Crime Scene and Evidence Photography

Crime Scene and Evidence Photography
Second Edition

ISBN 978-1-933373-07-2
Published 2014

by Steven Staggs

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

Sections in the guide include:

Chapter 1 - Introduction
    The value of crime scene photography
    A brief history of crime scene photography
    Admissibility of photographs in court
    Testifying in court
    Becoming an expert witness
Chapter 2 - Camera and Lighting
    The camera
      Automatic vs. manual photography
    Technical photography
      Correct exposure
        High dynamic range photography
        Flash fill
      Maximum depth of field
      Free from distortion
      Sharp focus
    Flash Illumination
      Electronic flash
      Painting with light
      Available light photography
Chapter 3 - Crime Scene Fundamentals
    Steps in processing the crime scene
    The role of the Crime Scene Photographer
    The Photo Log
    Using video to record the crime scene
    Tools of the trade
Chapter 4 - Crime Scene: Crimes Against Persons
    Photographing injuries
    Assault scenes
    Homicide scenes
    Suicide scenes
    Autopsy photography
Chapter 5 - Crime Scene: Against Property
    Burglary scenes
    Robbery scenes
    Arson and fire scenes
    Explosion scenes
Chapter 6 - Crime Scene: Vehicles
    Burglary to vehicle
    Collision involving vehicle
    Technical Photographs of damage to a vehicle
Chapter 7 - Evidence Photography - Basic concepts
    Number of photographs
    Using scales and marking devices
    Camera and scale orientation
    Digital Images
    Establishing the location of evidence
    Close-up lenses and devices
Chapter 8 - Evidence - At the crime scene
    Footwear impressions
    Tire impressions
    Tool marks
    Bullet path
Chapter 9 - Evidence - In the Laboratory
    Laboratory camera equipment
    Lighting methods for evidence close-up photography
    Camera and scale orientation
    Serial numbers
    Forensic light source photography
    Ultraviolet photography
    Infrared photography
    Matching photographs

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About the Author

For the past 35 years Steven Staggs has been a forensic photography instructor and has trained more than 4,000 crime scene technicians and investigators for police and sheriff departments, district attorney offices, and federal agencies. He is also a guest speaker for investigator associations, appears as a crime scene investigation expert on Discovery Channel's Unsolved History, and provides consulting to law enforcement agencies.

Steve 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.

Steve is the author of the Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide, a field handbook for crime scene and evidence photography, which has sold over 40,000 copies and is in use by investigators in more than 2,500 law enforcement agencies.

Steve retired in 2004 after 32 years in law enforcement, but continues to teach forensic photography and crime scene investigations at a university in Southern California. He is the President of Crime Scene Resources, Inc. and Webmaster of the Crime Scene Investigator Network (, the world's most popular Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science website.

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