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Is There Anyway To Take Decent Coin Pictures With A Non Slr Camera?

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 Posted 11/17/2021  5:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shatsi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply



Yes that is the camera.

I was playing around with the functions and managed to take this picture. The lense was about 3" away from the coin. The lighting I have is yellow, its the ikea gooseneck that was mentioned here. I'm going to have to purchase some white lights.

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 Posted 11/17/2021  5:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add radars_teddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Get a tripod - number one.

Also - you have an image that is larger than you likely need. I can always crop the image if need be and still have a very decent photograph. It is not necessary to use the entire imaging field with the coin. Back off a little. Download the gimp for photoediting

http://www.gimp.org/

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 Posted 11/17/2021  5:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add radars_teddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


we fixed the color :)
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 Posted 11/17/2021  6:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shatsi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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we fixed the color :)


How? That's accurate color.

I do want to be able to capture the right color. I'm thinking of ordering 2 of these lights.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...BL58YH&psc=1

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 Posted 11/17/2021  6:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your camera should be able to do "white balance", which calibrates the camera to give accurate color with whatever lights you're using.

It looks like you cropped the image to get the dime photo. What did the original look like?
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 Posted 11/17/2021  8:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shatsi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It looks like you cropped the image to get the dime photo. What did the original look like?


Its too big to post here. Its just background.

Also thinking about this copy stand.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/384448605749?brand=RPS
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11/17/2021 8:18 pm
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 Posted 11/17/2021  8:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add radars_teddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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How? That's accurate color.


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 Posted 11/29/2021  8:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shatsi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So what are your thoughts on the quality of this picture?



I've started using Gimp but don't know how to play around with the colors yet.
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 Posted 11/30/2021  05:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Shatsi, I think it depends on your definition of "decent".

I use a Finepix J40 camera which I think would be similar to yours. I use this on the full automatic setting and on macro. Not the best photos in the world, but OK for what I need.
I have a couple of LED spot lights and also use the flash, which I find helps to give depth, but I cover the flash with some tissue paper, which helps to tone it down a fair bit.
I then crop in the camera and then import to my computer to finish cropping and adjusting for colour and brightness.
Here is one example...

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 Posted 11/30/2021  06:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add keith12 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin Steve. Where can I see the other side?
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 Posted 11/30/2021  8:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Nice coin Steve. Where can I see the other side?


Thanks Keith,
I don't own this coin any more, I think from memory I sent it to Kena in the UK, to help with his 7070 set.

I have sent Kena an email.

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 Posted 11/30/2021  8:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I made a few edits to levels, white balance, sharpening, and saturation. I don't have the coin in-hand to check how accurate this is:



I don't use gimp, just Canon's DPP.
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 Posted 12/01/2021  09:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

The Canons DDP works great for doing coins. I have tried gimp and others and go back to DDP
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 Posted 12/01/2021  10:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shatsi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Okay let me see what Canon DDP is then.

@rmpsrpms Yes, those colors are accurate. Thank you
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 Posted 12/01/2021  4:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kena to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The pictures that Steve took of the 1875 S 20 cent coin that I got from him for my 7070 type set can be found at:

http://goccf.com/t/313294

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