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FSP 304: Forensic Photography

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March Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th March 2024

The Forensic Photography Online Course by SIFS India is meticulously crafted to equip you with the skills to become a visual detective, preserving crime scene stories to support law enforcement during investigations.

You will learn to utilize the power of the lens as a tool to document, analyze, and preserve crime scenes and evidence.

Upon enrollment, you will have access to pre-recorded sessions, and under the guidance of seasoned experts, you will become a proficient forensic photographer, preserving the truth through the lens.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: forensic photography history, principles of camera handling, types of cameras and their parts, photographic documentation of different objects, crime scene documentation, evidence photography, photographing different types of crime scenes, accidental, arial, surveillance, and underwater photography, photogrammetry, and legal aspects related to crime scene photography.

So enroll now to become a professional forensic photographer and help investigators decode and preserve crime scene facts through the power of the lens.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course lets you master the techniques for capturing precise, detailed, and accurate images of crime scenes and evidence. This course opens the gateway to various career opportunities; you can work as a private forensic photographer consultant, in police departments, or in private forensic labs, helping to discover truth and supporting justice.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will become an expert at efficiently documenting crime scenes, accidents, and evidence with precision and accuracy. You will have an understanding of applying the principles of photography in context with the legal aspects of forensic documentation, thereby ensuring that crucial visual evidence is presented professionally and ethically.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions with practical know-how of forensic photography equipment and techniques

- Expert faculty with extensive experience in documenting crime scenes using photographic skills

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Community of forensic photographers and experts

- Professional networking opportunities and improved career prospects

  • Level I : Forensic Photography

    MODULE 1 – CONCEPT OF PHOTOGRAPHY

    This module covers the evolution of photography, tracing its historical roots and technological advancements, the basic principles and techniques of the camera, the concept of light, including the fundamentals of capturing and manipulating light to create compelling images, the transition from black and white to colored photography and the impact both types have on visual storytelling, modern developments in photography, image enlargement techniques, the advent of digital photography, and the use of portable electronic devices.

    MODULE 2 – PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERA

    In this module, you will learn about the evolution of camera technology from its inception to contemporary innovations, various camera types (compact digital cameras, digital SLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, action cameras, 360 cameras, and film cameras), components of the camera (body, lens, sensor, flash card, and battery), and essential concepts such as depth of field, angle of view, and focal length.

    The module also covers parts of lenses (wide-angle lens, standard lens, medium lens, telephoto lens, and ultra-telephoto lens), the process of exposing, developing, and printing photographs, linking the camera intricately with film negatives, and the application of photography in crime scenes and laboratories.

    MODULE 3 – CRIME SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

    This module focuses on the role of visuals in preserving and presenting crucial forensic evidence. It begins with photo documentation forms and their significance in structured visual record-keeping, including approaches like overall photography, mid-range photography, and close-up photography. After this, you will gain insights about the specialized arena of photographing bodies and wounds and the challenges associated with it. The module concludes with knowledge about photographing the artifacts.

    MODULE 4 – EVIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION I

    In this module, you will learn about crime scene documentation and the role photography plays in capturing details crucial for investigations. You will learn the art of document and fingerprint photography, photographic documentation of bodies, wounds, and injuries; the process of photographing and documenting accidents, bloodstains on various surfaces (walls, floors, and clothing), and impression evidence (friction ridges, footwear marks, and tire prints), solidifying the visual foundation for forensic scrutiny.

    MODULE 5 – PHOTOGRAMMETRY

    This module covers the intricacies of forensic photogrammetry and its approaches, including perspective grid photogrammetry (which uses the object of known dimensions within the photograph for reconstructing scenes and capturing spatial data), natural grid photogrammetry (the application of naturally occurring reference points for precise measurements and analysis), and reverse projection photogrammetry (reconstructing three-dimensional scenes from two-dimensional images).

