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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 205
Course Title: Crime Scene Photography
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Techniques and methods of modern crime scene photography, focusing on practical applications of how crime scene and forensic imaging are conducted utilizing a digital single lens reflex camera (D-SLR). Topics include fundamentals of photography in the documentation of crime scenes and evidentiary items required for testimonial and reconstruction purposes. Prerequisite: CJAD 201. 

Note: Students taking this course are required to use a single lens reflex camera (D-SLR). No film, point-&-shoot digital cameras, hybrid digital cameras, or pro-consumer digital cameras are allowed to be used in this course. Embedded Exit information will be reviewed by instructor of all images submitted during this course. Images are turned in “as is” having no enhancements done by imaging software.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: CJAD 201

Course Rotation for Day Program:

No Day Course Rotation

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list in not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be suitable in meeting course objectives, many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for student by utilizing available technology. It is suggested that instructors offering this course consider text(s) required for certification testing by The International Association for Identification to meet their “Forensic Photography Certification” requirements.

Crime Scene Photography Second Edition
By Robinson (Academic Press)
Practical Forensic Digital Imaging – Applications & Techniques
By Jones (CRC Press)
Advanced Crime Scene Photography
By Duncan (CRC Press)
Crime Scene Imaging & Documentation” by ()
By Himmel & Lederle (MLHPIX Publishing)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the role of crime scene photography in preservation and interpretation of evidence from crime scenes.
  2. Describe and demonstrate the methods and importance of proper crime scene photography in a criminal investigation.
  3. Compare and evaluate relevant terminology, equipment and methods for photographic preservation and interpretation of evidence from crime scenes.
  4. Describe and demonstrate comparative individual, team and departmental approaches to photographing a crime scene.
  5. Articulate the legal and practical issues involved in photographing a crime scene.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • History of photography in law enforcement
  • D-SLR camera functions and applied operation menus
  • Proper depth-of-field
  • Stop-action as a result of shutter speed applications
  • Lenses and proper selections
  • Light and exposure issues and problems
  • Qualities of light
  • Electronic flash & painting with light techniques
  • Capture of “examination quality” images
  • Systematic approach to crime scene imaging
  • Legal issues in law enforcement in the use of digital imagingTerminology used in digital imaging for reports and testimonial applications
  • Terminology used in digital imaging for reports and testimonial applications

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: October 25, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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