Optimizing Smartphones for Clinical Photography

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In this era of technological explosion, store and forward teledermatology has firmly taken root and is likely to grow as a major source of dermatologic care.1 At the core of teledermatology is the digital photograph. A recent study determining the optimal photographic conditions and settings for professional dermatologic photography clearly demonstrates the importance of the numerous variable factors that enter into clinical photography, and these guidelines should be followed whenever professional image acquisition is undertaken.2 In reality, many dermatologic issues arise when patients do not have access to professional photographic assistance. In years past, these necessitated an in-person evaluation costing time for dermatologists, and time and money for the patient. Although digital photography has evolved over the decades, sharing photographs traditionally involved copying files from removable media, uploading, and attaching them to emails. This relative complexity has kept photograph sharing out of reach for most of our patient population.
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