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 Posted 06/18/2021  11:14 am Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I tried something new yesterday and I wanted to hear your opinions.
The Issue: I find it hard to get good lighting on Morgan dollars. I t always seems that part of the coin is too dark.
The Proposed Solution: I took 2 or 3 photos without moving the coin, but I moved the lights that I was using. Then, using Canon's compositing tool, I merged the 2 or 3 photos into one using a weighted average and adjusted to where I liked the look. Here are some examples.
Note: one set has a different background. I was testing what background looked best. I am not really sure which I like better....





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 Posted 06/18/2021  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty decent!
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 Posted 06/18/2021  5:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have done similar composites in the past, but found it was a lot of extra work, and I could get better results with other methods. Have you tried a lens-mounted diffuser?
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 Posted 06/18/2021  6:12 pm  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@rmpsrpms
I haven't tried a lens mounted diffuser. I had to Google it. How is that used? Looks like it is meant to be used with the camera's flash. Is that right?
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 Posted 06/22/2021  2:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It can be used with the camera flash but generally with external lights. I use the diffuser with Jansjos, one at 10 and one at 2. I vary the amount of diffusion by moving the lights closer or farther from the diffuser.

I make my own diffusers out of Opalux paper. Much cheaper and more customizable than the ones you find with a google search.
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 Posted 06/22/2021  4:02 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Had to look up Opalux. Cool idea.
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 Posted 06/22/2021  4:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These look good to me.

Yes, it is extra work and for what it is worth, I used the same method from some of my more recent coin photos.

Would I prefer to do it the correct way with lighting? Yes. Maybe one day.
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 Posted 06/22/2021  4:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Typical commercial BU. MS-62/63.
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 Posted 06/29/2021  08:22 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the exposure may be under by 1/3 of a stop or so. Give it a little boost, not much but a bit more. Color looks good, as does white balance. Try changing that in Camera Raw.

The focus is a touch soft for me too, what is the F-stop you are shooting at? May also be from the composting multiple images too?
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@westcoin I am not sure about F-stop. I used to think I needed to use the highest possible number. I've since read that to be untrue. I probably was using 9 or 10. IIRC.
About exposure, I'll try to adjust that and see if I get better results.
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