these days & wonder if my computer is sat
wrong. Do you find these pictures very dark
especially the first you see?
Loads of freebie simple photo editors around now,
plus some very sophicated freebies. Try GIMP if
you want 90% of Photoshop for free. I use
Ashampoo Illuminator for quick'n'dirty viewing
& tweaking, but I go back to Photoshop CS for
heavyweight editing & creative stuff.
In this case, give the photographer a break!
Been there too often -- no room to work, no light,
too much contrast for digital cameras to handle,
possibly limited range of focal lengths available.
At least (once you've tweaked) you can see it is
what we expect, in nice, oily, order.
Lesson is that when u are selling, make sure u
do you're tweaking before you upload (brightness,
contrast, saturation, crop -- & then revisit
brightness). May also have to tweak hue if in
No amount of tweaking can find detail that was
never registered, so don't under-expose, & do
check your images as u take pix whilst u still
have a chance to take more. Can make you a lot
Finally, if you can can find a very solid post
to lean on, you're often much better without
flash, but be very still -- could be several
second exposure in extreme cases. (Wind up
the ASA rating on the camera if u can)
Much of above learnt whilst taking several
hundred photos at Coolspring museum when I
first had digital several years ago. Wish
I'd known my own advice before I took them ...
some painful lessons!
Thanks Colin, I had already set the pictures to perfect for my system using
Photoshop 8 (having done 4 NS courses on it)
I was just worrying that my own computers Gamma settings were different
to everyone else's as so many pictures seemed far too dark.
I will now stop worrying as so many agree that these are very dark.
I suppose I could have asked if my own pictures at
at the right brightness to other people.
On Wed, 1 Dec 2004 12:57:10 -0000, "Dave Croft"
put down their glass of w>I suppose I could have asked if my own pictures at
They were fine: even the air-cooled one which was obviously taken with
it just dragged out from under a bench.
Brian L Dominic
This advice is useless to normal people, but I know you're a
photo-geek, so it's something to consider.
There are devices that automatically set your system profile so you
see accurate colors on your monitor. Do a web search on "pantone,
optical, photocal and spyder." They run from about $150 to about
$450. Considering the value of your currency, you should get the
deluxe model... and a few engines to so you'll have something to
Anyway, it's a little sensor that you put on the front of your
monitor. Then you run the software. Then you remove the sensor, put
it in your desk drawer, and stop worrying. It's all taken care of.
I got the mid-range model. Was it worth it? Probably not. But now I
feel good knowing the colors on the monitor are accurate.
La Habra, California