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Dark transfer of Digital Photos

by Unclees / June 16, 2008 5:40 AM PDT

I use Canon cameras, D30, D60 and G9 and when reviewing my pictures on any of the camera screens, all looks fine. However when I transfer flash shots to my computer, (an IBM Desktop ThinkCenter,with a 3.1GB clock) using USB 2 connectors to a Medio Gear Memory Card adapter, or any camera directly, the pictures always appear and store very dark. This happens no matter program what I use; Microsoft viewer, Photoshop CS2, Picasa 2, CANON Zoom Browser EX or any other program.
If I plug the Camera or Memory Card directly into an HP independent printer,(A626) the pictures view and print beautifully.
In addition to my computer, I use Microsoft XP Pro.

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question and possible answer

Do have the monitor calibrated to the output of the printer? Monitors are calibrated to factory standards and not always matching what the camera or printer are set to. The cheap way to do it is to take a printed photo, open up the same photo on the computer, and make adjustments until they are as close as possible.

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IOW, for starters, turn up the monitor's brightness
by Kiddpeat / June 16, 2008 8:54 AM PDT


Hint: The photos will probably still not look very good. As mentioned above, a monitor must be calibrated before it will accurately display any image.

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Dark Photos
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 16, 2008 10:08 AM PDT

I suggest you copy several image files to a CD, Floppy, Thumb Drive and view them on someone Else's computer.

Or you can post some photos on the Internet and link to them on this forum. We can then all see the images and provide better information.


Here is how to provide links to photos:

You can share your photos by furnishing a link to where your photos are stored on the Internet.

If you don't have a place to store your photos......
you can open a free account at

Once you upload your photos, photobucket will provide the link directly under the photo.
Just click in the second link box and that will put the link in your Window's computer scratch-pad.

To add that link when posting on this forum,
press Crtl V


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