I have found that in the last couple of years that the episodes are shot so dark that it is irritiating to me! I am getting a little frustrated by this! It is not my tv it is the lighting that they have chosen to use. I watch the show to see all of the clothes and hair and all of that so what gives?
Have you felt this way too?
You seem to forget that in those days, people used natural light as much as possible. They almost never turned on electric lights during the daytime, and were not used to the glaring illumination of our homes that we now take for granted. The lighting is therefore as much a piece of the period as the clothes and the hair, and it is silly to praise the latter while complaining about the former.
Completely agree about it being too dark. The rationale of "that's the way it was then" doesn't do it for me. I want to see the set, the faces, the surroundings.
I also think it's too dark. All of the details are lost...I couldn't even see the lapels on the men's jackets. I'm not sure why they would go to all of the trouble of the fine details in the clothes, hair, jewelry, makeup and sets only to have it disappear bec poolause of bad lighting, it makes no sense. I'm going to try brightening my television for this show, I like it too much to give up on it.
Totally agree. It takes too much away from the program when its so dark.
Totally disagree. Lighting is period-correct.
The comment that dim lighting is period-correct is misleading because human eyes effectively have a much wider dynamic range than cameras, even modern digital TV cameras. So people actually in the room would be able to see low-contrsst detail even in the darker corners, whereas cameras need extra lighting.
Nutshell - turn the lights up so that we can see as well as if we were really there!
When season 4 was broadcast I thought it was surprisingly dark. (It was pretty morbid with everyone in mourning for Matthew.) But I later bought the DVD andd it was brighter. Maybe it's just the medium. The broadcast shows look darker than on the DVDs.
Then why were the rest of the episodes lighter. I hate it. I thought it was my computer and kept trying to adjust. It ruined a lot of the shows for me cause I could barely see things.
What do you think?