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Crime Scene Photography

Course Description:  This course is designed to educate Law Enforcement in the documentation of crime scenes, and automobile crashes, with the use of digital photography.  It teaches the basic principles and fundamentals of digital camera operation, lens selection, and use of an electronic flash. 

The advanced techniques taught such as the use of macro-photography will help with the development, preservation, and documentation of evidence.  Lecture with PowerPoint presentations, classroom demonstrations and discussions as well as student practicum exercises will be utilized. 

This course is instructed by members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Forensics Services.

Instructional Hours:  5 Days/32 Hours

Instructional Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to properly document and preserve crime scenes, accident/crash scenes, death scenes and autopsies, through photography.

After completion, the student will be able to:

  • What is Forensic Photography.
  • Why Forensic Photography is important.
  • Basic camera equipment needed for Forensic Photography.
  • Types of Cameras/Basic nomenclature utilized.
  • What makes a good forensic photograph.
  • Proper Exposure, Maximum Depth of Field, Minimal Distortion and Sharp Focus.
  • Lighting Techniques/Proper use of the flash.
  • Evidentiary Photography.

Course Completion Requirement:  Attendance and successful completion of a knowledge check.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, MP, Coroner/Deputy Coroner

MPOETC CLEE Hours:  3 - CLEE ID #: CLEE00554

Registration: Please register for the classes below using this form

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.

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