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View Poll Results: Poll - How do you photograph your collection
Camera with internal flash 123 42.71%
Camera with external flash 35 12.15%
Camera with studio lamps 58 20.14%
Camera hooked to computer with studio lamps 8 2.78%
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:12 PM   #1
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Question 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...

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…
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:28 PM   #2
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Daylight.

If the weather is good al fresco if bad all glass conservatory.
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Old 02-24-2006, 04:31 PM   #3
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Also in good weather outside natural light..
overcast I use the Internal flash, with macro so I dont shadow!

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Old 02-25-2006, 06:48 AM   #4
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Where possible I only use natural light.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:19 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:57 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 05-05-2006, 01:42 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 05-05-2006, 04:16 PM   #8
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Natural daylight as well, outside.
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Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to go
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Old 05-06-2006, 01:00 PM   #10
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Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to go
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What's a "diffusion panel" please? They produce nice results it seems.
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Old 05-06-2006, 03:45 PM   #11
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They come in all sizes. Here is a small one for badges.
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:37 AM   #12
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Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to go
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Compliments on your pictures, they are lovely. Thanks for the tip, I was looking for a solution too.

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Old 06-14-2006, 11:24 PM   #13
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What's a "diffusion panel" please? 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.

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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.

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:26 AM   #15
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Hi All,

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

Best regards,

Ricardo.
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