Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Wanderingbark116, May 20, 2019.
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. A class 9 . IMO Jim
Thanks for your reply! It actually gave me some really helpful context. I've been referencing the DD listings on Wexler. I'm getting the sense that the super minor ones listed there aren't what error hunters are typically after? I'd that the case?
I personally couldn't care less about minor varieties. Tiny notches of split serifs or something? Yawnnnnnnnn.
Give me a noticeable doubled die any day of the week. Something I can see without needing 50x magnification:
That being said, there are people out there who specialize in the minutiae. @Rick Stachowski is pretty good at the little stuff. He can spot it a mile away.
With the lighting directly from the left, the light is reflecting off the letters right to the camera sensor, giving an illusion of something there.
Notice, using the examples you posted how the images on the RIGHT use Flat lighting. Whereas your images are using harsh, reflective lighting creating those "hotspots" which are being described as "Doubling".
When I took inventory of some of my coins a few years back I have images of an old coin that looks like strong Doubling. When I checked it last night it wasn't there .. was an illusion of lighting.
Omg thank you! That is amazing advice!! Any tips?
Yes but I used to be a professional photographer so I have quite a bit of "stuff" available to me.
but a simple method is to use reflective lighting.
For instance, if you have white posterboard, or even white sheets of paper. Turn the light towards the paper/posterboard and let the light reflect from that. You can put the posterboard around 3 sides which will help in lighting being reflective and bouncing around (getting rid of the direct, hard reflections) and being softer.
There's also ppl here who do a lot of coin photography and use bellows and other techniques/hardware to accomplish really spectacular details in coin images. you'll want to search around for that section/threads.
I usually just grab my cell phone, but my lighting is usually better than most ppls even if I'm using existing room lighting because I pay attention to those little things .. though not all the time. lol
Should I add a third side? I just taped together some blank cards I had lying around so I can scrap it if I have the wrong idea. What do you think?
That ain't bad start.
Take a few images and review them.
Just remember your primary light is still hitting the coins directly, undiffused.
Here's some misc examples I just googled of what I'm talking about which are "home remedies" BUT be careful as dependent upon the type of light bulb you are using I would keep any material away from a Hot Bulb.
A small "light tent" is what some ppl tend to migrate to at some point which has the basics of the concept of "diffused" light from various angles bouncing around.
Yay!!! Thank you!!
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