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Pictures Too Dark

Jun 23, 2009 8:56 AM

I used to own a Casio point and shoot and got some surprisingly nice pics.  Recently, I ungraded to a Nikon D90 where I shoot in Raw and download converting to DNG in the lastest version of Lightroom.  When I finish editing, I export  in JPEG to my Piscasa web album which I can then share online.


The problem I am having is that no matter what I do in Lightroom, the pictures on the web are always too dark.  They simply do not pop.  They look fine when I take them but somehow my processing is screwing them up.   I am not sure where the problem lies.  Any suggestions on how how I can isolate and solve the problem?

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    Jun 23, 2009 9:42 AM   in reply to fsks

    I am not sure where the problem lies.  Any suggestions on how how I can isolate and solve the problem?


    color management 101: make sure you select the sRGB color space upon export from Lightroom. If you select prophotoRGB (or adobe RGB) your images will look dark and muddy in non-color managed browsers or after uploading to sites that maliciously strip color profiles from images as Picasa does.

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:54 PM   in reply to fsks

    Several sites such as smugmug will automatically convert whatever you send

    to sRGB. Most simply ignore it however and alas since Internet Explorer

    (still >80% browser market share) does not color manage, your colors will

    look all wrong. Most other browsers, including FF 3.5,

    Safari, and now Chrome



    manage so for them it doesn't matter as long as the profile is not stripped

    as Picasa does. So if you go to the web or you send files to PC users, you

    should simply always use sRGB.

    P.S. that advice about adobeRGB is not relevant to Lightroom. Lightroom

    always does all of its math in a linear 16-bit prophotoRGB space. This is

    far better than using adobeRGB even. In practice you do not have to know

    anything about how Lightroom operates behind the scene. Lastly, if you shoot

    RAW, you should use



    editing even in Photoshop. AdobeRGB is simply not wide enough to capture the

    breadth of colors that RAW capture gets you. Lightroom does all this

    correctly behind the scenes.

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