Forensic Photography

For this crime scene which is a domestic living room, natural light would be suitable along with any lights in the room. Just in case there is not enough light it would be essential to bring some extra flashes to highlight areas and shadows. To stop any blurring a tripod would be used as the person taking the pictures could have unsteady hands as without it the photos would be blurred. The type of lens to use in this situation would be a wide angle lens to capture a lot of the room.

This would allow the background and foreground to be captured. Also it's a good lens for taking photos in a small area with restricted room. For all the smaller items of evidence a close-up lens would be needed. For example it would be used when photographing finger prints and blood spatter as to get a good close-up of it. Also a ruler would be appropriate for measuring the evidence as you would take photos without it then place the ruler next to the piece of evidence and photograph like that.

The places that would need photographing would be the interior and exterior of the building, including all the evidence found at the crime scene. Also the body would need to be photographed at different angles with some including any evidence around the body and some close-ups. Factory Fire The fire scene would need lots of light as most probably the lights wouldn't work because of the fire, and there would be little natural light. Therefore many flashes would be needed to get rid of any darkness and shadows within the factory.

A tripod would also be necessary to stop any blurring and shaking. The lens that would be required for this scene is the wide angle lens as the factory would be a very large area and to capture all of it a wide angled lens would have to be used. For taking photos of any evidence including the ignition point and any forced entry places, a close-up lens would be used. This is so any small bits of evidence within can be picked up. So the crime scene photos can be observed after collecting them, both close-ups and wide angled photos should be taken as well as normal views. Traffic Accident

In this case there would be plenty of light as the accident would've happened outdoors. If it was in the day then flashes would be needed to light any dark patches and shadows but if it happened at night then high powered flashes would be important to capture everything. The best way to do this would be to use painting with light. This will then give the large area of the crime scene lots of light that a single flash wouldn't provide. To capture the skid marks a close-up camera should be used to catch the tire tread and a wide angled lens should be used to capture the direction and length.

For the bottle of whiskey, which may have fingerprints on it should be taken with a wide angled lens after fingerprints have been dusted for as this will show where the print is in relation to the bottle. Also a gray card would be used for the light exposure for the fingerprints along with black and white film. Pictures of all the evidence should be taken at different angles. Another thing to photograph is the view both drivers and any passengers had from inside whilst in the vehicles and for this a wide angled lens would be used to show a lot of the surroundings.

In addition to these photos the positions of the vehicles when they stopped, where they stopped and where any other cars were at the time should also be taken. Lastly a photo from overhead may be necessary to get an overlook of the whole traffic accident sight. D1 In forensic science a good camera is vital for taking photographs. This is because in many cases photos can help to tell the crime. The two cameras I have researched to compare are the Panoscan MK-3 and the Fujifilm IS Pro SLR Digital Camera.

Both of these cameras have the ability to capture photographs in Infrared and Ultra Violet which means in forensics it's very useful as it can be used to examine things not seen by the naked eye. Also both cameras are made from durable materials which makes good for forensics as they can e used in all weather conditions. They are both also designed to hold camera mounted lighting system meaning they can be used even when no visible light is available. The Panoscan MK-3 is a camera system which is designed specifically with law enforcement use in mind.

The camera has the capability to capture 360i?? view in a short time with high resolution. It contains more dynamic range so any details in the shadows and highlights that would be lost on normal film show up clearly. Also the colour is more accurate than any captured on normal film. The images from this camera can also be viewed on location through wireless networks meaning the images taken can be seen at the crime scene just after they have been taken. The Fujifilm IS Pro SLR Digital Camera contains a kit that contains filters to offer full use of the camera in forensic science.

It features a real photo processor allowing captures of clear and precise photos perfect for in lower light conditions and a zoom which restore any blurring and distortions. It also has a very useful LCD screen which can tilt, meaning it can get in hard to reach places but will still result in good quality photos. Out of both these cameras I think the Panoscan MK-3 camera is the better one due to the fact it has extra features and seems to be much better than other leading forensic cameras. As all the features I have listed make it suitable for taking to crime scenes and being used to take all the crime scene photos.