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Fun With Transparent Screen Backgrounds

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the early-in-the-am-on-easter-morning dept.

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herberts writes "Looks like the amusement factor of 'transparent' screen background is getting bigger and bigger. The french Mac fan site Mac Bidouille opened up a dedicated part of their web site where fans can post shots of their transparent backgrounds." Other great transparent background shots can be found at Flickr.

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SO!!! (-1, Flamebait)

mbrewthx (693182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058694)

Slashdot this is old news been at neowin.net for days and at hardocp.com.. But it's still cool

Re:SO!!! (0, Flamebait)

Rosyna (80334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058710)

Well, it's early easter morning (for the people that celebrate it at all, let alone on this day). What else is someone supposed to be doing other than posting duped stories from other sites on /.?

What? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058698)

lol hy GNAA > j00

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058699)

first post!

Oh gesh... (0, Offtopic)

kidventus (649548) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058702)

This is certainly a 1:43am post :-P

Re:Oh gesh... (2, Interesting)

bonch (38532) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058803)

This, the Apple Easter Egg post, and the PSP post, signify a typical weekend of stories around here. Sigh.

Before the corporate buyout, Slashdot would have posted cool stories all the time no matter the day. But since OSTG took over, they save the good stories for weekdays just because they know they'll get more adviews on a Monday. Blah!

Re:Oh gesh... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058876)

Which really sucks for those of us in other timezones who have to work on weekends (~5pm Sunday here). Soo bored.

Re:Oh gesh... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058820)

So I guess this means that "Zonk" is an atheist vampire?

This just a digicam pic then a creative lineup? (1, Interesting)

jobeus (639434) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058703)

Or something more techno-cool?

Re:This just a digicam pic then a creative lineup? (3, Interesting)

Janitha (817744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058858)

Yeah, its defintly cool but in a productive perspective this has to be the most useless thing I have seen. BUT.

Being a eye-candy-whore my self, I must agree this is really cool. At first, I saw the laptop and though they actually disassembled the LCD it self and the lights.

I have yet to see someone who will really take apart the whole LCD installation to where its truely tranparent. I would do it without a doubt if I wasnt some poor engineering student who doesnt know what the fuck.

It will be profitable (4, Funny)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058704)

when they figure out a pr0n angle for the effects.

This should take about ten seconds

Re:It will be profitable (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058924)

This should take about ten seconds

Well, frankly, that's between you and your girlfriend !

What a confusing mess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058707)

I think I'd rather have wallpaper.

Wow... (3, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058712)

Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.

Funny you should say that... (5, Funny)

aendeuryu (844048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058735)

Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.

Actually, this guy [flickr.com] almost has his hands on the time.

AhahaHAHAHAHahahahaha I am so, so sorry.

Re:Wow... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058749)

This one [flickr.com] certainly does. Too much time with their new PSP.

Re:Wow... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058763)

So you have even more time on your hands to post a comment about it.

Guess I'm even worse.

Re:Wow... (4, Funny)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058800)

Yeah, and they apparently post on Slashdot.

Re:Wow... (5, Insightful)

Barlo_Mung_42 (411228) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058819)

I was going to ask why this phenomenon only seems to be a Mac thing. Now it's clear to me.

Re:Wow... (5, Funny)

lactose99 (71132) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058851)

When you only have one mouse button you tend to find extra time for other things.

Re:Wow... (1)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058931)

Now it's clear to me.

*Ba-dum-tshhhh!* [ilovewavs.com]

Re:Wow... (5, Funny)

woohoodonuts (734070) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058857)

I totally agree... what a complete waste of time. And now I've gotta figure out a way to stuff all these pieces back into my monitor.


SO STUPID!

Re:Wow... (3, Insightful)

zwilliams07 (840650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058881)

Yeah we have to do something with that time we have not running antivirus, antispyware, and other maintenance tools.

Looks like fun (2, Interesting)

Crashmaster007 (869327) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058718)

Would be a fun way to freak out the uninformed and techincally challanged.

but how about the speling impared? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058839)

but how about the speling impared?

Re:Looks like fun (0, Offtopic)

Crashmaster007 (869327) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058863)

It's late, cut me a break.

Fun with Transparent Screens? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058721)

I didn't RTFA but I'm guessing this doesn't have anything to do with screen doors on submarines does it?

How do I... (1, Flamebait)

welshmnt (787086) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058723)

Cool dude, but how do I mod a 21" crt like this?

