Advance Camera Settings - Dental Photography Made Easy - Beginners Guide

So by now if you have followed the previous two articles you should have an idea on what camera to get and what set up you need to start snapping. Furthermore, you should now know what settings to configure your camera to in order to be ready to capture those shots you always wanted.


I have come across some further settings that are not mentioned in your basic photography training hat you can activate with your DSLR to further enhance your images.

Centre Weighted Metering

Now a days every modern DSLR cameras have a setting called “Metering Mode”. This is your cameras way of determining what the correct shutter speed and aperture should be. This also depends on the amount of light that reaches the film in the camera and the ISO.

This can get a little confusing, so ill cut straight to the chase.

You want to select Centre Weighted Metering which looks like this.


What does centring weighted metering do?

Center-weighted Metering prioritises the middle of the frame by evaluating the light in the middle of the frame and its surroundings and ignores the corners. This is great because it will expose the teeth correctly.


By selecting this, your DSLR camera will produce images that are vivid with natural colour representation.

Picture Control Setting

Now this has the same effect on both Canon bodies and Nikon bodies. However, they have different names. Picture contort setting in each DSLR body will enable you to have more control of the images that you take.

If you have Nikon body then I recommend you select ‘VIVID’. If you are a Canon body owner I recommend you use ‘FAITHFUL’.

This will give you a distinct,fresh-looking colorful images with the right emphasis on your subject’s contrast and sharpening. This is ideal for dentists as it helps emphasise primary colours and give a natural contrast between teeth, gums and lips.


There you have it. the extra settings that you can add on to your basic settings to give you a more crisp and ‘punchy’ image.

In the next article, 'Flash Types And Flash Settings’, I will discuss Ring flash and Twin flash and which settings I would recommend to get a consistent images.

Happy Snapping!

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