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Nikon d70 photo results

Pictures taken (outside, daylight) with my D70 are dark when printed. For instance, on a snowy day the snow appears greenish-gray in the printed pictures but white and natural on the digital screen. The setting is on automatic. Any suggestions?

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The problem is NOT white balance with snow. It is your exposure value. You can change whiote balance all day long with no results. Because the camera wants to make everything 18% gray, it underexposes the snow to look gray. You need to compensate the very bright, white snow by using +1.0 to +2.0 ev.

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There are so many places where you could be going wrong... 1. Exposure: Snow usually looks grey because cameras tend to under expose it, especially Nikons. Although camera metering has come on a long way since everything was assumed to average out at mid grey, you will generally need to use +ve exposure compensation for snow and -ve compensation for coal heaps to record what your eye sees. - However don't go too far or you will just get huge blocks of clipped whites. 2. Trusting the LCD display: This is not as good as your computer monitor! Use the D70's histogram and Highlights views to get a more objective idea of the exposure. 3. White balance: Auto white balance is easily fooled. Experiment with sun/shadow/overcast. Midday sunlight is a different colour from morning or afternoon. Set up white balance bracketing if you are not sure of the correct setting. 3. Colour space: Are you shooting sRGB or Adobe RGB? What are you using to view/edit on you computer? Does it use the same colour space and is you computer monitor calibrated? 4: Printing: Where are you printing? How reliable are they? Do you know the fault does not lie with your printer?  5: Workflow: To get colour right you need a fully calibrated colour workflow. This is a nightmare for mere mortals. But break it into steps: Does the image on your screen look like it did in the camera? And does the printed image look like it did on screen?  Good luck!

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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    • Actually, the most likely reason is that you are taking pictures in Adobe RGB and printing directly. 

    • Don't

    • Shoot in sRGB for print or convert from Adobe RGB to sRGB before printing

    • Unless you are using commercial industrial printing and publishing presses, your printer needs sRGB



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You might want to change the white balance or bracket your exposures

Here is a link to the photonet site that may give you some things to try: Photonet

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