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Darktable workflow: Motorbike

In this video I cover a full basic workflow in Darktable, along with some very basic RAW edits. This means that I do everything:

  • loading all of the images into darktable
  • running through and choosing the best images to process
  • basic editing the individual images
  • exporting them to JPG

This will give you a sense of how I work, what shortcuts I use, and how I do basic edits on batches of edits that don’t need to have 15 minutes spent on each.

In this video I use the latest development version (1.3+917) of darktable.
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Darktable RAW edit: Water Lily

I briefly discuss various plugins that affect global exposure: exposure, levels, tone curve, base curve, fill light. I relate each plugin back to the tone curve so that you can see how these plugins relate to each other. I also demonstrate some parametric and drawn masks. I also show off the brand-new “contrast, brightness and saturation” plugin.

When I say “global exposure” I mean that it affects the whole image without being masked off in any way, like the shadows and highlight plugin does. When I talk about gamma in the video, here’s what I mean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_correction

After introducing these plugins, I run through and process the image for output.

In this video I use the latest development version (1.3+917) of darktable.
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Building darktable from source

In this video I show you how to install the latest development version of darktable. If you’d like to try out the latest and greatest features (and don’t mind things being in a state of flux), check this video out. It might be easier than you think.

Warning: this can break your database (which contains your styles and tag collections). Back up your database (usually in ~/.config/darktable) before trying out the development version.

It’s also worth checking out the instructions on the darktable website.

If you installed in the default location (/opt/darktable) here’s a link to a modified .desktop file to add an icon to Ubuntu’s Unity launcher (copy into ~/.local/share/applications and then search for darktable in the Dash).
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