Volume 49, Issue 5 (September 2004)
A Calibrated Gray Scale for Forensic Ultraviolet Photography
The human eye is an important tool for observing evidence, and visual evidence in turn may be documented onto a photographic medium. The human eye is generally sensitive only to a narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum from about 700 nm (red) to about 400 nm (violet/blue). It is possible to extend the range of radiations over which evidence may be documented by using the natural ultraviolet sensitivity of photographic films. However, photographing evidence with ultraviolet radiation ultimately involves presenting the information to subjects who may have no prior experience at viewing these wavelengths. This study shows that it is necessary to use a calibrated ultraviolet reflecting gray scale to allow meaningful interpretation of results.