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Mineral PhotographyI do like a challenge

21st Aug 2019 05:55 BSTdavid vanhorn

What is the most difficult mineral to photograph properly, and what makes it so?

21st Aug 2019 06:29 BSTAlfredo Petrov Manager

Some color shades are hard to get right. Phosphophyllite and dioptase are often mentioned as hard to get the color right. See for example the different color shades on phosphophyllite photos from this locality - In real life they are all the same color, but in the photos some look more greenish, others more bluish. As one famous mineral photographer with a sense of humor said, the secret to success is never to show the mineral and the photo together in the same room! 

I can‘t take decent mineral  photos myself, and can in no way consider myself a photographer at all, but listening to the laments of friends who do take good mineral photos, it seems that sharp METALLIC crystals with flat shiny faces are difficult, and white minerals on white matrix are difficult.
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