The Basics of Clinical Photography


An introductory course for beginners

Clinical photography is not just about beautiful white teeth or cosmetic artistry. With today’s digital technology every dentist can chronicle what they see in the mouth, whether for general records or whenever the situation warrants photographic documentation. The closest thing to the reality of the mouth is a photograph. X-rays do not show failing restorations, crack lines and wear patterns; notes cannot always clearly indicate the sequence of events in a clinical session; study models poorly represent the restored nature of teeth and the health of soft tissues.

The routine use of digital photography can significantly enhance record-taking, validate clinical decisions and provide an impressive tool for patient education and practice marketing. Attendees will see reviews of all types of cameras and the armamentarium required to take extra and intra-oral pictures. People easily comprehend visual data and this course will show instant quality images can dramatically improve patient understanding and acceptance of treatment recommendations. This course will be an invaluable experience for general dentists and specialists and will be useful for general photography as well.

Topics include

  • Photographs as part of records and communication in everyday dental practice
  • Images for patient education… ‘I want you to see what I see’
  • The essence of exposure, aperture and ISO in digital photography and overcoming the difficulties of hand-held macro photography
  • All the information on cameras and recommended systems as well as retractors, mirrors etc
  • The proper technique for taking intra-oral and extra-oral images 
  • Better patient acceptance of treatment using photography and descriptive statements

Learning Objectives

  • Using modern digital camera technology without excess cost
  • Learn how to take consistently take outstanding intra- and extra-oral images
  • Save, store, archive and display images – simplifying work flow and data asset management 

Providers Terms


Delegate places in events are confirmed once full payment has been received. While credit card is the preferred method of payment, CPD will provide an invoice with 14-day payment terms to those participants who choose to pay by cheque. CPD reserves the right to apply a 10 percent surcharge for registrations made within three (3) business days of an event. (CPD accepts payment by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cheque, Direct Debit or Bank Cheque).


All course fees include 10 percent GST in the total cost except where stated. All tax invoices will show CPD's ABN 34 000 021 232.

Delegate cancellation

Cancellations of any event must be received in writing by email to [email protected] Substitution of delegates can occur at any time at no additional cost. Course fees or part thereof cannot be transferred to another event when cancellation occurs within two (2) weeks* of the original event. (*1 week equals 7 full days). CPD takes no responsibility for changes to delegate work commitments or personal circumstances.

Cancellation of hands on programs

For cancellations of hands-on program places made at least four (4) weeks* prior to the event in question, a credit note for the full course fee will be given to be used towards a future course. A credit note of 50 percent of the course fee will be given for cancellations of up to two (2) weeks* prior to the event. No credit will be given for cancellations made with less than two (2) weeks* notice. A $50 administration fee applies to ALL cancellations.

Cancellation of lecture programs

For cancellations of lecture program places made at least two (2) weeks* prior to the event in question, a credit note for the full course fee will be given to be used towards a future course. A credit note of 50 percent of the course fee will be given for cancellations up to one (1) week* prior to the event. No credit note will be given for cancellations made with less than one (1) weeks* notice. A $50 administration fee applies to ALL cancellations.

Failure to attend

A delegate who fails to attend will be liable for 100 percent of the course fee.

Program cancellation / rescheduling

CPD takes all care to produce high quality program events that deliver as promised. All advertised details are correct at the time of publication. However when circumstances beyond our control prevail, CPD reserves the right to cancel, postpone, relocate or reschedule any program. If CPD exercises this option, CPD will employ reasonable endeavours to notify delegates as early as possible to minimise inconvenience. CPD will not accept any responsibility for travel and accommodation costs incurred by delegates. Where a refund is due to a delegate, a refund for the amount paid will be issued within 30 days of notification. In the case of program post-ponement or rescheduling, the delegate may choose to transfer the fee from the cancelled course to a future program of equal value. In this case these terms and conditions apply.

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Contact Hours:

6.5 hrs


Wed, 16 October 2019

Start Time:

9:00 AM


1 Day


Lecture and Hands on




Centre for Professional Development

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1 Atchison Street St Leonards,
Sydney, New South Wales,
Australia, 2065

ADA New South Wales
Peter sheridan

Dr Peter Sheridan

Dr Peter Sheridan AM is accredited with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and his photos have been used by the National Gallery of Victoria, NSW Art Gallery, and the Sydney Morning Herald. His images and photographic articles regularly feature in specialist journals, museum catalogues and fine art publications. He has authored two photographic reference books on Art Deco Radios.Since 2008 Peter has been presenting courses on Clinical Photography for the ADA and NZDA. He is a Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University presenting photography courses for Implant and Paediatric postgraduates.His recent textbook ‘Clinical Photography in Dentistry – A new Perspective’ (Quintessence USA 2016) reflects his international standing in this field and with 40 years of dental practice he is uniquely placed to help dental professionals to incorporate clinical photography into everyday dental practice.

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