Not to sound over dramatic but the time has come… to replace my old dying MacBook that is.
I’ve been using that machine since 2009 and for the past 3 years it’s been gradually slowing down making it frustrating to work on. I’d still use it for blogging and reading or typing but photo management has increasingly become exasperating. The only good thing was that I was using the old Lightroom 4 (complete free version and no monthly fees) to which I got used to and I had my workflow that ran smoothly unless the machine bugged, which lately it did.
So finally, a few weeks ago I found a reconditioned MacBook Pro with Retina screen for a reasonable price and what a difference it makes. If you’re an Apple user, I don’t have to tell you about the effortlessness and simplicity which it brings you (sorry PC users, I tried and failed… or PC failed me most of the times).
Back to photo management: I did want to install the latest Lightroom and did the 7 days trial but after some thinking I opted out. I thought Adobe was quite harsh with their monthly prices for subscribers. It comes down to this. 12 euros a month on top of all other expenses…? Sorry, not for me Adobe. I’d rather try editing before shooting more often or get a free alternative software.
Hello Darktable. Available for IOS, PC and bunch of other systems. No it’s not better than Lightroom, in fact it seems more complicated at first but I think I just need some more time to get used to it. If it does basic tune ups and you there are plenty of presets available also then it works for me! It’s completely free so I’m giving it a go.
Below you will find the images exported from Darktable. As I already had my Fuji X70 set up with Velvia in camera preset which gave me bold colours and more contrast, all I had to do is check and modify exposure on some photos and maybe crop a little if was necessary.
Thank you for visiting and let me know if you are also a Darktable user. How do you find it? What is Your workflow?