This is a 3-day Autopsy and Injury Forensic Photography course which will be of interest to medical examiners, coroners, and those forensic photographers who are tasked with the photographic documentation of autopsies and injuries on victims’ bodies. Emphasis is placed on specialized photographic and lighting techniques that produce meaningful images that are admissible in court.
This forensic course begins with a brief review of basic photography and goes on to cover techniques that can be used to effectively document patterned injuries and bruising. Infrared and ultraviolet photography techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Lighting techniques covered include a lecture on light theory that features a discussion of luminescence and its documentation with cameras.
Lighting techniques covered in this course include the use of the Alternate Light Source to locate and photograph evidence at the crime scene or on the body of the victim. Also covered is the documentation of latent bloodstains and gunshot residue on the clothing of the victim through the use of reflective infrared photography.
All material covered in lectures will be reinforced with hands-on practical exercises.
Basic Photography Review (2 hours)
Basic Injury Photography (2 hours)
o Use of Scales and Markers o Lighting o Camera Orientation o Injury Documentation Exercise
Autopsy Photography (2 hours)
o Overall, Intermediate, and Close-up Views o Lighting Concerns o Use of Scales and Markers o Autopsy Photography Exercise
Gross Specimen Photography (2 hours)
o Composition o Lighting with Cross-Polarization
Light Theory (1 hour)
Alternate Light Source Photography (7 hours)
o Enhancing Contrast for Bruise Documentation o Enhancing Contrast for Body Fluid Documentation o Enhancing Contrast for Trace Evidence Documentation – Hairs and Fibers – Gunshot Residue – Narcotics – Accelerants
Full Spectrum Photography (8 hours)
o Equipment and Techniques for Reflective Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography o Lighting for Reflective Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography o Applications for Full-Spectrum Photography
This course has been approved for 24 hours of certification/re-certification training credit by each of the following 4 IAI Certification Boards: the Crime Scene Certification Board, the Forensic Photography Certification Board, the Forensic Art Certification Board, and the Forensic Video Certification Board.