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Hmmmm, I might need to get this.  We haven't been doing many portrait sessions for some time, but it's something I'd like to get into for our office.
 
Oh, I think it might be time to give away three FREE copies of +Frank Doorhof's fantastic new book "Mastering The Model Shoot"

It's just about to hit book stores (there are a ton of pre-orders already), but I've got three copies to give away now, so just leave a comment here and you're entered. We'll pick winners tomorrow. Good luck everybody! 
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I am very excited to announce a new opportunity for those wanting to get started with #dentaldigitalphotography  in the next couple of days - stay tuned!
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If You Don't Calibrate Your Monitors, Are You Crazy?

I just moved to a new home over the weekend and finally have the computer system all set up, so it was time to re-calibrate my monitors for the new home office.

I see a HUGE difference every time I calibrate, and that's despite having dual factory-calibrated Dell 24" Ultrasharp monitors; that means, of course, that I don't actually calibrate often enough, mostly because I'm lazier than I should be.  

Currently, I use the Spyder3Pro system from Datacolor; the newest version is the Spyder4Pro, which I'll probably get later this year.
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Excellent Dental Continuing Education: Powerprox Six Month Braces 101 with Dr. Rick DePaul

I just finished up re-taking this course (first took it in Nov. 2004) in Santa Ana, CA, and was just as pleased with it the second time around as the first.  

If you want to learn Short Term Orthodontic treatment, I highly recommend this system over any others out there (and yes, I've taken the others, too, so I can directly compare).  
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Excellent Dental Continuing Education on Composites

Finally got around to VERY belatedly publishing my CE Review of Dr. Jason Smithson's course last October.  Hope you enjoy it, and I welcome questions!
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Start 2013 by Keeping Your Dental Patient Photos Organized with Metadata Presets and Folders
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I'm thinking about making a photobook or two for my dental office of Befores/Afters.  Normally, I'm not a fan of them because they can't be changed or updated with new cases - gotta make whole new ones.  However, if you like the idea, Scott Kelby is offering his step-by-step video tutorials for doing so with Lightroom 4 for FREE today!
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While they use a bear instead of a person (although if you're a dentist treating bears, I guess this would be particularly helpful), this tutorial is still helpful for tweaking the hair in your portrait photography.  
 
Last week, we asked you to share your go-to methods for selecting hair in Photoshop. Watch this tutorial to see Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Photoshop Evangelist, showcase his method of using Refine Edge to make tricky selections: http://adobe.ly/13md4Ua. 
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Web Design Workbook for Dentists Review

So I've been meaning to finish this review forever, and finally finished it!  If you're a dentist and are looking for a new website, looking to overhaul your current one, or need help in optimizing a website for Google, but you don't have a clue, here's where you go get help.  Dr. +David Wank does a great job explaining pretty much everything you need to know to be sure you are choosing someone who really knows what they're doing!
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Photoshop Tutorial for Cosmetic Dentistry: Remove Unwanted Facial Hair and Skin Blemishes

+Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 
+Adobe Photoshop 
#photoshoptutorials  
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Photoshop Lightroom Tutorial for Dentists

By adding Camtasia's screen-recording and editing software to my toolset, I'll be creating and sharing video tutorials on how I use +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in my practice on a daily basis to easily catalog, organize, search, and output my photos.  I'm very excited about this new tool for sharing!
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Convert Old Dental Film X-rays to Digital X-rays

I was recently asked how to convert film x-rays to digital, so I wrote up a little tutorial of what settings to use.  
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Making Dental Digital Photography Easy
Introduction
Dental Digital Photography is the website and blog of Charlotte NC dentist Dr. Charles Payet, whose biggest passion after his family and dentistry is photography.

Digital photography has transformed the way dentists communicate - with their patients, with their labs, in their marketing (printed and the Web), with their staff, and has become a critical part of dentistry.  However, it's not an easy art to master.

While there are numerous DVD's, tutorials, etc. that will teach you how to take photos, there are very few that also teach you what to do with your photos after they're taken.  Things like:
  • How to store and catalog your photos
  • Do you use your Practice Management Software or a dedicated software program?
  • What kind of editing is OK and what isn't?
  • Do you have a workflow that makes it easy and fast to put photos on your Facebook Fan Page, your website, Google+, or more?
These are the questions that prevent many dentists from using digital photography to the maximum extent in their practices, and these are what I am to teach.