Training Module: Forensic Photography Techniques at Crime Scenes

Using Low Light and Lasers to Document a Crime Scene

Training Module Description

This 40-hour hands-on training module is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of using low light and laser photography to document crime scenes and determine bullet trajectories at crime scenes.

Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of low light and laser use relevant to forensic investigations, learn how to set up the necessary equipment, and apply low light and laser photography techniques to reconstruct bullet paths.

The module combines theoretical knowledge with practical exercises, allowing participants to apply what they've learned in simulated crime scene scenarios. By the end of the module, attendees will be proficient in utilizing laser technology to enhance the efficiency of forensic investigation.

Students receive certificate of completion and resource guides (PDFs).


Introduction to Photography Techniques at Crime Scenes
Overview and Objectives: Brief introduction to the training module and what participants will learn.
Digital Camera Settings
Manipulation Techniques

Nighttime Photography
Painting with Light Technique
Challenges found at Crime Scenes

Setting Up Low Light and Laser Equipment for Trajectory Analysis
Demonstration: Instructor-led demonstration on setting up and calibrating laser equipment for trajectory analysis.
Hands-on Activity: Participants practice setting up the equipment under supervision, ensuring accurate calibration and alignment.

Practical Exercise: Simulated Crime Scene Investigation
Scenario Briefing: Introduction to a simulated crime scene with multiple bullet trajectories.
Hands-on Activity: Participants apply low light and laser photography techniques to determine bullet paths, working in teams to analyze the scene.  

Data Interpretation and Analysis
Group Discussion: Teams present their findings, discussing the trajectory results and the implications for the crime scene investigation. Instructor
Feedback: Constructive feedback on the techniques used, interpretation of results, and suggestions for improvement.  

Advanced Techniques and Troubleshooting
Lecture: Overview of advanced low light and laser photography techniques and common troubleshooting scenarios encountered during crime scene analysis.

Q&A Session: Open forum for participants to ask questions and discuss real-life challenges in forensic investigations.  

Wrap-Up and Certification
Course Review: Summary of key learnings and techniques covered during the workshop.
Certification: Distribution of certificates to acknowledge the successful completion of the training.


Training starts Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 7 am; weekends only: July 20, 21; July 27, 28
Location: 421 N. Sierra Way, San Bernardino, CA 92410

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The cost of the workshop is $99 (certificate included). 

Participants will gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge laser technology, understand the principles of bullet trajectory analysis, and learn to apply these techniques in real-world scenarios. 

This workshop not only enhances investigative accuracy but also contributes to professional growth and proficiency in forensic science. 

Furthermore, the intimate class size, limited to just 12 students, ensures personalized attention and ample opportunity for direct interaction with leading experts in the field. 
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