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    Build a great set of coils and wanna be able to get great pics of 'em? Then you're in the right place!
    All hints, tips, techniques, tutorials, etc. are welcome here!

    This thread is primarily a photography Q&A/tutorial 'how-to' thread. For posts showing your coils and coiling techniques, please post them in the POST YOUR BUILDS thread.
     
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    Do I have to build them? And do they have to be great? :huh:
    By techniques you mean hints, tips, tutorials,,,,for 1st time rebuildable user wanting to know how, to say, dry burn for example, up to advanced/professional wire/coil builder- right?
    Or is this thread just for the advanced builder that wants to get good pics?
     
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    It's for anyone who wants to learn about how to take good photographs of their coils. Not how to build coils. There are already plenty of other threads for that already in this subforum.
     
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    I knew it wasn't coil building or coil wire building because yeah, there is enough for that.
    I just figured pictoral for other coil aspects would be helpful to some.

    So it's more like
    The Official Coil Photography Tutorial Thread
    instead of
    The Official Coil Tutorial Photography Thread
    got it.
     
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    Only problem I have had taking pictures of my coils was from the heat making wavy lines in the coils from the air moving around the coils. Only way I found to stop it was to use the HD settings for the camera.
     
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    Yup! :D
     
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    Here's a macro lens that I use with my phone's camera that works pretty well. I get mine at Amazon, although I'm sure they're available on eBay and other places as well.

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    I got mine off the wish app. Fisheye,wide and macro. Of course the wide angle didn't work. But all I needed was the macro.

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    I've never used it for anything but macro pics. The brand name is Zomei, in case anyone wants to look it up.
     
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    Ill write up a good post about using both a normal phone and a camera for focus stacking and editing when I can. I will add to this post as I go...

    For phones that Zomei 37mm was my personal favorite out of all the available lenses, it gives amazing depth of field per shot while still having great clarity for its super cheap cost.

    Just a tip for those that want to dig a bit deeper and use a actual camera you can get a nice Canon T5i for really cheap now, I would get a dedicated macro lens like the Canon 60mm EF-s (the lens I use) or the Oshiro 60mm. I would check out Ebay and used Camera/Lenses and you can really get the cost down to start up and use it for much more then just coil photography. The Oshiro is full manual so you do all the focus stacking with a macro rail, the Canon EF-S you can use your phone to focus stack with Auto Focus (AF).

    Make sure to Download a Focus Stacking Program like Helicon Focus or Photoshop. You will also want to have a Editing Program like Photoshop or Paint.net to fix small things like dust and scratches....this is where the most time is invested.

    Rough List of everything Involved for basic shooting and rough cost estimate:
    Camera and Lens (Depending on what you get, where you get it and its condition, price will differ.) but will use Canon as Example.

    Canon T5i Body ($350 New)
    Canon 60mm EF-S ($280 Used but Mint Condition)
    Zomei Tripod ($30)
    Decent Fabric Lightbox ($40)
    5500K Lighting ($30)
    Helicon Focus ($30 per Year)
    Photoshop ($10 per Month with Creative Cloud)
    32GB SD Card ($15)

    It may seem like its alot but remember, this is a skill you can use to promote products for companies or yourself in the future, or find a million other uses for all of this besides this one outlet.

    Canon T6 with 60mm EF-s Macro Lens ([F6.3/.08"] About 15 and 22 Images Stacked with Helicon and Edited with Photoshop). KTX V1.5 RDA by Myself and KingTu..
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    The closer you get to the subject your shooting the less depth of field your camera sees, you will need to take more shots the closer it is, your Fstop also plays a large role with Depth of field but I will get more into that later on. For the shots closer than this a extension tube or Raynox Clip on lens can be used but the more you add to magnify your subject the multiplier for shots needed for clarity goes up.

