Digital Camera - Point & Shoot - Imaging Guidelines - Mole or Rash

Guidelines for imagine a subject's mole or rash

Mole or Rash - Imaging Guide

Photo Name: Mole or Rash

Subject Positioning: Most everyone has a mole or rash.  It is best if you can have a volunteer seated in a reasonably lit room.  Have them positioned so there is not a shadow covering the lesion.

Room Lighting: Use typical exam room lighting, such as fluorescent.  Do not add lighting from an external source to improve the image.

Distance Camera to Subject: About 9 inches

Photographer Tips: This picture should include a mole or other skin lesion in the center of the frame.  Focus on the lesion.  Include at least 10 inches of the limb or skin in the frame.

Reasoning: This exercise represents someone attempting to photograph a simple lesion on a body part. This image will include some different colors, topography, as well as hair, and this is helpful for color and detail assessment.

Flash Settings: We recommend setting to “Auto”, as this is what most users would find easiest.  In Macro mode, the flash will probably be turned off, automatically.  If it flashes in Macro mode, you need to note that information.  If the camera flashes, you should take another photo with “Flash Off.”

Macro Settings: “On” or “Auto Macro,” if available.


Sample Images - Mole

This photograph of a mole was taken with two cameras set at similar settings under the same lighting conditions.  Notice the difference in color.  Mole A accurately captures the natural color of the skin while Mole B has an orange hue throughout the photograph.

Mole A Detail - Color Rating 4, Detail Rating 3
Mole B Detail - Color Rating 2, Detail Rating 3


Sample Images - Rash

This is a photograph of a distributed leg rash (atopic dermatitis).  The pictures were taken with two different cameras set to similar settings under identical lighting conditions, one picture taken after the other.  The cameras produced excellent color tones of the skin and rash.  The detail seems adequate for both cameras, however zooming to 100% reveals that the detail in Rash A is superior to Rash B.

Rash A Detail - Color Rating 4, Detail Rating 4
Rash B Detail - Color Rating 4, Detail Rating 2.5


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