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Mastering Digital Dental Photography

I. Technical Background
1. Demands of the Dental Photograph
2. Basic Components of Photography
3. Digital Technique
4. Camera Systems Suitable for Dental Photography
II. Practical Procedures
5. Perioral and Intraoral Photography
6. Portrait and Profile Photography
7. Photographing Small Objects for Dentistry and Dental Laboratory
8. Photography of Dental Casts
9. Copy Work
10. Copying Radiographs
11. From Slides to Digital Images
III. The Digital Workflow
12. Workflow I: Image Transfer
13. Workflow II: Image Editing - Basic Adjustments
14. Workflow III: Image Archiving
15. Workflow IV: Data Output
16. Special Problems in Digital Photography
17. Image Editing - Useful Photoshop Procedures
18. Slide Presentations with PowerPoint
Appendix: Internet Addresses


My last book on dental photography was published in 2002. It dealt with conventional and digital techniques.

When I was asked by the publisher to prepare a 2nd edition I realized that photography had changed completely.

In the professional world, the transition from conventional silver-halide photography to digital photography was not only underway but nearly completed. I thus decided to write a completely new book concentrating only on digital photography. Of course, principles of photography have not changed. But in many cases digital photography has changed the approach to photography.

In my hands-on photography courses, I learnt a great deal about problems colleagues have when starting with digital photography and stumbling into the pitfalls of soft- and hardware. Therefore, I have tried to compile a book which is practically oriented. Although the user has to deal with things like image editing programs, archiving programs, and some software problems, digital photography is much easier than the old silver-halide technique. The learning curve in the digital world is much steeper, as there is the great opportunity of immediate image checking. After users have overcome their initial inhibitions about the new technique, they have the chance to explore new worlds of creativity and fascinating possibilities.

I have never met a user who returned to conventional photography after he or she had stepped into the digital world.

Bengel, Wolfgang