Darktable -  FREE Powerful RAW photo editor (Lightroom alternative) now available for windows
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Darktable - FREE Powerful RAW photo editor (Lightroom alternative) now available for windows

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Found 7th Jan
darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Usd to be just OSx/ Linux but now is also available for windows.




worth a try to save some £££
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speculatrix3 h, 6 m ago

What's a "digital negative"?


It's a RAW file.

The sensor in a camera doesn't take a 'picture' it records the hue (colour), saturation (depth of colour), and lightness of each pixel and compiles them all into a sort of spreadsheet. This is a RAW file and on my camera there are 24 million pixels so the RAW file is around 30Mb.

Then the computer part of the camera takes that information and creates a photo in jpeg format. It takes the data and makes decisions such as the white balance and what the exposure should look like and also some brand specific criteria (for example - punchy reds to make the image pop). It then throws away all the information it didn't need to produce the jpeg which leaves a file size of around 9Mb.

This is fine for most people, but if the camera got the exposure wrong or misread the white balance, you are a bit stuck. You can make some changes to a jpeg but not too many as most of the information was discarded.

If you have the RAW file though, you have much more leeway to make changes to the final picture, adjusting the exposure, colours, making changes to specific tones etc. because you have all the information that was present at the original scene. Obviously, if the camera (or operator) made a total pigs ear of it you can't rescue it, but shooting in RAW gives you the best chance.
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Sounds good. Heat.
Thanks for posting this. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to Lightroom and Capture One.
dxx42 m ago

Thanks for posting this. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to …Thanks for posting this. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to Lightroom and Capture One.


seems pretty powerful - couldn't get my image looking as good as with lightroom after a 10-15minute try but other than my unfamiliarity thats perhaps due to the sliders working a bit differently and loads more of them available on darktable
Just tried it couple days ago. Tried with an image I previously edited with lr4, but struggled to get it to look the same in darktable. But it looks like a mature product I might use in the future. Currently I am using lr5, but without graphics card support it runs quite slow.
Thanks - I'll give it a try.
How does it compare to RawTherapee?
What's a "digital negative"?
Sounds like its defo worth a punt. Thanks OP. Heat added.
speculatrix3 h, 6 m ago

What's a "digital negative"?


It's a RAW file.

The sensor in a camera doesn't take a 'picture' it records the hue (colour), saturation (depth of colour), and lightness of each pixel and compiles them all into a sort of spreadsheet. This is a RAW file and on my camera there are 24 million pixels so the RAW file is around 30Mb.

Then the computer part of the camera takes that information and creates a photo in jpeg format. It takes the data and makes decisions such as the white balance and what the exposure should look like and also some brand specific criteria (for example - punchy reds to make the image pop). It then throws away all the information it didn't need to produce the jpeg which leaves a file size of around 9Mb.

This is fine for most people, but if the camera got the exposure wrong or misread the white balance, you are a bit stuck. You can make some changes to a jpeg but not too many as most of the information was discarded.

If you have the RAW file though, you have much more leeway to make changes to the final picture, adjusting the exposure, colours, making changes to specific tones etc. because you have all the information that was present at the original scene. Obviously, if the camera (or operator) made a total pigs ear of it you can't rescue it, but shooting in RAW gives you the best chance.
This worth more than a heat!
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darktable slumming it on windows now?

Its a great program and free! HEAT!!!!
Edited by: "deleted849183" 8th Jan
Daveseans2 h, 14 m ago

This worth more than a heat!


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How does this compare to GIMP? Apologies if this is a stupid question, I'm only just getting into photo editing etc
madmikeyb831 h, 37 m ago

How does this compare to GIMP? Apologies if this is a stupid question, I'm …How does this compare to GIMP? Apologies if this is a stupid question, I'm only just getting into photo editing etc


GIMP is a photo shop equivelant this is a lightroom equivelant. if google compare photoshop to lightroom youll see the differences
Looks really cool, and for free. :-)
Open source nice
Just tried to post this - seems pretty good from a little play I had
The.Crew.Designs2 h, 59 m ago

Just tried to post this - seems pretty good from a little play I had


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bitcoin54 h, 28 m ago

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Were those cows meant to be so green? It looks like the white balance is very off
Edited by: "dreamager" 17th Jan
Once you play around with the base saved profile settings which take a while to set up it just Rocks! the way it corrects perspective adjustments is just fantastic, recognised my lens and corrected. You need to set up your std profile to apply some std adjustments and one click to apply and boom! this thing is very powerful.
Looking forward to seeing how this compares to Affinity Photo's raw processing. Thanks for the heads up!
madmikeyb838th Jan

How does this compare to GIMP? Apologies if this is a stupid question, I'm …How does this compare to GIMP? Apologies if this is a stupid question, I'm only just getting into photo editing etc


Lightroom is a photo improvement programme that allows to correct aspects of the image. GIMP is like photoshop it is an image editor which allows to layer images on to each other, cut bits out. Warp and twist and generally make a new creative image from your old one.
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