Silver Dollar Blog - How to Photograph your Morgan Dollars

Oct 05, 2011

Coins in general have a very reflective surface which make them a bit tricky to photograph. If you have ever taken a photograph of your Morgan Dollar you know what I am talking about. So today lets focus on how to make your own soft box to photograph your coins. With the proper set up you will immediately notice a difference in your coin photography.

First we need to know how to make a soft box. I found this great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to make your own soft box with supplies you can find around the house. Basically you need a cardboard box, any size you want. You will want to cut a square on the top of the box as well as both sides of the box. Be sure to leave a strip of cardboard about 2-3 inches around the edges of your square. Now you have three square size openings that need to be covered. Try using either white tissue paper or a material like rip stop nylon.

Next you will need to focus on lights. Of course you can try positioning your living room lamps around your Morgan Dollar. But you will quickly find it's hard to focus the light in the direction you want. I find standard clamp lamps very useful and affordable since you can turn them any direction to achieve your desired lighting.

Almost done you just have one more step. Lay a piece of white poster board on the bottom of your box. You can angel the white poster board to be your background as well as where the coin will sit you'll want your coin standing up. You can purchase some candle adhesive stick-um as the video below suggest or look around your house for something small enough that will fit behind the coin and yet not be seen by the camera.

If you have a tripod for your camera great! If not you can be creative set your camera on a stack of books in front of your soft box. If you have a timer on your camera use it to eliminate moving your camera while taking the photo. Next turn off your camera flash and take the picture!

This is a great video I found on how to take a photograph your Morgan Dollars once you have your soft box set up!

Video thanks to mystudiobyprocyc



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