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Forensic photography requirements?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by JellyBelly, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. JellyBelly

    JellyBelly Meat Popsicle

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    Let's say I somehow get kinda good at this whole phototraphy thing.

    How does a person get involved in crime/accident scene photography? When pictures are needed does a cop grab the department's camera or are there specialists? What kind of education or experience is required?
     
  2. MrsKitty

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    Here, detectives shoot all the pics. In the larger departments, they have crime scene techs who process the entire crime scene and handle all the pics.

    A civilian will not be allowed in a crime scene to do pics for several reasons. First is to protect the integrity of the scene. Second is they want their own people who have been trained according to their requirements and standards. If a private person is hired to do crime scene pics, there is no way to establish the chain of custody for the pics because a person outside the agency will have access to them. Any defense attorney would have a field day with that. Last is that departments do not have a budget to cover such expense.

    I am sure there are many more reasons but those came off the top of my head.
     

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    That makes perfect sense. Thanks.
     
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    I worked forensics. At my old department, whenever ID was needed, a crime scene tech or community service officer was dispatched to take the photos. During training there was basically a one day crash course on photography that really only lasted a few hours just going over basics. Most of the crime scene techs had no prior photography experience whatsoever. Just by chance, on the side my forensic supervisor was a professional photographer. At my department we used 1Ds, 20Ds and a few Rebel XTs.

    There's so much more as far as training that would make you appealing to a department in my opinion, the photography would really just be an added bonus I guess. But it's hard to mess a photo up for those purposes. Did you photo the broken lock or not? It doesn't matter if it is complete exposed, yada yada. There were only rare circumstances where I would witness my boss take his camera off of auto and use M.