Re:How do I... (5, Informative)

kormoc (122955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058849)

The same way you 'mod' a lcd.

Take digicam.

Take picture of computer desk, without monitor.

Crop it to the correct size

Set it as the background.

Poof, 'modded' crt

Very cool (4, Insightful)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058725)

But also very transient- move the computer, or just look at it from another angle, and the effect is destroyed.

And it has to be said: These people have way too much time on their hands!

Re:Very cool (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058737)

Some of these people seem to have taken a snap of their background and made it their wallpaper, but others seem to be setting their background to white, and then removing the backshells and backlights from their screens. Either way, it looks neat.

how ? (1)

arnott (789715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058727)

how do they do it ? is it just a trick ?

Re:how ? (5, Informative)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058741)

.... They take a picture, put it as their backround, and then put the computer where the picture was taken. You seriously didn't figure that out?

Re:how ? (2, Informative)

Jarnis (266190) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058753)

Which is the reason why most of these are laptops or TFT Screens.

Much more painful to pick up CRT and take a picture. I know I don't want to move my 19" monster anywhere...

Re:how ? (2, Interesting)

Cap'n Steve (771146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058792)

Man, I thought Apple had invented some sort of integrated webcam that allowed you to have video as your background. Did it really take people this long to think of this? What's next, taking a screenshot of the desktop and putting that as the background as a prank?

Re:how ? (5, Funny)

Big Nothing (229456) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058867)

"What's next, taking a screenshot of the desktop and putting that as the background as a prank?"

Been there, done that, made my co-worker cry in frustration because the computer was "locked" even after several reboots.

Re:how ? (5, Informative)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058802)

I think that's how most were done, but it looks like a few may ghave been "done" by taking a picture, putting the monitor in place and putting a solid color on the background (with icons and such on top of that) and then taking a picture of that. The second picture was then merged with the first in Photoshop or a similar application by effects that mimic cromakey. The picture is only a picture, the actual view never existed.

Re:how ? (2, Interesting)

double-oh three (688874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058852)

Or possibly a webcam/digital camera right in the back of the monitor that's hooked up to provide the backround updated realtime? I think they probably sell lenses that zoom out far enough to get that same effect. Someone will probably correct me if I'm wrong.

Re:how ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058893)

I still think that mine [209.238.210.14] is the best.

Re:how ? (2, Insightful)

brentl (808343) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058916)

On the flicr site every page states that it's not a photoshop trick. And if you don't believe that look at the images closely, you can see that the colour is slightly off because of the LCDs.

Re:how ? (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058915)

Should parent be marked informative , or grandparent be marked Sleep deprived .
Seriously though , that gave me the best laugh ive had in long time ,.

I used to have a clip on camera for my old Ibook , and i know they still exist . so it would be fairly easy to turn it the other way and angle it down to get the perspective correct.
One thing that did strike me as odd ,Most of these people really need to calibrate their monitors (or dont buy a camera of that brand again) , The ones with the correct calibration look wonderfull

Re:how ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058760)

They use magic pixie dust.

Re:how ? (1)

nick0909 (721613) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058784)

Yes. It is a trick.

Re:how ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058886)

No it isn't a trick, the screens are slightly shotgunned.

Re:how ? (5, Interesting)

DingerX (847589) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058932)

Many folks are claiming the easy routes:
A) Take a picture, and move the screen where the picture was.
The problem with this is perspective. lenses are not flat scans of the world, and you'll see (in fact in some of the shots you do see) some perspective distortion, especially with stuff like vertical lines.

B)Take picture with and without screen and photochop it.

Actually, the best non-cheating way to do this is:
C)
1) Set your camera up on a tripod, at the scene where you want your monitor.
2) Remove monitor.
3) Take picture.
4) replace montor.
5) Take another picture.

up to here this is the same as method B), the photochopping. But instead of pasting the background (And cheating), you crop the first photo to the dimensions of the monitor in the second photo.
6) Set the cropped picture as background.
7) Take the money shot.
8) Wait for the pulitzer folks to get back to you.

They're not very convincing. (5, Funny)

Myrmi (730278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058728)

I for one can see right through them.

Re:They're not very convincing. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058841)

I for one welcome our "I for one"-posts-that-don't-mention-overlords overlords. ;-)

Re:They're not very convincing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058901)

very good now, but does it run...

hello? is this thing on?

