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06-18-2011, 04:46 AM   #1
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Prints too dark in Lightroom 3

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First off I'm sure this topic has been covered elsewhere, but I've spent hours researching this problem but can't get the specific answer to my problem.

Before I became 'an enthusiastic amateur' photographer I used Picasa to manage & print my photos without issue.

Now I'm using Lightroom 3.4 & all of mt prints are coming out terribly dark.

Now before you all chorus 'profiling' & 'ICC this' & 'paper types that' let me tell you what's puzzling me.

Why is it that changing the printer profile setting in the 'print' screen of Lightroom doesn't change the outcome at all? I must have tried 20-30 different profiles & the print images all come out the same - dark.

The reason I'm having to '2nd guess' my icc profile is that I own an Epson sx415 print which isn't a 'photo' printer (can't yet afford adecent photo printer otherwise I'd get one & wouldn't be having this problem) I've tried the Epson profiles & most of the other ones too.

But what gets me is why does my printer print out correctly 'exposed' prints with picasa & not Lightroom? Further in the 'print preview' window the image looks great in all profile settings, but when I come to print it comes out dark?

Has anyone else suffered this frustration?

Any help gratefully received


06-18-2011, 05:06 AM   #2
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If it's of help, a professional photo print guy I use cranks up the lighting on images I have tweaked in Lightroom (which look fine to me on a calibrated screen) by 10% to 15% before printing them out.
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Is your monitor calibrated? It may be set too bright. Without calibrating the monitor, anything else you do is a crapshoot.
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I have had a similar issue. Configuring your printer to use ICC and the AdobeRGB colorspace helps. So does creating a separate, lighter, virtual copy to print from.

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Thanks for all of your prompt replies.

FYI the brightness on my monitor(s) is turned down to minimum & they are calibrated.

I'm not so keen on 'pumping up' the brightness to overcome this problem as I'm sure there is a simple setting that I have not ticked to solve it in a more definate manner.

I've included a couple of sample images to illustrate my problem. One is a low light (dusk) shot & is a deliberate letterbox crop. The other of my daughters clearly shows darkened skin tones & lack of detail on their navy cardigans

I should add that all of the dark shots from Lightroom look exactly the same irrespective of ICC profile selected.

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What is managing the colour? The printer? The software? Neither? Both?

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I have tried both the printer & Lightroom managing the colour & yes I have remembered to turn it off in the printer settings.
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Have you tried looking for a specialist Lightroom forum and asking there? There are plenty of them to choose from!

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