Originally Posted by xzener
I never thought of that... I would like to take pictures, unfortunatly I don't even have a low-end DSLR.
Does your camera have a manual mode? If you can control the shutter speed (and keep it open for a LONG time), you can probably do it. You need a little technical expertise to know how to set your camera up for the proper exposure for both photos to get the best results, but given that we have complete light control and are taking images of something very dim, I would take a zero light photo of the room for a second or two, and see how the stars show up. If that works well, bring the lights up some and take a second, much shorter shot. Also, auto-exposure-bracketing might give better results than a single exposure.
You may want to also take a third photo to composite in a screen shot, for the best results.
If you take them all from a tripod, it'll be trivial to stitch them together later.
Here's a good example (from a scientific publication) on how the technique works: http://wearcam.org/wyckoff/index.html
The "simple example" link from that page ( http://hi.eecg.toronto.edu/wyckoff.html
) is perhaps the most salient example of what I'm talking about.
The basic problem is that the human eye can perceive a much greater range than a camera can, so we have to simulate that to make a photograph more closely match what we can perceive, and we do that by merging multiple photographs depicting different ranges. It's typically called HDR ("High Dynamic Range"); here's a gallery with a bunch of great shots: http://www.2expertsdesign.com/inspir...dr-photography
Some of those are a little over-processed, but they more accurately represent what the human eye sees, rather than the photos you would normally see come out of a pocket camera in those situations (which part of would either be dramatically under-exposed, or dramatically over-exposed).
Sorry for crapping up your thread with this stuff, but... it seemed relevant to the current discussion. I like your theater quite a bit; my future theater space is a bit larger, but smaller than I'd like, and you've given me some ideas of what can still be accomplished in a snugger space.