Necessary Tools

The tools necessary to take the highest quality and most accurate medical photographs in order of importance:

 

The tools necessary to take the highest quality and most accurate medical photographs in order of importance are 1) macro lens;

 

(Figure x. Nikon 105mm f2.8 macro lens)

 

 

2) powerful flash that can be taken off-camera with a flash-synchronization cord;

 

(Figure x. Nikon SB-910AF Speedlight) (Figure x. Nikon SC-29 Synchronization cord)

 

 

3) digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera body. This system will allow you to photograph 90% of clinical findings depending on your practice.

 

(Figure x. Nikon D850 DSLR camera)

 

 

 

Photography inside a cavity, such as a mouth, vagina, or surgical field, is best illuminated by a ring flash.

 

(Figure x. The Nikon 4804R1 Wireless Close-up Speedlight System)

 

 

Fluorescein stain photography, used for corneal pathology, requires a Number 12 yellow filter for the lens and a Wratten Blue Number 47 Flash filter.

 

(Figure x. Kodak Wratten Blue No 47 flash filter) (Figure x. No 12 yellow lens filter)

 

 

 

Scale, cotton-tipped applicators, hair bands and clips, and surgical towels are accessories for taking select medical photographs.

 

(Figure x. Scale) (Figure x. Cotton-tipped applicators) (Figure x. Hair control devices)

While point-and-shoot and cell phone cameras are capable of taking medical photographs, these devices lack control over depth of field, precise plane-of-focus, and lighting, making images by these devices less accurate as compared to a digital SLR system. However, because cellphone cameras are ubiquitous, a section of this website is dedicated to iPhone Medical Photography (link).