Forensic Photography is an integral part of Crime Scene Investigation. Forensic photographers are responsible for taking the initial photographs of a crime scene before the investigators begin collecting evidence. Back in the lab, crime scene photographers take photographs of each item collected. These photographs are used as documentation through the life of the case and provide concrete documentation for investigators and forensic scientists. Forensic photography is different from other types of photography in that there is no room for artistic creativity. Crime scene photographers must produce clear and objective work that will be used as a reference.
Skills and Duties
- Analyze and photograph secure crime scene
- Document any evidence found and provide references for scale
- Understand technical principles of photography
- Fully understand protocols of evidence handling and chain of custody
- Be able to operate standard camera equipment and software
B.A. Degree in Photography; Focus: Forensics
Common Courses: Fundamentals of Photography, Digital Photography, History of Photography, Color Photography I/II, Lighting Techniques, Narrative Photography; Ability to choose forensic-specific courses.
B.S. in Forensics or Crime Scene Investigation
Common Courses: Criminalistics Forensic Chemistry, Ethics in Criminal Justice,Principles of Human Disease, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Laboratory Techniques in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and General Genetics.