Originally Posted by corrupt85
Id like to contribute my part, even if this is an old post, therefore, I own a canon 500D, does anyone know of any settings to repoduce a photograph of what my displkay actaully looks like so i can post the pics here?
People's camera's photographs of their screenshots posted here, regardless if they own state of the art, laboratory quality optics, are next to meaningless for a variety of factors:
-Your camera has a completely variable light sensitivity aka "ISO" (previously called ASA). Stating what setting you used still doesn't then convey your camera's absolute light sensitivity that's meanibgful to what we'd see.
-Your camera has a completely variable color temperature aka "white balance".
-Your camera lens has various geometric distortions simplistically described as "pincushion" and "barrel".
-Your camera has noise so it is impossible to know if noise we'd see, for example FPN, is from the camera or the display. [that's the gist of all
these bullet points, actually]
-Your camera lens has slight softening and lack of precise focus in the corners.
-Your camera lens has a slight darkening of the image in the corners called vignetting.
-Your camera has a slight, variable chromatic aberration as one moves from the center of the image outward which on a video display could easily be misinterpreted as misconvergence.
-Your camera introduces artifacts to the image due to jpeg compression.
-Your camera inevitably has a different native resolution than your video display or our viewing monitor, so artifacts of scaling will be introduced.
-Transmission over the internet and the necessary file size reduction also introduces artifacts.
-Viewing your image on a monitor without a way to calibrate the incoming image's gamma to the display's gamma makes grey scale and brightness tracking impossible to judge.
This is just a partial list, but in a nutshell it would be impossible for us to know if aspects and artifacts of the image we'd see were due to the camera, lens, compression, our own monitor's imperfections, and internet transmission, or if they were representative of the actual image you see with your own eyes in person. Bringing images of your screen you've photographed yourself, despite your nice camera, won't in any real way convey to anyone in this thread what you are actually experiencing with your own eyes in person, and that's why this 2000+ post thread has no screenshots yet many if not the majority of us own nice cameras too. Thanks for the offer though.