Using a Light Tent for Taking Coin Images

May 12, 2011

For our previous entry Using Diffused Lighting for Coin Images we discussed using diffuse lighting and how this type of photography is reflected in the quality of the images.

Diffuse lighting is light softened and evenly spread so it does not pour directly onto the coin surface. This transparency can be achieved by the use of a light tent which can take on many forms. A light tent can be a fancy little foldable device (not dissimilar to a beach tent) available from a camera shop or eBay. It could be as simple as baking paper taped to the lamps. In our examples we cut down a 3L milk bottle to place over the coin and directed the light from the sides through the bottle. Whatever you decided to use, it need not be an expensive exercise as we've shown.

Our Light Tent

Posted by harrisk at May 12, 2011 11:46 AM
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