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Joey29Joey29 Posts: 458 ✭✭✭

Any suggestions from my fellow coin collectors on how to take good coin photos with an iPhone.

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  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 29, 2022 4:51AM

    I have a 12 Pro and it's as simple as,point,zoom, and click! It does a dang good job. What I find interesting is all the pics are actually a very short video the camera then still frames. Don't know if that"s actually the case but sure looks that way to me! That eliminates a shakey camera blurry picture! All the seated dollars I'm posting I am taking with my phone!

  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Goldbully said:

    @amwldcoin said:
    I have a 12 Pro and it's as simple as,point,zoom, and click! It does a dang good job. What I find interesting is all the pics are actually a very short video the camera then still frames. Don't know if that"s actually the case but sure looks that way to me! That eliminates a shakey camera blurry picture! All the seated dollars I'm posting I am taking with my phone!


    all the pics are actually a very short video

    You must have 'Live' Photo enabled for that feature.

    Hmmm...Danged if I now. :# It does take good pictures!

  • Joey29Joey29 Posts: 458 ✭✭✭

    @amwldcoin said:
    I have a 12 Pro and it's as simple as,point,zoom, and click! It does a dang good job. What I find interesting is all the pics are actually a very short video the camera then still frames. Don't know if that"s actually the case but sure looks that way to me! That eliminates a shakey camera blurry picture! All the seated dollars I'm posting I am taking with my phone!

    What lighting and background do you use? I always get a reflection from my lamp and uneven lighting

  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 29, 2022 7:02AM

    @Joey29 said:

    @amwldcoin said:
    I have a 12 Pro and it's as simple as,point,zoom, and click! It does a dang good job. What I find interesting is all the pics are actually a very short video the camera then still frames. Don't know if that"s actually the case but sure looks that way to me! That eliminates a shakey camera blurry picture! All the seated dollars I'm posting I am taking with my phone!

    What lighting and background do you use? I always get a reflection from my lamp and uneven lighting

    As long as it's not dark(reasonably well lit room) I don't need to use a light. If I do use a light it takes a lot of moving around and slight tilt this way or that to avoid a reflection. Evidently the camera in it does have an excellent white balance sensor or whatever it is!

  • Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,611 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It works great for me. Practice makes perfect.

    So Cali Area - Coins & Currency
  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have an iPhone 7 and with a little practice I get some very good pictures . I have lights (led) and other holders and stands(for the iPhone) but using natural light or just a lamp works. The window is good ( natural).
    Anymore I just set what I’m photographing in the chair or hold it with my fingers ( the best for tilting).
    I find grading and photography to be similar in degree of difficulty.
    I believe I’m about to be gifted a proper set up. Fancy camera and interchangeable lens. 😊.
    Their taking wagers on how long before I return to the iPhone 😉🙀🦫

    🎶 shout shout, let it all out 🎶

  • braddickbraddick Posts: 23,091 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cortex is an iPhone photo app that'll help with stability and clarity.

    peacockcoins

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Joey29 said:
    Any suggestions from my fellow coin collectors on how to take good coin photos with an iPhone.

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    feel free to post a couple/few examples of your current results. i think it would be easier to assist you if we can see what areas need tweaking.

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  • Joey29Joey29 Posts: 458 ✭✭✭

    @Mr_Spud said:
    Put the phone on something so it stands still above the coin and use the timer so the pictures come out focused. Like this where I’m using a plastic bottle to hold the phone still and level about 4 inches from the coin.

    Above was my first setup, and it worked great for most coins, but didn’t always get the color to show. I ended up trying different lights and this setup shown below ended up being the best, just keep moving the lights around till it lights up the coin just right. Sometimes I also still use the lights from my older setup in addition to these new ones as extra side lighting.



