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Improving Your Image: Dental Photography in Practice

Learn how to achieve consistent and excellent results in all aspects of dental photography with this free online course.

35,475 enrolled on this course

Improving Your Image: Dental Photography in Practice
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours

This free course will cover all aspects of the use of digital photography in dental practice: intra-oral, extra-oral, and portraits. Participants will be taken through photography, from the basics of choosing correct equipment and setting it up, to optimum settings, techniques for consistent imaging and the safe storage of images.

The course is taught by the team that delivers the online masters degree course in Advanced General Dental Practice from the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham UK, and will involve about five hours per week of your time.

Quotes from previous learners:

“That was fantastic. I feel I have a great grasp on the settings on my camera and flash and what they all mean, and feel quite confident to take photographs of patients that I can use for practice promotion and records. Thanks so much!” - Andrea Lakatos

“I really enjoyed this course and I finally understand the settings in my camera. Thanks Mike for making every lesson so easy and keeping me motivated!!” - Vania Wassel Antich

“Fantastic course! Can’t wait to share what I’ve learnt with the rest of the girls at work. Thank you so much!” - Hollie Williams

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What topics will you cover?

Demystify photography

  • Theory and practice of using photography in dental practice
  • The varied uses in dentistry of visual material in the form of images on computer and in print
  • Choice of correct equipment systems for efficient use of time and resources
  • Confidentiality and ethical use of images
  • Techniques for producing high quality images suitable for teaching and marketing

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the best equipment and accessories to deliver the photography required
  • Reflect upon the approach to photography, and the impact on the day-to-day function of their practice
  • Engage members of staff in the advantages of correct training and implementation of those skills
  • Produce consistently good images with the minimum effect on treatment times and patient comfort

Who is the course for?

No previous knowledge is necessary, but there will be certain requirements in terms of equipment necessary to complete the course - particularly access to a digital SLR camera. Detailed advice on choosing a camera will be given at the start of the course, but if you’re keen to get a head start, then you can download Equipment Recommendations (PDF, 232k).

The course is designed to be of interest and applicable to all members of the dental team.

Time spent by UK dental professionals on this course will count as non-verifiable CPD.

What do people say about this course?

"Thank you - I have learned so much and have surprised myself with the quality of photos I am already taking. My patients and colleagues are soon going to realise that I've 'been on a course' as I practice, practice, practice. And finally, my teenage daughter has been going along with me and is now fascinated by photography. Thank you so much."

"This has been a very valuable course for me personally and my staff as I have been able to demonstrate to my foundation dentist the techniques involved in dental photography. I have been impressed with the images gained, and the reproducibility of them is fantastic. Thank you so much, Mike, your team and the group candidates who shared their photographs with us."

Who will you learn with?

Mike Sharland qualified with a Diploma in Photography in 1971, has been teaching dental photography for over 35 years , currently Technical Lead Clinical Photography at the University of Birmingham

Who developed the course?

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.

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