Lateral Distractions

September 29, 2016 § 2 Comments

Photos by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Photo by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

It can be difficult to get good lateral (profile) clinical photos of children , especially small ones. Both the photographer and the studio strobes are much more interesting than a parent snapping her fingers. So you have to come up with some distractions to get the child facing in the right direction. Here are two solutions we have found to work well. « Read the rest of this entry »

Clinical Photography in Norway

September 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

michael_3-16_omslagFellow medical photographer Bård Kjersem and I have written an article about the history and current practice of clinical photography at our departments at Rikshospitalet (the National Hospital) in Oslo and Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen.

The article is published in Norwegian in the Michael Quarterly journal (open access) of the Norwegian Medical Society. Read it here.

For foreign readers there is an automatic (and sadly not very good) English translation available here.

 

Mirrors in Early Clinical Photography

February 1, 2016 § 4 Comments

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Left: Wikimedia Commons. Right: National Museum of Health and Medicine. Creative Commons.

I have published a paper in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine called Mirrors in Early Clinical Photography (1862-1882): A Descriptive Study.

Abstract:
In the mid-19th century, photographers used mirrors to document different views of a patient in the same image. The first clinical photographs were taken by portrait photographers. As conventions for clinical photography were not yet established, early clinical photographs resemble contemporary portraits. The use of mirrors in clinical photography probably originated from the portrait studios, as several renowned photographers employed mirrors in their studio portraits. Clinical photographs taken for the US Army Medical Museum between 1862 and 1882 show different ways of employing this mirror technique.

The full article is available at Taylor & Francis Online.

If you are interested in reading the full article and do not have access, please contact me.

Here is an interview with me about the article (in Norwegian).

Here is a blog post on the same subject I posted a few years back.

More photos with mirrors can be found on the National Museum of Health & Medicine’s Flickr-page.

 

Errata:
Reference 13 is incorrectly attributed to the University of California. The correct reference is:

Pitts T. William Bell: Philadelphia photographer [Master thesis]. Tucson: University of Arizona; 1987:12-25.

The document is available online here.

 

Don’t Light As Cartooned

January 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

"Figure 125 - The best single suggestion for good lighting is: DON'T do it as cartooned." Click to see larger version.

Good lighting requires simplicity. The least number of lamps possible should be employed. The greatest intensity should be directed at or near the center of the area of interest. The major lighting recommendation is summarized in Figure 125.

From “Clinical Photography – A Kodak Data Book” © Eastman Kodak Company, 1972.

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