How to take good Before and After pictures
When submitting your photos to Ellipse’s Before and After competition, it is best to use photos taken with a digital camera with high resolution. Even if you are taking pictures that are only going to be showed to the patient, a digital camera is the safe choice for taking before and after pictures.
Quick checklist before taking the photo:
___ Digital camera with high resolution
___ Hold the camera close to the treated area
___ Nothing in the background
___ Focus on the same area
___ Hold camera at the same angle
___ Same lighting /same time of day
___ No flash
The picture needs to be focused and usually it is better to move closer with the camera than to just use the zoom function. If your camera has a macro function (which looks like a tulip) it is a good idea to use it, but take a couple of practice shots on colleagues before using it on a patient.
It is important not to have anything in the background, which draws the attention away from the treatment result.
One of the most critical factors is to take the pictures of the same area and holding the camera in the same angle. This also helps the patient get a better grasp of the result. If there are markers on the skin, for example an untreated freckle, this can be used to line up the shot.
Another thing that makes the picture more believable is to take the picture in the same light. This can be done if you have a room or wall away from windows or direct light, and by taking the pictures around the same time during the day.
It is important not to use the flash from the camera, since light spot can appear in the picture and blur, or interfere with, the result.