I consider myself a strict and poor amateur when it comes to taking pictures of my coins. No pretenses here. My equipment consists of my wife's handheld camera, a south facing window sill, and natural sunlight, (not much of that in my area, though...!) In spite of my amateur skills and primitive equipment, I consider my photos to at least tell the viewer what the coin actually looks like in hand. I think I capture the natural tones and in-hand look fairly well. No glamour, just the coin. However, I am almost always unable to capture lustre (unless I happen to get a good shot), and invariably my photos tend to be too dark at the bottom, and often, (not always) too shiny/bright at the top. I really struggle with that. Since I am a copper collector, shooting coppers representatively is important to me. Take these pictures, for example - as a copper collector, they tell me the essence of what I need to know: they reveal what the surfaces actually look like (pits, scratches and nicks and all). They also reproduce adequately the colour in-hand, as it really is. All key variables for early coppers collectors. Here are the pics - what do you think? awful? OK, but...?