Inspiration for a studio session
comes from the personality of
the subject. Great portrait
images of patients have a
positive energy and display
a “feel-good” emotion that
radiates from a confident smile.
High-quality portraits communicate that the dentist cares about the dentistry.
“After” portraits help to affirm the patient’s decision to invest in a new smile.
The addition of a silver reflector helps to increase shadow detail.
A Canon MR-14EX macro ring flash is held off camera and diffused through the
translucent material of an inexpensive umbrella. A silver reflector bounces light
onto the opposite side of the model’s face to further increase shadow detail.
When using images for
marketing and promotion,
makeup artists and art
directors often can contribute
to the overall look.
Here, Whitney Thompson,
2008 winner of “America’s
Next Top Model,” is
photographed in studio
with a three-light setup.
Obtaining images that act as authentic testimonials requires proper
communication with the patient. Simply telling the patient to smile does not
communicate the same story as a picture of a patient truly enjoying a new smile.
Capturing full-face information and
macro images with studio-modified
light makes treatment planning
more engaging for laboratory
technicians, specialists, and
restorative dentists. Smile design
principles such as facial midline
discrepancies and width:height
ratios can also be shared with
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