Originally Posted by DevonS
I don't have any currently. I could take some, but my camera skills are horrible. I've taken screenies and they always do a very poor job of representing what I actually see. I'll practice and get 'er done.
Most decent Digicams can be made to produce reasonably accurate images of "on screen" content.
Here are some valuable tips and suggestions. (...a few "opinions as well.)
- Set the camera up centered on the screen on a stable surface or Tripod.
- The "picture taking height" should also be centered on the screen...Top to bottom wise. I use the Rung of a Ladder quite often and my "ledge".
- Zoom in until you have effectively framed the image and approx 1' of the surrounding area. Zooming attenuates the reflective light allowing for less chance of "Washout". Even when shooting from farther away to capture a "Room Shot", always engage the Zoom a bit to compensate. S-I-L-V-E-R has the tendency to overdrive the Light meter, what with it's being so dynamic, so this Tip is all the more vital.*
- Use your Timer (2-10 seconds) if possible. Doing so eliminates any chance of vibration as you press the shutter. The camera will be shooting at up to or over 1/2 second exposure at times so any shaking will result in blurred images.
- When you do a "Ambient shot", take one with minimal Zoom that is as seen from a distance, so the light level of the room becomes apparent. Then Zoom in further for a "Framed" shot. Compare the difference in Contrast as shown between the two to determine if the Camera is metering just the screen, or the Room as a whole. Without using Zoom to attenuate the light in the center of the image
- Always shoot on "Auto".
- Always set your Light Metering and Focus field for a "Center" sampling, not multiple points.
If you have continued issues with your screen image showing up as a beacon of light, it's because many Digi's have an inordinate ability to gather light. Sometimes if you direct the camera's lens to a point just to the side of the screen, press the shutter release enough to engage "Focus and Metering" then swing back to center and shoot, the situation equalizes out. Or gets worse.
But somewhere is the "balance, and by taking many practice shots using different adjustments, you will find a combo that produces usable images that come very close to matching what your seeing with the eye.
In many Cameras you can adjust your LCD screen's qualities. In the long run, taking many images as practice, and getting the Camera set up so that the taken image seen in the LCD Viewer shows to be as "You see it in front of you" will get you as close to where you can be using such a device.
Much criticism about screen shots come from those who can never seem to get decent results (...go figure....) while others state that the Camera tips the scales in favor of results that look better than they do actually. Or worse, often MUCH worse.
Well all that can be, and is true in many cases. But those cases almost always involve improperly set up and adjusted gear, or sometimes simply poor cameras. Using the Eye, and memory is more accurate than some would have you believe. Really, it's you who must judge, and then post accordingly.
I myself have used Cameras ranging fro 1mp up to 8mp, priced from $99.00 to $500.00 and have found none that could not be "optimized" for taking Screen Shots using the simple tips above, that "to the Eye" represent what is seen on screen. But that's me. It could/should be you as well.
A truly sad thing is this; The better your Screenies look, the more they impose upon the sensibilities of those who either resent what your implying with such, or have reason to discount them because of what they "do" represent. Generally speaking, the more someone rails against you/them, the more obvious it is they have a axe hiding somewhere they are continually grinding.
In reality, if you take an image, post it, and state irrevocably that what is shown is as it was when it was "seen", people of good character won't arbitrarily deny your credibility. The few others? Mostly just Sour Grapes or jealousy fuels their responses, so it always better to ignore such trivialities.
It's supposed to be fun, isn't it?