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FSCT 8340 - Forensic Photography

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

The multi-faceted field of Forensic Photography is used in diverse disciplines as Forensic Odontology, Dactyloscopy, Document Examination, Forensic Pathology and Forensic Tool Mark Examination. Forensic photography's role as well as its limitations are emphasized in this course. Students will be thoroughly immersed in the theory of photography, providing them with an understanding of the techniques which will be used in the practical exercise. Topics include crime scene photography, alternate light source photography, unltraviolet and infrared photography, photomicrography, macro photography, theory of light and photographic evidence in the courtroom.


Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 33224

Fri Oct 12 - Thu Nov 29 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 12 - Nov 29 Online
Nov 17 - Nov 18 Sat/Sun 09:00 - 17:00 BBY
Nov 24 Sat 12:00 - 20:00 BBY
Nov 25 Sun 09:00 - 17:00 BBY



Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This is a hybrid course with online delivery Oct 12 - Nov 29, In-class Sat - Sun Nov 17, 18, 25 from 0900 - 1700, and Nov 24 1200 – 2000. There is no textbook requirement.*** It is recommended that each student supplies, as a minimum: a digital SLR camera that can be used in both manual and automatic modes, a compatible zoom lens approximately 28-80mm (35mm equivalent), a macro lens or diopter set for the aforementioned zoom lens, a remote shutter release, a remote flash with cord and a sturdy tripod. Each student will be required to have a formatted USB flash memory thumb drive of at least 2 MB. The camera equipment and thumb drive will be required on each day of the in-class session of the course. BCIT has a limited number of camera kits that will be available on a first come/first served basis. Any student contemplating this course and is unable to supply the recommended equipment should check with the program coordinator, Dave McKay, at prior to course registering. For authorization to register, please contact Julia Dreyer, Program Assistant, Forensics, at For information on Forensic programs and courses, visit: .
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Apply principles of "forensic photography" and compare how it differs from conventional photography.
  • Demonstrate how light is controlled to arrive at the desired exposure.
  • Outline the terms "true perspective" and "viewing distance" and their potential impact in a court of law.
  • Given a simulated outdoor crime scene in darkness, correctly demonstrate:
    • the photographic documentation of the scene using a time exposure.
    • the photographic documentation of the scene by "painting" with light.
  • Given a three-dimensional impression, correctly demonstrate the proper techniques in its photographic documentation.
  • Outline what is meant by the term "stokes shift" and its importance in forensic photography.
  • Given a simulated crime scene, demonstrate the correct protocol in depicting the scene photographically.
  • Correctly photograph a developed fingerprint 1:1 in situ as well as from a set of known fingerprints.
  • Plan and demonstrate the proper techniques when faced with a variety of photographic problems, using the principles of depth of field; depth of focus; law of reciprocity; inverse square law; perspective and distortion.

Effective as of Fall 2007

Related Programs

FSCT 8340 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  4. Forensic Science Technology (Forensic Health Sciences Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate


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