This course will instruct patrol officers and detectives on the proper use of their agency's digital SLR camera.  Students will learn how to document a crime scene and capture evidence through the use of appropriate photography techniques.  Students will learn the importance of accurately capturing a crime scene so the resulting images reflect the scene at the time it was processed.

Students will learn the appropriate methods for archiving digital images for submission to a court of law.  Emphasis will also be placed on the use of tripods, flash photography, macro photography, and the use of alternative lighting sources.

This hands-on course provides intimate instruction techniques so students learn by doing.  Students are required to bring their agency's digital camera, camera flash, available camera lenses, flashlight, and a tripod. 

Topics of Instruction Include:

  • Familiarization with department digital camera and associated equipment

  • Basics of scene documentation

  • Digital imaging archiving as it relates to chain of custody

  • Macro photography

  • Low-light photography

Course Itinerary:

Day 1 - Lecture; learning your equipment; basics on how and why things work; in-class and outdoor practicals.

Day 2 - Review of photograph taken on Day 1; indoor and outdoor low-light photographs; outdoor night practical.

Day 3 - Close-up photography; macro photography; vehicle photography; reviewing optional photography equipment; indoor crime scene and final practical

Please note that Day 2 will begin at noon and end at 8:00 p.m.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for patrol-level personnel who document traffic accidents and crime scenes as well as new detectives and investigators who are not familiar with digital SLR cameras and accessories.

student reviews & comments:

I have never before had the ability to do anything with a camera that I can do now.  Very good class!

Investigator - Cleveland, OH area police agency.

I had no idea the camera can do what it does.  Excellent class!

Detective Brian Donato - Twinsburg, OH Police Department

Great class!

Chief David Birker - Gnadenhutten, OH Police Department


photography techniques for law enforcement professionals


three (3) days - 21 contact hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*

*COURSE TIME IS 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on day two of class for night photography practical.





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course requirements:

Students are required to bring the following equipment with them to class:


standard 35mm lens - any type which is available

35mm macro lens - if available

camera flash



digital memory flash media (cards) compatible with digital camera

course dates:

2015 course dates to be announced soon

Agencies wishing to host this course may contact LEOTTA, LLC. at or call us at: 216-503-1113.