skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 218807 Find in a Library
Title: Guidelines for Field Applications of Imaging Technologies
Corporate Author: Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)
United States of America
Date Published: January 2000
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)
Washington, DC 20535
US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, VA 22135
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laboratory Branch
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Reference Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This draft document submitted for general comment provides general guidelines for the preparation of agency-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various situations encountered by law enforcement personnel in field settings.
Abstract: The SOPs address the photographic documentation of events or subjects in the field and include discussions of general scene photography, first responder (FR) photography, surveillance photography, tactical surveys, hazardous materials crime scene photography, aerial photography, accident scenes, arson photography, autopsy photography, bombing photography, mass disaster photography, search warrant photography, graffiti photography, field mug shots and tattoos, victim photography, and administrative evidence and property documentation. The advantages and disadvantages of the major image capture technologies in field applications are considered, including the advantages and disadvantages of silver-based film cameras, digital cameras, video cameras, and hybrid imaging systems. Helpful notes are also presented, such as the fact that high-end digital cameras are designed for the professional market and typically have sensors with at least 1,500 by 1,000 pixels. Next, recommendations for SOPs for the different types of field photography are presented, which cover the purpose of the photographic imaging and acceptable equipment. Agencies are directed to develop and implement step-by-step procedures that fit their needs and resources for each type of field photography. Equipment recommendations are presented as are guidelines for submitting comments on these draft recommendations.
Main Term(s): Photography; Procedures
Index Term(s): Camera technology; Forensic sciences
Note: From Forensic Science Communications, V 2, N 1, January 2000; downloaded June 12, 2007.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.