    Focus Stacking is taking a shot of your subject with a sliver of it in focus, then moving the camera or adjusting the lens to shoot sliver by sliver until you have bits of a entire clear picture. You would then use Helicon Focus or another stacking program to merge all of these photos together and form one clean image.

    You will want to learn how to use the Fstop and Shutter speed/ISO to get the lighting and detail you want, this seems very frustrating at first but once you get a grip on it it becomes second nature. The bigger the number the more is in focus per shot but your aperture closes down more so you will need to adjust the Shutter Speed or ISO to give you more light or the images will be darker the larger the number. For shooting in Macro most of the time I prefer a smaller number, a smaller number brings in more light to the sensor and gives you much more detail per shot but the depth of the focus per shot is very limited....but we are already shooting slivers at a time with macro so who cares..

    So much Magnification you can see Atoms Fart.
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    Your settings will really be dialed in depending on your lighting, start off with ISO 100 and Fstop at F9 and then play with the Shutter speed to get it where you want the lighting to be, you will need to take a picture to actually see what your settings are doing. Once you find the settings you like then move on to shooting your subject.

    If using the 60mm EF-S or other Lenses with AF (Auto Focus) you can download the app for your camera and use your phone to do all the work, this makes it a breeze and very very quick. You will set up the camera and subject how you want it, make sure its in the minimal lens focus distance and then put the closest edge in focus, take a shot. Then you will hit the >> arrow on the app, take another shot and repeat until everything has come and gone out of focus. Always shoot front to back and try not to double shoot, also try to keep the order correct-dont back track. Then pick a different angle and start again.

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    My LIghtbox/Lighting Setup:

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    After you have a few different angle eject your SD Card and Battery (always toss it on the charger after shooting) and pop your SD into the PC, open Helicon. Select all the images for the angle you want to stack, be sure to go through and delete all duplicates or blurry pictures, and find which stack setting you would like to use, I prefer Option B (Depth Map) with 12 Radius and 2 Smoothing. Depth map will put all the pictures in order (if you did mess up with shooting) and the pictures are always much more clear and vibrant then with the other options. Stack them and save them if there are errors try changing the options or settings and try again.

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    Once your done Stacking open up Paint.net or Photoshop/Lightroom and select your Pictures.I like touching up with some Contrast, Sharpening and then editing all the crap off the picture...but start with the Contrast and Sharpen, only add a few bumps of each and use your eye to be the judge of how much. At first this should be enough for a great looking picture but if your anal like me about pictures you will want to learn how to use the clone tool or select area and copy/paste to fix any issues your can. I like to select just beside the dust or scratch and then copy the small area and paste it over the issue, blend it as nice as you can.

    Removing Scratch with Select Area and Copy/Paste using Paint.net
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    Then use a Black brush to black out the background but make sure to soften the brush as low as it can go so it doesnt look like it was done by you.

    Before Editing and After:

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    After adding Logos or Watermarks and Cropping the Image you should have a half decent picture to post! Hopefully this helped you envision what I go through everyday to put out the pictures I post :D:D:D I will be adding pictures and cleaning up this rough tutorial as soon as I can, thanks for reading!!
     
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    @raymo2u I was gonna tag you in the initial post but it slipped my (aging) mind. :D
    Looking forward to your photo tips and techniques!

    @scarecrowjenkins Hey, if ya stop by, I'd really appreciate your input too!
     
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    Its a rough edit but I guess it should give a good start up process overview
     
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    DEFINITELY a fantastic start - Thanks!!!
     
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    This is why I'm still using my camera phone. I bought the Nikon D3300 with the standard lens included, and got the Nikkor 40mm f/2.8 AF macro lens. Got 'em specifically for coil shots. I have no idea how to use them. The D3300 doesn't have WiFi, so I think I'll probably sell the body and get the D5500 upgrade (or better) so I can use the various apps available for it.
     
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    Dammit! This thread just cost me $450... I ordered the Nikon D5300 (w/wifi) - body only. I can use the lenses/batteries/etc. from the D3300 with it. Now to figure out if I should keep the D3300 body or sell it on a photography forum.
     
