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I am trying to take a digital picture of the front of my home theater which is all black except for the screen. No matter how much light I put on it, the picture is very hard to make out. Even when I take a flash picture it doesn't look very good. Does anyone have any tips, so I can post my pictures of my finished home theater.


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Put the camera on a tripod and try longer exposures.


Unfortunately the same thing that makes ouor theaters work great for projecting images makes them lousy to photograph !!


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Are you trying to take sreen shots like this one?
http://www.mropinionated.com/images/...IMG_3937at.jpg


Its a bit of ps trickery...using a tripod (or a stable surface) take the picture with the lights and flash on. Then turn down the lights, turn off the flash, and take a second picture. Using your favorite editing software, you should be able to cut the screen shot and paste it onto your front shot.
 

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It might seem counter-intuitive at first, but turn off the flash and turn down the lights in your HT until they barely glow.


Then use a tripod and a long exposure... 1 or 2 seconds.

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/4140/800x6007ys.jpg


I don't like photoshop cropping/merging of screenshots, but you can achieve a similar result with a long exposure and a curtain flash (what camera are you using and I'll see if I can find specific menu/setup settings for you)... the long exposure will capture the room details in the distance and the screenshot, the quick flash at the end of the exposure will capture the closeup details like the seats...

http://img44.echo.cx/img44/4418/9may04059yb.jpg http://img44.echo.cx/img44/4418/9may04059yb.th.jpg

http://img44.echo.cx/img44/1691/9may04097hv.jpg http://img44.echo.cx/img44/1691/9may04097hv.th.jpg
 

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Love the setup, I am looking for ideas for when i am ready to build my HT, I will add a pic of your setup to my list :D
 
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