1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Darktable - free open source photography workflow app/RAW developer

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    This is interesting and the price is very right.

    [​IMG]




    https://petapixel.com/2017/12/27/darktable-brings-free-open-source-lightroom-alternative-windows/

    Lightoom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
     
    Signal 11 and dweller like this.
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Anyone using this? I'm interested as I'm never going to commit to a lifetime of Lightroom subscriptions.
     
  4. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

    I tried it a few years back. Was pretty RAW (see what I did there?)

    I ended up with Phase One's thing but might have a look at where Darktable has gotten to before I commit to buying the latest version of Capture.
     
  5. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Never heard of it before, but like you I am suspicious of the Lightroom/Photoshop CC bundle.
     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm trying out Luminar now as it's had great reviews.
     
  7. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Is it any good?

    I'm still running aperture currently. But I need to look at what I'm doing with my photo editing. I'm repeatedly running out of room on my mac.

    Out of interest when you're all going through photos, do you delete the ones you're not going to edit and use as finals?
     
    Nivag likes this.
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    My process so far is:
    1. Import images into folder with date details (e.g. 03_2018_brixton, 03_2018_oxford etc).
    2. Copy all the images into a temp sub folder
    3. Delete duff images and dit usable ones and then run batch file to resize for web use
    4. Run batch renaming tool
    5. Copy to local folder and upload onto server for website
    6. Run copy and paste over <img src="..."> template in Homesite to change file names and description
    7. Copy and paste the code into Wordpress and edit

    I'm going to try and give Luminar a run through later this week. I may just dust off an old Photoshop CS4 instead mind.
     
  9. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    With digital I do - I'm pretty ruthless. I triage them and delete all the ones which are obviously shit or duplicates (before importing) then I go over them again and delete the ones which are fine but seem pointless and aren't saying anything to me. Often then I'll pare them down even more while looking through them. This is made a bit easier because I have them all in iCloud so can browse through and delete stuff on my phone when I'm bored.
     
  10. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    My process is pretty simple.

    Delete quite a lot of obvious duds in the camera as I go along.
    Import (Jpegs and Raws) into PC from memory card into folder e.g."1803 snow"
    Look at with Faststone Viewer, delete some more duds
    Might look at with Nikon NX for the full exif
    Process the ones I like with PS Elements9
    Save to "1803 snow/output" folder appendixed "p" for print or "w" for web.

    Edited to add, sometimes I shoot jpeg sometimes raw. I don't shoot raw+jpeg
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  11. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Ok thats interesting....

    I learnt photography on the basis of "never bin your negatives".... and had applied that idea to digital, but when your RAW images are 70 meg each it kills computer space.

    I need to do some deleting.
     
  12. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I don't delete shots I've scanned from film - I use them as contact sheets and cross-reference them with the negative sheets - but then they are way smaller, and there are fewer of them. Even a colour PNG scan of a 6x4.5 frame is only around 20 meg from my scanner, and a lot of the time I just scan to JPEG. I'll also regularly take 5x the number of digital shots as I would 35mm film in the same situation... I can't stop myself, but I don't get any more keepers.

    The negatives themselves just sit in piles and boxes around my flat and don't do any harm apart from gathering dust. I suspect this is how people have been storing negatives forever.
     
  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Computer space is super cheap though. Unless something is completely out of focus or an obvious dud I keep them. You never know when even a background detail might be useful.
     
  14. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    It is, but it also means more backup space.
     
  15. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you may have a Nikon D8XX with that 70mb. I am shooting 12bit compressed raw (when I shoot raw that is) and they are about 30mb. Still enough for me to wonder though.
     
  16. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    D800
     
  17. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Aha, me too since January. But I refuse to do the full size raws!! :)
     
    sim667 likes this.
  18. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I do, but they monster my machine.
     
  19. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Nikon RAW compression is lossless. The only reason to use uncompressed is processing time in-camera.
     
    RoyReed likes this.

Share This Page