Tools of the trade: Canon 60 D DSLR

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DSLR camera

by Dr Rizwan Ahmed, Latrobe Family Dental, Traralgon, VIC

I use dental photography for patient documentation, lab communication, marketing and peer education. My Canon 60D is an entry-level or mid-range camera that I purchased 12 years ago. I’ve done multiple courses on photography and the most important factors in taking clear photos are the flash, the lighting, and being comfortable with settings. The camera produces high-quality images.

What’s good about it

I use this camera with practically every procedure—cavities, cracks, crowns, cosmetic work, orthodontics, even trauma. When a patient is suffering from trauma, you don’t know if they’ve been assaulted, if it’s due to domestic violence, or if they were punched at a pub. If they decide to file charges and they need documentation, then the images provide a complete set of documents for each case. 

I also use the camera for before-and-after pictures, and portraits showing finished work. Utilising retractors and a mirror allow me to take detailed intraoral photos. We use secure, cloud-based Core Practice software and the images are easily saved into the patient files.

Clear photos improve client acceptance of treatment. It also helps with patient communication, case presentation and case conversion. All patients are familiar with a traditional camera so they never feel intimidated when I’m taking photos.

What’s not so good

A camera is just a tool but training must be completed to get the most out of it. Some dentists believe they must spend a lot of money to take decent photos but this is untrue. A camera such as the Canon 60D takes excellent, high-quality photos provided the user has had training and knows how to use it. 

Where did you get it

Ted’s Cameras

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