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    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…
    294
    Camera with internal flash
    43.20%
    127
    Camera with external flash
    12.24%
    36
    Camera with studio lamps
    19.73%
    58
    Camera hooked to computer with studio lamps
    2.72%
    8
    Other
    22.11%
    65
    Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did. Quote - Sophie Scholl - White Rose resistance group

    #2
    Daylight.

    If the weather is good al fresco if bad all glass conservatory.
    At Rathau on the Aller, the CO of 5th Royal Tanks advanced on foot to take a cautious look into the town before his tanks moved in. He encountered one of his own officers, a huge Welshman named John Gwilliam who later captained his country's rugby team, 'carrying a small German soldier by the scruff of his neck, not unlike a cat with a mouse.' The Colonel said: 'Why not shoot him?' Gwilliam replied in his mighty Welsh voice: 'Oh no, sir. Much too small.'

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      #3
      Also in good weather outside natural light..
      overcast I use the Internal flash, with macro so I dont shadow!

      George

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        #4
        Where possible I only use natural light.
        Interested in hand-stitched EM/NCO LW insignia and cuff-titles
        Decorations of Germany

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          #5
          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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            #6
            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.

            John

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              #7
              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.

              Tony
              An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.

              "First ponder, then dare." von Moltke

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                #8
                Natural daylight as well, outside.

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                  #9
                  Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to go
                  Marc

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Flak88
                    Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to go
                    Marc
                    What's a "diffusion panel" please? They produce nice results it seems.
                    Thanks,
                    Eric Gaumann

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                      #11
                      They come in all sizes. Here is a small one for badges.
                      Marc

                      http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...&highlight=box

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Flak88
                        Diffusion Panels are the ONLY way to go
                        Marc
                        Compliments on your pictures, they are lovely. Thanks for the tip, I was looking for a solution too.

                        regards,
                        DJ
                        regards,


                        Dirk J.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by EricFG
                          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.

                          John

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                            #14
                            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.

                            Regards;

                            Johnsy

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                              #15
                              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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