The ART Behind Dental Photography - Nº1 Jan/Fev

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Bruno Seabra, Director


The way our personal or professional life unfolds depends largely on our daily attitude. The coronavirus pandemic, has filled our lives with worries and uncertainties. We continuously fear becoming infected and we question ourselves about whether we will be vaccinated or if we’ll even get immunity. The number of cancelled appointments has increased and as a consequence so has our income. However, instead of regretting this situation and its consequences, we should rather try to ask ourselves what we could change or improve, in order to continue to feel motivated to strive through life. Defining new goals, new projects,

new strategies in order to better treat our patients, while always guaranteeing their health and safety, should be our main focus, despite all the constraints. So, in the spirit of sharing and the possibility of creating a different product in dental photography, a new project arose. With the help of a group of extraordinary professionals and friends, we have decided to create this digital magazine, The ART Behind Dental Photography... from everyone and for everybody.

Profile: Mariana McEvoy

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Profile: Catarina Cortez


Magazine Team Director

Bruno Seabra

Design & Edition

Daniel Moniz Barreto

Copy Desk & Texts

Mariana McEvoy

Clinical Capture

by André Chen


Behind My Teeth

by Toni Arcuri



Bruno Seabra

Scientific Board


Arch Gallery


Wisdom List


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André Chen Bruno Montenegro Bruno Seabra Catarina Cortez David Gerdolle Gonçalo Duque Hélder Moura Hugo Sousa Dias João Carlos Ramos João Meirinhos Luis Lopez Llamosas Nuno Borrego Paulo Monteiro Pedro Brito Pedro Costa Monteiro Rodrigo Cavaco Rui Falacho Toni Arcuri

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Mariana McEvoy


Mariana McEvoy profile

The bet on a professional image and its true value and role when launching a career as a dentist...

The bet on a professional image and its true value and role when launching a career as a dentist.

General Dentist Integrated Masters Degree in Dental Medicine at Fernando Pessoa University, Porto, Portugal Ongoing student of the Postgraduate Degree in Operative and Aesthetic Dentistry at the Faculty of Medicine of Coimbra University, Portugal Additional training courses in Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Aesthetics and Career Management 10 03

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raduating from dental school is a great achievement and marks the beginning of a unique and rewarding journey, full of opportunities. However, being launched into the extremely competitive and tough dental market is quite a daunting prospect and can lead to anxieties and insecurities. Presenting a professional image seems to have added significance at this early stage of our careers. Obviously, securing that first placement often comes down to experience and being academically apt but the importance of making a positive initial impression cannot be under-estimated. Exuding competence can help us to stand out. Likewise, in the clinic dentists provide a critical service to their patients and creating mutual trust and confidence is crucial. First impressions count. Indeed, first impressions have long been studied and are known for being decisive in initial judgments of trustworthiness and trust-related behaviour. That first encounter with both patients and colleagues alike will set the tone for what they might expect from you. Our demeanour sends messages to those around us. Conveying professionalism reassures and comforts patients. Being able to communicate authority and expertise is essential to becoming a successful dentist. Naturally, patients have more confidence in dentists who have an ability to communicate clearly and compassionately. In the past, dentists had something of a negative reputation. Painful treatments did little to endear them to their patients. Currently, the dental office can still be a scary place for some people, but things have changed greatly and today our patient’s well-being and comfort is our main priority. Obviously transmitting this message is down to us. Nowadays with the technological boom, social media



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and photography has been proving its worth in this field. We can use these tools in our favour as they enhance patient education and engagement as well as encourage knowledge sharing between colleagues. Unfortunately, we have been negatively impacted by a global pandemic that has suppressed human interaction, and we can make the most of these means to transmit how we see ourselves personally and professionally. Having a professional headshot for instance is another way of enhancing the professional image you portray, as it may play the role of a brief introductory card. You may decide to have it on your CV, professional social media platforms like LinkedIn, your clinic website or even scientific congresses.

fact that how we present ourselves impacts those around us. Our professional image is something that we must take seriously. It is the first contact with others. It is the platform that ultimately leads to confidence and trust. As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The selected professional headshot.

