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Clinical digital photography for dental professionals

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Topic Groups (Education & Development, General Dental Practice, Record Keeping, Photography, Social media, Law and Ethics)
Friday 25 March 2022
10:00 - 16:30
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
Roger Bretayne, Ewa Bajorko-Assaker
Booking Fees
  • Dental Care Professional: £300.00
  • Essential Member: £300.00
  • Expert Member: £300.00
  • Extra Member: £300.00
  • Senior member: £300.00
  • Non member: £400.00
  • Student member: £300.00

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Clinical digital photography for dental professionals

A lifetime of dental photography in a day

Friday 25 March 2022 | LONDON 


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 Development Outcomes: C

This hands-on workshop will provide all members of the dental team with the practical know-how and confidence to make dental photography an integral part of everyday life in a busy dental practice. 

Digital dental photography is useful for all disciplines of dentistry. An excellent dental image should have correct colour rendition and enough detail to show the oral clinical scenario. Readily integrating photography benefits patients, dentists and the whole support team.

The course is suitable for all dental professionals: Specialists, GDPs, Therapists, Hygienists and support staff.  The course covers the technical and clinical know-how.

There will be equipment available but you can bring your own camera, and receive expert advice!

Learning objectives

  • Foundation photography concepts and digital camera technology
  • Understanding lenses, aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Considering the specific setup for dental photography
  • Understanding clinical photographs as a part of dental records
  • A look at dental photography mirrors and retractors
  • Extra oral and intra oral photographs.


Registration from 09:30, course starts at 10:00 and concludes at 16:30

Technical know-how

  • Foundation photography concepts
  • Understanding digital camera technology
  • Understanding lenses
  • Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Specific setup for dental photography

Clinical know-how

  • Clinical photographs as a part of dental records
  • Dental photography mirrors
  • Dental photography retractors
  • Extra oral photographs
  • Intra oral photographs

A detailed overview for the course is provided below.

Fundamentals of photography
Understand the three elements that combine to make a photographic image. The Exposure Triangle is the basis of understanding all types of photography.
  • Exposure triangle
  • Different types of cameras (DSLR / Mirror less)

We will briefly discuss the different types of cameras currently available. This revolves around DSLR and Mirror-less cameras.

Specific dental photography
Lenses are the most important single element in your equipment
  • Basics of lenses
  • Macro lenses
  • Lens filters
  • Zoom lenses v Prime lenses
  • Focus / Image stabilisation
  • Shutter release / timer – movement
  • Lens hoods
  • What do the mm's mean?
Camera bodies
Understanding the differences of camera bodies.
  • Image sensors
  • DSLR v Mirror-less
  • Shutter release / cable
  • Viewfinder
  • LCD back screens / screen resolution / articulation

There are many different camera systems available today. This section will discuss some of the basic elements of any camera and define the important aspects that you need to be aware of to make an informed decision on what is best for you. If you already have a camera this section will explain how to get the most out of your equipment.

Overview of flash for dental photography
  • In-camera
  • Get flash off camera body
  • Ring flash
  • Alternative technologies / Lumecubes

Almost all Dentists use flash. In this section we will explain the basics and how to get the most out of using flash. We will also discuss some of the latest alternatives to traditional ring-flash units.

Core photography concepts
​​​In-depth discussion of the core elements of photography.
  • The seven elements
  • Focal length applications
  • Sensor size / magnification
  • Aperture / F-Stop numbers
  • Aperture and depth of field
  • Shutter speed
  • Light sensitivity (ISO)
  • White balance
  • Flash

This section will cover in detail the core concepts of photography. Understanding these concepts will allow participants on the course to understand any camera system they come across, and more importantly will enable them to know how to use any camera to get the results they want.

Image composition rules
Creating images that work
  • Grid systems
  • Image balance
  • Geometry of beauty

This section will explain the basics of photographic composition and how to increase your chances of getting esthetically pleasing photographs. Just because you photograph Dentistry you still should not ignore the basics of traditional image composition.

Camera modes
​​What do all those different modes on my camera really do?
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Program modes
  • Manual

This section will explain what all of the standard modes on modern cameras are for, when to use them and which modes should be used for which applications. It will also cover an introduction to manual photography and why Manual is best.

Understanding light and exposure
​Light is the most important part of photography.
  • ISO
  • White balance
  • Light temperatures
  • Exposure discussion
  • Exposure compensation

Photography is all about light, the more you understand about light the better you will understand photography. In this section we will discuss exposure and light with regards to light temperatures and light sensitivity of your camera sensor.

Anscilliary points
​Important photography items to also consider.
  • Pixels and megapixels
  • Image file formats
  • Memory cards
  • Image transfer and storage
  • Cloud storage
  • GDPR
Post processing
​How to radically improve your photography.
    • Light room
    • RAW format
    • HDR
    • Cropping
    • Photographic size formats

    Taking a photograph is only half the story. With digital photography Post Processing allows such a lot of possibilities for improving your photography that it is just as important as understanding the fundamentals of how to take a photograph.

Clinical photographs as a part of dental records
  • ​​Treatment planning
  • Case discussions
  • As an aid during treatment
  • Patient reminder
  • Practice builder and marketing tool
  • As a defense tool in medico-legal conflicts
Dental photography mirrors
  • ​​Types
  • Use
  • Images
Dental photography retractors
  • ​Types
  • Uses
  • Images
Extra oral photographs
  • ​​Face-Frotal (lips relaxed)
  • Face-Frontal (smiling)
  • Profile (Right side preferably - Lips relaxed)
  • (45 °) Profile (also known as 3/4 Profile - Smiling)

Intra oral photographs
  • ​Frontal - in occlusion
  • Right Buccal - in occlusion
  • Left Buccal - in occlusion
  • Upper Occlusal (using mirrors)
  • Lower Occlusal (using mirrors)


Ewa Assaker
Ewa Assaker
Consulting Director, SmileWisdom; Registered Dental Nurse and former Practice Manager

After Graduating in Medicine in 2007, Ewa moved her career into dentistry, becoming a qualified Dental Nurse in 2009 with GDC registration. Ewa progressed to become Practice Manager in Central London, working along-side general dentists and specialists. She has a passion for dental training and lecturing and with her experience gained as MD of Zimmer Dental and 3M Oral Care is fully up to speed with the industry and legislation.  

Roger Bretayne
Roger Bretayne
Photography Expert, SmileWisdom

Roger has 10 years working with all categories of dental practices, this builds on his degree in Photography Fine Art, and a life-long passion for the technical and practical photography. Roger teaches technically detailed yet still accessible photography courses for all levels of experience. From working with military imaging systems to standard commercial photography equipment Roger brings a high level of knowledge and range of experience.


5½ hours CPD

The training course meets the edicational criteria set by the GDC for verifiable CPD and is certified by the British Dental Association


​BDA member: ​£300
​Non-member ​£400
​DCP ​£300


The fee includes refreshments, lunch and all course documentation.

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