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A Phone, A Light, Some Books, And A Bottle Cap For Good Coin Pictures

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 Posted 06/04/2022  08:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What camera settings did you use ?
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 Posted 06/04/2022  09:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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What camera settings did you use ?


All I did was use the basic photo format. I did not adjust lighting, focus, flash, or anything else.

I stacked various books to find the right height at which the coin was in focus and filling the screen, used the 3 second timer to insure no micro-wiggle of the phone when hitting the button to take the picture.
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 Posted 06/04/2022  09:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Also, if you have a newer iPhone, you can take photos in square mode so you can eliminate cropping.
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 Posted 06/04/2022  9:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very innovative Earle42.

I use a cheap Finepix J40 camera set on automatic.
My set up is also cheap. A screw in a piece of wood covered in black cloth and a cut down milk bottle. A add a few translucent pieces of packing material until it gets the lighting correct.
I also have 2 goose neck lamps, 1 either side.
I wonder how your ring lamp would go on this set up though?




An example of the pictures I get. (not the same coin in the first 2 pics)
Images not perfect, but a lot better than some you see on the forum. :)
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 Posted 06/04/2022  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice picture (beautiful coin as well!). I like the black felt and diffuser using the milk jug. I had tried something similar before (I think it was an idea of Darth Morgan) using a yogurt cup for a smaller setup, but only using an iPhone 4s at the time I never got pics as good as the one you posted.


I am thinking of taking some wood scraps, making a "frame" on top to hold the iPhone 7s I am now using, and maybe even mount the ring light to the front so the phone is not clamped to the light. Just convenience. It would be great to be able to just put the phone in place, turn on the light and have everything perfectly set up...also easy!
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 Posted 08/28/2022  06:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks.This is the result I want!
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 Posted 08/28/2022  07:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good book choice as a stand !! Issac Asimov is a perfect choice, although I would have probably picked prelude to Foundation as the stand. Yes while Nemesis technically leads to Foundation (well the 2nd foundation) , prelude is a better start to the series. Hence it would make a better stand

Great pictures by the way.
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 Posted 08/28/2022  9:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Good book choice as a stand !! Issac Asimov is a perfect choice, although I would have probably picked prelude to Foundation as the stand. Yes while Nemesis technically leads to Foundation (well the 2nd foundation) , prelude is a better start to the series. Hence it would make a better stand

Great pictures by the way.


I was wondering if another Asimov fan would make a comment

And I agree with everything else you said about the books! But I had just been unpacking boxes and so Nemesis was handy at the time!

Personally I also have to admit Nemesis was harder than any of this other works for me to read. Some chapters of the book, to me, had a feeling like they were added content just to lengthen the time time between reading about one theme vs. the other.

That was his only book I remember feeling this way about. Right now I am going back through a collection of his first publications and enjoying it.


I know...weird, but one of my favorite books (set of three in one) is his "Understanding Physics" series. He is the only author I have personally read who starts at the very beginnings of each topic he covers and shows how modern theory developed from that. When I used to teach physics I used his ideas and approach to help the kids get interested and make it easier to understand.
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 Posted 09/06/2022  09:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Windmiller to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am going to try this. Thank you
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 Posted 09/27/2022  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Vipes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info. I use my old iPhone X. I'm gonna try the bottle cap method next time.
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 Posted 09/27/2022  2:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hondo Boguss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Earle, considering the light source Larry Niven's Ringworld would also have been an appropriate choice!
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 Posted 09/28/2022  12:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
Download and read: Grading the graders
Costly TPG ineptitude and No FG Kennedy halves
https://ln5.sync.com/dl/7ca91bdd0/w...i3b-rbj9fir2
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 Posted 10/08/2022  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add marckdaniels to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is brilliant! Will try it
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 Posted 10/13/2022  10:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hondo Boguss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I acquired one of these ring lights and it works very well. Unfortunately, my iPhone is in an Otterbox, and the clamp of the light doesn't quite open enough to accommodate it well. Will post some pics after after I get the kinks worked out.
Thank you to everyone for their helpful advice on this topic.
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 Posted 10/23/2022  11:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mrmadi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello everyone. I had started using this method minus the bottle cap and my pictures came out much better so I'll make sure to do the bottle cap this time and see how the results turn out. I will let you know and thanks for the insight
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