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a7siii RAW photos appear dark in Lightroom

CarloScholtens Avatar
17 Aug 2021 8:23PM
Hello everyone,
Since a large group here works with the a7siii, I put my question here.
When I shoot RAW photos with my a7siii, they are super dark when I put them in lightroom. So dark that I sometimes have to slide some sliders all the way to the right until they can't go any further. The JPG photos, on the other hand, are normally exposed (as it looked when I took the photo).
I never had this problem with the a7iii. D range optimizer is turned off and if I reset the camera to factory settings, the problem persists.
It's not my lightroom either, because on my buddy's laptop and my phone (lightroom) we see the same problem.

I've added 2 the exact same pictures so you can see it. 1 in RAW and 1 in JPG.

I wonder if anyone knows if this can be fixed!
Let me know.

LenShepherd Avatar
LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
17 Aug 2021 8:50PM
While I do not use Sony, RAW usually records a wider dynamic range and a wider colour gamut than jpeg.
I do not know what computer you are using. "Affordable" laptops can have lower dynamic range and a narrower colour gamut than even the limited (compared to RAW) jpg format.
What you perceive as dark areas may be recoverable with post processing.
Dave_Canon Avatar
Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
17 Aug 2021 9:40PM
One thing that you might try is to set auto in the basic adjustments and see what it does as similar processing will have occurred for the JPEG in camera.

I have never seen this effect from any of my cameras and use Raw for all. I am mainly using a Sony now and it is fine.

Jestertheclown Avatar
Jestertheclown 15 8.8k 255 England
17 Aug 2021 10:44PM
The two images above are, to me, fairly representative of the kind of difference that I'd expect between a raw and a Jpeg.
In fact, although I'm prepared to be proven wrong but I didn't think that it was possible to upload raws to here.
How do the two compare when you shoot in daylight; better still, bright sunlight?
The two above aren't really typical of what most of us would ordinarily shoot so helpful response is difficult.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
18 Aug 2021 11:10AM
As Jester has said it is usual for the differences between Raw and Jpg to be visible. The fact that the Raw contains all the information and the Jpg has been processed already and the information not used has been thrown away you don't seem to have taken into consideration. The Raw file will need processing and is designed exactly so that you can produce the image 'as you believe it was'. If you check the different sizes (amount of Mb) per file you will see that the Raw is very much larger, 10Mb at last and probably more. (Can't give you an accurate figure as I never shoot Jpg). I suspect that if you are seeing a difference as compared to your previous camera it is that you are now shooting with an upgraded model (and that's why the maanufacturers upgrade things - to produce refinements).

My suggestion would be to take your Raw file into ACR (or any Raw processing software) lighten your blacks and lighten your shadows tweak the highlights and you will find with a little processing it will be far better than the Jpg !
JJGEE Avatar
JJGEE 18 8.1k 18 England
18 Aug 2021 11:16AM

Quote:I didn't think that it was possible to upload raws to here.

Maybe what is tagged as RAW is one saved as a jpg without any manual adjustments by the photographer ?
Jestertheclown Avatar
Jestertheclown 15 8.8k 255 England
18 Aug 2021 1:01PM

Quote:Maybe what is tagged as RAW is one saved as a jpg without any manual adjustments by the photographer ?

I'd guess so.


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