All this brings us back to the importance of instilling confidence in those around us: patients, fellow workers and employers. Obviously, I don’t mean to devalue hard work and the need to continuously strive to increase knowledge and experience, as dentistry is after-all a lifetime of learning, but we can’t overlook the importance of the image that we project. We can’t get away from the


Graduated in Dentistry at Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde- Sul, Lisbon (2002) Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics Post-graduation course (2005) Pediatric Dentistry Post-graduation course (2014) Advanced Orthodontics Post-Graduation Course (2013) Post-graduation course in Orthodontics with Aligners (2018) Certification in Lingual Orthodontics, Incognito System (2017) Certification in Invisalign System (2018) Co-founder of Portuguese Dental Aligners Society Member of Directive Board of Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas Exclusive practice in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry Director in Private Practice in Funchal, Madeira Island

Catarina Cortez


eing a dentist is not just about treating teeth. It’s about treating people. With teeth and all their adjacent structures, integrating oral health in a dynamic sum of constant adaptations – the body and the soul. Observation has always been an important tool regarding the diagnosis and clinic history made by those who, through all times, have tried to cure others from their dis-

eases, witch doctors or conventional doctors, mothers or surgeons.In a figurative meaning, we can talk about observation in our fingertips, helping the doctor’s eyes to see what they can’t, and feel what eyes don’t reach. Since ever, humans and medicine have always tried to see further and better. German physicist Röntgen detected X-rays for the first time, called like that by the general scientist community, because it was a kind of radiation never seen. After several experiences, in 1895, Röntgen asked his wife to place her hand between an electron tube and photographic paper, and the first X-ray to a human body was done. At this point our eyes began to see the bones inside, and later, the inner parts of our teeth. Physicist Isidor Isaac Rabi, Nobel Prize Winner presented in 1937 a new technique to measure nuclear magnetic movements. At that point the first MRI scan drafts were happening, and we were able to study


What changed in my clinic after the investment in photography

guts, joints and soft tissue in a living body. Although photography is not the master piece of a unique creator, the concept of the Camera Obscura (dark chamber) has been known since 15th century. Leonardo da Vinci used it to create some sketches and drafts. The first permanent photoetching was an image produced by french Nicéphore Niépce in 1826, requiring a long eight hours exposure to the sun light.

dental photography became an important tool in clinical observation, to decide treatment plans or sharing knowledge in scientific forums. At this point, our eyes began to see details stuck in an image, that would have disappeared forever, consumed by the relentlessness of time passing by. And later, much later, dental photography became an impor-


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tool in clinical observation, to decide treatment plans or sharing knowledge in scientific forums. When I idealized my Orthodontic Dental Practice in 2019, I had already seen the great achievements of some of my portuguese and international colleagueshanks to the internet and Dental Photography. Nowadays a good speaker is able to pass his message, not only due to his or her ability to communicate, his or her skills in achieving clinical goals with precision, but also due to impressive and accurate photos. Somehow, they are the undoubted proof of the amount of layers in a restorative dentistry, the symmetry at

the end of an orthodontic treatment, or the accuracy of an incision. And that was it! With no second thoughts, I knew I had to bring the same perfection, the same demand and status to my practice and to my patients. So, I invited Bruno Seabra’s “The Art Behind Dental Photography” into Clínica Cortez’s team. I needed to register in a secure file what my eyes couldn’t catch during the appointments, fix all details present in my patient’s dentition in an easy-to-open document. Orthodontics has reached a point where the doctor can plan and simulate the treatment in digital softwares. But for that, the records and files have

to be the closest to reality as possible. Nothing less than excellent. So I had to take excellent photographs of my patients. All my team knows how to do it. We all take intra or extra-oral photos, despite of the patient, the light in the room or the weather outside. We can now regulate de velocity of obturation, the amount of aperture or the depth of the focus, very easily and with confidence. As treatments in Orthodontics can last for 2 or 3 years, we take photos almost every month. Not only for our own control, but also to show patients and parents what is happening and what is to come in the next weeks using the appliances. That gives them confidence and trust.The old concept of the doctor that takes all decisions alone, and knows what’s best for the patient is gone. Patients have to be included in the treatment choices, understanding all “pros and cons” in each option, and taking responsability for its success too. And some-

I needed to register in a secure file what my eyes couldn’t catch during the appointments.

