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| p.1 #1 · Coin Photography – C&C, setup, options, ideas? |
Aside from photography, one of my hobbies is collecting coins and bank notes from Vietnam (along with Laos, Cambodia & French Indochina). I would like to start meshing these two hobbies! I would like to get a setup and procedure for getting good high quality photos for cataloging my collection.
For a few reasons, many will be getting slabbed and I would like to get the pictures before they are forever encased in a plastic holder, to help assist me in estimating coin grades of raw coins after seeing what they graded as (many of the older coins are very crudely/primitively struck and can grade higher than what people would expect who are used to US coinage for ex.), and to possibly use for a future website focused on Vietnam coinage information, varieties and high quality photos.
All photo’s below are shot in the same manor with the same setup. A 5DII with a 150mm f/2.8 Sigma Macro, (2) diffused 430 EXII flashes from the top and with a 4 sided white poster board box around the coin that is sitting on a matt black plastic background.
I think this works for some and not for others. The biggest problem coins will be the many newer proof coins that I have in my collection, coins with mirror like fields. This method just turns the backgrounds black and I’m thinking that these coins might need to be shot on angles and/or with the lighting at an angle?
After using the flashing, I’m thinking that maybe a source of continuous lighting will be better? Perhaps there are some ‘table top’ setups that would work better for this kind of photography?
I’m wondering what you think of the quick pictures that I did take already and idea’s on what I could/should do? I would like to also come up with a setup and method that is easy to repeat and keep consistent, which I don’t think I really have right now. Of course I will have to practice and play around some, this was just a quick first try. I’m now out of town working for several weeks so I’m going over the pictures and thinking about it.
Each coin was photographed twice, front & back, then combined in photoshop.
Setup with (2) OCF's, 5DII, Sigma 150mm Macro, Tubes
(3) Vietnam 1946 5 hao KM2.2 Coins - (6) Shots Combined
1943 5 Cent French Indochina Rotated Die
Vietnam 1946 1 Dong Aluminum