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Downloaded pix from Rebel XT turn out really dark on my PC

My Rebel XT is new and I am using a Speedlite 580EXII flash. After talking an indoor picture with my flash, fully automatic setting, the picture looks great on the camera's display. However, when I download it onto my computer each image is very dark and I have to correct the brightness with my computers software. The pictures are as dark as if I was not using any flash at all. Any suggestions?

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Hi Dborror,
This is a very nice camera, it would not be good not to use it, because of a silly problem such as this.
The first thing to remember, is that the camera has a very bright light to look through the photos to prevent glare and other problems.

  1. Look at the histogram when you shoot, may need to compensate the exposure, make sure it isnt set to something by factory default.
  2. Another factor to consider with fluorescent lights is that they 'flicker' 60 times a second rather than being on continuously like an incandescent bulb. This isn't obvious to the naked eye but if your shutter speed is less than 1/60 it can, and will, affect your exposure.
  3. One of your problems is that you expect the result out of the camera to be perfect.With most digitals, and with this camera you might have to do the tweaking yourself, the odd time. Personally most of my shots come out a bit on the dark side becuase I know that is better than being over exposed and I tweak in my editing programs.
I hope I've sheaded some light on your problem, and if your problem persists I'll mess around with mine to ee if I can help you a bit more. Have a good evening, and happy new year.

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