Catarina Cortez na Clínica Cortez Advanced Orthodontics Funchal


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times pictures speak for themselves, showing them what can be treated, and what can’t. Patients understand better than with difficult, scientific words. Brasilian singer and poet Caetano Veloso sings in “Sampa”, dedicated to the city of São Paulo: Something happens in my heart when I cross Ipiranga and São João Avenues!

Well, something happens in my heart when I look at a “before and after” picture of an orthodontic treatment, knowing that what I saw initially and what I idealized at the end

really happened. The happiness of another human being, and I saved it for eternity with a click with my fingertip: the most beautiful curve of the human body – the smile.

Something happens in my heart when I look at a "before and after" picture


André Chen

Professor of Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry - University of Lisbon (FMDUL) Oral Surgery Specialist - College of Portugal Oral Surgery Post-Graduation Course - FMDUL (2008-2011) NYU College of Dentistry Implant Dentistry Alumni (2006-2008) Clinical Dental Research Master - Washington University, Seattle Master Science, Msc - FMDUL (2006) Graduated in University of Lisbon School of Dentistry (2004)

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Digital Dentistry

Fully Guided Ceramic Two-piece Implant

Patient with a misadapted and fractured Partial Removal Denture, with attachment loss and decay on the adjacent teeth. Dear colleagues, I present to you a case that exemplifies the three aspects that have changed my life as an implantologist in recent years. The ability to be more precise with the massive use of digital technology and static guided aid devices, the ability to have, currently, an alternative biomaterial to titanium-dioxide and titanium-alloys such as zirconia dioxide, represented in this case by the use of a ceramic implant and lastly and perhaps most 13

Figure 1. Initial Case. First appointment for evaluation of the possibility of an implant supported rehabilitation #22 (missing).

importantly in the context of this journal the ability to transmit all these clinical elements to colleagues and to the general public through of photography. The bet on the latter is an equally important piece of this cog wheel, it is the “icing on the cake” that allows the vehicle of information in an inspiring and clinically relevant way. In this particular case, we have a patient who asks us about the possibility of using ceramic as

clinical capture by andré chen an alternative material to titanium implant material. Although evidence is not as strong and blunt as in the titanium counterpart, ceramic materials are known today for a very high five-year survival rate. All planning was carried out digitally using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and intraoral scanners (IOS) as means of capturing 3D data of the patient's intraoral situation and a 3D printer was used to manufacture the surgical guide. On the day of the surgery, all 3D planning of the implant position is transmitted to the patient's mouth using a surgical guide and through a sequential drill procedure the implant is guided to the previously planned position. Three months after implant placement, the patient returns to the consultation for a prosthodontic digital-workflow, which includes the use of an intraoral scanner, and an integrated digital laboratory flow for making a zirconium-ceramic crown in Cad-Cam milling machines (structure) in a 3D printed model for final artistic ceramization by the hands of a laboratory technician. A case that represents the introduction of some clinical novelties such as two-piece ceramic implants and the ability to rehabilitate single supported implantation from A to Z in a fully digital flow.

Figure 2. Surgical 3D printed guide for dental implant placement.

Figures 3 and 4. Surgical guide in place.


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Figures 5-8. Drilling protocol for a fully guided ceramic two-piece implant-supported rehabilitation.

Figure 9. Supracrestal placement and guided verification.


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Figure 10. Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) with Zenograft and Resorbable membrane.

Figure 11. Final wound closure with E-PTFE suture and passive closure.

Figures 12 and 13 Final Radiograph confirmation of the implant-supported treatment.


