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.

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