Crime Scene photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Shizuka, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. Shizuka

    Shizuka Guest

    Is anybody here a Crime Scene photographer?
    Or, does anybody here know anything about
    Crime Scene photography??

    I'm police departments prefer
    color photos over black and white??
    Do they use macro lens with slower films?
    I'm guessing they use slower films in order
    to make enlarged prints?

    I'd appreciate any information. Thank You!


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    dadiOH Guest

    I would think it would vary markedly from one police department to another,
    some doing *much* better than others. For example...

    Some years ago a young woman was brutally raped and killed in a large
    downtown office building in Honolulu. Turned to be a security guard who
    was quickly convicted.

    The family was mounting a civil suit against the building owners and the
    attorney representing them called me in to evaluate a photo of the corpse.
    As I said, it was a brutal rape and there had been considerable vaginal
    tearing. The attorney wanted to enlarge the photo to the point where that
    was obvious. Unfortunately, I had to tell him "no way" as the photo was a
    polaroid and it had been taken from perhaps 10-12' away. It was the *only*
    photo taken and it had been taken by the Honolulu PD.

    For what it's worth, all my forensic photography was on 6x7 negative
    material (Vericolor) and I always did LS, MS, CU (long shot, medium shot,
    close up).


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  3. Police do primarily "Technical" photos. Usually with a 50mm lens wide open.
    Color photos are the most common these days. Digital is common now too.
    Macro is used for some stuff like fingerprints or torn tape etc.

    George B. Washburn, Aug 4, 2004
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    C J Campbell Guest

    Almost every police photo that I have seen was taken with a Polaroid.
    C J Campbell, Aug 4, 2004
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    Fitpix Guest

    I was a police dispatcher for 7 years. At the department I worked for, the
    photos used to be shot by either a detective or a road officer who had gone
    to one of the police acedmies and taken a course on crime scene photography.
    They weren't photographers per se, but cops who were trained to take the
    photos of evidence so it could be presented in court. They used a Canon F1
    but now have gone digital. There are programs that take the photos of of the
    memory cards and immediately make it so that no alteration other than I
    believe lightenong or darkening can be done. There also specific programs to
    take crime scene digital pix and put them into a comprehensive display.
    Fitpix, Aug 5, 2004
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    Hunt Guest

    I cannot speak for "police crime scene photography," but I had many clients
    who required evidentiary photography (usually marine attorneys, and energy-
    related images) and the shots differed as much as the cases. Most required
    medium-format and were split between B/W and color, depending on what was
    needed. Negative film was always shot on these assignments, and prints ranged
    from 8x10 to 30x40. All angles were usually shot from WA through macro and
    even micro in some cases. Sometimes, I was required to replicate what the
    human eye would register in a certain lighting condition, and sometimes I lit
    the entire scene. It just depended on what was needed.

    This was before digital capture, so I cannot comment on changes that might
    have taken place since its advent. It also seems that the altering of a
    digital image might pose some legal problems, though there was often plenty of
    darkroom work to achieve exactly what the attorney needed - though nothing was
    ever superimposed, or obliterated, at least not in MY darkroom.

    Hope that this helps a bit,
    Hunt, Aug 18, 2004
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