NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
ADJ 173-174 FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY I-II (3 CR.) (3 CR.)
Surveys fundamental photographic skills--exposure, composition, film,
filters, darkroom materials and procedures. Emphasizes use of photography
for law enforcement purposes and for courtroom presentation. Considers
current status and trends in photographic law. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE:
ADJ 173: The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction crime scene photography tools and approaches, with the ultimate goal of providing a useful and admissible array of photographs for courtroom presentation.
ADJ 174: The purpose of this course is to provide the photography student
with advanced techniques, including digital photography, used in photographing
crime scenes and victims with the ultimate goal of providing a useful and
admissible array of photographs for courtroom presentation.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES:
Prerequisite for ADJ 173 is basic understanding of criminal investigations
through experience or ADJ 236. Prerequisite for 174 is basic understanding
of photography, or successful completion of ADJ 173.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME:
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED:
ADJ 173: F stop, ASAs, shutter speeds, black and white versus color film photography, darkroom basics for developing color and black and white films (prints & slides), basic videography, various lenses and their advantages/disadvantages, Polaroid camera capabilities and use at crime scenes.
ADJ 174: Digital photography: strengths and weaknesses in courtroom
presentations; Lens types and applications to crime scenes; enhanced lighting
and use of various filters with powder or chemically enhanced evidence;
photography of specific incidents in crime scenes such as but not limited
to traffic accidents, homicides, burglaries, and their related evidential
EXTRA TOPICS – MAY BE INCLUDED:
Related photographic techniques and tools at the discretion of the instructor.
Photography and surveillance techniques at the discretion of the instructor.