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PostPosted: May 13, 2009 21:32    Post subject: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

Steve!!!! Dude!!! I didn't know you were supposed to use the wide angle setting with the macro setting!!! ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=5259#5259 ) This means that I might be able to take more better gooder close up photographs!! Such a simple thing, and I didn't know it. Here, let me step over here into the "Duh" corner.

Here's a close-up photo that I just took of a rounded intermediate igneous rock (a quartz monzonite? I don't know. It has another special meaning for me) that was picked up on the beach at the tip of Baja, Mexico. It's crystal clear. This means that I can now take decent photographs of my stuff.

Man, we all owe you for enlightening me on this. I will no longer be foisting poor quality out of focus photographs on my fellow forum members. We all thank you for this simple piece of advice.

Come see me in Tucson in 20-ought-10 (it's an inside joke) and I'll buy you a BEvERage of your choice.

Many thank-you's

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PostPosted: May 14, 2009 04:29    Post subject: Re: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

Ed,

Assuming that you can read Spanish language, I suggest to you to know more about how to do good photos of minerals reading this post in our Spanish Forum:
https://www.foro-minerales.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1598

For all English speakers the "Bible" is the article "Advanced Lighting Techniques for Mineral photography" from Wendell Wilson, available on line here:
https://www.minrec.org/pdfs/Advanced%20Lighting%20Techniques.pdf

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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2010 16:28    Post subject: Re: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

I always just use my digital camera which seems to do an OK job,
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PostPosted: May 12, 2010 21:45    Post subject: Re: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

Hi Ed,

I only have a little Casio 5mega pixel digital camera. But sometimes I get lucky as in most of the following shots



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This Crysotile vein is 10mm wide and the little fiber some less, Canada
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Cornwallite from Germany the tiny green spheres average 0.3 mm
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This tiny fayalite plate is about 0.5 mm across, California
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The Fluoritte octahedron shown here is about 5mm, form southern souteast, Alaska
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Magnesioriebeckite, nearly do not have room to write that in here. the field of veiw is vertically 1" and it is from Bolivia
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Hemimorphite and Mimetite form Mexico, the Hemimorphite is around 13 mm and the Mimetite about 0.5 mm
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PostPosted: May 13, 2010 02:25    Post subject: Re: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

...dude...more, better, gooder...sounds like a conversation that would go well with a beverage.

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PostPosted: May 13, 2010 07:32    Post subject: Re: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

Yes Matt,

Maybe over at Koots.

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PostPosted: May 27, 2010 12:06    Post subject: Re: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?  

I mentioned before my digital camera which doesn't make anything as good as these so I tried something. I placed a 10X jewelers loop in front of my camera lens, it's a small camera so the loop lens fitted right up against it and this is what I did. I am getting a better camera soon that can take better close ups and this technique works with other hand lenses a great way for the financially challenged to get some some what decent macro photos. This rock is actually a tiny rock found in gravel so it's about a half an inch or more in length.


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