Crime Scene Photography

Front Cover
Academic Press, Dec 8, 2009 - Law - 720 pages

Crime Scene Photography, Second Edition, offers an introduction to the basic concepts of forensic picture-taking. The forensic photographer, or more specifically the crime scene photographer, must know how to create an acceptable image that is capable of withstanding challenges in court. The photographic theory and principles have to be well grounded in the physics of optics, the how-to recommendations have to work, and the end result must be admissible in court.

Based on the author's years of experience in the field at both the Arlington County and Baltimore County Police Departments, this book blends the practical functions of crime scene processing with theories of photography to guide the student in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and ability to render reliable evidence.

This text has been carefully constructed for ease of use and effectiveness in training and was class-tested by the author at George Washington University.

Beginning August 2008, this book will be required reading by the IAI Crime Scene Certification Board for all levels of certification (through August 2011).

  • Over 600 full color photographs
  • Two new chapters on 'The History of Forensic Photography,' and 'Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography'
  • An essential reference for crime scene photography, including topics such as Composition, the Inverse Square Law, Court Cases affecting photography, Digital Image Processing, and Photogrammetry
  • Required reading by the Crime Scene Certification Board of the International Association for Identification (IAI) for all levels of certification

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Stoperat - LibraryThing

I read this while studying for the IAI's Crime Scene Certification test - and had I not been tested on the material would not have bothered to finish it. Poorly written, stuffy, and with large blocks ... Read full review


History of Forensic Imaging
Composition and Cardinal Rules
Basic Exposure NonFlash Concepts
Focus Depth of Field and Lenses
Electronic Flash
Crime Scene Photography
Ultraviolet Infrared and Fluorescence
Special Photography Situations
Digital Imaging Technologies
Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography
Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Edward M. Robinson began his career in law enforcement in 1971, with the Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department (ACPD). After 25 years with the ACPD, Mr. Robinson created the Crime Scene Investigation concentration at The George Washington University for their Master of Forensic Science degree program, and continues there today.

Bibliographic information