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Camera settings for dental photography and tips

Camera settings for dental photography and tips - DENTIPHOTO.COM

We recommend that you first set the following basic settings, which you can then adjust for yourself already in the process:

  • aperture - f8 for shooting the face, f13-16 - for lips and teeth, f22-29 - for the intraoral cavity;
  • ISO (light sensitivity) - 100 or 200;
  • Shutter speed - 1/160;
  • White balance - automatic or "flash".

The most common angles:

  • face in profile and full face, with and without a smile;
  • close-up smile;
  • front teeth with retractor;
  • left and right buccal segments;
  • occlusal surfaces of the upper and lower arches;
  • upper and lower incisors in the light with a contraster.

Shooting the intraoral cavity is a rather complicated process for those who have no experience in photography. A few tips to help you do your best.

1. When shooting macro, set the camera and lens settings to manual. In this case, it is better not to use autofocus.

2. Place the contraster in the area of the first or second molars at a sufficient distance from the photographed teeth. This will avoid light spots on the contraster due to the reflection of the teeth.

3. In order for the direct and blurry image of the photographed teeth not to fall into the composition of the image, the occlusal mirror should practically lie on the teeth of the opposite jaw. This principle is also relevant for intraoral photography with a side mirror.

4. If the mirror fogs up during exposure, heat it with warm water and ask the patient to hold their breath for a short while.

5. When working with an occlusal mirror, the nose should not get into the frame. To do this, the front teeth along the axis should be at the edge of the image, and the dental arch should evenly occupy the entire field of the image.

6. Before photographing, air dry your teeth and gums to minimize the presence of saliva.

7. To register the fluorescence of the teeth and the restoration, set the camera light sensitivity to maximum and turn off the flash.

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