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Saturday, 06/02/18 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


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And introduction to PHOTOSHOP for Smile Design and Patient Communication

Class Size Limited to 25...Register Early!


The objectives of the course are: (1) to learn the use of inexpensive digital SLRs and iPhones for digital photography for excellent intra-oral dental images and simple high quality portraits. (PROFESSIONAL MODEL SUPPLIED FOR THIS SEGMENT), and learn photography for shade communication. Light fundamentals which are key to any kind of photography will be covered in detail and some simple and inexpensive continuous and on camera lighting will be demonstrated and participants will be able to use for their images.  Secondly, how to take simple but calibrated images for digital smile design. The course will demonstrate and there will be hands on opportunity to use Photoshop to do a simple digital smile design, using easily learnable techniques.

 All of the above topics will be covered in a lecture and demonstration format. The participants will then divide up into teams and take the demonstrated dental images on each other and portraits with a professional model.

 If you have a DSLR (with flash) and iPhone bring them and iPhone (we will have a couple there for use). The participants will need to bring a lap top computer configured with Photoshop (you can download a 30 day free trial before course).


Course Detailed Schedule

 8:30 am - 9:00 am      Registration (Breakfast)
 9:00 am – 1:15 pm     Presentation
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm       Lunch
2:15 pm - 7:00 pm       Presentation





Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist and Master Dental Ceramist, Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, founder director of the Advanced Dental Esthetics, Restorative & Biomaterials Program, founder and director 3-year advanced ceramics and digital technology for technicians program, founder and director one-year esthetic and restorative fellowship.

 Dr McLaren was formerly Professor and founder and director of Post Graduate Esthetic Dentistry at the UCLA school of Dentistry. He was the director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry, a full time didactic and clinical program for graduate dentists. He was also the founder and director of the UCLA/LACC Master Dental Ceramist program. The post-graduate program is a full time master ceramist program for dental technicians featuring extensive experience with the newest esthetic restorative systems. Dr. McLaren maintained a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he did all of his own ceramics during his time at UCLA.

 Dr. McLaren is actively involved in many areas of prosthodontic and materials research and has authored or co-authored over 85 articles. He is performing ongoing clinical research on various restorative systems. He has presented numerous lectures, hands-on clinics and postgraduate courses on ceramics and esthetics across the nation and internationally. He recently published a book, on his ceramic techniques and features dental photographic art, entitled “The Art of Passion: Ceramics, Teeth, Faces, and Places.”


  • What equipment you need (and you can get great shots with inexpensive equipment)
  • To learn the fundamental principals of general photography and how to set a digital SLR camera for intra oral, simple design, and portrait images.
  • To learn how to use an iPhone to get intra oral, simple design, and portrait images.
  • To learn ARTISTIC macro-photography (close-up photography) used in documenting a case involving esthetic dental restorations.
  • To learn how to take CALIBRATED images for Photoshop Smile Design (OR ANY DIGITAL SMILE DESIGN PROGRAM), this can only be done with a DSLR.
  • Learn the basics of excellent “Portrait” photography with simple inexpensive lighting equipment and techniques.
  • Learn how to use simple, small and inexpensive on and off camera lights and light modifiers to expose excellent images
  • Learn simple basics of Camera Raw and Photoshop to improve quality and final composition of your images and use for simple presentation to increase case acceptance.



ADA CERP - Continuing Education Recognition Program and Association for Continuing Dental Education Logos

Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The College is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education, approved AGD/PACE program 

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