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Forensic Photography FSCT 8340

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

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.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of FSCT 8340 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 33224


Mon Oct 03 - Sun Dec 04 (9 weeks)

  • 9 weeks
  • CRN 33224
  • $819.80
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 03 - Dec 04 N/A N/A Online
Nov 06 Sun 10:00 - 16:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 2765
Dec 04 Sun 10:00 - 16:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 2765

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Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This is a HYBRID course with ONLINE delivery Oct 3 - Dec 4 and F2F (face to face): Sun, Nov 6 and Sun, Dec 4 from 1000 - 1600. There are no textbooks for this offering. The instructor will distribute any course materials in The Learning Hub. Photography equipment will be supplied. But if you have a DSLR /mirrorless personal camera please use that. Each student will be required to have laptop, (access to: PPT, and Photoshop - and & empty, formatted USB flash memory thumb drive of at least 8GB. The thumb drive will be required each day of the on-site portion of the course. Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

In Progress

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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

Forensic Photography (FSCT 8340) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time


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