What Is Police Photography?

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Police photography, also known as forensics photography, refers to photographing the crime scene, evidence, blood spatter and victims to help document and eventually solve the crime. Understand the job of a forensics photographer with information from a professional art and commercial photographer in this free video on photography.

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Hi, I'm Rebecca Guenther with www.m5a1photography.com and I'm going to talk to you about what police photography is. Police photography or as it's more commonly called would be forensics photography and this can mean photographing anything from the crime scene to in the lab as well. What your job is to show neutrally and unbiasedly what the evidence is. You want to show scrapes on the wall that might have to do with an altercation. You might have to photograph blood. At times you may have to photograph the body of a victim or even photograph a living victim in cases of abuse or, you know, a car accident that might involve drunk driving or possibly it even doesn't. In the lab you might be photographing evidence so that in a court of law it can be shown as examples of, you know, this is evidence. This is a picture of this evidence. Ultimately every picture you take is going to probably be used as evidence in a case about the crime that you are photographing. And that's just a little bit about police photography.

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