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    great thread :cheers: ill try to do a writeup/screenshots specifically for photoshop focus stacking in relation to coil porn.

    im a little worried about that myself. my phone/clip on is doing good, but i think it mostly feels good compared to that magnifying glass i was using previously. when i look at rays camera shots, my phone/macro shots are not as good any more lololol

    thanks for the comprehensive tutorial and breakdown of the hardware you use ray :cheers: thanks for the thread chef :cheers: do you mind if i link this into the other official threads so they are all like a directory to each-other?
     
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    Looking forward to it!
    How do you do that? Also, if this takes off, I wouldn't mind seeing it as a sticky.
     
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    Dont worry...itll will be a lump that will glaze over once you start getting results with it brother ;)

    Just imagine how I felt spending $500 on my Nikon P900 less then a month ago, it popped off my tripod the other night and landed on concrete smashing the glass in the lens....there goes another $350 ;)

    Ive spent maybe $1800 in camera equipment so far....hoping to buy the Sony Ar7 III used and a lens for it this year,
     
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    Seconded!
     
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    i just have an intro paragraph thats in all of the 'official' threads i started that says 'we have an official alien, staple, braid, clapton etc etc, but i make the 'alien' a link back to the alien thread, 'staples' to the thread etc. when i make a new official thread i go back and edit the link into the intros of the rest so they are all, always linked together. the only one of mine that got sticked so far is the steam engine one.

    edit - @CrazyChef v2.0 i put a link to this in all of the official threads i have an intro in, as well as the sticked steam engine tutorial.
     
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    Just wondering on the software side:

    Has anyone tried using Lightroom or GIMP?

    I’m not a builder or really into coil porn, but I do play around with drone photography (mostly video)

    With landscapes, I start with raw photos and make them as flat as possible. I then go on with Lightroom to add in the color, saturation, exposure and clarity.
     
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    This pic was taken with just my old Nokia Lumia 625 phone and one separate LED lamp instead of the camera flash, nothing else... not even a tripod. The only editing I did aside from cropping my frame and adding my logo text was a filter effect in Paint 3D to liven up the color profile giving it a sense of warmth.

    stapled tiger.jpg
     
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    Very detailed writeup @raymo2u, thank you. Definitely need to up my own camera game. Thanks for your time writing it up :)

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    Ordered a set of extension tubes for better close up / macro coil pics



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    I have a $6 loupe, a $120 phone (2 years old now), a blank sheet of printer paper, and a window - and you can tell by my blurry off-colored photos -
    But if I begin trying to sell coils next year, I will again greatly appreciate all the information in this thread, thank you
     
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    Has anyone tried any of the Helicon software? I'm looking at the remote control software mainly, but I like the option of having the integrated stacking software as an option.
     
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    So the Nikon D5300 came in today. I downloaded a trial version of the Helicon Remote software to use the iPad for all camera functions. I missed a few spots in the pics for the stack, but not too bad. This was a 27 pic stack. I really want your critiques about this photo - mainly what's wrong with it and/or what can be done better. I know I missed a few points, but I still haven't learned the software yet, and I still have no knowledge of how to use a camera properly.

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    I'm thinking I tried to photograph too large of an area, and should have concentrated more on just the build deck and the coils.
     
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    Unless you want a shadow intentionally, I would suggest adding another hooded light on the left side and above
     
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    More stacking practice. Still getting the shadow... :oops:
    Also not getting anywhere near the detail I wanna get. Hopefully that'll get better when the extension tubes get here.

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    Sometimes I wonder about my sanity... Apparently, I was using the macro lens completely wrong. I didn't know that the tube extended... I need to let my battery recharge, and have another go at it. Hopefully I'll have some positive results shortly.
     