  • Level II : Forensic Photography

    MODULE 1 – CONCEPT OF PHOTOGRAPHY

    This module covers the evolution of photography, tracing its historical roots and technological advancements, the basic principles and techniques of the camera, the concept of light, including the fundamentals of capturing and manipulating light to create compelling images, the transition from black and white to colored photography and the impact both types have on visual storytelling, modern developments in photography, image enlargement techniques, the advent of digital photography, and the use of portable electronic devices.

    MODULE 2 – PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERA

    In this module, you will learn about the evolution of camera technology from its inception to contemporary innovations, various camera types (compact digital cameras, digital SLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, action cameras, 360 cameras, and film cameras), components of the camera (body, lens, sensor, flash card, and battery), and essential concepts such as depth of field, angle of view, and focal length.

    The module also covers parts of lenses (wide-angle lens, standard lens, medium lens, telephoto lens, and ultra-telephoto lens), the process of exposing, developing, and printing photographs, linking the camera intricately with film negatives, and the application of photography in crime scenes and laboratories.

    MODULE 3 – CRIME SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

    This module focuses on the role of visuals in preserving and presenting crucial forensic evidence. It begins with photo documentation forms and their significance in structured visual record-keeping, including approaches like overall photography, mid-range photography, and close-up photography. After this, you will gain insights about the specialized arena of photographing bodies and wounds and the challenges associated with it. The module concludes with knowledge about photographing the artifacts.

    MODULE 4 – EVIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION I 

    In this module, you will learn about crime scene documentation and the role photography plays in capturing details crucial for investigations. You will learn the art of document and fingerprint photography, photographic documentation of bodies, wounds, and injuries; the process of photographing and documenting accidents, bloodstains on various surfaces (walls, floors, and clothing), and impression evidence (friction ridges, footwear marks, and tire prints), solidifying the visual foundation for forensic scrutiny.

    MODULE 5 – EVIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION II

    In this module, you will gain insights about photographically documenting traffic accident scenes to help in crime scene reconstruction, crime scenes involving arson and explosives, violent crime scenes, and a deep dive into digital photography’s unique considerations. The module concludes with foundational principles that govern the admissibility and significance of photographic evidence in judicial proceedings.

    MODULE 6 – PHOTOGRAMMETRY

    This module covers the intricacies of forensic photogrammetry and its approaches, including perspective grid photogrammetry (which uses the object of known dimensions within the photograph for reconstructing scenes and capturing spatial data), natural grid photogrammetry (the application of naturally occurring reference points for precise measurements and analysis), and reverse projection photogrammetry (reconstructing three-dimensional scenes from two-dimensional images).

  • Level III : Forensic Photography

    MODULE 1 - CONCEPT OF PHOTOGRAPHY

    This module covers the evolution of photography, tracing its historical roots and technological advancements, the basic principles and techniques of the camera, the concept of light, including the fundamentals of capturing and manipulating light to create compelling images, the transition from black and white to colored photography and the impact both types have on visual storytelling, modern developments in photography, image enlargement techniques, the advent of digital photography, and the use of portable electronic devices.

    MODULE 2 - PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERA

    In this module, you will learn about the evolution of camera technology from its inception to contemporary innovations, various camera types (compact digital cameras, digital SLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, action cameras, 360 cameras, and film cameras), components of the camera (body, lens, sensor, flash card, and battery), and essential concepts such as depth of field, angle of view, and focal length.

    The module also covers parts of lenses (wide-angle lens, standard lens, medium lens, telephoto lens, and ultra-telephoto lens), the process of exposing, developing, and printing photographs, linking the camera intricately with film negatives, and the application of photography in crime scenes and laboratories.

    MODULE 3 - CRIME SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

    This module focuses on the role of visuals in preserving and presenting crucial forensic evidence. It begins with photo documentation forms and their significance in structured visual record-keeping, including approaches like overall photography, mid-range photography, and close-up photography. After this, you will gain insights about the specialized arena of photographing bodies and wounds and the challenges associated with it. The module concludes with knowledge about photographing the artifacts.

