- February 21, 2016
First, some background information:
Some time ago, I posted a blog article entitled, “Are Your Photo Prints Darker Than They Should Be?” At the time, I was frustrated that my printed photos were darker and dingier (is that a word?) than they appeared on the computer screen. In fact, the photos looked great on just about any computer screen but not in print. See the article I posted back in April 2014 at: http://www.stevefrazierphotography.com/2014/04/19/1911/
One of the problems was that I was using a Mac. Don’t get me wrong… Macs are my preferred platform for photo editing! However, new Mac monitors come from the factory overly brightened to make them more vibrant and colorful… increasing sales. Because my monitor was too bright, I was compensating by lowering the exposure, whites and highlights (unbeknownst to me) on the images that I was editing. Naturally, when I printed them, they turned out darker than I had anticipated and I was displeased with the results.
Luckily, I’ve overcome this problem and you can too! There are two parts to the problem that you need to address… the brightness of the monitor that you are using to edit your images and the image’s brightness itself.
You may have to adjust the image’s brightness when going from one printer or printing firm to another, too. For example, I recently printed some photos at a local store and they came back too dark (i.e., they needed more brightening) whereas I had previously printed them at WHCC.com and they came out fine (because I knew the brightness required there).