Portrait Photography in Dentistry

Portrait photography or portraiture is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. A head shot or headshot is a modern (mostly digital files) portrait where the focus is on the person. The term is usually applied for professional profile images on social media, the ‘about us page’ or a corporate website and promotional pictures of actors, models, and authors (https:// en.wikipedia.org).

A patient’s face with all its expressive possibilities gives us valuable information for the planning, execution and final evalu- ation of our work. That’s why in dentistry the terms facial photography or headshot might describe better our goals when shoot- ing portrait images of our patients. Already 20 years ago the poor quality (Meredith 1997) and lack of standards (Claman et al. 2990) in dental facial photography were being discussed that are unfortunately still an issue today. This article will try clarify some misunderstandings related to this important part of dental photography and give you some clinical guidelines.

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  • Mohamed 12 / 04 / 2019 Reply

    What does this means “The standard_eyes adhesive marker
    serves as a linear measurement calibration
    tool for use both within the frontal and
    sagittal image captures of the face, allowing
    accurate metric calculations independant
    of the selected camera lens magnification
    ratio.” ?

    • adevigus 12 / 04 / 2019 Reply

      Dear colleague
      Maybe you did not notice the small marker on the image (well it was not on all of them),
      that we use to calibrate the images. Hope to see you this June in Seville for our dental photography conference!

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