Publication Date: May 2009
This is the second edition of Numismatic Photography, by author
This book is illustrated superbly with over 300 colour pictures. In it
Goodman tackles frequent encountered problems coin
photographers face, with tips and guidance on how to capture the
perfect photo. Procedures are described in detail & the reasons
behind them are clear.
Numismatic Photography by Mark Goodman
The book is split into two chapters which
are Essentials and Advanced, so it’s a
great book for both beginners and
experienced photographers. Essentials is
as the title suggests discusses how to
take good pictures with minimum
equipment and expense and is helpful for
beginners, if you want to go a step further
or you are an experienced coin
photographer you will find the Advanced
chapter very useful.
Imaging coins of various metals like
copper, silver and gold, are discussed in
detail. This book also discusses the use of
camera, shutter settings, copy stand,
lights and photo editing software.
The Authors words about the book:
“My journey into the world of coin photography was a slow and step-wise process. I collected coins as
a child and, like many people, had a long hiatus during high school and college. I started collecting
again around the year 2000. A couple years later, I discovered the Collectors Universe online forums,
which I found to be a valuable tool for learning about all aspects of coin collecting.
Posting pictures of coins on the forum was the best way to get questions answered or to just show off
a new purchase. I had an older Sony Mavica digital camera at the time that did a decent job of close-
up photography, but it just did not have enough resolution to take the quality pictures that coin
photography requires. I then purchased a Nikon Coolpix 5400. It was with this camera that I started to
develop my own set of techniques. As these techniques evolved, I discovered the limitations of point
and shoot cameras and made the jump to a digital SLR camera.
I am a radiologist by trade, which means I spend most of my day in a dark room looking at images.
Radiology teaches you to be very critical of your images and also to understand what makes an
image look the way that it does. Attention to detail has, in part, fueled my obsession with image
quality in coin photography. Moreover, given the near complete lack of information available in print
on how to photograph coins, nearly all of my techniques are self-taught. Coin photography is very
different from other macrophotography disciplines and requires the development of a completely
different set of skills and techniques.
The idea for Numismatic Photography grew out of the myriad coin photography questions I answered
in the online forum. After writing the same advice over and over to people, I began the process of
consolidating all that information into one place. This resulted in two published articles on coin
photography. Both appeared in Longacre s Ledger, a journal for Indian cent collectors, and online at
my website. Then, about three years ago, I decided to expand upon those articles and write this
photography book. “
Whether you collect coins or sell coins on-line, this book is highly recommended. It’s suitable for
anyone that enjoys coin photography or anyone looking to improve or take up coin photography.
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