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Go Kits for Crime Scene Photography-Complete guide for Crime Scene Photography

By Edited Jun 20, 2016 0 0


Crime Scene Photography

Go kits for crime scene photography will depend according to the different situations and the attachments of equipment as time and technologies changes. Only the photographer can decide on what equipment and accessories to bring according to the situations and locations that he or she can encounter.

A well prepared forensic photographer like in any CSI series has to be ready to shoot photos, however gruesome it may be. For photos can tell us how a certain crime happened. Photos can gather the necessary information on the scene like finger prints, blood stains and even bite marks. In almost cases photographs can help solve crimes. Consequently, it is really important to have the proper go kits for forensic photography.

The Camera

DSLR camera

Even the old kind of crime scene camera like a 4 X 5 Speed Graphics and the Newer DSLR,
a Nikon D80  are both are fully adjustable cameras. What adjustable means is that you can freely adjust the focus, shutter speed and f-stop which are a requirement for a crime scene camera - the basic equipment in go kits for crime scene photography.

Of Course, I am not endorsing any camera brands but it is advisable to use SLR cameras in crime scene photography. Cameras like these allow you to purchase and use different interchangeable lenses which are an addition for your go kits in forensic photography. SLR cameras can be purchased in two different types – film or digital.

Film and Digital Cameras

 Like any other types of film cameras, they require the purchase of different kinds and types of film and also a long post processing before you can have the image of the crime scene. Processing the picture in film photography not only costs time but also expensive especially in film and in film processing. Worst of all if the developed photo is damaged it becomes a wasted effort since you cannot reconstruct the crime scene again.

memory card

On the other hand digital cameras can store their photos on various kinds of memory devices which allow you to see the photos on the LCD screen at the back of your camera immediately after the shot has been taken. When you shoot in digital cameras the immediate result can be adjusted according to lighting, focus and distance. You can evaluate and correct photos; then shoot again.

Any of the two cameras will go well in you go kits for forensic photography but it is preferably better to shoot in digital cameras. A digital camera maybe expensive but you can save more on the operating costs.

Camera Features

A certain camera in go kits for crime scene photography must have the needed features. Let us dig in to them shall we:

Resolution.  Resolution is often measured in mega-pixels.  Six or more mega-pixels should be more than sufficient to do the trick. 

Exposure.  Altering the exposure from "automatic" settings is needed.  Often referred to as the adjustment exposure value (E.V.) or exposure compensation, this allows you to brighten or darken a picture if necessary.

Flash.  A good camera must have a built in flash in the unit and also the ability to control the power output of the flash unit.  This is commonly known as the flash exposure compensation.

Lens. It can be Zoom lens, normal lens, prime lens and macro or micro lens. These lenses are needed to produce a high quality image

Focus capability.  A suitable camera will have the ability to focus to approx. 1 inch or less.  For close-up photographs of injuries or damaged objects this becomes a necessary for a camera.000

ISO.  On a camera, ISO is considered as the "film speed" available. Higher the number in the camera the less light needed to shoot a photo but the image will appear grainier. 

Shake or Vibration Reduction.  It compensates for camera shake that is caused by the inability to hold still in shooting pictures especially if the camera has no tripod. 

Weather Proofing.  It is a nice feature that enables the camera to be able to shoot even when it is raining.

Other Photography Equipment

Ready equipments for crime scene photography require other tools aside from the camera to fulfill the task in evidence photography. It is not necessary to have all of these following equipments but it is best to have them at least.

Camera filter

It is good to have filters (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue), gray card to aid in having accurate exposures, tripods, monopods and tabletop mini-pods, scales, tape measure, levels and flashlight. Notebook and pen for recording and index cards and felt pen for marking evidences. Camera accessories like spare batteries, films in black and white and colored if using film cameras, spare memory devices, manuals for the camera and the flash and tools for certain emergency camera repairs.

Experienced photographers may use clothespins, block of woods, and other things needed to position evidence in close-up photography and white handkerchief or other materials that can diffuse a flash.  Digital photographers will need portable computer, with photo-management software like adobe Photoshop or any other software

Portable canopy

Portable canopies and tarps are a must have especially if the shoot for a crime scene is outdoors. It serves as a waterproof makeshift outdoor workspace.

Depending on certain situations, locations or the magnitude of a crime – accessories and tools in go kits for crime scene photography can include more. A crime that happened on a traffic scene in the middle of the night may need traffic cones, evidence markers and survey flags. Other equipments can be personal protective gear and equipments for a hazardous crime scene and some personal health and safety items.

Know your Kit

Even if you have access to the latest and the best go kits in forensic photography, it will be all to waste if you are not comfortable in using it. Knowing how to use the equipments, particularly the camera is vital to be able to capture the details in a crime to help solve a police investigation. Forensic photos will always end up as court evidence and becomes a permanent piece of record in a certain crime scene and can spell doom or salvation to someone accused of the crime.


Whatever the magnitude and location of a crime scene the camera and other necessary accessories are always needed. A forensic photographer must be ready at all the time – both physically and mentally. Aside from readiness a forensic photographer must have a calm demeanor and is impartial in taking photographs. In the industry of forensic investigation, it is best to be updated in the developments in technology and consider them in having go kits in crime scene photography.



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