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Old Aug 13, 2006, 4:55 PM   #1
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I'm still learning with my istDS. Loving it so far, butmany of my pictures seem too dark when viewing. If I adjust the contrast in setup will that help?

Forgiveme if this sounds stupid, but I wasusing a 35mm prior to going digital.

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Old Aug 13, 2006, 5:19 PM   #2
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I'm still learning with my istDS.¬* Loving it so far, but¬*many of my pictures seem too dark when viewing.¬* If I adjust the contrast in setup will that help?¬*

Forgive¬*me if this sounds stupid, but I was¬*using a 35mm prior to going digital.

Thanks.¬*

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You are welcome. Could you start off by posting your pict and give the details of your shot (say iso, aperture, shutter speed....) No harm done is adjusting upward the contrast and saturation to see how well it goes. It does not cost you anything in trial.
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Old Aug 13, 2006, 7:51 PM   #3
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Linda,

If your images are dark on the LCD screen but okay exposure on the PC when downloaded, then you need to adjust your brightness of your LCD on the camera.

If they are dark on LCD and Dark on PC, then you are under exposed, increase aperture opening (lower the av value) or slow down shutter speed.

As daniel said, post a pic and let us have a look. We won't bite..:lol:
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I'm still learning with my istDS. Loving it so far, butmany of my pictures seem too dark when viewing. If I adjust the contrast in setup will that help?

Forgiveme if this sounds stupid, but I wasusing a 35mm prior to going digital.

Thanks.

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so glad to see you posting here. there's a lot of great pentax help here spanning a few decades of pentax users..

i really enjoyed spending your money,
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 5:40 AM   #5
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Linda0199 wrote:
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I'm still learning with my istDS.¬* Loving it so far, but¬*many of my pictures seem too dark when viewing.¬* If I adjust the contrast in setup will that help?¬*

Forgive¬*me if this sounds stupid, but I was¬*using a 35mm prior to going digital.

Thanks.¬*

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linda,
so glad to see you posting here. there's a lot of great pentax help here spanning a few decades of pentax users..

i really enjoyed spending your money,
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Roy,
Looks like your post has been cut out. It happens quite a bit with this forum.
The cut-off happens after you re-submit a revised post.
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 7:18 AM   #6
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This is the original photo, which to me is too dark and skin tone too red.




This is the photo after adjusting the contrast in Irfranview




Using a Pentax DA 50-200mm lens

Focal 88mm/Shutter speed 1/250 sec./Aperature F8.0









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The exposure doesn't look too bad to me; I also thinks that the skin tones aren't too bad but then I'm comparing against my tanned armed.

I use Photoshop to post process every image that I take; some require more, others less, to bring out the best in the shot.

The attached image was processed thus:

1. Levels
The histogram shows a good exposure - I've pulled the brightness down a tad

2. Shadows/Highlights
This brings out detail in the these areas which I tend to keep to a minimum.

3. Unsharp Mask
I use a slight amount of sharpening to make things a bit crisper - too much spoils things.
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Adjust your metering from spot to centre weight and so forth with the same subject.

Sometimes a little lightness on the subject can fool the camera into thinking the exposure is correct, most common example is shooting indoors with a window in the back ground, the camera compensates for outside brightness and the inside subject is silhouetted, oterh examples if shiny badges, or reflections from glasss or mirros can also cause it.

Be prepared sometimes to aim at your darkest part of your subject and hit the AE-L button to set exposure and then re-compose the image and release the shutter. see if that helps.

If it is happening ALL the time, then take your camera in for a service.


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These are the steps used in processing the above image:
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 2:32 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. I will continue to check back to see if anyone has more suggestions.

This is not happening all the time so I think the camera is okay...just the person using the shutter button. Thank you Catbells for all your work in showing me what you did with Photoshop. I'll check for the program at our local office supply.

Took these a few weeks back with manual setting and felt they are true to color. None of the specs show because it's an older lens.

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