Using camera to take TV screenshots


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Fumiryu

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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
 

ST1100

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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.
 

deckard

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

J-Chan

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

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