seniors advice requested: why did my photo appeared darker


dark cloud

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it looks ok when i view from the cam LCD, however when i upload to computer it looks a bit dark.
is it because of my slr settings?

attached is a photo taken without any processing. hope to get some advice from seniors.
thanks.

 

ortega

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In some cameras you can change the brightness of the LCD, but if you want to match your computer display make sure it is profiled and calibrated first
 

Daoyin

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Is this the brightness of the keyboard you saw with your own eyes ?
 

Octarine

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LCD's are not meant to be accurate, they are only to show settings and details. Use histogram if you want to judge the exposure.
Next: read up about calibrating / profiling your monitor to make sure, it shows what is there. Most displays are too cold and too bright (generic setting to impress people).
Regarding your camera settings: we can't judge this point, your image has no exif data.
 

Cowseye

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dark cloud said:
it looks ok when i view from the cam LCD, however when i upload to computer it looks a bit dark.
is it because of my slr settings?

attached is a photo taken without any processing. hope to get some advice from seniors.
thanks.

Confirm something first, did u shoot in jpeg or raw?
If u shoot in raw, what u see on the LCD could the jpeg end result of picture control/enhance by your camera body, which might be brighter than your raw file originally produced.
 

dark cloud

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Confirm something first, did u shoot in jpeg or raw?
If u shoot in raw, what u see on the LCD could the jpeg end result of picture control/enhance by your camera body, which might be brighter than your raw file originally produced.
shot in jpeg.

LCD's are not meant to be accurate, they are only to show settings and details. Use histogram if you want to judge the exposure.
Next: read up about calibrating / profiling your monitor to make sure, it shows what is there. Most displays are too cold and too bright (generic setting to impress people).
Regarding your camera settings: we can't judge this point, your image has no exif data.
settings are 40s , f/2.8
 

daredevil123

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TS, nor sure what camera system you are using. But for Nikon I set all my camera LCD brightness to -2.

That said, it will be better for you to open the picture simultaneously on your PC and camera and adjust your screens to match. Or you can do what Ortega say, which is to get your PC screen calibrated then set your camera LCD brightness to match your calibrated PC screen.
 

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TS, nor sure what camera system you are using. But for Nikon I set all my camera LCD brightness to -2.

That said, it will be better for you to open the picture simultaneously on your PC and camera and adjust your screens to match. Or you can do what Ortega say, which is to get your PC screen calibrated then set your camera LCD brightness to match your calibrated PC screen.
or read the histogram and get a better idea of the exposure :)
 

David Kwok

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Check your histogram that the image is neither under or over exposed, then make your necessary changes in your post-processing.
What is more important is the relative exposure of your subject to its surrounding. The overall exposure can be tweak later as long as the range is kept within a reasonable range.

it looks ok when i view from the cam LCD, however when i upload to computer it looks a bit dark.
is it because of my slr settings?

attached is a photo taken without any processing. hope to get some advice from seniors.
thanks.

 

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I'm on D90 and my kid on D5000. Both our LCDs are set to -2 brightness level. That said, it looks very close to computer LCD screen's output. While it's good to refer to the histogram of the image (I always do), I still prefer to set the DSLR's LCD to closely match the comp's. It allows one to determine whether the entire image is too dark generally or good enough (if you're always on the move most of the time). And then with histogram to back it up or vice versa. To most newbies, who aren't really accustomed to histograms, the LCD tweak helps.
 

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mazeppa26

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lcd view and computer view always different
also even the angle you view on the monitor /lcd will show a different brightness
 

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