This text- and image-based course is a self-paced learning tool for entry level crime scene investigators aspiring to work above the snapshot. After studying the reading assignments and successfully completing the practical exercises, students will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the evidence photographer during the investigation of a crime scene.
  • Explain the 3-2-1 backup strategy and describe the key elements of a non-destructive workflow.
  • Take properly focused, properly exposed photographs that are adequate for the intended purpose day or night, indoors or out, in weather fair or foul.
  • Process and print photographs in accordance with industry-standard practice, making routine adjustments for brightness, contrast and sharpness just as they would be automatically adjusted on Fuji and Noritsu minilab equipment.
  • Create slide shows, panoramas and exhibit-quality enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches.

The course consists of 19 lessons, practical application exercises, and two assignments, with one focused on daylight indoor images and one focused on nighttime outdoor images. The instructor will provideĀ a personalized image assessment for each submitted assignment, and this process will help students develop familiarity with equipment and the ability to take exhibit-quality images with existing gear.