I've been taking pictures for a couple years now, but have only recently begun to print my work.
I have this one print. It looks great on my monitor (color calibrated), and, when I picked it up at a local photo lab, it really looked fantastic - I was very pleased.
I put the picture in a frame and placed it flat on my desk and it looked even better. I've noticed, however, that when the photo doesn't receive enough direct light, say in a softly lit room or a hallway, it looks way too dark.
I understand that my monitor has a backlight and prints don't, and that the picture, like everything else in the world, looks different in different light, but I feel like the change is quite significant. The colors are consistent but I think it might be worth it to play with the exposure adjustment in Photoshop.
I can't decide if kicking up the exposure control a little above what looks good on my monitor will solve the problem. It's definitely a problem with lighting, but I can't decide whether its coming from the picture or the room. My gut tells me it's the lighting in the room, but I have this nagging doubt. Is this a problem that everyone faces when printing their work, or is this something I should try to address in post?