3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 23, 2009 2:54 PM by Jao vdL RSS

    Pictures Too Dark

    fsks

      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?

        • 1. Re: Pictures Too Dark
          Jao vdL MVP

          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.

          • 2. Re: Pictures Too Dark
            fsks

            Thanks.  I will try this.  However, I attended a John Shaw class earlier this year and he recommended using AdobeRGB for editing.  Do you know of any web photo sharing sites that do not have a problem with Adobe RGB?

            • 3. Re: Pictures Too Dark
              Jao vdL MVP

              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

              too<http://lagemaat.blogspot.com/2009/06/yes-webbrowser-bliss-is-here.html>

              color

              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

              prophotoRGB<http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/prophoto-rgb.shtml>

              for

              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.