I am a professional coin photographer and I understand there are many others here at CoinTalk as well. Let's share our best shots and ideas, and the story behind them with like-minded people. You don't have to actually be a pro coin photographer, just shoot coin images like one, and I believe there are more of you out there than actual professionals. Perhaps others will be inspired to improve by seeing how pros do their jobs, and the difference a little of the right knowledge makes, but that's just the beginning. My goal has always been to produce accurate, detailed and visually engaging coin photographs, but where can we go from there? To get things started, here's something I shot recently and prepped as an Instagram post because coins are fantastic just for their art, and I wanted to highlight that. It's simple but striking. This was a two hour job cutting out the eagle in Photoshop, and another 1/2 hour working out the shadow layer styles, opacity, light direction and overlays for the rest of the image. Two hours of cutting this out on a Wacom tablet gives you hand cramps, even taking breaks. I didn't use the lasso or pen tool to cut this out. I used the brush and painted out the background with a mask. I find drawing around things more natural for these kinds of selections and a mask is very forgiving. I brush it at 100% hardness and feather the selection later, based on a couple of factors. I then turned the mask into a selection and created a separate layer I could add effects to. Anyone want to share?