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Old Jan 14, 2006, 9:46 AM   #1
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I just got my first digital camera, learning to use it is pretty simple, but I have a problem when loading pic's onto my computer.When looking at the LCD screen (playback mode) everything looks just fine, exposure wise. Nice and bright photo's.

After being loaded onto the computer however, all the pic's are dark and have to be lightened with a separate program.

I have tried flash, no flash, inside, outside, etc. I am suspecting that it has more to do with the computer settings then with the camera, but I've never had a problem with the computer, colorwise.

Camera is the Sony Cybershot DSC-W5

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Old Jan 14, 2006, 12:17 PM   #2
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This sounds a little like my own experience some while back.
In my case what brought things to a head was my pc gave out on me and I had to get a replacement. With the new monitor after calibration(which was always a compromise on the old pc) I found that all my old images from before were much too light and I had been over compensating for a bad monitor all this time. As a pc the monitor was fine

Not suggesting that you have to go this route but if the monitor will not calibrate then something to look at
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Old Jan 14, 2006, 1:34 PM   #3
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Try a web search on monitor calibration. There are various sites that provide brightness/contrast/color temperature calibration targets. This isn't as good as having real calibration software/hardware but it's better than just guessing.

When I did this, I found that the adjustment range available on my monitor was not enough, so I had to jack up the brightness through the adjust monitor properties feature of my operating system.

Another cheap way to help you adjust your display is to print some of your shots and see whether you have to significantly tweak the brightness setting in your printer driver to get a proper brightness range.
Now, the monitor settings per se don't influence the way a printed photo will look, but if your monitor settings are way off, you tend to over-adjust an image in post processing, and that will affect the printed result.

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Old Jan 14, 2006, 2:14 PM   #4
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The problem is Probably not your camera, but - as Grant suggests, print one or two pics, and compare them to your camera LCD and your pc monitor. If only one of the three ways of viewing pics is significantly different, that is the most likely to be set wrong.

If prints match your camera, you need to adjust your monitor settings to match, and then all will be fine. If prints match you monitor, you probably need to adjust your camera LCD brightness down, and possibly increase exposure compensation.

If you post a picture, we will be happy to let you know how we see it on our monitors.

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