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 Posted 09/08/2019  1:37 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A couple of days ago, Stan asked me to share my setting used to take coin photos such as the ones shown herein.
I am attaching photos of the home made setting, in case it might be of help to others. Size can be made to fit any particular need











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 Posted 09/08/2019  2:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Correction : It was Evan 7 the person who asked for details, not the member Stan
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 Posted 09/08/2019  2:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stoneman227 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent! Where did you source your glass
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 Posted 09/08/2019  2:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Evan7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your pictures are truly excellent! Thank you for sharing your set up
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 Posted 09/08/2019  3:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add levelsofmadnes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Photographs are in the top 5 in CCF... IMO.

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 Posted 09/08/2019  3:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Went to a glass shop and they cut it for me. Cost was about $6.00.
There are several sites in the Web from who you could also buy custom cut
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 Posted 09/08/2019  3:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have the drawings in Power Point but do not know how to upload it in this post.
Could you guide me through?
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 Posted 09/08/2019  3:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
By the way, I took the pictures of the Kennedy reverse coin with a Canon Eos XS1, using EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (cannot get the frost and cameo reflections with the Canon) lens.Did not use macro. Learned via Web that the trick is to use axial lighting.It took some experimenting until I found correct adjustments to lighting positioning which at the end is the trick.
I have also used a Sony DSC-H200, 20.1 mega pixels with which I have been able to obtain the cameo and frost reflections
Canon camera was $187 in Amazon ( used in perfect condition with 5,482 shutter count)
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 Posted 09/08/2019  3:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Evan7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
^^^ the problem is that I know NOTHING about cameras or photography for that matter . I am planning on investing in a good camera one of theses days
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 Posted 09/08/2019  5:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stoneman227 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Have you measured the angle of the glass to the focal plain? Would love to duplicate it.
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 Posted 09/08/2019  6:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antmark3d to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for sharing, always wondered about a thread like this
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 Posted 09/08/2019  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To Stoneman227
I measured the angle with a woodworker's square as you will see in the attached drawings (photo taken from the computer screen for the glass. The ideal focal plane from lighting to the glass is also 45 degrees. I have obtained different effects by changing the angle (raising or lowering the light stand and also, by making little changes to the light angle to 43 degrees or even 50 degrees, depending upon the the coin and, also, depending on environmental lighting conditions. I covered much of the environmental light to make the area as ark as possible, but up to a point where I can still see and also adjust the camera ISO and shutter timing, as needed setting in my terrace

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 Posted 09/08/2019  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To: Evan7
I will make a fixture for a cell phone, will test it and if it works fine, will post it. I believe it is only a matter of installing two 90 degree angled wood strips at the top of the box to securely place the cell phone and make the adjustments from thereon, using the same or similar setting shown in the drawings
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 Posted 09/08/2019  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add levelsofmadnes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is my ghetto axial setup... maybe sometimes in the future I will upgrade.



Searched axial lighting and found this: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3681196

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 Posted 09/09/2019  3:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add armandog07 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
TO: Evan7
Drew a sketch (attached + 4 photos) for you to mount a cell phone into the photo setting I posted. Tested it and works fine
If not a woodworker, you may find one who will surely make the box and the jig to mount the phone to take pictures




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 Posted 09/09/2019  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Evan7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Armandog07, I appreciate you sharing. I'm gonna see what I can do
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