Fuji 2650, dark images on computer monitor, fine when printed

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Micap, Jan 2, 2004.

  1. Micap

    Micap Guest

    I am using a Fuji 2650 with the Fuji Finepix viewer/USB driver
    (v3.2)on a W98SE system. The Viewer and automatic USB download work
    fine. But all the images as seen in the Finepix Viewer, or in any
    other photo program I have(e.g. Kodak imaging, Microsoft Picture-It
    etc) are dark, as if they are underexposed, whereas the LCD of the
    same shots indicates a good exposure. If I print the pictures (to a
    colour inkjet) either as index prints or photo size, the pictures are
    pretty well as bright as the LCD. It's only when viewing the images
    on the computer that the pictures are relatively dark.

    I can use photo programs to brighten the images, but if I do that,
    when I go to print, the photos look overexposed. Yet, if I want to do
    any touch up etc, I pretty well have to brighten the image on the
    computer monitor to see the corrections.

    The computer monitor brightness is at a comfortable level for
    everything else -- I don't think this is the source of the symptom.

    I don't have any experience with other digital cameras, so have no
    comparison. Is this a common symptom?
    Micap, Jan 2, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    I betcha a nickel (giving away my age, eh?) that your monitor
    contrast/brightness is poorly set up.

    Put a pencil mark or something on the brightness and contrast
    controls so you can get back there if you're unhappy; then
    play around. Try more brightness with less contrast.

    Then send me my nickel :) :)

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Jan 2, 2004
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  3. Micap

    Micap Guest

    Thanks Ken. Yes, by turning up the brightness and contrast I can
    improve the situation for viewing these photos, but for other use I
    think the CRT is too bright. When I look at other picture-containing
    pages on the web, I don't need to turn up the controls. And, when I
    scan a printed photo and save it I can look at it using any one of my
    viewers without any similar symptoms. If the monitor brightness and
    contrast are set too low, I would expect all similar data, i.e.
    photos, to be too dark, but that's not the case. So, while you're
    right -- I can turn up the brightness and contrast to get around the
    problem -- I'm still puzzled as to whether this is a monitor problem.
    Could it be something in the way the computer/monitor "reads" the
    Fujifilm type of jpeg?
    Micap, Jan 2, 2004
  4. Micap

    Larry Lynch Guest

    It has to do with whether or not the monitor is

    If you are going to seriously persue digital
    photography/printing, you need a calibration (of some
    type) done for the monitor.

    Simplest (cheapest) method is to print one of your
    pictures, hold it up next to the screen and adjust
    contrast/brightness to match the print.

    In a perfect world that would be enough, but for serious
    digital imaging, you need to run some calibration
    software to get it right.

    The software you need is dependant on the operating
    system and photo editing software you are using.
    Larry Lynch, Jan 2, 2004
  5. Micap

    Micap Guest

    Thanks Larry:

    I just want to be able to see all the details that the camera
    obviously has recorded. I'm not worried, at least at this point, about
    absolute color match. As it is now, anything in the slightest shadow
    is not seen on the monitor unless the brightness/contrast is cranked
    up to max. While this does work, it also means that the rest of the
    screen is overly bright.

    From what you and Ken said it sounds as if it is the monitor. I'll
    check with a friend who is a monitor repair specialist.
    Micap, Jan 4, 2004
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