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Taking a photo of one coin doesn't initially appear to take much time. However, in reality, it is quite hard to photograph.
Why? A coin has glare and everything, yes, everything that is around the coin, gets reflected back into it. If you take a look at the above coin, or almost any coin for that matter, you'll see groves, ridges, valleys, peaks and areas, that when photographed, become huge light sucking "black holes." You have to be extremely careful with the theory of the "incidence of light," because if not photographed correctly, horrible shadows, unwanted glare, and hot spots appear.
For this job, I brought my Profoto™ strobes, umbrellas, softbox, table-top tent, Manfrotto tripod, plexiglass, white and black seamless paper and muslin, cords, power-strips, flags and the kitchen sink. hahaaa!!!
Originally the coin was placed with double-sided tape onto white cardboard and inserted into the table-top tent. The results were good, but not good enough. Somehow when shooting with the table-top tent, the coin lost its "coin-like" feel. It was 2 dimensional and not 3D as we were hoping. I shot from above the tent, from eye-level, from straight on and from many different angles.
We then decided to shoot the coin in natural light, with ambient light streaming through the windows. BINGO. Shot from an angle, in other words, not straight on, the coin had that shine, that glow, that coin-like feel to it that can be easily recognized as "natural." I actually shot two different coins, one was shot just for a back-up, in case the client decided to use one denomination instead. It's best to be prepared than return for a re-shoot.