KCDS Study Club – Recommended Photography Equipment

Last week at the first meeting of the re-branded KCDS Study Club, we presented a simple, affordable digital photography setup for clinical photos, both intraoral and extraoral.

Digital Dental Photography Setup



Canon SL1 Digital Camera – Body only – currently $399 at Amazon.com


Canon 50mm f1.8 macro lens – currently $99 at Amazon.com



Photo Retractor


0118-D photo retractor – currently $23 at orthopli.com


photo mirror

#PM3R-9 occlusal photo mirror – currently $42 at orthopli.com

Digital Dental Photography Settings for Canon SLR with 50mm macro lens:

Extraoral: Use “portrait” setting.

Intraoral: Use “M” setting, ISO 800, f20, shutter speed 1/160.

Additional Notes: When taking the upper occlusal photo, flip the camera upside down so that the flash reflects off of the mirror and illuminates the arch.

Click here for a printer-friendly photo and case submission guide.

And remember to use Amazon Smile to donate some of the proceeds from your purchase to the CDA Foundation to help support CDA Cares, which is tentatively scheduled for Bakersfield in 2017!

Next KCDS Study Club Meeting: Wednesday, June 24, 6pm. Location TBA



NOTE: The author, Dr. Jared Gianquinto, is an orthodontist in the private practice of orthodontics in Bakersfield, CA. He was trained at Temple University and Naval Medical Center San Diego, completing orthodontic specialty training at Temple University. Dr. Gianquinto’s unique combination of extensive past general/cosmetic and current specialty orthodontic practice qualify him an expert in two-phase treatment, extraction and non-extraction treatment, clear aligners (Invisalign and ClearCorrect) and multiple bracket systems. The opinions expressed here are protected by copyright laws and can only be used with written permission from the author.