    For small coins, especially in NGC slabs, the autofocus on the iPhone gets confused and focuses on the white slab insert or the prongs. For those I use an app called Camera+2 that allows manual focusing and I can take pictures of small NGC slabbed coins that are better focused. Here’s an example

    But for larger coins, especially in PCGS slabs, the autofocus works good. Here’s an example

    But even for PCGS slabs, I like to put a few drops of compass oil on the slab above the coin to both make any slab scratches temporarily invisible and to prevent slab glare. The pictures above had the compass oil on the slab over the coin.
    I use this kind of compass oil https://forums.collectors.com/home/leaving?allowTrusted=1&amp;target=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BLP62F/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_06GANN5SE4JCFXSCH5Q9
    I like that one because it is slightly volatile so it slowly evaporates without leaving an oil residue. I blot it off with a paper towel and then let any residue evaporate

    Thanks Mr. Spud. I will try with the bottle at 4 inches. Is daylight good on my window sill?

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Joey29 asked “Is daylight good on my window sill?”

    I’m sure that, sometimes, daylight on your window sill will provide good lighting for taking a picture. But it won’t be reproducible, more hit and miss. Too much variability hour to hour, cloudy versus sunny, etc.

    Mr_Spud

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,793 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Joey29 said:
    Any suggestions from my fellow coin collectors on how to take good coin photos with an iPhone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp7DEJ5Vzmc

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • clarkbar04clarkbar04 Posts: 4,926 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sunlight is about the least flattering light for coins IMO.

    MS66 taste on an MS63 budget.
  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,646 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mr_Spud said:
    @Joey29 asked “Is daylight good on my window sill?”

    I’m sure that, sometimes, daylight on your window sill will provide good lighting for taking a picture. But it won’t be reproducible, more hit and miss. Too much variability hour to hour, cloudy versus sunny, etc.

    Mr_Spud
    After you take the pic then what? What do you use to get pics like you have above? Software?
    TIA

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 29, 2022 8:30PM

    Mr_Spud
    After you take the pic then what? What do you use to get pics like you have above? Software?
    TIA

    I use an app called Xircle that literally does nothing else except crop any picture into a circle. Like this:


    Then, if I want a side by side obverse and reverse, I use Photoshop Express and click on collage, click on the 2 images, and use aspect ratio Facebook Ad, like this where I combine 2 round pictures. Note, I didn’t use Xircle to crop the moon, I’m just using it cause it was in my camera roll, but all the coins will come out the exact same size.

    Then, if you want, add text and save

    Mr_Spud

  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,646 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mr_Spud
    Thanks for all the info, looks like I have some work to do. I'm not very good at stuff like this but I'll give it a try

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Repeat just the Xircle part above with several coins and you can do stuff like this too. This is just a screen shot of the thumbnails that’s part of an album in my camera roll 🌚

    Mr_Spud

  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,646 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 29, 2022 8:28PM

    impressive
    Where do I find the app xircle?

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @alaura22 said:
    impressive
    Where do I find the app xircle?

    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/xircle/id736008975

    Mr_Spud

  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,646 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ok, Thanks again. I thought is was a computer software, like I said, I'm new to this stuff :/

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It’s super easy, after you do one or two

    Mr_Spud

  • ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,627 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For Android users, I found an app called Crop My Pic. It's pretty decent and small and does the job well for cropping circles. Example below:

  • cameonut2011cameonut2011 Posts: 10,061 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don’t like all of the image manipulation that software makes automatically.

  • In4apennyIn4apenny Posts: 298 ✭✭✭

    @ElmerFusterpuck said:
    For Android users, I found an app called Crop My Pic. It's pretty decent and small and does the job well for cropping circles. Example below:

    Can you clean that up? All the numbers and letters are out of focus and blurry. Thanks. Cheers.

  • GoldbullyGoldbully Posts: 16,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @In4apenny said:

    @ElmerFusterpuck said:
    For Android users, I found an app called Crop My Pic. It's pretty decent and small and does the job well for cropping circles. Example below:

    Can you clean that up? All the numbers and letters are out of focus and blurry. Thanks. Cheers.

    Does this look better?

  • In4apennyIn4apenny Posts: 298 ✭✭✭

    Why yes, yes it does. B is better than A. Thanks. Cheers.

  • GoldbullyGoldbully Posts: 16,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As sharp as I can get it.

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