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University of Birmingham

Improving Your Image: Dental Photography in Practice

University of Birmingham via FutureLearn


This 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 Restorative Dentistry MSc/Diploma 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

The course is designed to be of interest and applicable to all members of the dental team who want to further their understanding of the practical applications of photography in dental contexts.

It is suitable for anyone who wants to develop their skills to improve their photographic patient records, or those wishing to use dental photography for marketing purposes.

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

Before beginning this course, you will need 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).


  • Why dental photography? What equipment to choose?
    • Introduction to dental photography
    • Equipment
  • Taking great photographs
    • Understanding photography
  • Starting dental photography
    • Step-by-step camera set up for clinical dental photography
    • Basic clinical photography techniques
  • Advancing your skills
    • Advancing your skills

Taught by

Mike Sharland


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 33 ratings

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