All too often, investigators feel they must operate in a robotic or automated mindset, which requires them to record a specific set of images, all with the camera set to the Program mode and recorded as if to checkmark some hypothetical box on some crime scene to-do list. Investigators who operate in such an automated mode, with rigid parameters, miss the opportunity to inspire and excite the photographic images’ viewers. Not only should investigators document a scene as true and accurately as possible, they should also strive to create a lasting impression with the viewers, especially those viewers charged with deciding between guilt and innocence in a jury’s deliberation room. Creating powerful evidentiary images that make a statement and have the greatest impact on the viewers should be a goal of all crime scene photographers. Documenting a crime scene is so much more than fulfilling the requirements found on some arbitrary checklist. It is an opportunity to show one’s dedication and professionalism to the jury, prosecutors, and other investigators. Creating a lasting impression with a jury will go a long way during their deliberations. Typically, the first pieces of evidence seen by a jury are the crime scene photographs recorded by the investigator. If those photographs are poorly exposed, out of focus, or poorly composed, then the rest of the investigator’s testimony may be questioned by a jury. On the other hand, by starting off one’s testimony with professional looking, quality photographs, one’s body of work will only serve to support the investigator’s testimony and credibility on the witness stand.