Photographing proof coins

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by expat, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    I am trying (unsuccessfully), to image my proof coins. No matter what i try with adjusting the settings on my Samsung, the coins are so reflective that when i try to capture the full depth of cameo etc all i get is a reflection because of the mirror like finish. I have tried east and west facing light at various times of the day but to no avail.
    I also have a Sony DSLR A-330 buy no macro lens, only a macro function in the camera settings.
    I see some stunning photography on these forums and without technical equipment like powered scopes linked to photographic software i know i can never achieve that sort of standard. However i would like to achieve some sort of high standard with what i have available.
    Any advice, tips etc you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks
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  3. paddyman98

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  4. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    One solution is axial lighting BUT that requires more equipment so unless you're REALLY into this and have enough justification (lots of proofs to image) it's not worth the effort.
    Another suggestion, get Mark Goodman's book, "Numismatic Photography".
  5. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Thanks. I don't think what i have justifies more equipment. I have about 50 standard proofs a few of which are cameos, a couple of reverse proofs from Canada and 1 described as a Canadian proof specimen, whatever one of those is.
  6. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter


    Proof coins are the devil to photog.
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