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 Posted 03/06/2012  3:50 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add gary1218 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I'm getting a little frustrated trying to take some decent pictures of my coins to post on the board. Either the light is too bright and washes out the coin or the light gives the coin and unnatural color. Is there a "How To" thread on the forum somewhere here?

What kind of light and bulb do you guys use?

Thanks.

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 Posted 03/06/2012  4:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim Stroud to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use a three light set up of 35 watt halogens with a frosted glass cover. One from overhead and the other two from either side.
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 Posted 03/06/2012  8:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
there are allot of posts of setups and settings people use in this section of the forum that this post is in, just scroll through the whole section and see what works for you
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 Posted 03/07/2012  09:50 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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What kind of light and bulb do you guys use?


IKEA sells their "Jansjo" gooseneck LEDs for $9.99, but in-store only. They are my preferred light source for coins...Ray
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 Posted 03/07/2012  09:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gary1218 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's what I've been looking for. Unfortunately I don't have an IKEA in my area.
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 Posted 03/07/2012  10:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kamorka to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You should be able to buy them online, here is a link

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/p...ts/20169658/
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 Posted 03/07/2012  10:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gary1218 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Actually, that link says "product not available online"
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 Posted 03/07/2012  10:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tights24 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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or the light gives the coin and unnatural color


If this is the case, then it's probably just adjusting your white balance. What is your camera make and model and have you looked at the manual for manually adjusting WB? The Janso lamps are preferred but far from a "must have" to take decent pictures. You can also try shooting outdoors in natural sunlight to compare the differences.

If it washes out the coin, you can also try diffusing the light a bit. Maybe wrap some kleenex around the cover. or shine through an empty milk jug.
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