Old 01-24-2016, 11:31 PM   #1
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Recently I've been getting several underexposure rejections, the latest all three uploads today. Not sure why, I've not had this issue before. I shoot in RAW format and process in Lightroom on my MacBook Pro. On my screen they look good and so do the histograms. My eyes or my screen perhaps?

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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...71&key=4841128
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...75&key=4706069

Any advice on how to fix this will be welcomed!

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Old 01-25-2016, 01:42 AM   #2
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#1 is too dark except for the interesting semaphore discs.

#2 is too dark.

#3 is close, screener's preference I suppose.

Do photos by others look good on your monitor? Placing your 3 in a gallery view with accepted photos should be instructive. Nothing beats a side-by-side comparison.
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:40 AM   #3
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The first 2 are very nit picky, they look ok to me. Lots of color depth. The third one is absolutely fine...

If you want to play their game, you can "fix" them all pretty easily. Just bump levels on the white scale some, easily "fixable"
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:37 AM   #4
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All of these do look dark to me. I think the screener has a point here. It is certainly possible to have both ends touching on a histogram and still have the image be underexposed.

A couple of things to try. If you're in Lightroom, bring the exposure slider up a few tenths of a stop. I think it's gonna take a third to a half a stop....maybe even two thirds. If you're in PSE, go to Levels and take the mid-tones point (gamma point) and move it to the right. As you brighten, you may need to bump the contrast as well.
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Old 01-25-2016, 04:16 AM   #5
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The first one also needs a modest amount of additional sharpening IMO.
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:46 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your comments, I adjusted by 1/4 to 1/3 of a stop on each and they were all accepted

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