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BEHIND MY TEETH Brasília, Brazil

by Toni Arcuri

Dental Surgeon Specialist in Dental Prosthesis Master's degree in Restorative Dentistry Professor of Oral Rehabilition

Seduction Dental photography is my passion! It was born from the need to document my clinical cases, but it revealed to me a universe that I did not know: it pointed out the faults of my work, allowed me to maintain a precise documentation of my treatments and recorded my professional evolution as well as my successes. I am absolutely convinced that photography is an extremely powerful and essential tool that promotes a continuous professional and clinical growth. The concept in the seduction photo was to register a subtle beam of light on the edge of the patient's silhouette, so that it showed the texture of the lips, revealed in the gloom. The wine-coloured lipstick, together with the lips, harmonized in a balanced way with the shadows, bringing a pleasant combination of light, eyeshadow and colour. 19


Canon 5D Mark IV


Tokina Macro 100mm AT-X M100 Pro D


f10, 1/250, ISO 100


60x60 softbox with 150W flash









This is the right place to show your greatest shots. Send us your images so that we can share them with the world and inspire others.

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Rodrigo Cavaco

Carnaxide, Portugal Camera

Nikon D71000


Nikon AF 105mm 2.8


f45, 1/125, ISO 100


Softboxes Visico 300

Sometimes after a case of veneers, I take some artistic pictures. In this one we can see the surface texture of the ceramic.


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Luis López Llamosas Lima, Perú Camera

Canon EOS 70D


Canon EF 100mm 2.8 Macro


f29, 1/125, ISO 200


Ringflash (power 1/4)


Dental Attrition

This image represents a challenge for me as a professional. Giving you the best solution will be my satisfaction.

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Canon EOS 650D


Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1


f13, 1/125, ISO 100


2 softboxes

Hugo Sousa Dias

Porto, Portugal

Mechanical Hand-file


I have two passions in my life: Endodontics and Photography. Nothing like joining both and trying to convert the micro nature of Endodontics in something Macro and give some color to the black and white of Endodontics. 28

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True Nature I made this work with all the freedom that usually in our daily practice at the lab, we can’t use as we want.
One of my masters once told me ”stay true to nature” and that was my inspiration for this case.


Nuno Borrego Lisbon, Portugal Camera

Canon EOS 5D


Canon EF 100mm 2.8L Macro


f22, 1/125, ISO 100


Twin Flash + difusores

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Dental Ultrabright Mirrors

With the groundbreaking ultra bright coating one can for the first time achieve close to 100% reflectivity. Even high-grade rhodium and titanium have only reached on average 75% reflectivity until now; the traditional chromium plated achieve about 65%. It comes with a removable coloured silicon handle for comfortable handling which also can be autoclaved together with the dental mirror. And along with this you have different sizes, ideal for different sized mouths from kids to adults. You have also Occlusal, Buccal and Lingual mirrors for different purpose.




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Bruno Seabra


Exclusive clinical practice in Oral Rehabilitation and Aesthetics Photography Course by Instituto Português de Fotografia Post-Graduation in Digital Marketing (ISCTE-INDEG) Director of LIGHT UP STUDIO Professional Photo Studio - Lisbon Trainer in the field of Imagiology, General Photography, Photography and Marketing in Dentistry


How did you start in the world of photography? Since I was very young I have always loved photography and image. I have always been “the photographer” at home, on trips and tours. at parties and birthdays... and I think somehow I had some talent... at least everyone loved my pictures. Later, when I went to the university in dental school, I realized the importance that photography would also have in our area. As soon as I had the opportunity, I bought one of the first digital cameras that were used for intraoral photography… a Nikon Coolpix 995 and an illuminator…

And with it, my first images of digital clinical cases were taken… and as you can guess were terrible measured against today's standards. So, later I invested again and upgraded my equipment, allowing for better quality of the clinical capture pictures. I bought a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), a macro twin flash and a 100 mm macro lens. It was this equipment that I acquired that allowed me to study and learn more and bring this knowledge to photography in dentistry and later also to “real life” photography. Tell us a little about your journey in this area?