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    Better, but still lacking. I couldn't seem to get the camera to focus on the bottom of the RDA for some reason. This one is 75 images taken via Helicon Remote and stacked in Photoshop. I did a little bit of clean up (stray cotton fibers, etc.) in Photoshop, but that's it.

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    Whoa. :D awesome!
     
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    Badass looking coil man

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
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    Thanks! It's just a 3 core twisted wire that I pulsed for color a while ago. I don't remember if it was polished or flattened with a hammer. It's been in my coil graveyard pile for a while. It's one each SS316L, N80, and KA1. I think it's 26g, but not sure.
     
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    I may do a break down with LR and PS (when I get a better grip on PS) but LR is pretty easy.

    If you want to remove Shadows you will want atleast 2 lights either behind the subject pointing towards the camera or in front of subject heavily diffused pointing at the subject. I like the lighting behind and reflecting off a paper I have around my lens, giving a soft, smooth light everywhere the camera will see. Make sure to turn off your Rooms normal light when shooting so the warmth isnt injected into the shot.

    Have your subject held by a alligator clip raised off the work surface (atleast 2 inches) and as far forward from your backdrop (especially with blacks). This helps make the backdrop hide inconsistencies or dust, and makes black backdrops darker.

    This is what I was doing previous to this past week on Instagram.
    I was using a cloth light box with barn doors, using a LED lamp and a Architecture Lamp (both 5500k lights) and have them bounce the light off the camera paper onto the subject while also filling light in from the sides, getting a decent amount of coverage. My only issue with this setup was it took up 1/3 of my bench and the tripod feet would constantly be stuck on the leg of the bench which became frustrating, other than that it was great.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


    I am still trying to find something that works as well that doesnt take up as much space and is easily created, these were my steps to lay the surface area and backdrop.


    I started with White Poster Paper and sprayed it with Gloss Black Spray Paint. Then I laid the Poster Paper on the Bench and used Black Foam Board for the Walls, using Double Sided Tape to secure them. (The Painted Paper dried and both looks the same now)

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    Adding a Red Cloth Backdrop or others I can easily make the background different, using nothing but diffused lighting I now have a massive photo space. I can use white paper to reflect light to where I need it also.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    If I take white paper (printer paper) and have it standing at the sides of the subject I can get really close for macro shots and not worry about lighting. This only shows you that you dont need to spend a bunch of money on a studio-like area to get some great shots....

    Gumm2.jpg Single5.jpg Single4.jpg Single3.jpg Storm11.jpg Storm5.jpg
     
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    I put a new build in the Ruby and figured I might as well get some more photography practice in. The more I try this, the more I realize there is to learn. You guys with the IG Macro Monday pics are definitely a talented bunch! I really need to set aside some time to learn the basics of manual camera operations.

    So anyways, this is a stack of 35 images taken with Helicon Focus. I stacked them in Photoshop, and did a little retouching in Lightroom. For some reason, I'm still not getting everything in focus with the auto focus steps in Helicon Remote. So, the first pic is what I shot with, the 2nd is the stacked and unedited pic, and the third is obviously the edited pic.

    Now I'm gonna wick this thing and juice it up with some Dinner Lady Lemon Tart. If you haven't tried it, it's delicious!


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    LOL... and so it begins.
    If you thought vaping could get expensive just wait, your wish list will always have about $3000.00 dollars worth of equipment on it no mater how much you spend.
    Then you will start working on making a living with it to justify the cost. (so you can buy more gear)
    God help you, you've just entered the abyss. :cheers:
     
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    Yup! I already have my eye on a 100mm macro lens...
     
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    Actually, I have been toying with the idea. With the possible demise of my vaping business due to the looming FDA deeming regs, I need to look for my future income possibilities.
     
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    Consider autos and real estate photography, it pays the bills.
    I live in a town of about 35,000 and shoot 10,000 pictures about every 30 to 40 days. (not all are used)
     
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    Good idea, thank you. I'd also like to specialize in some sort of macro photography.
     
