Nail Photography

  • Michael J. PassananteEmail author


Taking quality clinical photographs doesn’t happen by accident. Pointing and shooting just won’t get you there. The best results are obtained using a DSLR camera with a fixed focal length lens or prime lens. And since nail photography is confined to a smaller area of the body combining the DSLR and prime lens with a ring flash or twin flash unit will yield consistent, properly illuminated quality photos…providing the camera is setup and maintained.

It is critical to the quality of the final produced photos that the camera settings be reviewed and modified as needed. ISO, JPEG compression, and image size need to be evaluated per clinic office and set accordingly for use. Additionally the camera’s color space should be confirmed as well as the white balance setting.

With these items accomplished a person or persons should be chosen to execute the photography for the clinic. That person or persons should have an established protocol for taking the photos in your clinic. So make up a sample book of poses needed for your clinic. This is the time to address archiving, photo consents and HIPAA compliance too.

The last step is to process the photos in post-production to obtain the correct color temperature and naming sequences for your archives. This process does not take long but can really make the difference in your photos.

And to continue achieving quality results your camera equipment needs regular maintenance perhaps on a daily or weekly schedule depending on you usage but certainly annually by an authorized camera repair shop.


Aperture ISO Resolution DSLR Prime lens Shutter JPEG White balance Gray card sRGB Landscape view Portrait view Swimmer view LCD De-identify HIPPA Post production UV filter Consent form 

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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