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Ralph P 02-21-2006 07:12 PM

Poll - How do you photograph your collection...
Hello all – After reading posts on this forum about photo protection. It got me to thinking on how we all go about protecting our collections.

I am posting this poll to find out and learn more on how we all go about taking photographs of our collection. Please vote and provide your thoughts and comments...thanks...thumbsup

For me - The second thing I do when a new collectable arrives in the mail is to photograph the item. I use a digital camera hooked up to my computer while using two studio lamps.

PS - The first thing is to inspect the collectable when it comes in…:D

David C 02-21-2006 07:28 PM


If the weather is good al fresco if bad all glass conservatory.

georgecl 02-24-2006 04:31 PM

Also in good weather outside natural light..
overcast I use the Internal flash, with macro so I dont shadow!:1sweat:


Rich G 02-25-2006 06:48 AM

Where possible I only use natural light.

Thälmannpionier 02-25-2006 08:19 AM

I agree,natural light is the best way to get good results.
But not too much sunshine,because this defuses the original colours of the items.

Seigfried 04-05-2006 09:57 AM

I too use natural light (if practical - ie I can move the item outdoors). If I am photographing an EK for example sometimes I tilt the EK which throws the swastika eand other areas into stark relief, highlighting detail which would be otherwise lost if the pic was taken full on.


Tiger 1 05-05-2006 01:42 PM

Natural daylight. Shoot outside.

Overcast days are best. Nice even lighting with no hard shadows.

Otherwise just a bit into the shade on a sunny day. Watch out for unwanted reflections.

For best results always use a tripod and set your shutter to the smallest opening and the longest time duration. to preclude any movement trip the shutter via the timer built into the camera. If using a digital camera .........you're on your own as I'm still an old film burner.

Experiment and keep notes of what works best for you.


Fred S 05-05-2006 04:16 PM

Natural daylight as well, outside.

Marc Garlasco 05-06-2006 09:45 AM

Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to gothumbsup


Eric Gaumann 05-06-2006 01:00 PM


Originally Posted by Flak88
Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to gothumbsup

What's a "diffusion panel" please?:heloooo: They produce nice results it seems.

Marc Garlasco 05-06-2006 03:45 PM

They come in all sizes. Here is a small one for badges.


deejay 05-07-2006 07:37 AM


Originally Posted by Flak88
Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to gothumbsup

Compliments on your pictures, they are lovely. Thanks for the tip, I was looking for a solution too.


usmedalman 06-14-2006 11:24 PM


Originally Posted by EricFG
What's a "diffusion panel" please?:heloooo: They produce nice results it seems.

In addition to the diffusion panel, you can also buy diffusion material that is a cross between cloth and paper and comes in 3-foot wide rolls. Most serious photography stores sell the stuff by the yard. I cut this into different size circles and make diffusion cones for close work on medals and badges where I am within a foot or less of the subject.


Aave Johns 07-27-2006 10:25 AM

Natural Light
Natural light is the way I photograph my bits and pieces. I rarely use a flash. It is best to experiment with it until you find the best amount of light that gives the most natural look to the colours. I have a light, airy apartment with large windows, so I have plenty of flexibility with the amount of light I want to let in. I use Photoimpact for touch-ups on the colour, contrast etc.



Mooyman 11-15-2006 08:26 AM

Hi All,

In some cases natural light or internal flash from my old Sony 3.2 mega pixels... :tookitint

Best regards,


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