Forensic Photographer


Forensic Photographers are responsible in taking record, images and legal evidences or proofs itemized in the area of crime scene, forensic laboratory or hospitals and other crime prospect. They formulate visual aids and graphs for the demonstration of evidence. They provide the detailed record of the entire evidence at the crime scene, as well as overview photos, accurate pictures of tire marks, blood spatters, bullet holes, footprints, fingerprints and other evidence which can be used as grounds in hearing, trial, court proceedings and other investigation procedures. They consult with detectives, police, scientific or hospitals companies and quickly determine the kind of equipments needed. They search to portray the crime prospect from multiple standpoints, using operational and handy cameras. They choose the suitable cameras and recording machines. They utilize a kind of specialized materials and methods, as well as macro-photography, infrared and ultraviolet films, digital cameras, floodlights or reflectors, electronic flashes, and other technological tools and instruments that record scene by electronic means. They take several pictures and select from the best. They select lenses designed for medium range and close-up photography. They set up lights to accomplish the best balance and lighting for the theme or issue. They must maintain and check from time to time the condition of the entire equipments needed.

Forensic photographers also work for magazines, newspapers, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, and medical illustrators. Others might work closely with private injury legal representatives, police force, detectives and other law firms to facilitate in gathering evidence for cases. These photographs are predominantly used for road traffic accidents, negligence, medical malpractice, injuries and effects of liability cases. This profession can be stressful and emotional; hence Forensics Photographers must always be equipped and prepared how to deal with such matters or issues including the grieving victims.

Other Forensic Photographers work as independent freelancers. They give forensic photograph imaging services to legal representatives or lawyers, insurance groups and some police forces. But most of them work directly to Forensic Science Service or police force as forensic photographer before working as freelancers.

Numerous forensic photographers start as assistants in order to learn the basic concerning cameras and forensics. Others choose to be an instructor at colleges or universities and teach those who will be assigned in police department. Currently, learning the digital cameras and skills in some computer program is important in order to have an advantage.

Educational attainment is not required in order to become a forensic photographer. Though, education nowadays is may be an advantage when searching for employment because of the competition in job market. Universities and colleges offer some special courses and training in field of photography and forensics.

The skills needed in order to become a successful and professional forensic photographer include broad knowledge and interest in science, criminology and photography, great dexterity, good sense of timing, patience, communication skills and awareness in new scientific technologies such as camera and computer.