Todays talk gave us an insight into the life of a crime scene investigator. Keith’s talk stated off with a slide show (he held back the gory images, apparently) with images varying from finger printing to a road traffic accident. We were then given the privilege to try a few of the jobs that a crime scene investigator have to do.
One of the tasks we were set was to photograph a footprint in sand within a mock crime scene, to preserve all evidence from the crime scene meant we had to wear all of the clothing that a crime scene investigator would wear, full length overalls, face mask and eye protection. The footprint was best photographed from above so that all of the print is visible and in focus. As a group we quickily learnt how to light and record all of the detail within a footprint, we lit the footprint from different angles which gave different shadows over the patterns of the footprint.
Onother one of the tasks was lifting a fingerprint from an object, the object chosen was a bottle, the fingerprint was already on the bottle and we had to dust the fingerprint with a dust which showed up using UV light, the fingerprint was then photographed for evidence (see image below )
The job of a crime scene investigator is not a glamourous one , a rewarding one? Yes! Iasked myself could I be a crime scene photographer and the answer is yes, trouble is I’m not to good with blood and guts.