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14 Mar 2024

The essential fundamentals of dental lab photography with Kristina Vaitelyte

The essential fundamentals of dental lab photography with Kristina Vaitelyte
  • You’ll be speaking at DTS this year about dental lab photography fundamentals – can you give us a bit of an overview of what you’ll be covering during your session?  

During my session at DTS, I will cover the essential fundamentals of dental lab photography. I am breaking this topic into two parts, firstly ‘technical’ focuses on choosing the best camera settings and the basics of flash photography. 

The other half will be ‘creative’, where we will look into lighting techniques to highlight important details, composition tips to showcase dental restorations effectively, and how to use software to edit your images on your phone or computer. 

By incorporating fun elements into the ‘Fun’damentals of dental lab photography, it can become an easy and fun task at the end of each case. This approach can help reduce anxiety and improve the overall experience, ultimately leading to better results in documenting and showcasing your work. 


  • Why do you think this is an important topic to cover?  

High-quality photos are essential for creating, and maintaining your brand, how your lab is perceived and how others can discover your work. Utilizing dental lab photography for marketing and sharing your work on social media helps us to connect with a wider audience. This can lead to valuable feedback, collaborations, and support from like-minded individuals. My main aim is to observe basic tools, camera settings and lighting setup schemes to allow other professionals to apply them at their work. 


  • What are the key messages you want to get across to delegates during your session?  

Making dental photography an engaging and easy process is the key to its success. It is a hidden message in my topic - ‘FUN’damentals. In my opinion dental photography needs to be FUN and easy. One of the main factors that stop other dental technicians from capturing their work is the need for more knowledge on this subject. Dental lab photography is a niche area with limited resources for learning. This lack of information on “how to” can make it seem daunting. However, by simplifying the complex stuff - settings and creating a fun learning approach, I can help demystify dental lab photography. 


  • You’re also involved with the group Nightshift – can you tell us a bit about the group and its mission?  

Nightshift aims to support and empower women in the field of dental technology. By providing a platform for networking and sharing experiences, the group fosters a sense of community and solidarity among female dental technicians. Their mission is to promote gender equality and diversity in the industry, while also advocating for professional development and growth opportunities for women in this field.  I know how challenging it is to be female in dental technology. I am honoured to be one of the ambassadors for this group and to help fellow female technicians like me. 


  • What are you most looking forward to about attending DTS this year?  

This year's show will have many great speakers and I am glad more female dental technicians are stepping onto the stage. I look forward to all things digital, discovering the latest advancements in dental technology, meeting industry experts, and networking with other professionals in our field. In my opinion, the DTS show is a hub for exploring what is new and upcoming in the dental field.

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