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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2017 05:37    Post subject: I want to photograph my collection  

I want to photograph some of my collection too. But I am just now starting to learn about it. I just purchased an affordable light box, Nikon D3400 Macro enabled camera (again, the lower-end model) and plan to learn Focus Stacking by using Helicon Focus software. I noticed that Fran has some nice close-ups ( Franjungle Collection ). Do you mind sharing any tips? Nothing long and time consuming, just any short tips you might have. Thank you for sharing your pictures, enjoyed looking at them.
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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2017 12:40    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Hi Malcolm.

Thank you for your message. Very glad you like some aspect or angle of my little collection.
I look forward to seeing your minerals and pictures.

I usually photograph with a Canon EOS 50-D mounting a Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens with Image Stabilizer.

For the macro details, I only use a reversing ring connected in a 28-80mm lens of my ancient Canon 50-E.

One way to try out true macro photography is to buy a lens. However, there is an alternative that is much easier on the pocket: reverse lens macro.

One way to approach reverse lens macro photography is to attach the lens directly to the camera using an adapter ring built specifically for this purpose.

You must acquire a macro reversing ring that lets you transform any lens into a micro lens, so you can shoot close ups of even the tiniest things.

When using a lens reversing ring may be recommend screwing it into the filter thread of the lens first, then attaching the ring to the camera.

I shoot several times under different conditions of light. Always without tripod, in different angles and then I choose what I like more.
I never use software for the macro. I have no time to modify the photographs, neither have macro rail to use software as the Helicon Focus.

I like the original picture. I just cutting some of them away to centre the aim of the photograph.

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PostPosted: Dec 02, 2017 06:55    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Malcolm Uffelman Jr wrote:
I want to photograph my some of my collection too. But I am just now starting to learn about it. I just purchased an affordable light box, Nikon D3400 Macro enabled camera (again, the lower-end model) and plan to learn Focus Stacking by using Helicon Focus software. I notice you have some nice close-ups. Do you mind sharing any tips? Nothing long and time consuming, just any short tips you might have. Thank you for sharing your pictures, enjoyed looking at them.
Hi Malcolm,

just as an additional information: we have a special subsection about mineral photos and photography in our forum:
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewforum.php?f=19
Here you can look for similar questions to yours or you can share the question with the whole community :-)

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PostPosted: Dec 02, 2017 09:05    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Tobi wrote:
Malcolm Uffelman Jr wrote:
I want to photograph my some of my collection too. But I am just now starting to learn about it. I just purchased an affordable light box, Nikon D3400 Macro enabled camera (again, the lower-end model) and plan to learn Focus Stacking by using Helicon Focus software. I notice you have some nice close-ups. Do you mind sharing any tips? Nothing long and time consuming, just any short tips you might have. Thank you for sharing your pictures, enjoyed looking at them.
Hi Malcolm,

just as an additional information: we have a special subsection about mineral photos and photography in our forum:
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewforum.php?f=19
Here you can look for similar questions to yours or you can share the question with the whole community :-)

And even a tutorial: Tutorial to do better photos of minerals by Xiao-dong
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PostPosted: Dec 02, 2017 20:54    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Fantastic! Thank you so much, very kind and helpful.
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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2017 12:17    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Tobi wrote:
...just as an additional information: we have a special subsection about mineral photos and photography in our forum:
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewforum.php?f=19
Here you can look for similar questions to yours or you can share the question with the whole community :-)...

I have moved all posts related to Malcolm's request to this section of "Micros & Macros - Images of Minerals"
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PostPosted: Dec 04, 2017 06:20    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Thank you Jordi for your help with the login problem I was having. As usual, I think it was mostly "user error".
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PostPosted: Dec 04, 2017 06:27    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Fantastic - investigating the "macro reversing ring" now. I had not heard of that before you shared it. You're right, I want to stay economical. Grateful for your advice and time. Malcolm
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PostPosted: Dec 06, 2017 10:38    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Hi Malcoml.

I am glad to have been useful.

The ring is not perfect, since the pictures lose depth of field, but it is a simple and cheap way of beginning in the world of the macro photography.
Then, if you see that you like it, always you can improve and extend your material.

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PostPosted: Dec 06, 2017 11:16    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

For $20 I ordered a ring, so you gave me great place to start. I found some good Youtube vids explaining how to use the ring. As I said, I'd not yet heard of the "macro reversing ring", so I appreciate the path you suggested I follow. Hope to have a few beginning photos ready in a few weeks. I'll share them with you. Look forward to seeing more of yours. Malcolm
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PostPosted: Dec 06, 2017 11:28    Post subject: Re: I want to photograph my collection  

Malcolm Uffelman Jr wrote:
For $20 I ordered a ring, so you gave me great place to start. I found some good Youtube vids explaining how to use the ring. As I said, I'd not yet heard of the "macro reversing ring", so I appreciate the path you suggested I follow. Hope to have a few beginning photos ready in a few weeks. I'll share them with you. Look forward to seeing more of yours. Malcolm


I have both the Raynox DCR 250 and 150 and even though I use them quite often, I find that they have a very limited focal point. You actually need a focus rail and stacking software to do justice to them. Anyway, they are far better than nothing.

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