each case. Figure 1-4 shows an example of a photo log.
The information contained
in each log is as follows:
Date and time.
Camera, lens, and film type.
A description of each photograph.
Include the time taken, the distance to
the focal point, and any other remarks.
Sample Photo Log.
Admissibility of Photographs as Evidence.
Photographs are admissible in court if
the investigator can testify that they accurately depict the area he observed. The
accuracy of the photograph always relates to the degree it represents the
appearance of the subject as to form, color (if applicable), and scale. Thus, the
use of a lens that will record with accuracy all objects and areas in focus may not
portray correct distances between objects. Nor will it reproduce the objects with
the proper perspective when they are out of focal range. In such situations, the
investigator's notes and the crime scene sketch play strong supporting roles.