- May 16, 2019 at 3:55 am #405990
A guy that works for me is a silver smith in his spare time. He asked me to do some images of his work showcasing a silver coin and what he can turn it into.
‘He wanted images on black backgrounds.
olympus OM-D EM1ii with 60mm macro lens
15 seconds @F22
Natural light from a window to camera left.
- May 16, 2019 at 4:43 am #405991
Looks good to me my man. If the guy is not pleased you can always fire him and watch as the bank repossesses his house and his kids grew thin on welfare leading eventually to his wife leaving him and him sinking even lower and taking to the road as a hobo!
- May 16, 2019 at 6:15 am #405995
Hi David, that’s a great shot! The only thing I would change is to add a bit more space on the left side and on the top 🙂
- May 16, 2019 at 9:04 am #406014
Hi David, I’d try to even out the lighting on the coins a bit. The one on the far right especially is darker, both the coin and its reflection. Also, I’m not much of a macro photographer, but I notice that the reflection of the large coin is not straight (the vertical line is slanted) whereas on the original it’s straight. Also in the reflection, some of the coins overlap, and they don’t in the originals. Finally, the original coin on the far right isn’t as flat to the camera as the one next to it. Nitpicky, but I guess that’s what macro is.
- May 16, 2019 at 11:14 am #406056
Technically very good with the focus placement. The lighting is good on the upright coin, but not so good on the ring and the two cufflinks?. The color balance, at least on my monitor, is decidedly blue/cyan. I used to have a studio mate who specialized in tabletop jewelry photography. Through him, I am well aware of the difficulties involved with this type of photography. Lighting something so reflective and so small is tough. If this were my assignment… I would have photographed each piece separately and then assemble them into a group in Photoshop. That would help with the lighting.
- May 16, 2019 at 11:58 am #406062
A while back I was doing some experimenting with using polarized light for macro photography and did some posts here, influencing the direction I went was based on info Paul Shared from a guy who specialized in coin photography. It was in the thread
And the link was.
HOW TO USE MIRRORS TO GET PERFECT AXIAL LIGHTING ON MACRO SUBJECTS
And this was where I went with all the gathered knowledge.
It really does change the game with reflective objects.
- May 16, 2019 at 11:11 pm #406185
Robert: thank you for sharing this link. found it to be interesting reading and have saved it for if i should ever head down this road.
- May 18, 2019 at 8:52 pm #406595
Thanks for taking the time to add these links Robert. I have already ordered some bits and pieces!
- May 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm #406085
I like what you’ve done David, I particularly like macro on black perspex, with the reflections. However, it makes for an ‘arty’ shot, is this what your friend wants, or would a ‘product’ shot on black, without the reflection be more what he wanted?
- May 16, 2019 at 11:10 pm #406184
David, i too wondered about the reflections as Tersha had. beautiful sharp photo. i hope your guy liked it.
- May 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm #406596
Thanks everyone – i will putting the advice into practice when he brings me the next series.
For this one he wanted the reflections as it will be the header on his product page. We have others planned.
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