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Help With Camera/Copy Stand Setup

 
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 Posted 10/05/2021  10:17 pm Show Profile   Check bishftl's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add bishftl to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Got my copy stand. The LED's are super bright.
Just need to figure out camera setup/distance from coin
light angles/distance etc. I know it trial and error
but a jumpstart would be helpful. the half dollar photos
were taken raw/fine.




raw



fine, you can see the difference in sharpness across the coin

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 Posted 10/06/2021  04:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like you need to filter your lights and maybe even eliminate one light?
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 Posted 10/06/2021  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks promising. Lighting is a touch harsh. Yes, next experiment would be to diffuse the lighting--perhaps using translucent white plastic or tracing paper. Adjusting exposure settings may help too. Would also suggest shooting the coin(s) against a black background--helps to reduce the amount of light 'bouncing back' into the camera's lens.
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 Posted 10/06/2021  08:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree you need to defuse your lights.
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 Posted 10/07/2021  5:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gluggo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I picked up some diffusing fabric either on EBay or Amazon and then simply cut out a square patch and wrapped the light and used electrical tape to keep the fabric on. A simply cheap fix when you need to diffuse a light.
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 Posted 10/08/2021  04:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I read 14% gray scale background works well.
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 Posted 10/11/2021  11:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coinphotofan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
lighting in this setup is very broad. It is good for proof coins, but for business strikes, the effect will be too flat, with no shadows to provide a 3D image. In this setup, there is no way to show the luster band on the coin either. You need at least one more narrow light source of the same color temperature at a low angle.
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 Posted 10/13/2021  05:49 am  Show Profile   Check bishftl's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add bishftl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
these lights came diffused already.
just a test photo, working on configuring distances
angles, etc. now. I'm looking for my black background, it's around here somewhere.
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 Posted 10/19/2021  01:35 am  Show Profile   Check bishftl's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add bishftl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
lights still need adjustments.
any suggestions, 2 lights at side of camera 40-50deg



Edited by bishftl
10/19/2021 01:38 am
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 Posted 10/19/2021  04:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am far from giving advice on photo taking,with that said. 1st pic looks nice,maybe a bit too bright? 2nd pic looks like it is showing a haze on the coin?3rd pic,a bit too bright? Wait for the pros to help you though.
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