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Okay, I've been trying to take some photographs/videos with my Canon T2i of my monitor (1080p TV) for an article I'm writing, and I can't seem to get it to even look decent.

Here are my problems:

1.) I can't focus! When I focus like I usually do, the image is over-run by the borders of the pixels. It looks like something out of the Matrix, or just a poorly shot screen. So, I have to focus out a bit and then the image is blurry.
2.) The colors! Everything is at least twice as contrasted as is in real life. No setting on my camera changes this.
3.) The banding. Even while shooting photos, I can't get the bars to not be seen. It looks best at 1/15 or under, but even then it's never fully gone. It's always obvious that it is a photo of a screen. And in video, I'm stuck at 1/30 minimum, so it never goes away.
4.) Dynamic contrast on cameras is a thousandfold poorer than the human eye, and I am aware of that, but I can't seem to get two items of varying luminance to appear on the screen.

My specialty is landscape, portraits and macro, so I'm very new to this.
My biggest gripe with photography is the inability to take a photo that mirror what I see with my own eyes. And with video, I distinctly recall it being possible to have a TV in complete focus and looking just as in real life, in various movies I've seen.
And yet, I can't do it in any way shape or form.

Any help will be appreciated!
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I have had some success using a very slow shutter speed, Manual setting on exposures, White balance fixed. (Not on auto.)
    
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Manually focus, slow the shutter more. Why not use windows snipping tool or print screen if you are using windows? And you can use fraps or similar to record the screen. If it is for television you can't but you will need to use manual settings.
Edited by Sean Webster - 10/18/11 at 7:59pm
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I have had some success using a very slow shutter speed, Manual setting on exposures, White balance fixed. (Not on auto.)
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Manually focus, slow the shutter more. Why not use windows snipping tool or print screen if you are using windows? And you can use fraps or similar to record the screen. If it is for television you can't but you will need to use manual settings.
I'm getting the impression you didn't read what I wrote.
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Yea I did...since you took the photo and all the pixels are showing up you need to manually defocus a little and have a very slow shutter speed. '

Also, take the photo from straight on, not an angle. And try using a high f stop.

What exactly on the tv are you taking pics of?

Here is one I just took


IMG_7624.jpg by seanwebster1212, on Flickr
Edited by Sean Webster - 10/18/11 at 8:23pm
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Manually focus, use a tripod, no flash, high f stop and straight on.
    
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From my experience, the big concern when shooting a television or monitor is balancing exposure; I found that using fill flash usually resolved whatever trouble I encountered, with pictures usually looking like this:


@iowa by Lunitic, on Flickr

Without flash, the screen would be overexposed had I based it on the room, or the room would be underexposed had it been on the monitor. This was at f/7.1 for 1/60 sec, ISO200.
Edited by adanmtxt1 - 10/19/11 at 6:36am
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Yea I did...since you took the photo and all the pixels are showing up you need to manually defocus a little and have a very slow shutter speed. '

Also, take the photo from straight on, not an angle. And try using a high f stop.

What exactly on the tv are you taking pics of?

Here is one I just took


IMG_7624.jpg by seanwebster1212, on Flickr
Well, that's about as good as I got it.

I'm trying to shoot a side-by-side view of two computers running the same 1080p video stream on Youtube.

I just thought the video itself should look at least mildly decent.

Then that photographer drive kicked in me and I just had to figure it out.

So, they just super-impose the TVs in movies?
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post #9 of 10
try a shutter speed of 1/refresh rate of monitor. this is the same rule in shooting under florescent lights (except it's 1/50 in europe).
Edited by Dream Killer - 10/20/11 at 7:12pm
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Dream killer's right for PAL TVs, but for computer monitors it's often 1/70th or 1/75th
    
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