Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide




Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide
Second Edition

ISBN 1-933373-01-6
Published 2005

by Steven Staggs

From documenting a homicide scene to recording the detail of a bite mark, photographs can communicate more about crime scenes and the appearance of evidence than the written report. Photography is a valuable tool for recording the crime scene and explaining evidence to others.

The Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide, 2nd Edition is designed to be a field reference for those responsible for photography at the crime scene. It may be used by law enforcement officers, investigators, and crime scene technicians. It contains instructions for photographing a variety of crimes scenes and various types of evidence. It is a valuable reference tool when combined with training and experience. The Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide is also a helpful resource for students and others interested in entering into the field of crime scene investigation.

Over 40,000 copies of the first and second editions of this book have been sold. It is in use in more than 2,500 law enforcement agencies and is a text book for several Colleges and Universities.

The Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide, 2nd Edition is a practical and concise field handbook for crime scene and evidence photography. Designed to be carried in an evidence kit or camera bag, this 83 page, 5 ½" by 8 ½" publication contains step-by-step instructions for photographing crime scenes and evidence. It includes 67 example photographs, and 14 diagrams and tables. Sections in the guide include:

Cameras and Lighting Techniques
    Technical photography techniques
    Flash illumination
    Flash fill
    Painting with light
    Available light photography
Photographing Crime Scenes
    Steps in Photographing the Crime Scene
    Walk Through
    The three step approach
    Overview photographs
    Mid-range photographs
    Close-up photographs
    Using video to record crime scenes
    Records of photographs
Photographing Specific Types of Crime Scenes
    Homicide
    Suicide
    Dead Body Cases
    Autopsy photography
    Gunshot wounds
    Domestic violence, assaults and injuries
    Property crimes
    Arson and fire scenes
    Traffic collisions
Photographing Evidence
    General principles
    Close-up photography
    Lighting methods for close up photography
    Impression photography
    Fingerprint photography
    Bloodstain photography
    Laser and ALS photography
    Bullet path photography
    Injury photography
    Tool marks and serial numbers
Basic Equipment
    Crime scene photography kit
    Other recommended equipment

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About the Author

Steven Staggs retired from 32 years in law enforcement and has extensive experience in crime scene photography and identification. He has testified in superior court concerning his crime scene, evidence, and autopsy photography and has handled high profile cases including a nationally publicized serial homicide case.

For the past 30 years Steve has been a forensic photography instructor and has trained more than 5,000 crime scene technicians and investigators for police and sheriffs departments, district attorneys offices, and federal agencies. He is also a guest speaker for investigators' associations and provides consulting to law enforcement agencies.

Steve was prompted to write the Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide in response to requests by crime scene investigators and forensic photographers who desired a practical and concise field handbook for crime scene and evidence photography.

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