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Photographing a Television or Computer Monitor
Yes, I know this is one skill you will probably never need. Never-the-less it is a good one to have. Should 35mm slides be needed for a presentation and for some strange reason the big bucks technology fails you will be able to step in and get the job done. (And yes, this has happened to me and I did get the job done.)
If you are not skilled with the computer system do not take responsibility for it. This is especially important for mainframes , super computers , and UNIX boxes. These machines are not intuitive. If you are not a strong user keep a geek handy. Geeks can be good.
You will need:
The camera's film plane must be parallel to the computer monitor. Here you must tilt the camera to match the monitor. Don't get crazy here. When it looks good in the viewfinder your good-to-go.
The dark areas of the monitor cannot be lightened by additional exposure because they are not transmitting any light. Expose for the highlights, not the dark areas.
Look critically for misspelled words, graphics that are busy or anything else that your
trained photographic eye detects as needing improvement. Report any technical or aesthetic problems before you
complete the job. Do not make
the mistake of thinking that your customer is aware of the problems you see. You are
the visual artist.
Here's a check list:
Here's One You Never Heard of Before
Focus On Nothing To Sharply Render the Subject
This technique may work for you when you need to get two subjects in focus, especially when working within a few feet of the camera.
If you focus on the near subject and the far one is not sharply focused.
Focus on the farther away of the two subjects and the near one is not sharply focused.
What to do?
Focus about in the middle on nothing yes that's right. Focus your lens on nothing.
Now stop-down the lens and using your depth of field preview button check to see if you can get both subjects acceptably sharp.
This is an excellent technique that you will need when you need it. And that may not be often. But now that you know it you are ready.
Go take the pictures that only you can take.