Numismatic Holiday Gifts: Coin Photography
Numismatic Photography is one of the most important numismatic books many coin collectors still don't have on their bookshelf.
Over the past decade, the internet and 3rd party grading services have changed the way we collect coins.
Today, more and more, our collections are built by coins that we purchase without ever having held the coin in our hands. Third-party grading gives us a sense of security that a coin is authentic and graded somewhat accurately, but it's the online photographs that give us an idea of what a coin truly looks like.
Photographing coins, especially those in slabs, has been a source of frustration for many of us collectors over the years, but there is a ray of hope.
Numismatic Photography by Mark Goodman is by far the best book on the subject. The tips and advice from Goodman's book has allowed my coin photos to evolve from some of the most mediocre and ugly photos, to some very beautiful and accurate photos of the coins in my collection. Using this book, I am now confident that I can take photos that accurately show the condition and coloring of my coins.