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Let's Rock => Mineral Specimens => Topic started by: Kaljaia on March 15, 2021, 09:40:46 AM

Title: Photographing minerals and crystals
Post by: Kaljaia on March 15, 2021, 09:40:46 AM
I am finally learning how to take those fancy black-background mineral pictures! A cheap lightbox, a lamp and a tripod. And a piece of black craft foam and a couple small glass jars for stands :P I posted some stilbite over on mindat and someone asked for decent photos so... took an evening to mess around and find out how one takes them! I am learning. These have no post-processing or cropping (enjoy my tiny jar lid) but the camera is on a hi-def image-stacking mode that brings out a lot of color, and is correcting for cold indoor lighting. Not as bad oversaturating as my cell phone, but still- if you had these in-hand and compared, it'd look a bit prettier on screen! (And now I can see all my dust, less-than-clean crystal faces, and cat hair...)

(https://64.media.tumblr.com/3d86511018fd2c1e6d772b93a6575c9c/f08cca1b9705d5b2-b3/s2048x3072/e548605d21094591320b62941611ca5f9774963b.jpg)
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/6b50752f3e206056a987aebd279cccce/f08cca1b9705d5b2-23/s2048x3072/b6aa00cdbae6983f99ca94e1b175888c9aec6ac0.jpg)
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/27e14087a59a606354b4630299357dd9/f08cca1b9705d5b2-11/s2048x3072/3c76b8e7ac4089279496a9b1696cc85a17aaf622.jpg)
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/01d75c663c0e1ae34c448c033848316a/f08cca1b9705d5b2-71/s2048x3072/1bffbaeadec6452988608c0b7d6e852d5f8ce5ed.jpg)
(https://64.media.tumblr.com/c737100857fa39b00f97d40860a592be/f08cca1b9705d5b2-70/s2048x3072/01fbbeb22c68408673256cc28f8cab861941a275.jpg)
Title: Re: Photographing minerals and crystals
Post by: irockhound on March 15, 2021, 07:03:35 PM
Great work!  So many talents so little time as they say.
Title: Re: Photographing minerals and crystals
Post by: Kaljaia on March 17, 2021, 10:35:17 PM
Great work!  So many talents so little time as they say.

Thanks! When it's too cold or too dark to cut or hike, it's either figure out how to mess with rock in the house and learn something or go watch tv :P