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Need Advice On Photographing A 1952 LWC With Toning

 
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 Posted 10/07/2022  12:01 am Show Profile   Check vermontensium's eBay Listings Check vermontensium's eCrater Listings Bookmark this topic Add vermontensium to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
It has beautiful natural sea green, pink toning obverse and reverse but my camera only captures the lusterous copper color and not the toning.
I am using both warm, white, LED lighting as well as natural sunlight against my usual black matte cotton background.
Any advice would be great
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 Posted 10/07/2022  02:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It must be in the lighting. You might try using a single light source instead of combining LED lights and sunlight. Then try the single color LED light (either warm or cool white) at various angles, since the colorful toning may only reflect at certain angles. And if your camera has a white balance adjustment, you may need to tweak that to reflect the color temperature of your LED light.
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 Posted 10/07/2022  04:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe try a gray background?
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 Posted 10/07/2022  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Zurie's advice is good, as well as @John1's. I always tell people that you need to set up lighting with the camera in exactly the same way as when you hold the coin in-hand, viewing with one eye. The camera replaces your eye, and will show exactly what your eye would see in that same lighting situation. The grey background will also allow white balancing in post.
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Maybe actual "natural" lighting would help as well - meaning sunlight.

No manufactured bulb/LED will always give the real look of natural sunlight. And sunlight changes the variableness of similar shades throughout the day as well.

It get's complicated as to why the lights are allowed to be sold as "natural," but the CRI index has to be 100 for correct color. A "temperature" rating of 5000K will be about what sunlight is a little after 12 noon (depending on your global location - told you it get's complicated!)

I have been photographing a lot of glass insulators, where color accuracy is crucial, since the 90s and written several articles about it to guide others. I have found the ONLY way to get accurate color in all cases is actual sunlight.

And then there is the problem with the actual elements the camera's sensor is made of absorbing different color wavelengths and changing thee colors...but never mind!

So although I have not tried it with coins, I suspect sunlight will solve the problem. Let us know!
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The OttLite 25 watt would be fine, but they are not cheap.I just use a windowsill and natural light.
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