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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Hi Everyone,

    Have an issue with Lightroom I am hoping I can get some help with. My entire photo library in Lightroom is very very dark, regardless of library/develop view. Upon export and viewing in windows preview, the photos are much much lighter and reflect the lighting at the time they were shot. Re-import of this photo into lightroom appears dark once again.

    I was using Lightroom on my macbook for 3 months during vacation and did not notice this problem. As soon as I came back home I moved my photos my main windows XP box, and noticed this problem in Lightroom.

    The dark/light comparison between what I see in Lightroom and what I see when I view a picture in any other app like Windows preview or Photoshop is drastic.

    Any ideas as to what is going on here?

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    PC and Mac?

    Did you try to compare the two sets, the one in the MacBook and the one in Windows? I can't test it here, no Windows machines around, but it could be related to the platform , I guess...

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    My guess, and it's just a guess because I don't do Windows: Windows preview is not color managed. The Preview application on MacOS X is color-managed, so things there look just like they do in Lightroom.

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Exact, Mark, that was my first thought.
    But I don't do Windows also, so it is still a guess.

    Clicio Barroso
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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Solved!!!

    It was a corrupted color profile that windows was using for the monitor. I changed it to adobeRGB in the display color management tab and now Lightroom is showing the proper colors!

    Thanks for the troubleshooting!

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Well, I am glad it solved your problem, but...
    Adobe RGB is surely *not* a monitor profile, it is a Working Space (sinthetic) profile!

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    I'm no expert with color profiles, but I would think that AdobeRGB as a monitor profile will lead to unpredictable results. Better to profile your monitor properly using hardware calibration equipment.
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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Well, that's exactly what I meant, Ian!
    AdobeRGB is not a good choice...
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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    True. I should have indicated that I was agreeing with you. Sorry.
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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    I'm having this very problem too..........what can I do to make LR2 images save properly in windows IE8?

    I've tried Firefox and the images still save dark there, I don't have any monitor calibration device but the images I save in Gimp and Xnview save great, its just LR that is giving me a headache

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    IE8 is not color-managed. Trying to make images look good there is an exercise in futility. If you get them looking good in IE8 on yours system, they might look terrible on other people's systems. Or vice-versa.

    Make them look good in Lightroom on your calibrated monitor, export as sRGB, and hope for the best.

    Meanwhile, encourage people to use color-managed browsers to view your work, preferably on a calibrated monitor. That means Safari, Firefox 3.'.x with color management enabled, or Firefox 3.5.x (still in beta, but has color management enabled by default).

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Marky, welcome to the forums. I'll second what Mark S. is suggesting.

    It's important to realize that display calibration is a critical first step to post-producing good images. This process enables your monitor to agree with (almost) every other calibrated device in the world. Without this step, the only place you can ensure that your images look OK will be your own display. And as you're finding out, even that isn't guaranteed, depending on the software you use.
    ......brad s Win7x64 (HPE) / i7-920 / 6GB / 2.67 GHz / tons o'drives / Canon/Sigma gear

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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    OK, so what is the recommended Monitor calibration toolset?
    Running Windows Vista 64.
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    Photos Very Dark in Lightroom

    Personally, I use ColorMunki, but there are other less expensive options. There's a long running thread on the topic in our Equipment Forum.
    ......brad s Win7x64 (HPE) / i7-920 / 6GB / 2.67 GHz / tons o'drives / Canon/Sigma gear

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