Crime Scene and Forensic Photography is a 3-day course that provides extensive information and practical experience pertinent to crime scene and forensic photography of physical evidence. The course will begin with the basic settings and operations of a typical Digital SLR camera and proceed to advanced camera techniques and procedures to detect and photographically document a crime scene and all of its pertinent features. The course will also cover how to photographically document latent prints at the crime scene or upon various forms of physical evidence. Additional topics include: the proper selection and use of cameras, camera settings of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Mode, Normal, Macro & Zoom lenses, f-stops, depth-of-field, shutter speeds, fill-flash, off-camera flash, macro photography, fluorescent evidence photography, the four major vantage points of crime scene photography, the use of scales, tripods, filters, painting-with-light, simulated night-time photographic techniques, specialized lighting techniques, using LASERs for shooting scene reconstruction, high energy forensic lights, recommended photographic equipment, and the requirements to present digital photographic evidence in a court of law.
Special Agent Mike Stapleton, M.A., recently retired after a career that spanned over 34 years with the FBI. As a Special Agent, Mr. Stapleton investigated an extensive range of matters that came under FBI jurisdiction such as the UNABOMBER (Ted Kaczynski) investigation, the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and Murder Investigation, and the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing. He is also a recognized fingerprint identification expert. Mike is a FBI Master Police Instructor and has taught crime scene investigation and forensic courses to thousands of law enforcement professionals over the last 35 years.
Those in law enforcement and those not yet in law enforcement but have an interest in this field.
.5 Semester Unit
P.O.S.T. Plan IV; Certificate awarded upon completion.
Students are REQUIRED to bring their own cameras (preferably SLR cameras – digital or film), lenses (normal, macro, & zoom), owner’s manuals, tripods, memory cards, electronic flash attachments, flash lights, extra batteries, and photographic scales. Other items to bring but are not required are remote shutter release cords, off-camera flash sync cords, lens filters, and if possible any other crime scene photographic equipment and supplies issued by their department for use at crime scenes. It is also highly recommended that each student familiarize themselves with the operation and settings of their camera before the start of this course.
College of Record
Gavilan Coyote Valley Campus
560 Bailey Ave.
San Jose, CA 95141
$175.00All classes require full payment or a designated deposit at time of reservation. We accept Visa and MasterCard (a transaction fee of 2% will apply), cash, money order and cashier's check (made payable to SBRPSTC). Agency billing may also be arranged. Financial aid and VA benefits may be available. All fees subject to change.
Wednesday - Friday ; 0800-1700 hrs.
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All Students are required to pay for the course by the first day of class.
If you are not a U.S. citizen but have a Permanent Resident card, you will need to upload a copy of the front and back of the card to your Student Web Portal account.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
Out of consideration for people who are on a waiting list please cancel your reservation no later than 21 days prior to first day of class. After the 21-day cancellation period, students will forfeit $50. Substitutions or transfer of registration to another (qualified public safety) member is permitted.
Each class has a minimum enrollment requirement. If the minimum enrollment is not reached for the course three weeks before the class begins, the class will be cancelled, and deposits will be refunded in full.
*ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NO EXCEPTIONS. When possible students will be advised of any fee changes prior to course start date. Tuition fee increases made at anytime by the State Chancellor's office may require collection of additional fees from students. We Accept Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Cash or Agency Billing (by arrangement). Make Money Order or Cashiers Checks payable to: SBRPSTC
Out of State or Non-Affiliated students who have not lived in California for at least one (1) year and one (1) day prior to start of college semester are subject to "out of state" college registration fees in addition to the fees listed above. Please check with our staff for details and exact costs.
This program is presented through the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium of Community Colleges (SBRPSTC), which includes Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, Hartnell College, Foothill College, Lake Tahoe Community College, Mission College, College of San Mateo, Cabrillo College and the San Jose Evergreen Community College District.
Only courses and programs presented for college credit will be funded, transcripted and certified through one of these accredited institutions.