Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by YankeeDime, May 7, 2021.
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Yeah I actually started with a search here to see if I could find some info before I posted. I'll admit I skimmed through them kinda quickly while I was on lunch break. The several search results I read through involved using DSLR cameras like Canon and Nikon with lighting setups. They took amazing and highly detailed images of coins but at $700-$900+ for one of these cameras it's a little pricy for me.
I tried using a little lighted currency loupe and even the clip on phone lenses but I couldn't get a clear image. My phone uses AI assisted imaging to supposedly help get better pictures. Unfortunately the AI takes info from multiple cameras in the 4 camera cluster to do that.
Hmm, you saying I should use secondary lighting instead on the camera flash or torch on my phone? I guess that would make sense since the light from my phone causes light flares that I'm assuming the AI can't fix. I tried using just ambient light from the room but the images were dark and washed out.
I'll give secondary lighting a try, thanks!
Would like to see the results and hear what you think! I don't like the effect from incandescent though!!!
Put your coin on a neutral background, black, white or dark grey are best depending on the color of the coin. For obv/rev shots don't zoom in, raise the coin on something until it fills the screen or is in good focus. Set the timer for a couple of seconds which will eliminate any camera shake. Use two or preferably 3 individual light sources, about ten o'clock, two o'clock and a third low down level with the coins surface, experimentation will show you how high/low and where your lights should be. For close ups of an area of the coin, zoom in bit by bit till you are satisfied with the clarity of the image. Once saved on your device, crop all unnecessary background out. When you upload the images to your post, always click on the Full Image button for each image as this gives other members the ability to click on your image and it will enlarge on their display. Avoid overuse of editing programmes for normal images other than to orient and crop out all unnecessary background.
An editing programme is unable to make a blurry, un-focused image any better.
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