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    I need to practice my macro photography, I've been considering a couple of local jewelry stores
     
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    finally with the tutorial. sorry for the delay.

    focus stacking in photoshop is pretty much automated. most of your success will stem from the actual photographs you start with...the quality of which depends entirely on your skill level and hardware. for coil shots you will likely need some kind of macro lens in addition to your camera (phone or otherwise).

    my setup is just an iphone 6s and a clip on macro lens for now. its not the best, but it will get us through the tutorial, so lets get to work. the idea is that your macro lens will not likely be able to focus on the whole subject (your coils/deck) at once...so you have to take a series of shots with different parts in focus, then stitch them together. once i get my pics off the phone, i group them into folders, so that each folder is one 'shot'/camera angle/series (which can be composited from any number of pictures). open up photoshop and go to file>scripts>load files into stack
    1loadstack.JPG
    2select.JPG

    make sure to select "attempt to automatically align source images"
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    once its all loaded up (this can take a minute, depending on your computer and the amount and size of photos you are working with) you get this
    4loaded.JPG

    you can see all the pics in the layers panel on the right. select them all and right click on one of them and choose 'group from layers'
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    i fucked up screen shotting this part, but once you have your group (like a folder with all the layers in it), right click on it, and choose duplicate group' so you have a backup copy of the pics handy. click the little eyeball beside the layer thumbnail for the first group to turn off its visibility (its just a backup so we dont want to do anything to it).

    now open the visible group, select all the layers in it and go to edit>auto-blend layers
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    make sure to select 'stack images' and check the two boxes off in the blend options
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    when its finished (again this could be a bit of a wait) youll get whatever results you get from the automation and your starting photos
    7blended.JPG

    ok you can see that the back coil and the posts are a bit more in focus as a result of doing this, but its a bit washed out/over exposed looking. this is because i had enabled auto exposure bracketing on my phones camera app, which takes the picture multiple times at different exposure levels. this can help when you are stacking the pics because there is lots of color information to work with, from dark shadows to bright highlights. usually this is averaged out pretty good, but in this case, the bright shots brought it up too much. to fix this im gonna just delete this group, and redo the automatic blend with some of the brighter pics removed from the stack. when i do this ill delete the group, then i will duplicate the original/invisible/backup group we made at the start over again, and work again with the duplicate...but before i blend them again, ill remove the three brightest shots...
    8redo.JPG
    and the result is much better already.
    9better.JPG

    at this point you are in photoshop, so do whatever you want to touch up your pic. one thing to take note of that could be confusing for someone who is new at photoshop is that when you come out of the auto-blend layers function, photoshop will often forget to deselect the last part of the pic it was working on. hit ctrl-d to do that (or go to select>deselect in the toolbar). when there is a selection made in photoshop, everything you do will only apply to the selected area, so if you are trying to do something and nothing appears to be happening, its probably that there is only a tiny sliver of something selected and you need to deselect it...

    i tend to prefer a less is better kind of editing, so all i usually do is hit up the curves menu (pic limit reached...continued in next post)
     
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    10curves.JPG

    and here is the final pic
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    not too shabby for a cheap macro lens and some mostly automatic photoshoppery :cheers:
     
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    To get your head around aperture, shutter speed and iso, and how they work together do a search for camera exposure simulators like this one http://www.canonoutsideofauto.ca/play/
    I would also shoot in RAW format (if your software is compatible) and force yourself to shoot in manual mode as much as possible. You will be glad you did latter on.
     
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    That's cool - thanks!
     
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    Getting a Nikon D50...TONIGHT!

    Out of town tonight, can't wait to get home with this

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    I guess I should update this - I was incredibly stoked to get a "real" camera, but it's old, lower MP than my phone, and with no macro lense it's pointless for coil shots. However, the color it gives is closer to real, so there is that...

    Time to get a 37mm clip on for my phone, instead
     
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