If I read what you are saying, a back lite image on a computer screen should have the same brilliance and saturation as an ambient lit sheet of photo paper? I am not buying it. There has to be a reduction in monitor brightness accounted for to make the two vastly different mediums appear as the same. We are talking apples and oranges here.
For the moment, I have darkend my screen about 20%...AND.....my eyes have adjusted to the difference and things are going better for me. The eyes introduce a huge variable into all of this.
I have both monitor and printer calibrating tools and my screen would not get as bright as the calibration software wanted and still the dark values of my images looked like mud>
Do you know that the new LightRoom 4 makes provisions for this?
Thanks for trying to help.
There are two factors which lead to prints appearing much darker than the monitor screen.
1. the monitor is too bright. lMac's are notorious. I use x-rite i1pro and i1profiler software and calibrate my screen to a luminance of 75cd/m2, which this software achieves without having to use sliders but by directly setting the hardware.
2. The paper profile also affects the color and brightness. This is easily apparent in LR4 when softproofing using the paper profile and checking the Simulate Paper and Ink box
Creating a proof copy and adjusting it so that it matches the original file will allow it to print with a good approximation of the original file.
The same priniple can be applied in CS6 as well as in Capture One or in any program which allows you to create a (virtual) copy and view it with the paper profile.
My prints from my Epson 3880 on any of my papers match the screen extremely closely,
of course taking into account that the paper print will always be somewhat duller than the image on the monitor.