My route is undoubtedly marked by an active presence on Facebook. Although I had already organized some dental photography workshops before 2013, it was from the moment I created in July 2013 the professional page dedicated to general photography, Bruno Seabra Photography, that I started to be able to publish and share the images I was capturing and became more careful in the publications I was posting. So, some friends, who were following my page, asked me to also teach them general photography. So, in late 2013, I organized the first Workshop of general photography…


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Real Life photography as I usually call it... with my philosophy “Join the Manual Side of Photography”. What kind of courses people can find if they want to learn with you? We currently have 3 Workshops organized throughout the year about General Photography, with two levels of education; Photoshop, for image management and editing; and Composition, from rules to myths. And we have courses specially for dentists too: The ART behind dental photography; Master Mobile; Pro Studio; and Photo Edition. Besides this workshops, you also have these Photoshot Sessions in your Studio. Yes, it’s pretty common today to have Headshot Sessions for professional portfolios, to share on the social media. Nevertheless we receive all kind of professionals and brands, we are starting to have more dentists interested in this kind of service. We are in a special


moment in wish we see that finally dentists and also the clinics are understanding the importance of image and photography on their communication. Naturally, knowing me previously and following my work, and being also a dentist, it’s easy to get to the point and give the perfect service. And what are the themes that you prefer to photograph? Most of my work as a photographer falls on the area that I like the most, which is portrait. I particularly like the outdoor sessions, couples, pregnancy, family and children, as they allow me outdoors, and often in an relaxed environment, to try new spots, varying different light behavior according to the time of day and even time of the year. It is a constant challenge that permanently stimulates your creativity. I always try to study the places in advance so that I can imagine a sequence in the form of a walk, creating a script and allowing the whole session to flow naturally, taking advantage of natural light in its different dimensions, as it variesalso along the session. On the other hand, also in the portrait, we have developed some years ago our Headshot BSP project, this time inside our Studio. Headshot is a very closeup photograph of a person, normally associated with business marketing to be used in the professional profile image. It can be used for application on

websites and profile pages, presentations and communications, publications, press, etc. Still in the portrait area, we have a pet photography brand, My Pet Photography and that’s why we do a lot of sessions in that area too. We tried to use all our knowledge of photographic techniques to be able to register photographs of our unforgettable pets as well. I even have already prepared a Workshop only for Pet Photography. Among the different types of models that you photograph, which are the most difficult? It is funny that this question is asked many times... and they usually think that they would be pets that do not stop for a moment... if they are not taught by their humans ... But I never had any difficulty with any pet. In reality, the most difficult sessions for a photographer are newborn sessions, which are sessions done to newborns, ideally between 7 and 15 days old, in the studio. In these sessions, the studio has to be very warm, around 26 degrees, because babies have to be undressed a lot, and I can’t stand the heat. Besides, they are very time-consuming sessions, as the baby's confort is the only thing that matters during these sessions, mothers have to breastfeed, diapers have to changed, pocketing, having to fall asleep, tantrums... But in the end we get the most immaculate and beautiful angelic images of babies. Do you have specific aspirations/


goals in the field of photography? Yes, of course... all photographers want to be recognized for their own style. Having your own style of photography is something that is built with time and experience... lot’s of work. That would be anyone’s dream... someone looking at our images and say... this photo looks like Bruno Seabra. On the other hand, we intend to achieve recognition also at the international level, which will be our focus already in this year. We have some projects designed with partners, and we are working on them… we will have some news later.

Who are your biggest influences in the world of photography? I believe that the most important and essential area of photography for a photographer is Composition. It is through composition that we will be able to take our audience through our image to follow the path we have prepared, using contrast, depth of field, lines, rules. So, I have studied composition a lot, because I always had a special pleasure in being able to control the meaning of an image. In this sense, I have to mention the names of great Masters of Photography such as David Du Chemin, Sebastião Salgado, Steve

McCurry ... among others. Only studying and constant researching and permanent updating, allow us to consolidate knowledge, to innovate and to create permanent challenges to ourselves. Besides, in Portugal we have great photographers in different areas. However, the name of Joel Santos is a great reference for all the books in Portuguese language that he produced that can help who wants to learn photography. In photography, when does amateurism give way to professionalism?