How about partial transparency? (5, Interesting)

product byproduct (628318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058732)

For a CRT could you draw the electron gun and circuits.

Re:How about partial transparency? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058815)

That would be far more interesting than this stuff. I for one would be interested to see what lies behind my monitor, with a transparent overlay of the circuitry in the monitor itself, and maybe even the Mitsubishi label on the back, displayed in reverse.

The pics on these sites are way too easy to do, especially if the target display is parallel with the camera. It's even easy to do if you tilt the display so that it isn't; about 3 minutes in Photoshop would do it, and it looks like some of these people didn't even invest that much time.

Transparent Desktops a Major Feature of Aero (5, Funny)

filterchild (834960) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058743)

This just in:

Microsoft has announced that they will be building technology for Transparent Desktops into their next-generation operating-system, Longhorn. Microsoft representatives report that this technology involves cutting the back out of the monitor to allow the image behind it to show through. When asked whether this would impede the monitor's ability to display images, Microsoft replied that this was an issue that will be addressed in SP1.

Re:Transparent Desktops a Major Feature of Aero (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058773)

News at 11.

Re:Transparent Desktops a Major Feature of Aero (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058809)

You forgot the M$.

Re:Transparent Desktops a Major Feature of Aero (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058827)

I love how the anti-MS crowd puts so much creative energy in slamming Microsoft.

Hey, how about putting the effort into making Linux more usable for the masses?

Oh wait, that would require real creative talent.

Live, with a webcam? (3, Insightful)

lewiz (33370) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058744)

It looks like these are all staged. They look pretty cool but I'd be a damn site more impressed if if could be done "live" with a webcam behind the monitor... :-)

Re:Live, with a webcam? (3, Interesting)

Ogerman (136333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058780)

I was gonna suggest the same thing.. it could be a webcam or a cheapo digicam of similar res to the screen itself. Well, you all heard it here first! So when Apple decides it deserves a design patent for "Technique to Create a Real-Time Illusion of a Transparent Monitor Screen" we can all point to the prior art. :-)

Re:Live, with a webcam? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058870)

Webcam or not, look at it from the side and it will still break the illusion... not that it wouldn't be interesting anyways :)

I would probably end up turning it off to save CPU cycles or battery life anyways, though.

Re:Live, with a webcam? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058859)

Following that idea, I want to be able to insert ghosts in relevant locations as I reposition a thusly equipped laptop.

As in, you walk around the house, and if you hold the laptop screen two feet in front of your face at all times, it blends right in seamlessly. But if you point it at something like a sofa, it looks like someone is sitting on it, when in actuality there is nobody there. Smoothly pan the laptop so that the sofa is out of the shot, and the ghost moves with it. But if you shake the laptop, the "person" on the sofa would visibly respond to the shaking by trying to keep his balance. And then your hard drive would crash.

Doing this with cheap, amateur-grade equipment would be really cool. Get cracking on it, oh time wasters of the world! And then sell your work to some game/toy company! :)

Re:Live, with a webcam? (4, Funny)

inKubus (199753) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058910)

You smoke marijuana, don't you?

Re:Live, with a webcam? (1)

mallumax (712655) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058877)

Huh ? Ofcourse they are staged.How it is done is 1)tzoom in on the monitor alone with the camera on a tripod. 2)Then remove the monitor and take a picture. 3)Make that picture the transparent background. 4)Do some final adjustments. Now how will a "live" webcam behind monitor help? PS:The most impressive photo is among them is one with a cat as background.He/she must have done it really fast or the cat is incredibly lazy.

Re:Live, with a webcam? (1)

Paperweight (865007) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058892)

I would for sure buy a kit for this! Would you? When it isn't lined up right it still looks a bit like a refracted image.

Re:Live, with a webcam? (4, Interesting)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058917)

I am more amused by putting a camera pointing at my screen over my shoulder and using that as my live wallpaper. That whole endless hall of mirror effect amuses me greatly.

Usually I'm just happy to play the movie I'm watching on my desktop though. A DVD Jukebox effect that plays nonstop is a great root window IMO. :)

Re:Live, with a webcam? (1)

inKubus (199753) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058927)

Apple could probably do it right away, just put a little cam in where the apple thing is on the top cover. Even if it wasn't lined up, it could just average the color and display it on the desktop (like a chameleon). Thus the laptop would look "good" whereever it sat. Which is why people buy Macs.

blah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058745)

Hah... I just came across that site this morning, cool shit. Give me a 5, interesting for being one step ahead of /., bitches.

