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Crime Scene Photography-Basic, Course #0230


Course Description:

This is an intensive hands on photography class that teaches the student how to use their department issued DSLR camera equipment so that they will be competent and confident using that equipment at crime scenes, searches, accident scenes, and many other various types of forensic photography. This class is taught at a beginner’s level of basic photography and moves into photographing many different types of scenes from small to large, daytime to nighttime. This course has many different practical shooting assignments which are indoors and outdoors with one nighttime assignment. Students must bring their department’s issued camera (NO POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS ALLOWED)

Required Equipment (If you need to buy some equipment, Google the item or call instructor)

  • DSLR camera (camera that allows you to change lenses)
  • General purpose lens (usually 18mm to 120mm somewhere in that range)
  • Macro/Micro lens (lens needs to be capable of shooting 1:1, or macro filter kits will also work)
  • External Flash (flash needs to be capable of shooting in Auto and Manual mode)
  • Lateral Tripod (regular plastic tripods will not work, the tripod needs to be fully adjustable and recommend a pistol grip head)
  • Remote shutter release (wireless or cord)
  • Off camera flash cord (even if flash is wireless should at least 3’ long)
  • Camera Manual (if you don’t have one then download one PRIOR to class)
  • Video cord for camera (cord usually has one yellow end and came with camera)
  • Large black umbrella
  • “L” shaped ABFO ruler and/or Hinged L reference scale (one side black or gray other side white)
  • Small pushbutton flashlight
  • 2 – Camera cards (should be at least 4GB each)
  • Extra Flash batteries


Anyone involved in law enforcement or any field where photography is a requirement for documenting evidence or scenes.  Must have required equipment. All required equipment is the minimum needed for any department’s photography kit to fully document any scene,  so if you need to purchase some equipment to meet the requirement, it will be well used in the future.

Dress Code & Identification:

  • Visitors attending training at WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus.  If you are not wearing agency identification, you will be asked to check in at the front desk and will be provided with a clip-on visitor's identification card.

Cost: $50


Cancellation/No Show:

  • Deadline: 7 Days prior to class email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Fee: $50 for Late Cancellations or No Shows


  • 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Monday-Friday
  • Dates and Locations listed below

***Is this class full or not available???? Please complete the Course Interest SurveyPlease Note: This is not a waiting list.  You will not be contacted by WSCJTC unless there is enough interest to generate a class being scheduled.  At that time we will contact everyone that has shown interest so that applications can be submitted.


WSCJTC LMS – Please contact your Training Manager to get registered online via LMS for this course.


Registration status does not guarantee acceptance into the class. Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class, and you will receive a notice at that time.

Registration or Course Questions:

Administrative Assistant

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Interested in hosting a course or teaching?

Contact the Program Manager:

Patti Toth

Program Manager

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Revised Dec 2017

Session Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
0230-1 August 20 -24, 2018 Edmonds Police Department
250 5th Avenue, Edmonds
Full  / $50  

0230-2 September 10 -14, 2018 Kennewick Police Department
211 W. 6th Avenue, Kennewick
WA 99336
Full  / $50