, shell casings, footprints, bloodstain patterns, and other physical evidence. In order for photographs to be admissible in a court of law, the standard for photographs of crime scenes and evidence must be of sufficient quality. Photography has a vital role in the decision made in court because the pictures are to represent the scene as it was exactly. Digital SLR single reflex camera is the most often used camera in crime scene investigations. Digital cameras have twelve megapixel, or greater image sensors and manual exposure settings. In addition, digital cameras have the option of automatic or programmed exposure modes. There are numerous factors involved in the quality of digital photographs when selecting equipment, such as close-up capabilities, availability of accessories and even printer used to print the digital photograph. With the advancement in technology, digital cameras are more common and have become easily more accessible and cost efficient than film cameras. Once the pictures are…show more content…
Ultimate goal of photography is to represent the crime scene to use in court. Crime scene photographers have to take high quality technical photographs to assure the photographs can be of value to the investigation and admissible in the courts. The purpose of technical photographs is to show as much detail about the view or object as possible. To create the best technical photograph, the photographer must adhere to four characteristics. The photographs have maximum depth of field, are correctly exposed, are in sharp focus, and free from
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