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Clinical Photography – Pearls from the Expert

Clinical photography is a critical tool for the dermatologist and has rapidly become standard of care in the digital era.  While a point-and-click approach to photography is sufficient for some circumstances, there are some simple tricks and techniques that will elevate your photography to a new level of professionalism.

Next Steps in Derm, in partnership with ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic and Surgical Conference interviewed Dr. Justin Finch, Associate Professor of Dermatology at UConn and Co-Founder of Central Connecticut Dermatology who shared his top 3 pearls for improving clinical photography in your practice.

Further Reading

To learn more about the do’s and don’s of clinical photography, check out the this article published in Dermatology Times where Dr. Finch offers additional advice on gaining the necessary skills to improve the quality of your clinical images.

The ASDS and Canfield have wonderful reference posters for standard photographic positioning. You can view them here.

About Dr. Justin Finch

Justin Finch, MDDr. Justin J. Finch, MD, FAAD earned his medical degree from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.  Dr. Finch went on to serve as Chief Resident of Dermatology during his residency at the University of Connecticut and is now an associate professor at UConn. Prior to co-founding Central Connecticut Dermatology, he served as Director of the Center for Cutaneous Laser Surgery at the UConn Health Department of Dermatology.  His clinical interests include infectious diseases of the skin, connective tissue diseases, genetics, and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Finch’s approach to patient care and education relies heavily on his artistic background. His artistic vision affords him a unique perspective in the diagnosis and management of complex skin disease. He was a professional photographer prior to going to medical school and he is the author and illustrator of multiple books, from Genoderms Made Ludicrously Easy, a scientific textbook on genetic diseases of the skin, to The Squirrel Who Lost his Acorn, a whimsical children’s book. Dr. Finch is an international speaker who has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching and has written and published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and over 40 book chapters.

Outside of the dermatology clinic, Dr. Finch spends his time camping and hiking with his wife and children or absorbed in an artistic pursuit. You may find him playing with his children in the backyard, creating fine art photography, or woodworking in his makeshift garage workshop.

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