What you see Isn't what you get....

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mainman, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. mainman

    mainman Guest

    I bought my first digital slr recently (Pentax K100D). Great camera,
    but one thing puzzles me...when I have taken a photo and review it on
    the camera screen, the image looks wonderful-pin sharp, crystal clear,
    wonderful lighting etc etc. However.......when I download the images
    to my pc, they look totally different on the pc screen. I mean, dark
    (usually), not as sharp as they look on the camera, and the colours
    look quite 'muddy'...Without exception, I have to photoshop EVERY
    image to get a pleasing result.
    Why should this be??? Is my pc monitor inferior to my camera's screen?
    Is something happening after I upload to the pc-ie loss of image
    quality somewhere???
    It's very frustrating seeing a potentially prize winning photo on the
    camera, but seeing nothing of the sort when I sit at the computer..
    Or is this all perfectly normal for the medium and something everyone
    has to go through?
    mainman, Oct 11, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    How well do the pictures print straight from the camera?

    Is your monitor calibrated, if so how?

    What colour space are you using, on camera, on PC?

    What settings are you using to import to PC?

    What software are you using for, import, PP?
    Pete D, Oct 11, 2007
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    Allen Guest

    When you print one, how does the print compare to the monitor image?
    Allen, Oct 11, 2007
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    That often happens when you shoot with an Adobe colour space and then
    view the image with an application that assumes an sRGB colour space.
    Either use a good photo viewer such as Photoshop Elements, shoot in sRGB
    or shoot in RAW.

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    Brendan Gillatt, Oct 11, 2007
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    timeOday Guest

    I have a bunch of old photo scans which are all overblown because I
    "corrected" them on a crappy monitor. I would definitely at least view
    them on another monitor before blaming the camera.

    Also, the on-camera LCD is relatively small and low-res, which makes
    even blurry images look sharp. If you want to be sure, zoom in all the
    way on the camera preview.
    timeOday, Oct 11, 2007
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    I might suggest you try it on a higher quality monitor, properly
    adjusted, before you blame the camera. A few years ago, I downloaded
    some of my pictures onto my brother-in-law's computer, and they looked
    REALLY BAD. When I got home, and put them on MY computer, they looked
    Ron Hunter, Oct 12, 2007
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    George Kerby Guest

    I would suggest that you pull the camera out of your trolling asshole.

    Makes all the difference in the world!
    George Kerby, Oct 12, 2007
  8. mainman

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, George:

    I purchased the same camera (body only), over a month ago, and
    have never experienced any of your problems. Been using an FAJ
    28mmF3.5-80mmF5.6 autofocus lens, from my Pentax ZX-60 (35mm SLR)

    If your computer monitor is an LCD, it may need to be calibrated;
    my CTX PL9 is a CRT (19"), and has no such issues.

    Good luck!

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Oct 14, 2007
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