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 Posted 02/11/2012  10:04 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add FlipOfACoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

OK, I am tired of taking hundreds of pictures with the 'wide angle / flower' setting on my digital camera only to find that I am not improving. Insanity right? This means I need to change something...

What about a USB microscope thing-a-ma-jig that will send pictures straight to my computer? Anything along those lines would seem ideal... However, I realize I could be chasing the wrong 'squirrel' entirely. Suggestions

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 Posted 02/11/2012  11:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acloco to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Change your lighting. Lighting is THE KEY in photography...period.

I am in the same boat as you. $1000 or $5000 in equipment will not make ME any better...ahem...at photography. :)

Read the other posts in the photography page and check the lighting arrangements. I am getting ready to face my ikea lights up towards the camera, but direct them at bent pieces of paper to diffuse the light. I bet it works.
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 Posted 02/11/2012  11:11 pm  Show Profile Check oih82w8's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add oih82w8 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am in the same boat, about lighting, and my next step is to "dial-in" the proper combination of distance and difusion of the light.

The USB Microscopes are good for extreme close-ups, IMO. I have a Dino-Lite USB (got a good deal on it) and it is wonderful for close-ups, and not good at all for full image taking (at least I have not figured it out).
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 Posted 02/12/2012  12:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FlipOfACoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was thinking more of something I can use to take up-close images. I seem to be running into a lot of questionable OMMs & RPMs... the old 'peepers' are not quite as sharp as they used to be...
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 Posted 02/12/2012  12:43 am  Show Profile Check rmpsrpms's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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...I am getting ready to face my ikea lights up towards the camera, but direct them at bent pieces of paper to diffuse the light. I bet it works.


It definitely does. I have tried it with both a white paper reflector and aluminum coated one with good results.


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I was thinking more of something I can use to take up-close images. I seem to be running into a lot of questionable OMMs & RPMs... the old 'peepers' are not quite as sharp as they used to be.


There are several recent threads on USB microscope cameras. Some members have achieved very good results with them.
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 Posted 02/12/2012  12:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FlipOfACoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, thanks. I must have missed them. I will go back and look again!
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 Posted 02/12/2012  01:10 am  Show Profile Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep check previous posts, I use a cheap Celestron USB Microscope, works really well for close up photos of varities, RPM, DD, etc., the quality of the photo isn't great, but sure helps my old eyes to see what I'm looking at on a big monitor now days. After 40 my eyes seem to change prescriptions every 8 months.
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 Posted 02/12/2012  05:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The USB Microscopes are good for extreme close-ups, IMO. I have a Dino-Lite USB (got a good deal on it) and it is wonderful for close-ups, and not good at all for full image taking (at least I have not figured it out)
My nephew has a Dino-Lite and can take whole coin pics,see the 10th post down JP324 http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/...PIC_ID=51390 I have the Celestron and can take whole coin pics of large dollar sized coins as well.
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 Posted 02/12/2012  12:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bizybackson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Member barryg has a good DIY lighting set up, take a look at his ATB coins under the PM forum. Having a good photo editor application like Photoshop helps too, I believe. Good pictures are key for selling on places like e-Bay, or to simply have a record of your collection.
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