Practical Forensic Digital Imaging: Applications and Techniques

Patrick Jones

February 10, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 402 Pages - 541 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781420060126 - CAT# 60120
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations


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  • Contains more than 500 color illustrations
  • Presents theory as well as practical applications and techniques used in technical photography
  • Describes lighting methods used for crime scenes and laboratories
  • Demonstrates photography techniques for a range of crime scenarios
  • Includes recommendations from the SWGIT (Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology

Exercises and test bank with questions and answers are available with qualifying course adoption


Well-documented scenes can prove to be invaluable pieces of evidence at trial, and the ability to take compelling photographs is a critical skill for forensic scientists and investigators. Practical Forensic Digital Imaging: Applications and Techniques is an up-to-date and thorough treatment of digital imaging in the forensic sciences. Balancing practical considerations with scientific and standards-based requirements, the book’s clear, concise presentation illustrates the essentials of digital imaging required by professionals in the field.

Enhanced with crisp color photos, the book covers a host of critical topics, including:

  • The fundamentals of photographing crime scenes
  • The history of photography and the transition to digital imaging
  • Digital camera hardware and photographic techniques
  • Light, filters, and macro/micro imaging
  • Lay, professional, and expert witnesses, and the implications of Frye and Daubert
  • Enhancement of images and digital panoramic camera scanning
  • Storage of digital media
  • Ultraviolet and infrared imaging
  • Digital photo imaging microscopes
  • Covering the full range of scenarios that forensic professionals encounter, the author includes special sections dedicated to photography involving footwear and tire impressions, vehicles, death and morgue scenes, and taphonomic and entomological imaging, as well as fingerprints, burglaries, fire and arson, sex offenses, blood, and trace evidence and microscopy. The techniques in this volume enable photographers to capture the images that will not only tell the story, but will also stand up in court.

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