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Coin photography?

 
Mrslinger85
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Dec 16, 2015 09:56 |  #1

Hello,
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?


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Dec 16, 2015 10:31 |  #2

Here's a easy one light way to do it: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=69880

And there's another in here: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=66140


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Dec 16, 2015 10:43 as a reply to PhotosGuy's post |  #3

Thanks, I realized my search filters were messed up and only sending me to classifieds, hence no results. I'll see what's been posted prior to my post and add anything I cannot find an answer for afterwards.


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Jan 04, 2016 00:28 |  #4

Mrslinger85 wrote in post #17821058 (external link)
Hello,
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.

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Sep 18, 2016 19:57 |  #5

I'm just in the process of sorting out something to use properly for my website, but currently using trial and error to get results. The first one below was with a 100/2.8L on a 7D. It was just lit with a Neewer 308 LED light mounted on the hotshoe. The coin was stood on a piece of polished granite with white card behind


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This one below was with some bodged up lights, various little desklamps. Was a real pain, but the Neewer light made things easier.


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Same with the ones below. I've really got to standardise how I get images as the quality varies tremendously and I find it hard to repeat. I'm not too disciplined.


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May 31, 2017 17:01 |  #6

Look on YouTube for a video by a forensic photography professor in Australia. He gives a good explanation of photography with reflected light using an oblique sheet of glass and an old slide projector.




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