Forensic Photography


UF Forensic Medicine Online Image

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the history of photography and utilization of a camera in a crime scene setting.  Students will learn basic photography skills, camera operation, exposure control, relational photographs, and flash control for crime scene and evidence documentation. Access to DSLR camera and tripod is required.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of visual images
  • Identify the rules of crime scene photography
  • Outline technical aspects of basic camera operation
  • Identify basic exposure concepts of photography
  • Identify lighting issues relative to crime scene photography
  • Evaluate aspects of photograph composition
  • Demonstrate methods for creating an acceptable photograph
  • Demonstrate knowledge of photography production
  • Demonstrate knowledge of crime scene documentation through photography



Week # Module and Topics
1 Module 1: Introduction and History of Photography
3 Module 2: Fundamentals of Camera Use and Operation
5 Module 3: Fundamentals of Crime Scene Photography
7 Module 4: Working with Light
9 Module 5: Photographing Injuries, Markings, and Bloodstains
10 Module 6: Evidence Photography
12 Module 7: Photography in the Laboratory
14 Module 8: Shoe-wear and Tool-mark Impressions Photography
15 Final Exam

Forensic Medicine Education Program Forensic scientist taking photos at a crime scene