Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Coin Photography: New Lighting Method

I have been working with my coin photography for a long time now and I have been working with lighting in particular. In recent days I have found a “new” method of lighting that I am very pleased with. The coin on the left was photographed using the new lighting technique.

I have a ceiling fan with a light kit attached in the room where I photograph my coins. I removed the light cover from the fan and inserted a fluorescent bulb in the mount and left the cover off. The copy stand I use is about six feet from the bulb. I have shot quite a few photographs over the past few days and I am very pleased with the results.

Of course, one could use wherever ceiling light fixture one has. Mine happens to be the fan with the light kit. Also, I have one window in the room that faces west and I do get some light through the window when I shoot during the day.

The color balance is good and I am very pleased to this point. I am shooting about f/8 at a very slow shutter speed. I have my camera pretty much locked down so I am not concerned with the shutter speed since I am shooting aperture priority. The depth of field seems to be fine. If interested, give it a try and let me know what you think and let me know what kind of results you get. Thank you for reading and God Bless.. Jerry..


Anonymous said...

The old saw is "One picture is worth a thousand words." This is certainly a case where that would be true. Perhaps you might post a photo of this set up in use?

Anonymous said...

To get good color balance, try using both an incandescent and a fluorescent bulb. The fluorescent gives good green through blue, the high frequencies. The incandescent gives good red through orange, the lower frequencies.

Sunlight can be useful, also. It's already balanced. Don't use direct sunlight.

A good, free photo manipulation software is the GIMP.