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June 1995

Flashless Office Macro Photography

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Department of Dermatology Roxborough Memorial Hospital Jamestown Medical Bldg Suite 206 Philadelphia, PA 19128

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(6):731-732. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690180111023

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Forgot to turn on the flash? Tired of red eyes, dead batteries, burned-out flash cubes, cumbersome flash units? Never got around to buying that expensive, bulky macro lens? Described is a simple photographic technique enabling one to take high-quality medical prints and/or slides without the use of either a flash or a macro lens. By employing a standard singlelens reflex (commonly known as SLR) camera, highspeed film, and inexpensive close-up lenses, one can obtain excellent photodocumentation with fluorescent office lighting. This is a technique that I have been utilizing over the past several years. The convenience is unsurpassed and results yield high-quality photographs suitable for publication.

Materials and Methods.  The trick is to utilize highspeed film, namely film with an ISO (International Standards Organization) of 1000 such as Kodak Ektar 1000, which is widely available at most photography stores. High-speed film obviates the need for both a tripod and a

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