Forensic photography

Porter, Glenn (2014) Forensic photography. In: Rennie, John, (ed.) McGraw-Hill Education Yearbook of Science and Technology 2014. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, USA, pp. 124-129.

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In general terms forensic photography can be described as any type of photography and imaging that pertains to the law. This means photographs taken by police and forensic investigators for the purpose of expressing evidence and concepts in court or used during the forensic analysis of physical evidence. However, the expression ‘forensic photography’ has several different meanings depending on the discipline for which it is used. Forensic photography may include the following forensic practices; crime scene, photography, scientific photography, optical enhancement of evidence, detection of latent (invisible) evidence, interpretation of photographs as forensic evidence, detection of photographic fakery, production of visual media for court presentation (photographs, posters and charts).

This article will examine several different forms of forensic photography and describe the fundamental framework around forensic photography practices and principles. The majority of images used in this article relate to shoe-mark impression evidence to highlight the level of variety forensic photography has as a professional forensic discipline.

Item ID: 34028
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-07-183106-2
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 00:46
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