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As in any artistic area, music, dance, painting, photography... when we intend to take a step forward and stop seeing this activity as a hobby, we have to assume the importance it gains in our life and recognize the inherent responsibilities. We need to be updated and attentive to what’s new. We may have to invest in a studio to receive clients, update our photographic gear that suffers from wear and tear, search for new spots for sessions. The opening of professional activity as a photographer was an important step that I took, at the moment when I decided, with the support of the whole family, to dedicate myself body and soul also to photography. Do you have a photograph in your portfolio that stands out in particular, by the location or the circumstances in which it was taken? Yes, I have some images that I like particularly for what they can com-

municate using total exposure control, light, colors, contrast and composition, reading, light, colors, contrast, looking... are unique moments recorded in a fraction of a second... Some images also mean a lot to me, and I have a special affection for representing phases of my growth as a photographer. I remember the first session for a book I photographed, first session of pregnant woman, first newborn that I photographed, first session of My Pet photography. Many people with established careers are seduced by photography and end up giving in to the temptation to change their professional course. Have you ever considered that possibility? I never really thought about it considering that I love what I do ... Dentistry and Photography. On the one hand, I love Dentistry, namely the area that I dedicate

myself to exclusively, Aesthetics and Oral Rehabilitation, which is more creative, more artistic. It allows us to transform smiles and with them the lives of our patients. Then Professional Photography, which allows me to continue this endless creative process. Each project we embrace is a constant challenge and is a stimulus for our imagination. Although dentistry plays a very important role in my life, I have progressively devoted more time to photography, both for training and for photographic work. The need to respond to all requests and for all the demands and responsibilities that we are assuming means that we have to proceed to a progressive reorganization of our life. What is the profile required for the profession of photographer? Do you think that profile changes according to the area of the photograph? I don’t think there is a special profile to be a photographer. If we want to compare with the area of Medicine, we know that within the different specialties there is a place for doctors with different profiles or personalities. Within the photograph there are also very different areas. If we don’t like to photograph people, we can dedicate ourselves to Macrophotography, Landscape Photography, Architectural Photography, etc. That’s why anyone can be a photographer... you have to choose the area that you like best suited to your profile.


focus A more introspective, introverted profile could result in a great landscape photographer. In my case, I especially like the contact with people and I believe that the relationship that I am able to create with my clients/models is the result of my personality, or profile as you call it, and that allows me with some ease to get people in a good mood for a photo, the pose I want, without ever becoming boring. People have loved the experience, some had never done a photo shoot before and I say that it creates some "addiction" and longing and a tendency to want to repeat it. Nowadays, the profession of dentist requires (ideally) knowledge of photography, namely to register clinical cases. In this context, what is the importance of attending a good photography course? This question is very important because increasingly more we will need to register our clinical cases well, namely to submit to a society or specialization academy. And there are strict rules that must be respected in the photographic record. Dental medicine photography, for recording conventional clinical cases, does not have great variations or difficulties. As I usually say, photography in dentistry is photography for monkeys... settings and setups are almost always the same... we don’t have to practically change anything in the camera. However, most colleagues don’t even know how to dial the correct parameters in the camera... and

then if someone changes those parameters, in their camera, they will never be able to take pictures again because they don’t know what each part of the camera does. In addition to this problem, many dentists often do not use any reference in the orientation of the photographs they take, which turns an excellent clinical case into a case that they are not able to submit to a society or specialization academy. Recently, during the first pandemic lockdown, I had the pleasure to meet the photographer Vasco Estrelado, a great photographer that is one of the best car photographers, and developed a channel on youtube about photography. At home I started photographing for his weekly challenge... and almost after one year... he joined and created a great community of friends. It was inside this community that this project started, and I have to thank them, for all the support they give me on this new challenge, this magazine about dental photography.

As a professor in the field of photography, what advice would you give to your fellow dentists with no experience in this area? If they do not know and understand the physics behind photography, it is very difficult or even impossible to upgrade their level of quality in the final results. I would definitely suggest you to attend a dental photography course or even general photography, in order to become completely independent and free to shot as you need. I am always available to help anyone who has any questions that arise in their day-to-day, by email, facebook, instagram or mobile phone. With all the gear that we use on dental photography, and the investment, it is important to know how to use it properly and how to change settings whenever we want to get a different image, more sexy or more artistic images of our clinical cases. After all, photography is an art.


