How to shoot better screenshots. What I have found so far, anyway -
I use a Kodak Z712 IS, with a 12x Schneider lens and their great natural color chip, and I use manual focus, since the auto focus gets confused by the projectional nature of the CRT RPTV optical system. The Auto Focus circuit says, "How deep and far away is that picture REALLY?..."
This is one hell of a camera and I recently saw a newer Kodak with a 25x zoom Schneider lens for even less money than I paid for mine, and I got a great deal on mine. If I had not already bought mine, I'd have jumped on that one, it was only $136, refurb'd. If you want to buy mine for what I paid for mine, I'll sell it to you and get that other one, if it's still available.
You have to play with the settings on it and it can take a long time to get it right, but once gotten right you can take an unlimited number of pix with those settings. Wish the focusing were labeled with numbers on my cam but there's only a bar graph, so you never know you've got it exactly right by the cam's tiny display, you really have to expand it to full screen with a computer for that, and the focus setting may have been all wrong for that particular set of photos and you won't know it till later.
Same with exposure, which is always a balance between how open you've set your aperture to be is vs. the shutter speed. Since the shots are going to be of stills/freezeframes, the speed of the shutter is irrelevant so you have lots of latitude there. Using Auto always overexposes it tho, so don't even try. Use Manual for everything. If your cam is not Manual capable on at least exposure and focusing, you'll have very little luck.
Most important thing on whatever cam you use is to use a tripod and the cam's timer,
to completely negate any possiblity of camera shake. I use the 2 second timer, not the 10 second. And freeze frame your pic on the sharpest and stillest frame possible, not one or the other of 2 adjoining moving frames, where there will be blur.
The farther away you are from the set when you take your pix the more even the inside to outside lighting and skintones will be of the shots on the display itself, so use your zoom for that and get the cam as far away as possible and still be in your room, using the zoom to make up the difference. I have actually contemplated going outside onto my porch and firing thru my front living room window, but have not gone to that much trouble yet.
Be ready to spend some time, that's the bottom line. That's another reason I have not done any for a while. Lots of catching up to do when you've been in the hospital for 11 entire days!
bEdited by Mr Bob - 7/29/12 at 9:42pm