Fire Scene Photography. Department of Public Safety. Missouri State
Abstract: This article discusses the basic camera operations a
photographer charged with documenting the fire scene should know. F-stops,
lens shutter speed, focal length, depth of field, exposure, and film are
The article also provides a list of interior and exterior photographs
that should be taken at a fire scene. All sides of the structure, the roof,
ventilation areas, exterior evidence, anything unusual, and the structureís
location all require photographs. Every room of the interior should be well
documented and the area of origin should be photographed from several angles.
All evidence should be photographed before removal. Once the evidence is
removed, the photographer should also document the area where the evidence
The article also covers admitting photographs into evidence at trial.
The advantages and disadvantages of both prints and slides are discussed.
For more information, contact:
Department Of Public Safety
Missouri State Fire Marshal
1715 Industrial Drive, PO Box 844
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-2930
Fax: (573) 751-1744