When taking full-face photos of your patients (full face smile, the eyes and retracted teeth apart pre-op, the eyes and retracted teeth apart provisionals, the facebow shot) the lab you work with needs to have a horizontal reference. For the purposes of this exercise I'll be using the Canon EOS 60-D, which has a built-in horizontal reference.
In order to make sure your photos are level to the horizon you must enable Live View Shooting and turn on the Electronic Level.
Enabling Live View Shooting:
- Turn on your camera and your flash (this may not work if your flash is not on).
- Push the MENU button once; it is located on the back of the camera to the right of the LCD monitor.
- Dial forward using the main dial found just behind the shutter button or the multi-controller just outside the Set button on the back of the camera. Go to the fourth red tool bar shown on the top of the LCD monitor.
- The first option will be Live View shoot. Push the Set button and choose Enable.
Turning on the Electronic Level:
- Dial forward to the third gold-colored tool bar. Go to INFO. Button display options and push the Set button. You will see the Electronic Level option choose it and push the Set button. A check mark will appear next to Electronic level.
- Push the Menu button twice to exit.
Now you're ready to shoot. These settings will be saved and can be used each time by following these instructions.
- Turn on your camera and flash.
- Push the Live View button next to the view-finder.
- Push your shutter button half way.
- You should now see a live view of your patient with the horizontal indicator.
- Take your photo when the green line appears on the level.
- Tell your lab that the camera was level to the horizon and they can correct for any head tilt.
Robert A. Gallegos DDS, FAGD, www.middleburgsmiles.com