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Projection Screens & Cell Phones At #SMWTO

I am not a professional photographer, I am not an amateur photographer, or a photography hobbyist. I know how to use my cell phone to take pictures and I know hot to use your average digital camera (and older, analogue cameras) to take a picture. Honestly I don’t even really know what an SLR is and why its better than any other digital camera.

The above being said I have to wonder if there’s technology out there which allows for cameras – specifically cell phone cameras (like on my BlackBerry Torch) to take pictures of what they’re displaying without it ending up being just a white screen.

This was especially true for me during Social Media Week in Toronto (#SMWTO) during which the above picture was taken. The reason it became so relevant to me during #SMWTO was because so many people at the events were live tweeting what was going on at the talks. However, when we wanted to tweet pictures of the screens that were displaying valuable info relevant to the topic being discussed they simply didn’t come out. You would think events connected to “Social Media Week” would plan better for this. Then again, maybe the technology doesn’t exist yet (except for using huge HD screens which would be massively expensive). If it doesn’t someone should invent one soon.

  1. February 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

    In short, SLR = single-lens reflex. What does that mean? It means what you see when you look through the lens is what you get. With a point-and-shoot, it does a lot of the image processing within the camera itself, so you have little control over the final product. With an SLR, you can experiment and break “rules” without having to worry about the camera overriding your preferences.


    As for taking pictures of screens, here’s the problem — they themselves are a light source. What you’d need to do is have two separate pictures of the same subject: one of the screen at one exposure, and another of the environment at another exposure, and then stitch them together so you can see everything.

    Pain in the ass, but it’s the only way to do it so far.


    • February 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Wow, thanks for the tip there Casie! Although it does sound like a bit much especially when we are using our phones and uploading the pics on the fly to livetweet.

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