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Old Sep 17, 2010, 8:59 PM   #1
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I found my sony a550 pics to be way too bright. Looking overexposed. Colours washed out. you know. So I set ev compensation to -.3 and then after a month or so I moved it to -.7

Now when I bracket the extra -.7 is a bit too much so I may change my bracketting selection to .3

But my real question is: is this normal? I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong. What if I'd set my monitor too bright? Then I'd want darker pics.

My latest posts of "Unionville Ontario" in Architectural are a little on the dark side for me. Looking for some suggestions here. Thanks.

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How do your photos look if you print them straight from the camera?

If the prints are too dark, then your monitor is too bright, and you should adjust it and remove the exposure compensation.
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I've viewed them on different pcs and even on an ipod and they look ok. well maybe a little dark. But print? never. Next week I'll take the sd card and print direct. good idea.
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I see what you mean, they all do appear on the dark side.
I would like to know what your settings were?
f stop shutter and especially ISO
They look very Clear, but dark...
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lisa.. I think you already know, but the exifs are intact on the posted jpgs.
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The EXIF data in the first 4 photos all show an Exposure Bias Value of -1.3EV. The last one is 0EV (?)
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Those exif evs are correct. I set my camera to -7 , bracketed .7 so some ended up at -1.3 and some at 0 (I guess the -1.3 is sony's way of rounding).I was a lot of work but I went thru them all and selected the ones I thought looked best.
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Those exif evs are correct. I set my camera to -7 , bracketed .7 so some ended up at -1.3 and some at 0 (I guess the -1.3 is sony's way of rounding). ...
It's not actually -0.3 and -0.7, it's -1/3 and -2/3, so -2/3 minus -2/3 equals -4/3. Those values are all just rounded to one decimal place.
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Check your DRO settings, too. You may have it set to a level that's high enough so that it's brightening up darker areas (which can also result in photos with less contrast and more noise).

Metering mode and focus point also make a difference (and if you use matrix/multi-segment metering, the camera is going to weight your focus point more).
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If you don't have anything else going on in the camera, you may want to do a factory reset. Then take a few shots and print them straight from the camera. If the prints are ok, then your monitor is off.
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