The multi-faceted field of Forensic Photography is used in diverse disciplines as Forensic Odontology, Dactyloscopy, Document Examination, Forensic Pathology and Forensic Tool Mark Examination. Forensic photography's role as well as its limitations are emphasized in this course. Students will be thoroughly immersed in the theory of photography, providing them with an understanding of the techniques which will be used in the practical exercise. Topics include crime scene photography, alternate light source photography, unltraviolet and infrared photography, photomicrography, macro photography, theory of light and photographic evidence in the courtroom.
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Apply principles of "forensic photography" and compare how it differs from conventional photography.
Demonstrate how light is controlled to arrive at the desired exposure.
Outline the terms "true perspective" and "viewing distance" and their potential impact in a court of law.
Given a simulated outdoor crime scene in darkness, correctly demonstrate:
the photographic documentation of the scene using a time exposure.
the photographic documentation of the scene by "painting" with light.
Given a three-dimensional impression, correctly demonstrate the proper techniques in its photographic documentation.
Outline what is meant by the term "stokes shift" and its importance in forensic photography.
Given a simulated crime scene, demonstrate the correct protocol in depicting the scene photographically.
Correctly photograph a developed fingerprint 1:1 in situ as well as from a set of known fingerprints.
Plan and demonstrate the proper techniques when faced with a variety of photographic problems, using the principles of depth of field; depth of focus; law of reciprocity; inverse square law; perspective and distortion.
Effective as of Fall 2007
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