I know some of the problems associated with photographing gems, and think I have the lighting figured out. But what camera/lens. Digital still or digital video? Minimum resolution?
Dave, I use the same set up as in Charles Lewtin Brains book “Small
Scale Photography” for stones and a digital camera (I use a Mavica
FD-88, although there are others as good or better). The lighting is 3
photo flood bulbs, one 500wt over head and 2 250watt on stands on
either side of the tripod. I usually shoot at the lowest resolution on
my camera (640x480). you probably won’t want images much bigger then
that on your site anyway. These are all done that way:
http://www.lapidaryart.com/rocks.html There’s also a book that looks
good called "Photographing Minerals, Fossils and Lapidary materials"
by Jeffrey Scovil. I have it but I haven’t read it yet, although it
looks promising and others have recommended it.
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