A patient guide to taking photographs
USE A BACKGROUND
- Backgrounds should be plain and free from patterns, so there is no distraction from the area you need to take a photograph of.
- If possible, the background should be in contact with the part of the body in question so that there is no shadow.
- Use a light coloured sheet or light coloured painted wall as a background.
FLASH ON FLASH OFF
GOOD OVERHEAD LIGHTING IS IDEAL
- Think about using the flash on your phone.
- Move to an area with good outside lighting.
- Use a desk lamp or a torch to light up the area you need to photograph.
If you have more than one area needs attention, take a photo of each area followed by a close-up of the problem area.
Using a ruler to show size
If you can find a standard tape measure or ruler to put next to the problem area it will help to showthe doctor the size of the problem
AUTOFOCUS ON THE PROBLEM
- Most smartphones have a built in auto-focus feature. You may need to wait for the phone camera to find the problem and focus
- If your phone is too close to the area it will be blurry.
Try moving back from the area and zooming in
It is important that the photos you send to your doctor are clear and in focus. Check that they show the general area, then a closer photo and then another close up photo if it helps to show the problem more clearly.