#theApexShow Round 4: Mike Samuels
#theApexShow: What skills do you need to be a good clinical photographer for dentistry?
Mike Samuels: Dentists and surgeons often have a natural affinity with photography, this may well be because of the need for dexterity and an excellent eye for detail.
The ability to handle delicate equipment with precision and combine the elements of light and time are crucial as is an appreciation of balance.
One of the most important requirements for a clinical photographer is to be unconsciously competent in using the camera and lighting. The ability to concentrate on the subject being photographed will help ensure that point of focus and framing provides exactly the angle of view required. It also provides the opportunity to observe the importance of cleanliness and aseptic techniques
Attention to detail will make sure that no unwanted items appear in the final picture. Distractions such as blood soaked swabs and clinical detritus should be removed before photography always endeavouring for a clean clear field of view.
Make sure any shadows fall away from the subject and highlights don’t distract the eye unless these are being used to enhance the texture.
Probably the greatest requirement for the clinical photographer is patience, waiting to take the next shot in a 4 hour procedure can be incredibly boring.