Vehicle Photography

Vehicle License Plate: This photo is of a vehicle's license plate taken with a camera by hand. When photographing a vehicle, a series of photographs should be taken before the inside of the vehicle. A location of where the vehicle was found is always important, followed by overall views of each side of the vehicle to show condition at the time of being found. I prefer to take photos starting at the front of the vehicle, moving counterclockwise. A close up view of the license plate is necessary to help identify the vehicle; i choose to take the front view and then a close up of the license plate and do the same with the rear of the vehicle when it comes to that side. A correct white balance is important, espacially in night photogarphy of a vehicle, because it can alter the color of the vehicle in the photograph slightly which can cause issues if the color becomes of importance later in the case. If there is damage on the vehicle, it needs to be documented by taking a medium view of the damage and then a close of view of the damage.These photos do not need the highest ISO or aperture value, as long as they are clear and have good exposure.

ISO: 200 Aperture:  f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/200 Sec.


Driver's side door, where evidence was found: This photo is one of the many that are necessary when photgraphing a vehicle. Once the outter views of the vehicle are completed, i would do a quick inspection of the vehicle to look for evidence or anything that may be hazardous to ensure i do not move it without photographing it first. This photo is an example of what an interior view of the door sould look like. One of each door and then the view into the vehicle should be taken. The door should be opened as much as possible to get the best possible view of the interior. As with the outter views, i prefer to start with the driver's side and work counter clockwise when taking photos of a vehicle.

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Sec.

Inside driver's side interior storage compartment with evidence: This photo is a simulation of what evidence found in a vehicle should be photographed, not an actual crime scene. The shell ammunition was placed in the driver's side inner storage compartment to create a challenging photo subject. After the initial interior view photo is taken, the next photo should be what is in each storage compartment in the previous photo, even if there is no evidence. This photo needed a flash chord to have the flash able to be angled and rearranged as needed to get the best outcome. The photography was difficult due to the evidence item being in a small space that was very dark. It is important to get good enough detail to see every part of the evidence; it is always helpful to capture it in good detail if it has words significant detail.

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Sec.


V.I.N: This photo is of the Vehicle Identification Number sticker of a vehicle used for an assignment, it is one that has been slightly damaged but is still viable for identification. It is of extreme importance to photograph the V.I.N of the vehicle. This photo does not need to have a high f-stop, we are interested in being able to read what is written on the sticker, not so much the detail in the photo. As long as it is a clear and on focus, it is usable. This is usually the last photo taken when doing vehicle photography.

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Sec. 


Note: These are vehicles photographed for an class assignment with permission from the owner of each vehicle

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