The second section (chapters four to seven) gives an introduction to actual crime scene photography. So
the reader gets a checklist of what has to be photographed and why. One learns to start with overall
photographs, then continues with mid-range photography and ends with close-up shots of a crime
scene / an item. Each procedure is illustrated with pictures and the authors explain why some of the
example pictures provide sufficient information and others do not.
The third section (chapters eight to thirteen) provides examples of specific crime scene photography.
Each chapter has helpful description of how the camera settings should be in order to achieve the best
picture. This section is useful for readers who know how to handle the camera but struggle with taking a
picture of specific items. The authors provide a step by step guide which is easy to follow. Furthermore
the settings are explained with good and bad example pictures. Following topics are covered in this
section: footwear, tire tracks and impression photography / latent fingerprints / night photography /
taking pictures with dim light / alternative light source photography / photographing vehicles / injury and
deceased remains photography.
Altogether the book is covering all the basics one would need in order to take pictures of a crime scene.
For readers who aim for advanced photography knowledge and theory there is more specific literature,
but this one, available. This pocket guide may prove to be useful for lectures, when a short and accurate
introduction to crime scene photography is needed. There is an Index in the very back which helps to find
easily what one is looking for.
I, personally, thought it was hard to read because of how it was written, however I found the suggestions
for camera settings and the step by step guide quite useful for my daily job. (We have to take pictures of
every crime scene and item.) Since I never had any classes in crime scene photography I was able learn
the basics with this pocket guide, while commuting since it literally fits a pocket. Hence my input that it
may prove useful for lectures.