Low-key images and inaccurate rear LCD preview on EM10ii

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I've been playing with low-key off-camera flash photography the last couple of weeks as it's a look that I love but have no experience with. Below is an example of what I'm going for. My problem is that the rear LCD is giving a preview that seems to be somewhere between 1 and 2 stops brighter than the actual image when I get it onto a computer. I don't have any problem seeing other people's low-key images on my computer and the colors (when I shoot color) seem to be in line with reality so i don't think it's the computer or the monitor.

I had to push the image below by 2 stops to get something that resembled the image on the rear LCD preview. I was thinking about using OI share on my iPad as a remote shutter to see if the preview is any better. Does anyone have other suggestions or thoughts?

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I think you can adjust the LCD screen brightness. From the manual, p. 98, Monitor Brightness Adjustment (can't copy the whole thing, there are symbols which don't show):

You can adjust the brightness and color temperature of the monitor. Color temperature adjustment will affect only the monitor display during playback. Use HI to highlight j (color temperature) or k (brightness) and FG to adjust the value. Press the INFO button to switch between [Natural] and [Vivid] monitor color display.
 

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I have spent a bit of today doing some close up work trying to photograph spiders with flash. EM10 MkII TTL
I always seem to have to dial in 1 to 2 stops negative exposure to get what I want.

When I use my Panasonic G85 I also tend to always dial in some negative exposure [compensation]

Mind you I do not tend to expose ETTR either as I try to use jpeg SOOC as far as possible.

Edit, @DefectiveMonk
BTY I like your portrait exposure, very nice look
 
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I've been playing with low-key off-camera flash photography the last couple of weeks as it's a look that I love but have no experience with. Below is an example of what I'm going for. My problem is that the rear LCD is giving a preview that seems to be somewhere between 1 and 2 stops brighter than the actual image when I get it onto a computer. I don't have any problem seeing other people's low-key images on my computer and the colors (when I shoot color) seem to be in line with reality so i don't think it's the computer or the monitor.

I had to push the image below by 2 stops to get something that resembled the image on the rear LCD preview. I was thinking about using OI share on my iPad as a remote shutter to see if the preview is any better. Does anyone have other suggestions or thoughts?

View attachment 803366LittleGirl_BW by Defective Monk, on Flickr
Have you checked your "Live View Boost" setting P101 in the UM
 

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Hi, are you using the RAW image on the computer?
The LCD will show the JPEG version (even if you shoot RAW only)... You can reduce the Gradation setting and possibly others to get a flatter JPEG/preview image.
 
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I do shoot raw. I'll give this a try. Thank you.
Then I also recommend setting the camera profile to muted. Together with gradation turned down I do feel that this give a quite pleasant viewfinder/LCD image.

You could also look in using the EVF (as you can adjust brightness and hue to your liking).

p.s. very nice image, well done!
 

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