Forensic Photography Workshop

Photography is one of the most important aspects of crime scene investigation since it provides a permanent visual record of the scene. The photographic record will aid in both the investigation and the legal proceedings leading to and including courtroom testimony.

This annual course focuses on the techniques necessary for the photographic documentation of crime scenes, gunshot wounds, bitemarks, weapons, and trace evidence as well as the creation of consistent approaches to photographic exposures, storage, and security. Mock crime scenes will be established in indoor and outdoor locations and participants will be divided into teams for the photographic documentation portion of the course. Participants are encouraged to utilize this course as an opportunity to become familiar with their own photographic equipment.

Dates: June 27-July 1, 2022


University of Florida, TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32608

REGISTER NOW!  Space is limited to 15 registrants.

Download the course flyer!

Course Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the many challenges facing crime scene and law enforcement personnel in documenting crime scenes through photographic techniques, and how to overcome these challenges.  Scene photography, alternate light source photography, and working in low lighting situations will be addressed.  Attendees must bring their own camera equipment and tripod.


  • Basic DSLR camera use
  • Off and on camera flash use
  • Painting with light
  • Low light photography
  • Stop motion photography
  • Control of depth of field, shutter speed, and aperture


Dr. Sharon Plotkin, Ed.D, M.S.
Sharon has a M.S. in Criminal Justice, is a IAI certified crime scene investigator.  She has over 18 years experience in crime scene investigation and specializes in crime scene documentation, training, photography, bloodstain recognition and fingerprinting.

Registration fee: $600


Registration is online – It’s fast, safe and convenient. To register with your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, please visit our secure, on-line registration website.


Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. Lodging is the responsibility of each attendee. A special rate of $89 per night has been arranged for course attendees. Reservation rates will be honored throughout the course dates. Please refer to UF Forensic Training when making reservations, and ask for the UF rate. For reservations, call (352) 331-3336 (local). Reservations depend on availability—the sooner you can book, the better!

For more information,  download the course flyer.  To register, visit our registration page.  If the course is not listed on the registration page, enrollment in the course is currently closed.