Boring (0, Redundant)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058746)

And I thought that I had nothing constructive to do with my free time....

These things suck (5, Funny)

Moofie (22272) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058751)

I downloaded one of the pictures and put it on my desktop, and it totally didn't look transparent at all.

Lame. And it's probably smaller than a Nomad.

Re:These things suck (2, Funny)

themoodykid (261964) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058918)

But does it include a stopwatch?

What the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058754)

Where are the links to the article? I see links to thumbnail galleries, but no article. So do these computer have webcams built into the back of the screen to make it look camouflage? That seems like a pretty cool hack. Or did these people take pictures and then set the computers up to look like a window? In that case this seems pretty lame.

USB camera (1)

mmca (180858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058755)

Do it with an USB camera and you can have an ever changing background. Setup it up to take a snapshot
every couple of minutes. So it will look right even when you move the computer.

-M

Re:USB camera (1)

DustyShadow (691635) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058767)

You'd probably have to have a super duper wide angle lens for this to work well.

Re:USB camera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058813)

You could just point the camera in the other direction then you would be able to watch out for ninjas, tanks [64.233.161.104] (it's no wonder they got rid of 'em), bosses, and other hostile mobs. Seems like it would be a whole lot more useful anyway.

Not likely to work well (4, Insightful)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058791)

An image created by that USB camera would show what's behind the monitor from the camera eye's perspective, not yours.

Re:Not likely to work well (1)

pnatural (59329) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058862)

Gee... if you could only... maybe... MOVE THE CAMERA?

Every Weekend... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058757)

Every weekend, I get drunk and make a troll post to Slashdot. This is that post. Fuck all you motherfuckers. Thank you and good night.

Man it's a slow /. day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058758)

  • A kid named after an EQ character.
  • An old and uninteresting hidden apple video.
  • People with digital cameras who know how to use the crop tool and set their backgrounds.
For those that find this stuff enthralling this [balldroppings.com] should make your day.

Built-in Webcam (3, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058761)

What they need is a built-in webcam like Sony's Vaio TR3A [bottomdollar.com] , a flippable camera in the top centre of the monitor, and do a full screen live-feed.

Then you'll be able to move the laptop to anywhere and the screen will still look transparent.

Re:Built-in Webcam (1)

t0ny747 (849486) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058826)

It wont be at the right angle or even wide enough. :/

oh look it's 1997 again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058762)

Between this and the Apple Easter Egg story, This Day in Slashdot isn't worth the bandwidth.

Linking to an Image Gallery (1)

tektek (829733) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058764)

I guess I'll come back and check it out in a day or so. :)

Not just for macs. (5, Interesting)

tuba_dude (584287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058766)

I did it on my linux machine too! It's nice and transparent, [imagedump.com] although I suck at perspective.

Re:Not just for macs. (1)

mbrewthx (693182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058806)

That is very nice, I like it that you kept the LCD mounts in the picture.

Re:Not just for macs. (1)

TelJanin (784836) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058812)

It will work for anything that can set a backround. That said, yours is cooler - it has the monitor brackets included.

Re:Not just for macs. (1)

andy753421 (850820) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058885)

For perspective, just make sure you have the camera in the same position when the monitors aren't there and then after you have set the backgrounds. If you can set it on a table or something, and mark off exactly where it was the first time so that you can put it back the same way after transfering the picture to youre computer and setting your backgrounds it should turn out almost perfect.

Re:Not just for macs. (1)

nyquist (700) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058908)

nice one!

Slashdotted at 2a.m. (1, Informative)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058772)

The web server has surrendered^w been slashdotted.

Coral cache [nyud.net]

Oh dear lord, have mercy on their webserver... (5, Funny)

nsaneinside (831846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058775)

You posted a friggin' IMAGE GALLERY on the FRONT PAGE of SLASHDOT??
Whaddaya wanna do, KILL 'EM??

real-time with chroma-key? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058778)

What I want is an app that can chroma-key my desktop to my webcam so I can see out the window behind it in real-time :-)

The real trick (1)

OpMindFck (204177) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058785)

Now what I want to see is a setup with an iSight mounted to the back of the montors with a nice wide angle lens attached.

