Importance Of Crime Scene Photography

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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…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…show more content…
In order to capture detail in all parts of the scene, including shadows and highlight areas, correct exposures are necessary. There is such a thing as over exposing or under exposing. Overexposed photographs will lose detail in the highlighted areas, whereas underexposed photographs will lose detail in the shadows. Exposure is controlled by the lens aperture and shutter speed. Digital SLR cameras can be operates in automatic and manual modes. Automatic flash units and automatic systems create sufficient results in most normal situations. Although, in some situations the automatic exposure systems may create incorrect exposures. Common lighting problems include bright sun scenes with deep shadows, highly reflective scenes, and back lighting. For example, when a photographer tries to photograph detail in the shadows, the brighter areas will be overexposed. This is where bracketing exposure should be considered. Bracketing will provide the series of photographs at different exposures. Bracketing involves a sequence of exposures of the same subject at different exposures. Another valuable technique for insuring correct exposures, especially for scenes with dark shadows, is flash fill. In scenes where there is a bright illumination of sunlight, there will usually be dark shadow areas. In a crime scene everything and anything must be visible because no one is for sure what is viable to the

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