If you have large medallions and awards amongst your family treasures, you’ll soon discover they actually can be difficult to photograph. I discovered how you present the heirloom to your camera will have a dramatic impact on the quality of the photos.
|Exposure: 1/20, aperture: f/3.2, focal length: 9.1 mm, ISO 80|
My lightbox is set up on my ironing board on an early afternoon with natural light streaming in from the left side. On the right side of the lightbox, I have a work light. I am using the custom white balance feature on the interior of the box before I place my object. Then I place the object and continue shooting in the “P” mode on my Canon Power Shot camera (someday I’ll venture into Tv and Av, and maybe fully Manual). The flash is off.
By raising the medal to a more vertical orientation, my camera/tripod orientation seemed to be more agreeable to taking a better picture of this medallion.
|Exposure: 1/13, aperture: f/3.5, focal length: 16.1 mm, ISO 80|
Again, the angle I was shooting this object at, was not working. I was attempting to have the more vertical orientation. The medal just didn’t stay in the position I placed it in.