No more complaining about GC photos? Phil Arnold Joins GreatCollections

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  1. ddddd

    ddddd Member

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  3. ddddd

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    Although some photos might become too optimistic? I was one of those that liked the GC photos as they were (especially for the consistency). We will see how things change going forward.
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  4. geekpryde

    geekpryde Husband and Father Moderator


    Interesting development. I personally liked the current photos for what they were but, hey, I buy most of my coins from GC these days, so i guess it's a win for me? I can skip going to PCGS to hunt for TrueViews now?
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  5. robec

    robec Junior Member

    Phil will have some limitation that was a luxury at PCGS. He will be shooting through the slab almost 100% of the time now. It won’t make much of a difference on non toned coins, but colorful proofs, PL and many MS coins will be a challenge. With PCGS he didn’t have slab glare to contend with…….those days are over. His photos will still be top of the line, no question about that. Colorful proofs will show the most noticeable difference.
  6. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    You are correct that taking photos through slabs will be a challenge. He did some when people sent old holders in for just the TrueView photo but now almost every coin will be like that.
  7. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    We've long contended with the unrealistic color of the oversaturated True View photos on PCGS.

    Hopefully, Great Collections' photos will benefit from combining the skills of a seasoned photographer with the desire to not over-represent their appeal.
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  8. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Not sure how I feel to see any changes right now but Phil is really good. After a lot of study of the quality of GC images, I sent in about 70 coins for auction. Many have nice color and I had worry the images would not show the real look of the coins. Maybe this will be a good thing. I guess I'll know soon.
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  9. robec

    robec Junior Member

    Phil will do a better job bringing out the color than the previous GC photos.
  10. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Very interesting to hear. I am a huge fan of Phil's work. The only cost to me is that hard-to-see toning on some coins will probably be more readily noticed--less cherrypicks for me perhaps! Ha
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  11. KSorbo

    KSorbo Well-Known Member

    I’ve never been negatively surprised after receiving a GC coin in hand. For True Views, however, I always find myself looking at a non TV photo to get an accurate representation.
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  12. Joshua Lemons

    Joshua Lemons Well-Known Member

    I have one specific coin in my collection where the true view is overly generous compared to the coin in hand. The coin could look that way in a very specific light at a very specific angle I suppose. You can tell it was a dark coin, but it is much darker coin in hand. Still a nice coin, but if a person was buying strictly from the true view, I think they'd be a little upset when the coin arrived.

    True view

    My feeble attempt
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    It's quite possible the coin darkened too overtime.

    The GC photos are not great, but I have gotten several that were a nice pleasant surprise when they arrived as far as toning, so I think this will be an advantage for GC with their toned offerings.
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  13. robec

    robec Junior Member

    When ever you are photographing a coin with a macro setup and 2-3 lights the fields almost always brightens up more than if you have the coin sitting on a desk with the ceiling light or a desk lamp as your lighting. About the only way not to have the fields brighter with the macro setup with multiple lights is to have the lights facing away from the coin or backing them away. With this brighter look also comes any color (provided it’s there).
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  14. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I enjoy images that bring out the color. It's really nice to have a few sets of images, shot in different ways. That gives me a better understanding.
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  15. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd Supporter

    I had not been perusing GC a lot lately but today is a cold and wet day, spitting rain and snow, so is a wonderful day to watch the Vikings and look at coins. Many coins in GC have the “Great Photo” on them now. I am impressed with the quality of these pictures. This is making my window shopping/ tracking list/maybe I’ll bid on it list so much more enjoyable!
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  17. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I just noticed the extra image on some coins. I hope that becomes the normal on all coins.
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  18. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    This is a huge positive, as GC has had some fabulous high end coins, where the images did them absolutely no justice. In addition, coins that were not as attractive as originally thought often looked better on the website than in hand. GC never intentionally misrepresented coins with juiced photos, as they are far too professional, but coin photography, as we all know is a very fine art. Kudos to getting superior photography, and this is excellent news.
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  19. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Delighted to hear it. GC has been far too fine an organization to have allowed such subpar photography. A very positive change.
  20. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Dream on
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  21. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

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