    MODULE 4 - EVIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION I

    In this module, you will learn about crime scene documentation and the role photography plays in capturing details crucial for investigations. You will learn the art of document and fingerprint photography, photographic documentation of bodies, wounds, and injuries; the process of photographing and documenting accidents, bloodstains on various surfaces (walls, floors, and clothing), and impression evidence (friction ridges, footwear marks, and tire prints), solidifying the visual foundation for forensic scrutiny.

    MODULE 5 - EVIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION II

    In this module, you will gain insights about photographically documenting traffic accident scenes to help in crime scene reconstruction, crime scenes involving arson and explosives, violent crime scenes, and a deep dive into digital photography’s unique considerations. The module concludes with foundational principles that govern the admissibility and significance of photographic evidence in judicial proceedings.

    MODULE 6 - SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SITUATION

    In this module, you will be introduced to photographing special cases, including accidental photography (unexpected captured moments that hold forensic significance), surveillance photography (secretly photographing a person, object, or location), aerial photography (taking photos in the air from aircraft or airborne platforms), and underwater photography (capturing photos under water to look for submerged evidence).

    MODULE 7 - PHOTOGRAMMETRY

    This module covers the intricacies of forensic photogrammetry and its approaches, including perspective grid photogrammetry (which uses the object of known dimensions within the photograph for reconstructing scenes and capturing spatial data), natural grid photogrammetry (the application of naturally occurring reference points for precise measurements and analysis), and reverse projection photogrammetry (reconstructing three-dimensional scenes from two-dimensional images).

    MODULE 8 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

    In this module, you will learn about legal aspects related to forensic photography, micro and macro photography, the fundamentals of crime scene sketching and photography, photography effects and post-processing, the tools and techniques that enhance evidentiary value, Photoshop (image editing software) basics, and legal considerations that a forensic photographer must obey while working in this field.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this online course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India;, all you have to do is write an email at education@sifs.in requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to admission@sifs.in.

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    An Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents are received at admission@sifs.in.

  • How do I login to the portal for my online course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: https://www.sifs.in/student and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers.

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for an online course?

    You can easily access our online course on mobile / tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the online course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at admission@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

R V Suzanne Holdsworth Case Study

Suzanne Holdsworth was a babysitter for a 2-year-old toddler, Kyle Fisher.

She was convicted of his murder and jailed for life in 2005. She was supposed to have repeatedly smashed the baby’s head against the bannister.

However, no blood, hair, or skin was found on the bannister, and hence no DNA test could be carried out.

On appeal, this verdict was cancelled and a retrial ordered.

Stephenson’s solicitors instructed investigators to re-examine the photographed injury marks, which were compared with the bannister by the prosecution scientist.

Furniture, fixtures, and fittings present in the room were also examined to check if they too were accountable for the baby’s injuries.

With this, they concluded that other furniture items might have produced the injuries to Kyle.

His medical examination also indicated that he might have an epileptic seizure (a brain disorder called fit), causing him to thrash about. The available evidence, along with medical findings about Kyle, resulted in Suzanne Holdsworth’s release.

Kalikota Sumanya

4

I really enjoyed your course and continuous evaluation.It is very thought provoking with great presentation style.Thank you for a great course.

Satyam Jain

4

Thank u for the course and all the information that u provided it is very useful for us.

Soumita Konar

5

As I am a different field student,I am very much new to it ,the course was very informative and useful I learnt many new things from here,I specifically thanks Ranjeet sir and his team for this course.

Tanya Bhardwaj

5

It was really a knowledge sharing course. i came to know about so many things. I really thank to SIFS for putting up such course. Someone said that no one will stop you if you are really willing to learn and share your knowledge with others and guess what SIFS proved that. Thank you.

Aswathy K P

5

It was a wonderful course. I got to learn new aspects of photography. Instructors did a very good job in explaining all the doubts whenever I wanted.

 

Instructors

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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