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!!

Cleveland Rocks

So this is a little late coming out, but a few weeks ago I travelled to Cleveland, Ohio for an exclusive event with amusement park vendors in the Ohio region. Technically I was in Sandusky, OH (straight out of Tommy Boy – and yes, everyone there has heard the joke a thousand times) and it’s considered the Roller Coaster Capital of the World! Although being right on the great lake of Erie it has a lot more to offer.
Normally when we participate in shows like this we have all of our pins, key chains, coins, etc shipped ahead via freight. Not this time. Because of time constraints and a bunch of other factors I had a hard sided suitcase full of our products. Wow. If you think a few pins are heavy, imagine a suitcase full. I think our custom coins and medals weigh the most, although some of the custom PVC key chains and magnets really tip the scale! (A lot of these are from Universal Studios – and everything they do is large in size!)
So checked baggage and I made our way from Cleveland to Sandusky and set up shop.
I stayed at the Kalahari Resort (an indoor waterpark) where the event was held.
I met some really nice people – they are in charge of deciding what you will see when you go in to the gift shops at amusement parks, museums, and zoos! We have everything from lanyards to key chains, to magnets, to even custom packaged pieces like maps with pins for different locations. All-in-all we hope this will be a big success!
And of course I had to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before heading back to Burlington! When in Cleveland….