I recently discovered (thanks to gbroke) the amazing benefits of 2 lamps/light sources instead of 1. I've been fiddling around for a few hours and here's the best I could come up with:
After using Photoscape, here's what it turned out to look like:
Any tips to make the photo (EDIT: the original photo, not the "edited" Photoscape version) look better? What angles do you photographers put your light sources around the coin? I'm having a hard time positioning them around the coin to give it an even light, while still showing off the luster...while also trying to make sure the light isn't blocked out by my camera lol. I've tried axial lighting, the milk jug, and simple straight on shots (with flash). So far, my current setup is working the best.
On a side note, the camera I'm using is a Panasonic Lumix (around a $150 camera...nothing super fancy). It has max shutter speed 1/250, adjustable +/- exposure, and a moderate macro zoom. It is worth investing in a new camera?
Thanks for the help!