Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by *coins, May 24, 2018.
Here is what I have...
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I'll have to try that. Thanks!
Same here. Lens flat, parallel to the coin. Move the lighting to pick up the color.
And this single image of their's kind of says it all -
But axial lighting is not the only way to capture toning on a coin. First, think about what you have to do to see toning on a coin with your eyes. To see the colors in the toning you usually have to tilt the coin in the light. And for a camera to see the colors the same thing has to happen. In simplest terms, it's a matter of angles. And that's what axial lighting does for you - it creates angles.
But you can do the same thing simply by positioning your lights correctly. And by using the right kind of lights. And the right kind of lights is important because different kind of light will produce different colors. And some will produce little color at all. And you also need to remember that each angle will produce, or not produce, different colors. So, some experimentation is needed for the camera to capture the colors you want to capture.
As an example of what I'm talking about here are 2 sets of pictures of the same coin, taken only minutes apart, with no changes made to the settings or position of the camera, and no changes made to the position of the coin. The only thing that changed, and then only slightly, was the angle of the 2 lights I used.
Quite a difference isn't it
I'm going to try this later!! So glad I read this post
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