Looking to improve your dental photography? A new, free online course could help you achieve consistent and excellent results in all aspects of dental photography.

The course – Improving your image: dental photography in practice – will cover all aspects of the use of digital photography in dental practice: intraoral, extraoral, and portraits. Starting with the basics of choosing correct equipment and setting it up, participants will learn about optimum settings, techniques for consistent imaging and the safe storage of images.

Aimed at the whole dental team, the course will last four weeks and involve about five hours per week of your time.

Necessary equipment

Participants don’t require any previous knowledge, however to complete the course, there will be certain requirements in terms of necessary equipment, such as access to a digital SLR camera.

While detailed advice on choosing a camera will be given at the start of the course, a list of equipment recommendations can be downloaded ahead of signing up here.

The course will be delivered by Mike Sharland, in partnership with Futurelearn. Mike has a diploma in photography and has been teaching dental photography for more than 35 years. He is currently technical lead clinical photography at the University of Birmingham.

UK dental professionals will be able to claim non-verifiable CPD for the time spent on this course.

By the end of the course, participants will 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.

For more information, and to sign up to the course, visit the Futurelearn website.