Hi guys. I would just like to share my first thoughts on using Darktable. I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I was finished with Lightroom and I was trying out this new open source software Darktable.
It has been a couple of weeks and I am still learning. In some ways the interface is familiar to the Lightroom but is a little bit more complicated and requires a few hours and maybe weeks to get used to.
In the beginning I struggled with organising images and simply flicking through them, selecting for editing etc, The shortcut keys which were so useful in LR are different here however there is an option to change them to your liking which I might do eventually. The presets are called modules and I have to get used to the new way of playing around with them if need be.
Once you absorb all these differences and new functions and take your time to know the editing software, it is pretty good and does the necessary work. I don’t work with RAW images or clients at the moment so I need the basics from it. I don’t want to spend hours editing (something that my fellow blogger Dan James talks about in his post on shooting JPEGS)
I try to minimise my editing workflow and as it stands now it is:
Import – Select keepers – Crop (optional) – Exposure check – Convert to B&W (optional) – Export
I also must mention Bruce Williams and his helpful videos and tutorials on Darktable use. In this video Bruce shares His end to end workflow.
The images below are fresh out of Darktable. These were taken a couple of weeks ago in Montpellier, France with Fujifilm X70 and Velvia preset.
Thank you for checking this out and if you’re a Darktable user, would love to hear your experience with it. Till next time!