Oddly enough, one of the most difficult things you can possibly take a picture of is a computer
setup. I wrote this mini-guide for a Norwegian magazine
about digital camera
s (www.digitalkamera.no) a while back. Enjoy!
It`s always difficult to take pictures of things emitting light, because the cameras light meter doesn`t realise what is going on. This obviously includes computers, because the screens emit light.
, when you take pictures of computers, either the screen is correctly exposed (but looks like crap) and the rest of the image is underexposed
If you take the picture with a flash, you get the problem that the flash reflect
s in the monitor
, for one thing, and it also uses shutter times between 1/60 and 1/200 second. This is a problem, because monitor
s update at 1/75 hz or similar, giving strange result
s. Read more about this in how to take pictures of monitors
What you want to do, then, is to split the process in two; Put your camera on a tripod
, and turn on as much light as possible in the room. Turn the monitor off. Then, take a picture of the computer setup (don`t use flash!), and make sure that the exposure is correct. If it isn`t, use exposure compensation (EV compensation
) to get a correct exposure
. If you don`t take the picture with a digital camera, you might want to use AEB
(Auto Exposure Bracketing
Then, take a picture of the monitor (see how to take pictures of monitors
), with all the light in the room turned off. When this is done, you will want to edit the two pictures into one, using Adobe Photoshop
, Paint Shop Pro
, or a similar photo editing package.
Because the two shot
s were taken with the cam
in the same position (on the tripod
ing the shots together should be no problem
. Just paste
contents of one shot onto the computer monitor
of the other shot. Then darken
the screen enough to make it look natural
Voila - you have a perfect picture of your beloved computer
, with a picture of your choice on the screen.