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Renault 4 You can make these kind of photos using your toys without any special equipment. If you shoot outside using natural light you don’t even need a built-in flash or a flash light or even a tripod. Just be careful with the time you choose. This photo was taken nearly 6p.m. even tough, the light was a bit hard. Choose a balanced place for the photo, not too bright and not in the shadows. I used an aperture of f8 because I wanted most of the car in focus. Since I was shooting from a close distance if I had chosen a bigger aperture, smaller f-stop, I would get only a bit of the car in




f8, 1/125, ISO 100


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focus. I shot on aperture priority and it gave me a shutter speed of 1/125. I used ISO 100 because there was a lot of light and there is no need to increase the ISO in those conditions. Just place your toy, lower your camera as possible and check your composition. Try different approaches to check which one fits better. Also, change the position of your subject. You can have a lot of fun making your toys look bigger. Camera

Canon 70D

Canon EF-S 50mm 1.4

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Vila Nova de Santo André, Portugal

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Canon 70D


Canon EFS 60mm Macro


f2.8, 4 sec, ISO 100


Beike QZSD-C

César Veladas Vendas Novas, Portugal

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The Dance Very simple creation photo, I just used 2 pencils hanging off a nylon thread, a sheet of white paper and a music score to make the background. I used a low shutter speed (4 sec.) and natural light. The hardest part was getting the right position so the pencils could give the impression that they're dancing. I also used the pencil shavings to make a supposed skirt and thus give the feeling of being a lady.

Black pencil Multicolor pencil A3 size white paper Music score Nylon wire Tape Open window

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5 ideas for dental photography at home

The light that sparkles

The idea is to use a long exposure to lighten the photo with sparkles, giving the sensation of electricity. It’s a very simple image to create. I glued the lamp and the sparkle behind it to the surface of the mirror., prepared the camera on a tripod, and selected 10 seconds delay. Just pressed the button and ran to the objet just to lit up the sparkle in the right time to capture the beautiful light.

Camera Lens

Canon 60D

Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 DG OS


f9, 2 sec, ISO 100


Dark room & sparkles

Mirror Lamp Sparkles Glue Paste

Adriana Santos

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Loulé, Portugal

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Canon EOS 200D


Canon EF-S 18-55mm


f6.3, 1/200, ISO 100



Nuno Braz Massamá, Portugal

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Blue Storm Black plate with a light focus from the rear side with low intensity. After dropping the first drop and in order to focus on the right place, I used a key ring with letters to focus manually. Focus was manual and ISO 100 for maximum possible sharpness, as well as speed. The drops came from a punctured plastic bag that I attached to the end of a broom. The broom was stuck in the handle of a suitcase. Trial and error until you get the desired photo.

Dish with water White card Plastic bag with water Suitcase Broom

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5 ideas for dental photography at home


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Duo Expo 1 3

Think your theme

Compose your shots

Capture your base photo

Capture your layer photo

Edit & Merge both images

5 6

Blend the images together

You can experiment with the layer blending options, depending on your desired effect.

Add a final top layer


5 ideas for dental photography at home

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Canon EOS 600D


Canon EF-S 18-135mm 3.5-5.6


f5.6, 1/15, ISO 1600


Natural light only


Make a copy of the subject layer, drag it on top of the second layer, and change the subject layer’s blending mode to Lighten.

Natália Rio

Ponte de Lima, Portugal

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THEARTBEHIND dental photography

Dental Vibes Life is made of encounters, disencounters and reencounters. Life is made up of many things! And everything in life has more brightness and colour when we invest in our passion and our love. Dental Vibes is born from the reencounter of two colleagues and friends who have common interests and wish to share their passion for photography and words, in order to provide moments of pause, relaxation, introspection and reflection.

We wish you all good vibes and great journeys through our poetic images...

Each one of us has its purpose Have you lately asked yourself Which is your purpose your goal Remind that life passes quickly And suddenly you are old However you're never too old To do what you're supposed to Even when life lets you down You still might be a king and wear a crown - Sónia André

Sónia André Dentist, Musician, Poet

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Bruno Seabra

Dentist, Photographer

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