Mrslinger85 wrote in post #17821058
I collect coins, and would like to start selling some online. Obviously photos do all the talking on sites like ebay. I'm slowly getting around to getting the gear I need to do this. Camera/Lens are good. I have a 5dIII and the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro. I'm getting a copy stand. After that though, I'm kind of lost. I'm assuming I'd want some sort of axial lighting and I'd need to diffuse the lighting. Do any of you mind sharing if you've had successes doing this? What do your setups look like, etc?
I am a casual collector of U.S. coinage, and I photograph my coins as well. I do not take professional grade images of my coins, however, I do the best I can given my current equipment and how much energy I want to invest. I just need my photographs to look good to me.
I use my Canon SL1 with Tamron 60mm f/2 macro, mounted to a tripod in which I can position the camera facing down over a table. I also use a self timer with a wireless shutter release. I keep lighting available, shooting outdoors on cloudy days. I choose this method of lighting for simplicity, and I like the results.
I shoot between f/8 and f/11, furthermore, I avoid going for 1:1 mag photos. I shoot around 1:2 mag to gain a little more d.o.f., and simply crop down the comp. I manually focus using the SL1's live view along with zooming in to get focus tight.
I take several frames of each side, moving the coin 90 degrees left or right to get different lighting, re-focusing every time.
I process my RAW files in LR6, where I will simply correct wb, adjust exposure, add a small amount of clarity and contrast, sharpen and crop.
The biggest issue I run into is since all of my coins are slabbed, scratches, scuffs and imperfections in the slab plastic tend to show up as OOF haze spots and small nicks...just the nature of the beast.
Anyway, here are a few snaps of mine with the aforementioned equipment and technique...hope it helps.