Use some nice altivec magic to transform that realtime image and then make that the desktop background. Only then will I be satisfied that I have a "transparent" desktop.

Just in time, to see all... (1)

nsasch (827844) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058794)

but the last image in the gallery. /.'ed right before I could load the last one. Almost like a wall, so sudden, so sad.

More transparent fun (1, Flamebait)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058814)

I was hoping that the BGs were inside shots of the CRTs or detailed views of LCD panels rather than illusions of the room which only work from one angle. However, I am reminded of the transparent skirts [snopes.com] .

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Looks good in 2D not in 3 (3, Insightful)

cliffjumper222 (229876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058818)

These look extremely good when you set them up and then snap the result BUT they do not look any good at all or convincing when you try it in real life. I know because I'm so sad I tried it on Friday when this story first came out on gizmodo.com or engadget.com (always get those mixed up). If you really want to have a go remember:
1) You really need to use a laptop because shifting a CRT monitor or even an LCD panel is tough, flicking it down is easy.
2) Try to match the resolution of the camera to the screen size otherwise you'll have to stretch it to get it to fit right. Even then it won't look right because it only looks right from one position.
3) Get a app that lets you tint and alter the gamma of the photos. My digital camera's white balance just didn't create the same yucky yellow tint that my office strip lights have. Couldn't match it at all.
4) Admit that honestly, if what's behind your PC monitor is a dusty cube wall it's probably not worth looking at anyway, and no, you won't fool anyone.

Dupe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058836)


I call dupe [slashdot.org] .

... oh wait, nevermind. Sorry.

I did it (3, Interesting)

adpowers (153922) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058837)

Here is my quick attempt [andrewhitchcock.org] . Some of the ones out there are really neat, especially the one has three screens overlapping on flickr. I thought it would be fun to do one of these, and then GIMP something into the image. Have my PowerBook looking out the window, and then GIMP a picture of the Eiffel Tower off in the distance. I'm too lazy, but someone else could do it :)

Newsworthy? (1)

Big Nothing (229456) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058843)

I looked at the pics and some of them look really cool, but is this really "news for nerds"? Is this tech news?

The websites are extremely image-intensive, so I expect them to bulge any second now. Here's the story:

* Take a picture of the background where the computer normally resides
* Put said image on computer desktop
* place the computer so that the background image blends in with reality
* Take another picture, one that shows your computer with a "transparent" background
* Upload said picture to a "Transparent Background Website"
* ???
* Profit? ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Slashdotted website.

The Dilbert view (4, Funny)

jerdenn (86993) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058854)

Great - now I can stare some more at my cubical wall all day long.

Next, someone will figure out a way to tattoo that image onto the inside of my eyelids.

wow (1)

onthefenceman (640213) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058868)

The one with the cat is wicked. I wonder if the color balance changed because of the monitor or because the light in the room changed.

Dynamic (1)

iamnafets (828439) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058873)

It would be cooler if somehow the background image was dynamic depending up the angle between you and the monitor, so tilting your head to the left doesn't ruin the effect.

A couple technique pointers. (4, Informative)

Shag (3737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058898)

I gave it a try with my PowerBook [hawaii.edu] and it came out not too awfully, although the shelf behind it isn't aligned quite right in this shot - I blame refraction. Or, um... sunspots!

A few pointers I figured out along the way:

  1. It's very important to keep the camera angle the same. If you've got a tripod, this is a good time to use it.
  2. Shooting perpendicular to the display (i.e. not at any sort of angle) is the simplest way of making things line up properly, since you don't have to stretch the backgrounds for perspective or whatever. (Some of the shots in the gallery are at angles and are very impressive in terms of difficulty.)
  3. Backgrounds with lots of stuff in them look cooler than "gosh, the wall shows behind the computer" in most cases. Elements that extend from behind the screen, or wrap around to the side or front can also be fun.
Next time I'm really bored, I'll try to work up something that has a mirror in it...

Holy shit, she finally bit it! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12058900)

RIP Terry Shiavo, at long, long last.

another intersting idea. (1)

Mortiss (812218) | more than 9 years ago | (#12058923)

This would work well with CRTs only. I would take a picture of the inside of the empty casing of my monitor againts the computer working background and use it as a desktop pic. Since the cases often have vent holes in them you should be able to see whats behind it. To complete this further id put an item inside an empty case (a lit candle?)
The only problem is i have no desire to gut out my monitor.... pictures anyone ?
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