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Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

Start date
Please see Futurelearn website
Course Type
MOOC, Continuing professional development, Distance learning

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course - these are free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world. The University of Birmingham is delivering MOOCs in partnership with Futurelearn, the UK’s first MOOCs provider established by the Open University. 

Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, the courses enable learners worldwide to sample high-quality academic content via a interactive web-based platform from a leading global University, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners. 

The courses have been developed by senior academic staff and their content is quality-assured in line with our other programmes. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University of Birmingham.

Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice

This course promotes the use of digital photography in dental practices, and gives participants the information and techniques to achieve good quality consistent results.

You will cover all aspects of the use of digital photography in dental practice and will be taken through photography from the basics to choosing correct equipment, setting up equipment to optimum settings, techniques for consistent imaging and the safe storage of images.

How to apply

You can join at the FutureLearn website

Start date

No official start date - this is an open and rolling course. 

Course knowledge requirements

No previous knowledge necessary, but there will be certain requirements in terms of equipment necessary to complete the course.

Course duration and week by week content

  • Session 1: Introduction - Uses of photography in dental practice, course equipment requirements, patient selection/consent and good practice recommendations.
  • Session 2: Getting started - Photography demystified, common settings and scene modes in general photography, familiarisation with your camera.
  • Session 3: Equipment settings for dental photography - setting up cameras for consistent results, covering all the ideal menu and control settings.
  • Session 4: Techniques - Positioning and focus for standard intra oral and extra oral views (full face), course summary and troubleshooting, e.g. post-editing of your images, including rotation and cropping.

Lead Educator

Alice Parr

Alice graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2015 with a BDS (Hons). She has since completed an MSc in Restorative Dentistry and is the Clinical Photography Lead.

How to apply

You can join at the FutureLearn website

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