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idealone05 Nov 20, 2005 2:09 PM

I bought a new canon A520, camera works fine, when i took some pictures , it looked bright and good in LCD screen, but when i transferred the pictures onto the computer, the pictures looked darker and dull!! can anybody guide me what to do?
looking forward for your replies

mtclimber Nov 20, 2005 5:44 PM


Unfortunately, that is a fairly common occurence. Photo editing software was developeded to address that exact problem. Assuming that you cannot re-take the photos, you must edit them using photo editing software to change their appearance to what you desire. Then, you will save the edited photos.

Now you must account for why your digital camera under exposed your photos. Be sure that your camera was set-up properly. Be sure that no minus exposure compensation was applied, which could possibly account for the under exposure of your photos.

I hope that helps a bit.


rjseeney Nov 20, 2005 5:55 PM

You also need to make sure your monitor is properly calibrated. Most monitors need some adjustment out of the box. You photo editing software may allow you to do this. There are other more expensive ways to do this as well, such as colorvision Spyder hardware and software. Some monitors also have calibration software.

idealone05 Nov 21, 2005 12:50 AM

ya thanks, but is it common with all digital cameras. i took all the pics in Auto mode, so its default settings i assume. I need to check and correct the exposure of the camera, not sure where to find them, still new at this.
thanks all for ur support.:-)

robbo Nov 21, 2005 1:02 AM

I would suggest downloading Picasa, Google's free photo editing software. It can easily handle tasks lke brightening underexposed pictures. It will also discover every digital image on your computer and arrange them in time order.

mtclimber Nov 21, 2005 9:41 AM

I still suspect minus exposure compensation. Have you verified that that no exposure compensation is set into the camera?


BillDrew Nov 21, 2005 10:12 AM

Get an EXIF reader so you can find out what the settings were when you took the picture. Likely one came with the software with your camera - if not, ask in the forum for your specific camera.

Before you do anything drastic, print a couple of those pictures and/or look at them on a different system. It is possible that your monitor is way out of whack.

idealone05 Nov 21, 2005 12:57 PM

hi, i used Exif Reader, and it gave it the following Details abut Exposure and so on.
JFIF_APP1 : Exif
Main Information
Make : Canon
Model : Canon PowerShot A520
Orientation : left-hand side
XResolution : 180/1
YResolution : 180/1
ResolutionUnit : Inch
DateTime : 1980:01:01 00:03:07
YCbCrPositioning : centered
ExifInfoOffset : 196
Sub Information
ExposureTime : 1/60Sec
FNumber : F2.6
ExifVersion : 0220
DateTimeOriginal : 1980:01:01 00:03:07
DateTimeDigitized : 1980:01:01 00:03:07
ComponentConfiguration : YCbCr
ShutterSpeedValue : 1/60Sec
ApertureValue : F2.6
ExposureBiasValue : EV0.0
MaxApertureValue : F2.6
MeteringMode : Division
Flash : Fired(Auto/red-eye)
FocalLength : 5.81(mm)
MakerNote : Canon Format : 894Bytes (Offset:942)
UserComment :
FlashPixVersion : 0100
ColorSpace : sRGB
ExifImageWidth : 2272
ExifImageHeight : 1704
ExifInteroperabilityOffset : 1860
FocalPlaneXResolution : 2272000/224
FocalPlaneYResolution : 1704000/168
FocalPlaneResolutionUnit : Meter
SensingMethod : OneChipColorArea sensor
FileSource : DSC
CustomRendered : Normal process
ExposureMode : Auto
WhiteBalance : Auto
DigitalZoomRatio : 2272/2272
SceneCaptureType : Standard
Vendor Original Information
MacroMode : Off
Self-timer : Off
Quality : Fine
FlashMode : Red-Eye Reducing Auto
Drive Mode : Single-frame
Focus Mode : Single
ImageSize : Large
Easy shooting mode : Full auto
Digital Zoom : Off
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal
CCD Sensitivity : AUTO
MeteringMode : Evaluative
FocusType : Auto
AF point selected : Unknown (16385)
ExposureProgram : Easy shooting
Focal length of lens : 5.8125-23.1875(mm)
Long Shutter Mode : Off
Photo Effect : Off

Hope this Tells something! Hope to hear from you soon.

mtclimber Nov 21, 2005 8:32 PM


There is indeed a clue in the EXIF data. There was no exposure compensation used, BUT this was a flash photo. The flash on your camera only goes out to about 9 to 10 feet.

If your subject was more than 9 to 10 feet away from your camera, a dark photo is to be expected. Please just remember that when taking flash photos keep your subjects no further than 10 feet from your digital camera.


idealone05 Nov 21, 2005 11:31 PM

hi, The Subject wasnt too far was within the range u told. But should i change my exposure compensation? since i use Canon A520, im not sure where can i change the settings, but by the way,i used Picasa software from google which helped me regain some part of the orignal picture, i was able to change some complexion and it worked well, but wished rather the picture looked perfect without doing extra editing!!

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