Follow these simple steps to take the perfect photo. 

What Tools Do I Need?

1. Background: your background color should be a solid white, black, or grey background.

2. Lighting -make sure you have even ambient lighting. If you are working with poor lighting, this will create shadows in the image that will affect the design's coloration. A ring light is highly recommended. We recommend using Neweer ring light. CLICK HERE to find it on Amazon. 

NOTE: The ring light should be placed in front of the patient at about 3ft in the distance. 

3. iPhone placement - you may use the iPhone holder that comes with the Neweer ring light or hold your phone with both hands. Make sure the iPhone is in plain view in front of the patients' face. This means that the phone shouldn't be angeled in an upward or downward direction; instead, it should be parallel to the patients' eyes. The phone should be placed about 3ft from the patient's face to ensure that the photo is not too big or small; instead

What Elements of My Patients' Face Should Be Included?

1. Make sure that your photos focus on the patients' full face. This will include the patient's forehead, chin, and ears should be showing. For patients with long hair, make sure that their hair is tucked behind their ears. 

2. While in the photo process, the patients shouldn't be wearing any accessories. This includes hats, glasses, face coverings, etc. 

How Big/ Small Should My Patients' Smile Be?

1. Your patient's smile shouldn't be too small. Instead, we recommend a slightly bigger smile. Having the patients pronounce the name Emma leaves the smile in a resting position that will make the design process smoother. The purpose of having a wider smile is so that the desing process is more comfortable for you and you have space to work with. 

What Settings Should My Camera Be When Working in Manual?

ISO -  working with an iso of 400 is highly recommended when working indoor. The ISO will control the noise present in a photo which is why working with higher iso's will affect the images' pixalation. Working with lower ISO is not recommended when taking photographs indoors. 

Shutter Speed - You may test out different shutter speeds depending on your ambient lighting. We would recommend shutter speeds between 1/60 to 1/100. 

f-Stop - this setting will control the camera's aperture. We would recommend working with apetures between f4 - f11. This function will affect your depth of field, we recommend focusing on your patient's face and background. A good f-stop to work with is f

White Balance - make sure you white balance is set up to match the ambient lighting that you are working with. Remember that the camera's image display should match exactly as your eyes would see your surroundings. 

Side Note: You are welcome to alternate between these settings and find the best workflow that fits your preferences. 


Frontal Facial Photo Examples

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