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 Posted 11/01/2021  05:36 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My DSLR died and I've found too many glare issues with my USB microscope, so I've been working on improving iPhone photos. I used a stack of books to create a stable platform for the iPhone and reduced jiggle. However, on zoomed photos I would still get jiggle just trying to push the button for a shot. I remembered a small tripod I had used for my DSLR and found one on Amazon - $16. It turned out to be ideal. Not only the right height, but it included a bluetooth remote trigger for the camera! Nice! In addition to diffused light source, I'm experimenting with a 12x12 inch matte black board. When I'm ready to shoot, I hold the board over the coin and camera to block unwanted reflections. It is still a work in progress, but the the tripod with bluetooth remote is awesome! "UBeesize Phone Tripod, Portable and Flexible Tripod with Wireless Remote and Universal Clip, Cell Phone Tripod Stand for Video Recording (Black)"
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 Posted 11/01/2021  08:44 am  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Looks interesting, Parnelli917...I'm tempted to start using my iPhone for coin photos as my scanner doesn't quite do the job, especially with my old copper tokens. That Bluetooth remote looks great, and it would certainly be more convenient than setting the iPhone's shutter timer for every shot.

I guess I'm curious about how you keep the tripod's legs out of the way if/when you're taking a downward-facing shot of a coin. Or perhaps you're posing your coins in some non-horizontal setup?

With my "regular" photo rig, which I haven't used in years, I would overcome that problem and prevent the tripod from tipping over by using a boom to extend the camera past the stretch of the tripod's legs.

I noticed on Amazon that Ubeesize also has kits that include some very inexpensive ring lighting. I wonder if that would work well to negate glare and shadows in your situation?

Finally, do you have any good iPhone coin photos you can post in this thread? That way you can share what works and what doesn' we can all learn from your mistakes, ho ho.

Thanks, and happy snapping!

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 Posted 11/01/2021  10:29 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's not too hard to make up a shooting platform from books stacked as needed for height. Blank piece of paper for the background. Easy to adjust and with headphones hooked up to use as the remote, is how I shoot with my iPhone in a pinch, though I do have a dedicated area next to my computer for my DSLR with LED lighting.
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 Posted 11/01/2021  6:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Westcoin, I was using a stack of books before I bought this tripod. It worked pretty good but my eyes aren't so good and sometimes I'd shake the iPhone when I tried to push the camera button. How do you use the headphones as a trigger?

@daltonista, The one thing I haven't quite perfected the angles yet. The tripod doesn't have a perfect horizontal plane (the books did). I've only taken a couple of shots so far. Just got Morgans and Peace dollar in the mail. Don't have the lighting right yet. These aren't great but their all I have at the moment!

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