JPEG exports from Lightroom looks darker at PicasaWeb/Facebook
I do saw some threads linked to this, but no satisfactory solutions posted there.
I'm doing post processing in Lightroom, and regardless if I shoot in JPEG or RAW each time I export to disk and upload to PicasaWeb Album or Facebook the uploaded pictures looks a bit darker (or colour shifted) than in Lightroom.
I tried Chrome and Internet Explorer and in both the pictures looks same, darker than my edit in Lightroom (viewed on one screen).
I do not want to make them lighter in Lighroom, I like it how it looks there. Does any one knows about what is causing this and if there is some fix/workaround to ensure the same view?
NOTE: I do understand the problem about the monitor calibration and that all other people will see it differently, but I would like to want to have the same look for pictures viewed from my computer/monitor.
It may have something to do with Lightroom automatically working in the ProPhoto color space. For the most part, the only problem I ever have with LR is extra noise showing up that isn't normally in the picture. It goes away once it's not in LR anymore though.
If you're exporting directly from LR to your computer/the internet, change the color space to sRGB, whether in Lightroom or PS, etc.
I often find that my pictures will turn a washed out greenish if I leave them in ProPhoto color space. Check it out:
Top is ProPhoto
Bottom is sRGB
I know, I know, it's already an extremely green picture, but at least it gives you an idea of the horrible tint it adds.
Just checked that one, but it's properly set to sRGB for JPG exports. On other hand I did not find any option for setting in which color profile I do the edits in Lightroom.
Maybe the problem is that I do have set LR to different color profile and when I do export everything changes. Can you advice here, please?
I don't think that's a bad thing. However, I do know there is a difference between converting to color profile versus assigning color profile. Lightroom may be assigning the profile rather than converting. (You generally want to convert a color profile and then save a copy of the image as a JPG with the new color profile-sRGB.) Color profiles may have different gammas as well.
This may be somewhat irrelevant, but I find that unless I wait for my photos to fully load they will generally darken quite a few shades. So your Lightroom may not be displaying the photos as dark as they need to be.
Last edited by KongeTorsk; 11-14-2011 at 07:24 PM.
Reason: Adding my irrelevant info
@KongeTorsk - thanks for trying. I done some reading in last 2 days, and looks it something I will need to live with, so need to keep in mind to keep the pictures a bit lighter when doing export to web.
FYI: the behavior you describes about LR showing slightly lighter picture during the load, and than do the additional "step/skip" to darken it, is to be expected. It is visible only for RAW images for which LR do not have generated preview. My understanding is that LR is loading very fast "thumbnail" and then generating the "full preview" based on all raw data, afterwards you see this "skip to darker". If you want to speed up your LR you can pre-generate the previews for all pictures before you start editing them (Menu->Library->Previews). Once the previews are generated you will not see this to happen.
It has nothing to do with Lightroom (which I don't use). I just noticed the same problem in one of my images. After uploading an image to Facebook, I noticed that it looked darker than when I was viewing it in Photoshop. Thinking I had made it too dark, and that this had something to do with using a different monitor. Then I used the download button in Facebook of the image. Opening the images with Picasa, the original image is lighter as I had intended and the downloaded copy is darker. If I open them both with Irfanview, both copies are dark.
1. Facebook darkened the image
2. The viewing software matters
This is quite disturbing to me as now I know not everyone is seeing the same thing. It is clearly too dark in the darker image. Another problem is that I have begun to have professional prints made. The last one I felt was darker than I had intended. I will have to pay extra for proofs next time I get an expensive print made or else make it look lighter at home guessing that it will be darkened.