Guidelines for Digital Photographs

Follow these guidelines to avoid having to retake the photographs.
  1. Take the picture in portrait rather than landscape (the picture should be taller than it is wide).
  2. Set your zoom (if your camera has one) to maximum telephoto. It should not be done in macro mode.
  3. Frame the picture by moving the camera closer or further away. Do not use the zoom to frame the subject.
  4. Take several photos. Try to capture a natural, unforced smile. Don’t force more teeth into a smile than what is normal for a patient. Remember, you want the patient to look at him or herself and even show the photo to others.
  5. Typically, the flash on your camera works well for these portraits. In some cases, you may need side lighting to illuminate the face more evenly.