Taking photos of your workstation and computer screen

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by VirtualRain, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

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    #1
    What are some tips and tricks to taking nice photos of your workstation with computer screen(s) not over-exposed yet not having the room too dark?

    Posting some samples and your suggested tips/tricks would be great!

    TIA! :)
     
  2. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

    panoz7

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    #2
    It's going to be very difficult to get both the screen and the environment exposed properly and have the white balance match in a single shot. What I tend to do is take two shots, one exposed for the screen, and one of the environment slightly under exposed. It's pretty easy to composite them in photoshop. A similar effect can be obtained by using fill flash or dimming the screen but I find that to be more difficult.

    I'd also recommend just playing around. This is an image I shot for a presentation using my laptop's screen as the only source of light. It wasn't possible to expose the screen properly and have the laptop bright enough so I used the two exposure trick and merged them in photoshop.


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  3. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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  4. NathanCH macrumors 65816

    NathanCH

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    I've never had to go that far. All I do is turn off the flash, put my camera on a tripod or stool or anything and that's it. Unless there is no light in your location, it should not be over exposed. If it is, just turn down the brightness a bit.
     

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