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Guidelines for imaging a subject's back

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Photo Name: Back

Subject Positioning: Have the subject stand facing a wall about 6" in front of the wall.  Hands should be crossed so that the arms are fixed, to avoid movement.  Feet should be comfortably apart so the person is steady.

Room Lighting: Use a room that has a medium flat or semi-gloss paint in a tone such as blue, green, or grey.

Distance Camera to Subject: About 3 feet

Photographer Tips: Frame the back of the subject from beltline to halfway up the neck, so that the shoulders, arms, elbows, back, and belt are all in view.  Remember this framing so that you can repeat it with the next camera.

Reasoning: This mimics how you would photograph the patient in order to portray overall body symmetry, large injuries, or lesions of the back, etc.

Flash Settings: We recommend setting to "Auto", as this is what most users would find easiest.  Note if the camera flashes in this normal environment, and if so, does it appropriately illuminate the subject?  How does this affect the color?  You can also do comparison photos with Flash On (forced flash) and Flash Off.

Macro Settings: "Off" or "Auto Macro", if available


Sample Images - Back

This is a photograph of a back taken with two different cameras set to similar settings under identical lighting conditions, one picture taken after the other.  The photographer appropriately framed the photo from the belt-line to neck.  Notice the natural skin tone and excellent detail in Back A, while the other photograph is more brown-grey and has less detail.  The differences are more noticeable when the images are zoomed to at least 50%.

Back A Detail - Color Rating 4, Detail Rating 4
Back B Detail - Color Rating 4, Detail Rating 3


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