How to Take Photos of Pins …also known as What is the Flower Icon On My Camera?

Invariably there comes a time where you need or want to take a photo of your pin, coin, lanyard, patch. Anything that may have a lot of detail but be pretty small in size.
The most common solution is to grab your camera and snap off a few pictures.
But wait…It’s all blurry. What happened?
Maybe you’ll just back up and send that photo.
Or crop it.
Hmm. Not very sharp.
What to do… What to do… Macrophotography! Here’s my “Twitter” explanation: Normal camera function has a focal length of about a foot. Macro enables the camera to focus on extremely (like 1/2″) close subjects.
• PS – that fits as a tweet!
• Double PS – The link regarding focal length WILL put you to sleep. Use with caution!
For this blog I’m using a 2008 Sony (DSC-H3) point and shoot. It has the macro button (the ubiquitous flower symbol) on the back.

Without the macro feature engaged the photo is a blur unless I hold the camera about a foot away. But… if I engage the macro it will focus even with the lens almost touching the pin!

 

Wow! That is SHARP!
And not just pins, it works for everything – here’s a coin photo without the macro…
and with the macro.
You can pick up every detail – even that the coin has soft enamel giving the coin an embossed colored look!
And patches, too; you can even see the detail of the stitching.
Two quick points to note:
1. NO ZOOMING! See that W and T. Make sure you are as wide (that’s the W) as possible on the shot.
2. NO FLASH! See this icon?
Push it till you get this icon!
Just make sure you are in a well lit area, and it helps to have a white background for pins (I used our office stationary but even copy paper will do).
But don’t just use it for pins and patches and coins! Macrophotography is great for nature photos, kids, and muchmuch more! Have fun out there friends!!
*Recognize the pin? Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne. Custom pin, custom packaged in a custom box. Fitting for the Number 1 Champagne in the world!!