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Lighting cone - getting soft gradient lighting for taking pics of shiny coins

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You can, of course, buy photography diffusion paper, which has the advantage of being quite rugged (reusable) and has a neutral tone to avoid colour castes.  It's also not exactly expensive, at maybe £20 for more sheets than you'd need in a lifetime.  Baking parchment also works very well for diffusing light, and you may already have some in the kitchen, as a free alternative.

Using perfectly even diffuse light will help to avoid some nasty, problematic reflections.  But you need to be careful not to create flat images, where the highlights and shadows aren't there to provide depth queues.




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12 Beginner Tips for Better Coin Photos

Everything you need to take great coin photos

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9 minutes ago, Darr3nG said:

Wonder how easy it would be to recreate something like this:


Like this?


The Sovereign is the quintessentially British coin.  It has a German queen on the front, an Italian waiter on the back, and half of them were made in Australia.


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