c. Film Selection.
Color negative and color slide films are more
commonly used than black and white. They will give the truest rendition of
the condition of the subject.
(1) You can use infrared film with different filters and light
sources to disclose details invisible to the naked eye or not recorded by
other types of film. Such items as bullet wounds on dark skin or gun powder
residue on dark clothing are vividly depicted with infrared film.
(2) Black and white film used with a green filter renders skin tones
d. Photographing Procedure.
Your shooting plan (script) should start
with full-face and profile of head and shoulders.
Your next series of
pictures should be full-length pictures of the front, back, and both sides
of the subject.
(1) Shooting the side views are easy. In order to get good shots of
the front and back, you have to get above the table so your view is straight
down on the subject. Using an 8- to 10-foot step ladder should give you the
(2) Then proceed with the help of the medical examiner and photograph
all injuries, major and minor, and any other noteworthy features such as
marks, gags, knotted ropes, etc. It is a good technique to include a ruler
in these detail pictures to provide scale.
Markers or pointers can be
included in your pictures to indicate important features.
e. Record Each Picture. As usual in investigative photography, keeping
notes on each picture you shoot is an important step. An effective way to
pinpoint the location of the closeups is to use one of the full-length views
and mark each spot A, B, C, etc., and put matching letters on the close-ups.
f. Follow Confidentiality Rules.
In all investigative photography
jobs, you are being brought in as a professional. Conduct yourself as such
on and after the job. The information you are exposed to should be treated
PART C - PHOTOGRAPHING SURGICAL PROCEDURES
a. Preparation for Surgical Photography.
Preparation to photograph a
surgical procedure is the same as any other assignment. Research, plan, and
prepare your equipment.
However, your need to get the picture comes
secondary to the patient. The surgeon will usually be helpful and indicate
the photographs he needs.