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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2012 05:52    Post subject: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Hi Tobias. Nice Mimetite, nice photos ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=25474#25474 )

I am curious to know what camera you are using and what source of light. If it is a secret, I will understand. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2012 06:09    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Danke, Andreas ;-)

Pierre, it is not a secret (my pictures are very humble, why should i make a secret of it?). I use daylight under a garret window (of course no direct sunlight) and an older Canon Digital IXUS 60, so really nothing special ...
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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2012 06:55    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

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Danke, Andreas ;-)

Pierre, it is not a secret (my pictures are very humble, why should i make a secret of it?). I use daylight under a garret window (of course no direct sunlight) and an older Canon Digital IXUS 60, so really nothing special ...


Well Tobi, if you look at the quality of your pictures, eg. OjuelaWULF2.JPG, I would say you can be pretty proud :-) I think it is high time I buy a better camera :-)

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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2012 12:30    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Thank you very much, Pierre, i'm glad you like my photos. Indeed i improved, some of the pictures are really good (e.g. the recent closeups of the German mimetite and the Ojuela wulfenite). I'm proud of them, sure, but not all of my photos are that good. Sometimes i can't find a fitting background, or the pictures are fuzzy, or too dark or too bright or the colours are not captured well etc. And some specimens are simply not made for being photographed, they look boring or ugly though they may be really nice in person ...

But the more it is good to hear that people like the good shots :-)

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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2012 13:07    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

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Thank you very much, Pierre, i'm glad you like my photos. Indeed i improved, some of the pictures are really good (e.g. the recent closeups of the German mimetite and the Ojuela wulfenite). I'm proud of them, sure, but not all of my photos are that good. Sometimes i can't find a fitting background, or the pictures are fuzzy, or too dark or too bright or the colours are not captured well etc. And some specimens are simply not made for being photographed, they look boring or ugly though they may be really nice in person ...

But the more it is good to hear that people like the good shots :-)

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I understand reasonably well the principles of photography, but it seems to me that our two Kodak cameras are just not up to it when it comes to close up photography. What to buy next is the question; maybe a Canon??? Stay well.

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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2012 15:48    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Hi there,

I separate your last posts and created with them this new thread in order to keep coherent the Collection of Tobias Martin thread.
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PostPosted: Sep 04, 2012 03:02    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
Hi there,

I separate your last posts and created with them this new thread in order to keep coherent the Collection of Tobias Martin thread.

Thank you Jordi :-)

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PostPosted: Sep 05, 2012 08:08    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Hi Tobi! Well, don't worry about the photos, what you have shown is very nice! I made them see even to some non-mineralogist people and they like them very much! Then, I know for one photo you succeed there are some five or ten you don't! It's always this way in our life, whatever the job we are doing! Take for instance a football game: how many attempts of shooting on target should a player or a team do before scoring a goal?Ask yourself! A 100% success is never EVER done in our life!
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Thank you very much, Pierre, i'm glad you like my photos. Indeed i improved, some of the pictures are really good (e.g. the recent closeups of the German mimetite and the Ojuela wulfenite). I'm proud of them, sure, but not all of my photos are that good. Sometimes i can't find a fitting background, or the pictures are fuzzy, or too dark or too bright or the colours are not captured well etc. And some specimens are simply not made for being photographed, they look boring or ugly though they may be really nice in person ...

But the more it is good to hear that people like the good shots :-)

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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 06:52    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

I have come to the conclusion that, besides a good light source (a vast topic on it's own), you need a reasonably good camera with a good 80 - 100 mm lens to take photographs of smaller mineral specimens. If photographing in sunlight, a good filter is very important to reduce 'glare'. The aim is to take reasonably good photographs of minerals without having to spend your lifetime savings on photographic equipment. At present we are using two Kodak cameras, Easyshare Z710 and DX6490, and although they take fairly good photos, they are not very good at close ups of very small, 15mm and less, specimens. What camera and lens do you use together with a few short tips or (secrets) would be welcome :-) (please)
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 08:13    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

I use Canon IXUS 230 HS point & shoot camera. This gives best results for micromounts to thumbnails. It has macro of 1cm, which allows to get as close to 1 cm to the object. I take photographs in daylight.


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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 08:22    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Milind wrote:
I use Canon IXUS 230 HS point & shoot camera. This gives best results for micromounts to thumbnails. It has macro of 1cm, which allows to get as close to 1 cm to the object. I take photographs in daylight.


Nice photograph Milind! What is the size of the object? I find daylight to be the best. The only problem I have is that you are restricted to certain hours and good weather.

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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 08:36    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

it is thumbnail ( 1.4 x 1 x 1 cm)
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 09:13    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

I found this 'nugget' of information from a good article on macro photography.

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The problem of sufficiently and evenly lighting the subject can be difficult to overcome. Some cameras can focus on subjects so close that they touch the front of the lens. It is difficult to place a light between the camera and a subject that close, making extreme close-up photography impractical. A normal-focal-length macro lens (50 mm on a 35 mm camera) can focus so close that lighting remains difficult. To avoid this problem, many photographers use telephoto macro lenses, typically with focal lengths from about 100 to 200 mm. These are popular as they permit sufficient distance for lighting between the camera and the subject.

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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 09:56    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Recommended reading: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2012 11:58    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
Recommended reading: How to do better close up photographs of minerals?

Thanks Jordi. The photos of Ploum show what can be achieved with the use of a good lens. The standard 'point and shoot' cameras do not quite have that ability, it seems.
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PostPosted: Oct 19, 2012 13:06    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

After some consideration (you can't really go wrong following one of the best mineral photographer's advice), I have decided to purchase either a FZ28 or a FZ35 Panasonic camera. This camera is relatively priced (even I can afford it). I have also sorted my artificial lighting out. It is not perfect but effective. In time, I will share my findings with some links.
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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2012 15:18    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

When using artificial light, it is nice to have a camera that you can set a custom white balance using a gray card. This works better than using any of the preprogrammed white balance setting in the camera. I bought a refurbished Canon G9 to use for mineral photography other than micro minerals. I also have a 105 micro Nikkor for use on my D300. The G9 is easy to use in manual mode.

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Doug wrote:
When using artificial light, it is nice to have a camera that you can set a custom white balance using a gray card. This works better than using any of the preprogrammed white balance setting in the camera. I bought a refurbished Canon G9 to use for mineral photography other than micro minerals. I also have a 105 micro Nikkor for use on my D300. The G9 is easy to use in manual mode.

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Thank you for the advice Doug, and thank you for sharing your lovely mineral pictures and the one showing your set-up. What type of filter would you recommend for sunlight?

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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2012 21:23    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

You may want to try a circular polarizing filter.
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PostPosted: Nov 06, 2012 02:46    Post subject: Re: I am curious to know what camera you are using...  

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You may want to try a circular polarizing filter.

Thanks Bob.

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