Photo Friday: Coins in Cases

My husband received a number of coins from a relative. He doesn’t collect these types of coins, so I was asked to photograph them for sale on eBay. The purpose was to quickly capture the photos to be sold. I did that. I also feel that the photos were done well enough to be used in a scrapbook about the relative who collected coins.

American Eagle Coin
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
f/4, exp 1/6, ISO- 80, spot focus

I set up shop in my living room beside the large window that receives excellent filtered light in the afternoon. I used my seamless backdrop. And set the camera to AV priority.

The writing in this photo was a bit blurry. Additionally, the color of the box was darker than I had anticipated. My seamless backdrop probably needs to be replaced with something that doesn’t wrinkle as easily. In time, in time.

American Eagle Coin Cover
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
f/4, exp 1/5, ISO- 80, spot focus

This one was a little better as far as the coloration was concerned and the legibility of the writing. With a decent photo of the exterior cover, it was time to pull out the coin case.

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
f/4, exp 1/5, ISO- 80, spot focus

In a larger view of the box, you can see the details of the velvet-like exterior. I wish the coloration was a little more burgundy or maroon. However, the details are clear and crisp.

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
f/4, exp 1/13, ISO- 80, spot focus

The coin is actually sizer. This photo makes the coin look gold. I moved the camera around until the coin returned to the silver cast. I also lowered the exposure setting.

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
f/4, exp 1/4, ISO- 80, spot focus

I often wish I could have ‘professional’ quality photos. But that would require more knowledge and potentially a better camera. But, I also wonder if it really matters. When is nice, good enough?

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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