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Crime Scene Photography-Past and Present Part II




Progress Over Time


These days cameras are portable and keep becoming smaller, while still becoming sharper. At one time, cameras were extremely large and could be awkward to carry around. 


In the year 1957 videotape recorders were introduced to the law enforcement. It was at this time that crime scene photography really began to change and form into more of what we use today.


A decade later, videotapes were being shown in the courtroom, which brought a new meaning to stepping back in time and gave jurors a first hand look at a crime scene. This brought new perspective and gave jurors the ability to dive deep into the investigation. 


After that,  Polaroid cameras became prevalent, which gave investigators the chance, for the first time to see their photo results instantly. This created an advantage for investigators as they could now look at what the photo they just took, determine whether they captured the room or evidence well, and take more if necessary, which is what investigators can do today with digital cameras. 


Digital cameras such as the Nikon D750, or other similar cameras are now used the most. These types of digital cameras have spectacular zoom capabilities as well as other features, and attachable accessories that allow the photographer to adjust their settings. 


Modern Technology 


These days we have many options when it comes to documenting crime scenes with photography. 3D scanners and it’s software have become a game changer for investigators. These do not replace standard crime scene photos but they offer an extra look at the scene and at times provide a better perspective of the scene overall. Some 3D scanners include those from Leica or Faro. Some are able to capture up to 2 million points per second and can capture every detail including evidence and evidence markers. 


Presently, there are even forensic tablets that produce the same results as a digital camera allowing investigators to take remarkable photos in an easier fashion. An investigator can use these to document details as well. 


Crime scene photography has come a long way and is developing further all of the time. There is no disputing these photos enhance an investigation and can make a good case, great. Accurate and well taken photos are valuable and should be documented with pride and precision.

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