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Dark pictures As a Christmas gift, my husband gave me a Nikon D 60... I had it 2 weeks before because I had a relatives wedding, Christmas parties and Christmas programs..... I had my pictures developed to the tune of $100 and I WAS SICK!!!!!!!!! All the photos were so dark ..even the outside shots.... Please help me ....... I'm really wondering if I made the wrong selection...My "cheaper" camera made the Nikon photos look like a joke.......

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  • leisureteam2 Jan 01, 2009

    when I view the photos on my computer they are not nearly as dark as the pictures turned out. I use Walgreens and I have never had a problem before

  • leisureteam2 Jan 03, 2009

    Thank you so much, I will certainly try that. I would love to try Costco, but the nearest one is about 2.5 hours away from where I live. Thanks Again!!!!

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There are several possibilities.

1) The camera store screwed up, and your photos are just fine. Have you looked at the photo files on your computer?

2) You accidentally set the camera into manual mode and with settings that don't work for the light. How do the photos look when you preview them on the camera?

3) This is the most likely problem: It sounds like you have accidentally set the "exposure compensation" value. This setting is used to help correct the exposure when shooting a scene that should be mostly white (e.g. in the snow, or bright sand at the beach) because otherwise the camera will make the scene be "medium gray". Check your user manual for instructions on how to set the exposure compensation and make sure it is set to 0.

If your photos are too dark when viewed on the computer and the preview screen, and EV is set to 0, then your camera may have a faulty light meter. If so, you need to send it in for repair under the warranty, or return it to the place of purchase as defective and see if they will exchange it for you.

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    jcdill Jan 01, 2009

    If the photos from your new camera look as good as the photos from your old camera when viewed on your computer, take the prints back to Walgreens, and tell them you want them to reprint as they aren't this dark on your computer. They should reprint for free. If necessary, ask to speak to a manager.

    If you are a CostCo member, CostCo prints are both cheaper and higher quality than the prints from Walgreens, and they will gladly reprint if you have any problems with the print quality. CostCo also has "printer profiles" that you can use to "proof" your prints on your monitor. You need to also profile your monitor for this to work. This process helps normalize the different ways that monitors render bright, dark, different colors, and the different ways printers process the different colors. With a color managed system (profiled monitor, using printer profiles to proof before you send the photos to the printer) you can get photos that exactly match what you see on your monitor.


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