willowsbough 6:51pm, 1 November 2008
You guys were so nice and helpful back when I had the embarrassing ISO problem that I thought I would ask for help again. This time I’m pretty sure the problem isn’t me ( of course I never think the problem is me :-P ) My pictures display correctly on my computer and in photoshop (elements 6) but when I print them they come out very dark. It is not quite as dark when I take them to a Kodak kiosk and print but it is still darker than what it should be. I’m not as concerned with them coming out too dark on my home printer because I rarely print them at home. Is there any way to correct this?

On a side note , I am taking a class in photography which I am loving but it is frustrating at times using a film camera since I am used to that instant gratification of digital. I love the dark room stuff but in my humble opinion rolling film onto a spool in pitch black leaves a bit to be desired...lol.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
I don't know a whole lot about digital things, but I do know that if your monitor is not colour calibrated this will happen.

On my desktop monitor my photos look much darker than they do on my laptop where the colour is more "accurate".
Take a look at this: Thom's Quick & Dirty Guide to Color Management

cajohnsonphoto 10 years ago
It sounds to me like you have your printer and photoshop doing your color correcting, when it should just be Photoshop. So actually your double dipping on the adjustments and that will usually cause a dark image So you need to turn off the printers color correction. Here is a link to a quick guide from Popular Photography that will explain it for you.

Good luck, it can be frustrating and rewarding
Bogdan Suditu 10 years ago
You need to calibrate your display and your printer. Calibration means, basically, that what you see on your monitor is what you get on your printer. Measuring colors on you monitor and your printed paper, calibration software creates "profiles" for both your printing equipment and your display, adjusting color-levels of each other so they match.
Eduardo Mueses PRO 10 years ago
Actually, you will need to calibrate both devices separately. (meaning one profile for each device).

For the money the best calibration device out there is the Colormunki, which will allow you to calibrate both the monitor and the printer.


Another inexpensive device is the Pantone Huey, but that one will allow you to calibrate you monitor (which sometimes is more that enough).


The websites for these devices offer some hints and tips on the best way to do these processes.
willowsbough 10 years ago
Thanks for all the helpful answers. It looks like i have a calibration project this weekend. :-)
jeffegg2 PRO 10 years ago
If you are viewing them on an LCD desplay especially they will appear much lighter on your monitor than your prints.

Printing on your own printer usually involves a color profile for your printer, the ink, and the paper. Most printer drivers have controls for changing your output.
Blaidd0905 PRO 10 years ago
I used to have a HueyPro and it helped a little bit but my printing was still all out of wack. I ended up getting a ColorMunki and love it. It not only made a world of difference on my monitor OVER the HueyPro (ie, not having to guess abou the brightness and contrast like you do w/ the HueyPro) but did a wonder on my printing. It's funny now to do a print preview and see how far off my printing would be without the printer profiles made by the ColorMunki. BTW, I'm down to just one printer now, an Epson Stylus Photo RX620. By far not a top of the line printer but closer to the results w/ the help of the ColorMunki.
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