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Please Someone Walk Me Thru Posting Images. I Have So Many Questions

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 Posted 08/10/2021  2:20 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add grospoisson to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have so many questions about Lincoln cents. The problem is that someone would have to start with this is how you take a picture! I am a fast learner and by the way I am a honors high school math teacher (go figure).
I figure if you had a Morgan dollar for every time you have heard this, you might have a complete set! Things like this make me a better teacher and more patient with my students. Think of it like this, you would be contributing to the education of hundreds of students! LOL Bill
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 Posted 08/10/2021  3:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"...how you take a picture"... WOW that is a leading question! ;-)

Wellp, first you need some sort of imaging device! ;-) I vastly prefer a real camera but it seems the whole world thinks their cellphone is THE thing to take photos with. Maybe it is if you have a $$$ phone, but they will never match the versatility of a real camera, especially a (D)SLR.

There are also those nifty purpose-built macro cameras that mineral collectors also use. I know there are many cheap versions, but I don't know how much the professional-level ones cost.

Now, if you mean what TYPE of photos do coin collectors want, that I can't really help you with as I am new to the Coin World. I have just about given up on mineral photography as it is!
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 Posted 08/10/2021  3:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The question has so many possibilities. To take a regular snap all you really need is your phone. You frame your object hold it steady and press the shutter button. If you are into birds, nature or want high end photo a dedicated camera is important. If you want to take astrophotographs than you have a serious learning curve.


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 Posted 08/10/2021  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you mean the process of adding photos to your thread, take a look at the tutorial. Hardest part is shrinking the file size below 300 MB and downloading it to your device before attaching the smaller file to your post.
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 Posted 08/10/2021  5:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Also takes a little practice to rotate and crop photos, or you'll incur the wrath of folks who don't like to squint or rotate their heads 90 degrees. ;-)
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 Posted 08/10/2021  7:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And here is a link to that tutorial on uploading pics:

https://www.coincommunity.com/forum...g-images.asp
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 Posted 08/10/2021  8:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was joking above but to take good pictures, you need the following:
1) A good camera
2) A proper set-up (this can be light boxes or a camera on a tripod)
3) Knowing about how to actually take a picture using Aperture/Speed/ISO think of this as a math problem, the answer is 1000 there are many ways to get to 1000, a camera taking pictures is the same.
4) Some type of editing skills, I shoot in RAW, process all my images and edit them and resize them before I post. With an iphone one can do all the above.
5) If the picture is blurry do it again.

And the 300k limit is not an issue. Some pictures.


Here is a note I own this is about 300K.



Here is a coin:




And a crop of just the coin:




Being honest the image optimizer pretty much sucks, use Irfanview

https://www.irfanview.com/

Its a great tool to resize pictures and its free also.
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 Posted 08/10/2021  10:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Tunnioc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I don't have an expensive camera.
If you are good at working a scanner,
Bank notes and Lincoln cents look good.
But the scanner is not so good on silver or gold
colored coins. I reduce the picture size in Microsoft Paint.
These are scanner pics. Click pic to enlarge.


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 Posted 08/11/2021  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add grospoisson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey guys I am back at my computer. There are several things you need to know . I bought a new computer from best buy a Dell desktop 3000 inspiron. The geek squad transferred all pertinent info for me. I am having the hardest time just accessing windows 10. I have read the tutorials several times. I have no clue what .gif or .jpg format is or what 300k in size means. This is where I am at, I have been able to take a picture of the coins and send them to my email address. A lot of people over 55 have problems with technology. Mostly because it's learning a new language.
I know 95% of everything about a handheld gps and the same for a Texas Instruments graphing calculator from programing to logarithmic regressions! I just can't navigate on a computer. when I see someone say download this or that I freeze up. If anyone wants to take up this daunting task , they will forever change this old farts' life. If someone out there is willing to help. Think of it like this, I can open coin community forum, then all heck breaks loose. Bill
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 Posted 08/15/2021  6:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
.gif and .jpg (or jpeg) are image formats that can reduce the size of the image file. Of course, that also reduces image quality.
There are other formats that are "lossless". Those are used when you can't loose a lot of image quality.

Does Windows still come with Paint? My Windows 7 Pro PC has it. That is a basic program you can try. I believe there is a free basic graphics program out there that starts with a "G"... GIMP I think?
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 Posted 08/15/2021  6:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Simple way to show you image size via Windows Explorer... See the size of 264kb?

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 Posted 08/16/2021  09:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I believe there is a free basic graphics program out there that starts with a "G"... GIMP I think?
There is GIMP, which is quite powerful for a free program, but can be overwhelming to a new user.

https://www.gimp.org

There is also Paint.NET, also free. This is what I use most often and it quite capable. When you save an image it will show you the size and allows adjustments to make it smaller if necessary.

https://www.getpaint.net

While I say these programs are free, the do accept donations, so if you find them useful, please donate.
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Irfanview is what I use to resize. It has the ability at Save to set a maximum file size which is really nice. I found that I can do 1200 Pixels on the longer side and till keep the image at under 300K.

Irfanview is also free and they do accept donation (so do like JBuck says)

https://www.irfanview.com/

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 Posted 08/18/2021  2:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add grospoisson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I got it. As soon as I went back to school , I had several students walk me thru the process.. Many things are hard until someone shows you how! Several of my students were moe than happy to teach the teacher.. (go figure)
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