Before I came into contact with Linux, as a lifelong fanatic landscape, and later portrait and wedding photographer, I had been using Adobe Lightroom on an Apple based system already for a long time. Adobe’s Lightroom has been the de facto standard for professional and serious RAW processing for Windows and macOS for years. And I still think that Lightroom is a great and robust software solution to organize and edit RAW photo files on your macOS or Windows system, next to products like Capture One Pro or ON1 Photo RAW. But as lovers of Linux and open source software, we do not have Lightroom. But we do have similar needs when it comes to serious editing of RAW photo files and associated workflow support. And in my opinion the fulfillment of those needs is offered to us in the form of the powerful open source solution darktable.
In this darktable tutorial series I will pay attention to downloading and installing darktable under Linux, the basic settings, the more specialist settings, and from there I move to topics such as the user interface, importing photo files, giving ratings, using filters to easily find photos, and exporting the photos. But most articles will likely cover all specific editing modules. More than 60 modules are available and many of these modules are relatively complex and deserve their own article to properly understand what they have to offer.
The darktable tutorials
001 An introduction to darktable for Linux
002 How to download and install darktable in Linux
003 Basic setup of darktable
004 The user interface of darktable
005 How to import your photo files in darktable
006 The lighttable view
Additional darktable articles