Lightroom is automatically darkening my photos

Started Oct 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Lightroom is automatically darkening my photos
Oct 21, 2012

I'm having an odd issue with Lightroom 3.  When I import some new photos and click on them in my library the first time, lightroom appears to be darkening the images.

When I first click on them they are blurry, the preview loads and they sharpen out, nice and vibrant.  However the preview continues loading and eventually the image flips much darker and more washed out.  It's like Lightroom is applying some kind of preset to every photo but as far as I can tell, there aren't any presets set up.

I actually took a screen caption of it happening, which you can see in the link below.  Take note of how right as the preview finishes loading, the image becomes much darker and more washed out.  It's especially noticeable in the 3rd and 4th photos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gag4EoOaquY

Any idea what's happening here?  The photos look much better before the darkening happens.

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