In addition to your typical crime scene photography, it is not too difficult to capture the panoramic images necessary to create a virtual tour of the scene.
Photography illustrating your case report can strengthen your case and corroborate your narrative.
Impression evidence from tire tracks, footprints, tool marks, extruder marks on different casings, etc. can be just as important in making your case as DNA or fingerprints.
The latest optical filters as well as some tried-and-true classics can be extremely useful in enhancing forensic images and adding to their evidentiary value.
Proper photography techniques are essential to the documentation and analysis of impression evidence.
At the heart of every crime scene are two basic questions for the Crime Scene Officer: how do you find the evidence and how do you properly document it once you find it?
An effective conversion from film to digital images requires more than a camera. A comprehensive digital imaging system is invaluable when storing, managing, and retrieving digital images.
Using High Definition Laser Scanning, an entire crime scene can be thoroughly documented making it possible to revisit the scene as the evidence is analyzed.
When inspecting clothing from a homicide case, it is usually necessary to measure where injuries may have occurred on the body. One means of recording the 3D positions of such clothing defects or marks on clothing involves using a 3D laser scanner. After putting the clothing on a mannequin, we use the laser to sweep through one side, creating a 3D mesh from the surface points.
3D scanning for forensics is an ever growing and useful application of laser based measurement technologies in fighting crimes and reconstructing events. Like all forensic tools, however, 3D scanning has its strengths and its limitations.
As 3D scanners become more common for capturing and preserving evidence, police, forensic technicians, and others involved in the field need to be aware of the applications, benefits, and limitations of this technology and how it can be used in the analysis of evidence and crime scenes.
First responders, forensic technicians, and investigators could quickly gather a large number of overlapping photographs without the need for special targets, expensive equipment, or complicated software, and then use Photosynth to find the common features between the photos and how each of the photos are oriented with respect to one another in 3D space.
An accurate and methodical technique for documenting bloodstain patterns is invaluable in crime scene analysis.
In order to provide a complete record of each scene, you need field notes and diagrams, along with relevant still photographs that correlate with those notes and diagrams.
What do U.S. federal investigators and anthropologists at the Smithsonian Institute have in common? They are both pioneering the use of 3D scanning technology to solve challenging mysteries.
CSI Cameras of Today
By Caroleann Fusco
With rapid development in the technology field, it’s difficult for a forensic photographer to choose the right camera and equipment. I receive calls daily from forensic photographers in many fields wanting to know which camera can do it all. With rapid development in the technology field, it’s difficult for a forensic photographer to choose the right camera and equipment.
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With rapid development in the technology field, it’s difficult for a forensic photographer to choose the right camera and equipment.
What exactly did you see as you walked through the door? Could you see into the next room? Where were you when you first saw the suspect standing at the window? Could you see a particular piece of evidence from that position? Could the suspect have seen into the hallway? Questions like these are often critical to understanding the development of events at a crime scene. What did you see and when did you see it? Answers to these questions must be clear and understandable.
There's good news and bad news: lower processing costs and diminishing film availability have driven forensic science toward digital photography.
Digital technology is putting crime labs on the fast track by making infrared and ultraviolet photography easier, quicker, and less expensive then ever before.
Photography has seen some dramatic changes over the years ever since the 1840’s when the advancement of acetate and gelatin for use as film made photography more practical.