Darktable: Recommended Workflow

category darktable • hashtags darkroom • 1 min read

Darktable 3.x is a radical departure Darktable 2.x. New modules, old modules that are not recommended anymore. A whole bunch of modules from Darktable 2.x should even be avoided in Darktable 3.x.

The workflow in Darktable 3.x has been significantly simplified. Here’s the new workflow.

  1. Exposure
  2. White balance
  3. Color balance
  4. Filmic RGB

These 4 modules will do between 80% and 90% of all the …


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Darktable: Modules to Avoid

category darktable • hashtags darkroom • 2 min read

With the Darktable 3.x serie, the developers have introduced a whole bunch of new concepts, including:

  • scene referred processing
  • display referred processing
  • LAB space vs Linear RGB processing

All these things have implications about which module to use or not.

Darktable 3.x is compatible with Darktable 2.x. All the Darktable 2.x modules are still there. This doesn’t mean that you should be using them. The …


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Darktable: Darkroom Overlays

category darktable • hashtags darkroom • 1 min read

Darktable, by default, has a very simple and view when processing the image in the Darkroom of Darktable.

default information in the darkroom

Default Information in the Darkroom

As you can see, it’s very sparse and very simple. My main problem is that the Darkroom does not show the filename/image name. I need to see it at all times. That information is available in the left panel through the image information, but that …


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Darktable: Lighttable Overlays part 2

category darktable • hashtags lighttable • 1 min read

Darktable, shows some information about the image, like the filename, the extension, the operture, the shutter speed, the focal lens, and the iso. The problem, for me, is that I use the virtual copies (in Lightroom language), aka duplicates (in Darktable language), a lot.

What’s what? Which one is the original photo and which one is the virtual copy, aka the duplicate? Darktable doesn’t show it in the …


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Darktable: Lighttable Overlays part 1

category darktable • hashtags lighttable • 1 min read

Darktable, by default, has a very simple and light view for browsing images.

default information in lighttable

Default Information in Lighttable

As you can see, it’s very sparse. There’s nothing to interfere with viewing the images, which is the base philosophy of Darktable.

The problem is that I don’t like it. I like to see what’s what. I have set the my own display of what I want to see …


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