Work Item
ASTM WK83694

New Guide for Laboratory Photography

1. Scope

This standard describes specific photography and lighting techniques for documenting evidence in a laboratory or other controlled setting. Photography may be used in the laboratory to document evidence in various stages of analysis, and to show details that may not be discernible to the human eye. These photographs serve as a permanent record of the items of evidence, any developed evidence, or enhanced features (e.g. latent fingerprints, footwear impressions, toolmarks,
firearms, questioned documents).


documentation photographs; examination photographs; chemiluminescence; fluorescence; ultraviolet light; coaxial lighting; oblique lighting; bounce/tented/diffused lighting; direct lighting; transmitted lighting


This guide is intended to increase consistency among forensic photography providers due to the evidentiary and documentary value provided by photographs. This standard provides photography guidelines to better allow organizations to develop training programs and in-practice protocols.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E30.12

Committee: E30

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 10-07-2022

Technical Contact: Christina Malone

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