Forensic Photography


Elective Course
Credits: 3

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. 

Course Objectives:

  • 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 


  • Module 1: Introduction and History of Photography 
  • Module 2: Composition and Cardinal Rules 
  • Module 3: Crime Scene Photography 
  • Module 4: Basic Exposure Non-Flash Concepts 
  • Module 5: Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses 
  • Module 6: Electronic Flash 
  • Module 7: Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Fluorescence 
  • Module 8: Special Photography Situations 
  • Module 9: Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography and Legal Issues Related to Photographs and Digital Images