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Photos appear dark in Develop Persona, light in Photo Persona

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Hello- I am a new Affinity user (got the program this January.)

I have questions about the Develop persona. I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and use a Dell laptop running Windows 10.

I find that NEF RAW files usually display as very dark in the Develop persona and lighten significantly when I hit "Develop" and move to the regular Photo persona. Then I have to re-adjust the levels if I want to get it back to how the photo appeared after edits in Develop. The confusing thing is, this does not happen with every image, and I can't figure out which variables differ between the photos that preview accurately in Develop and the photos that do not. It might have to do with which specific edits I applied in Develop, and this issue may come up more with photos that were already on the darker end of the spectrum. I have checked my monitor display settings and they seem to be OK.

Is there something I can do to make the Develop persona provide a more accurate preview of how the photo will appear in the main Affinity Photo Persona? Is there something basic I am missing?

Thanks,

Alexis

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Hi alexis_amphibian :)

Sorry to hear you're having trouble! Could you please open a RAW file in the Develop Persona, then navigate to the 32bit Preview Studio (View>Studio>32bit Preview) and provide a screenshot of your settings here?

Then can you please open Edit>Preferences>Colour and provide a screenshot of these settings also? Are you using a custom ICC profile for your monitor, set through the OS? Do you have a HDR compatible laptop (and if so, is this turned ON in Windows settings?)

Thanks in advance!

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No problem at all, thanks for your screenshot! Could you please Check Unmanaged in this dialog, then Recheck ICC Display Transform.

Now, zoom out to 100% and take a screenshot, then Develop the image, return to 100% zoom and take another, then attach these 2 to your reply here so I can better visualise the difference in brightness you're seeing.

On 2/19/2020 at 8:55 AM, Dan C said:

Then can you please open Edit>Preferences>Colour and provide a screenshot of these settings also? Are you using a custom ICC profile for your monitor, set through the OS? Do you have a HDR compatible laptop (and if so, is this turned ON in Windows settings?)

Many thanks :)

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