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    Default Using camera to take TV screenshots

    Can I know, how to take a good picture of a TV screenshot? I tried to take quite a number of shots but found that speed of 1/30, f/3.5, ISO 400 is the best result that I could get. But still, the picture is not sharp. To get the correct position to make sure that the picture is not distorted, is an issue. Also, I can't get the sharpness of the picture.

    Here are some pictures that I tried taking. Please let me know of there are better methods of taking good pictures of the TV screenshot. Thanks.

    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/1
    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/2
    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/3
    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/4
    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/5
    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/6
    http://fumiryu.multiply.com/photos/photo/4/7

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    Default Re: Using camera to take TV screenshots

    TV's native resolution is far far lower than any of today's digital camera resolutions; it's is unlike you can get anything sharper than the source picture.

    1/30s is about the perfect speed and syncs with the refresh rate of a normal CRT TV. You try using a smaller aperture (f8 or so) - the increased DOF will be more forgiving of focusing errors.

    As for distortion, use a tripod and make sure the camera is perpendicular to the tv from the top and side. Choose a medium telephoto focal length - around 80mm - or longer. Shorter lengths will distort. If possible, use a macro lens. These lenses are designed for minimal distotion.

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    Default Re: Using camera to take TV screenshots

    man holding camera on tripod in front of TV waiting....... for the shot. that is in itself a good picture.

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    Default Re: Using camera to take TV screenshots

    Some TVs have this 'freeze frame option"... (like mine, hehe) which is really handy for taking shots of breaking news. Some even have a "zoom into frame" option.

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    Default Re: Using camera to take TV screenshots

    wonder if you can somehow "capture" the signal directly.. like a screenshot on your com..

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    Default Re: Using camera to take TV screenshots

    save money buy a tv box for your PC, save the hassle...
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