Photographing tree failures

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Author: Joseph LaForest, University of Georgia


For a photograph to be admitted as evidence in a court case, it must be shown that the image is both relevant to the case and authentic. Showing an image to be authentic generally involves testimony that the image shown is accurately portrays the scene as viewed from that point of view.[1] With this in mind, it is the responsibility of the photographer of a tree failure to capture all the necessary view points to accurately represent the entire scene. This will include not only the point of view of all parties involved with a tree failure, but also the view point of the tree and the factors contributing to its failure. The purpose of this article and the related tree failure case studies is to show the best practices for documenting the failure of a tree and the resulting damage.


  1. Staggs, Steven B. The Admissibility of Digital Photographs in Court.