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.





tanya sirl

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 info@leotta.co or call us at: 216-503-1113.

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

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.


photography techniques for law enforcement professionals