This online course is being offered as an introduction to the basic principles of forensic photography. The units within this course will cover a brief history of photography, a thorough understanding of the principles behind photography and the techniques used for photographing certain types of crime scenes and evidence. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the importance of photography and how it is used as a way to document, preserve and identify evidence. Before entering a crime scene a forensic photographer should know what to look for and how to capture it. Through photographic methods and techniques, the photographer must also concentrate on creating an accurate portrayal of the scene as it is perceived.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•Explain the history of photography
•Describe basic camera equipment and accessories and how they are used
•Thoroughly document crime scenes and evidence
•Use of video cameras as a supplementary method of documenting a crime scene
•Understand the role of photographs and digital images in the courtroom
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 4.06 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 25 hours. The course cost is $199.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1 – History of Photography
Unit 2 – The Fundamentals of Photography
Unit 3 – Photography Equipments and Accessories
Unit 4 – Digital Photography
Unit 5 – Film
Unit 6 – Crime Scene Photography
Unit 7 – Items of Evidence
Unit 8 – Video Cameras and Camcorders
Unit 9 – Photography in the Courtroom
Unit 10 – The Future of Photography
There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.
•Adobe Acrobat Reader
•Adobe Flash Player
There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.
Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.
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A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.
This course requires access to a camera to complete the photography assignment. Any model of camera (dSLR, point and shoot, etc.) may be used. You must be able to upload the pictures to your computer.
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