Questions tagged [darktable]

darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. Apply this tag to questions about using darktable to process and enhance your image files. Do not use this tag to ask questions about general software support, such as how to install the software on a particular system.

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How to batch edit a collection of raw files in Darktable?

How do I batch edit a collection of raw files in Darktable? I have tried to research this, but with no luck.
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Good workflow to review and delete photos with Darktable?

I've just got a new camera, which I have already started taking a lot of photos with. Hard drive space isn't THAT cheap, and I would like to get a work-flow together to quickly go through images, ...
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How to compare the before and after image in Darktable?

I'm using Darktable to edit photos. There is one option, which I'm still looking for, but it seems to be unavailable or hidden somewhere. How to (after making some changes) preview a source image in ...
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How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for editing JPEGs?

I mostly modify JPG images taken from my Nikon camera. How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for this purpose?
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Remove color cast in darktable?

I'm playing with Darktable, coming from Photoshop, and though I really admire most of its features, there is one thing I cannot seem to wrap my head around. In Photoshop, I can easily remove color ...
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How to edit my RAW photo to make the stars come out more?

I've been taken night photography photos with my Sony A6000 in RAW+JPEG. There should be a lot more potential in RAW, but I can't make it look as visually pleasing as the JPEG. In particular, the ...
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Why is my camera drawing labyrinths on my photos?

On the photos where the lens flare is present, my Nikon D7000 is drawing strange labyrinth-looking artifacts. Here's an example. The first image is a screenshot of a little part of the original photo ...
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Simple comparison of LightRoom 4, Corel AfterShot Pro, DarkTable

I understand that I should upgrade from my basic workflow (mostly Picasa + some Cyberlink PhotoDirector). edit The basic of what I'm looking into is a step-up, single stop (if possible!) solution to:...
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Why does the appearance of RAW files change when switching from “lighttable” to “darkroom” in Darktable?

In Darktable, when extracting RAW and JPG from the camera and viewing them using lighttable mode, both look identical. Does this mean that they both contain post-processing done by the camera ...
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Is there any way of achieving cross-application non-destructive RAW editing? (Maybe xmp files?)

Is there some way of saving (basic) non-destructive RAW developing/adjustments that is not limited to a particular app ecosystem (eg Adobe)? Understandably some transformations are proprietary (eg. ...
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How can I avoid circular banding artifacts in clear skies when de-noising?

I photograph in RAW, and convert using Darktable. Camera happens to be Nikon D40, 55-200mm lens. For a small number of photos, especially of clear blue skies, I cannot reduce noise without introducing ...
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Darktable - How to do localized editing with masks?

I have started using darktable in a linux machine for photo editing (new to it). Darktable has a mask feature which allows you to create masks on a image. http://www.darktable.org/2013/04/masks/ I'...
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How to change which modules are auto-applied in Darktable?

When I open a raw file in Darktable sharpening and a base curve are automatically applied. How do I alter this? I would like to add lens correction.
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How can I delete files previously removed from Darktable?

I've been removing unwanted images from Darktable by pressing the Del key. I just learned that this isn't deleting the images from my hard drive, only removing them from the Darktable database. How ...
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Lens correction in darktable when my lens isn't known?

I took some raw (CR2) photos and want to edit them in darktable. The focal length is quite low and the distortion high. Usually I correct the distortion by using darktable's lens correction module ...
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How to make lens correction data for Samsung S8 in Darktable?

I'd like to use the Lens Correction module in Darktable. My photos are taken with Samsung S8, and Darktable does not have the information about the lens in this phone. How can I add this information? ...
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Export multiple sizes of a picture with darktable

In darktable's lighttable I can export JPEGs from my raw pictures and specify a max width and height. If I need multiple versions of a raw picture, e.g. sky.dng exported with 3840x2160/1920x1080/...
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How can I get a uniform white balance on a batch of JPEG images?

I have shot many photos of the same subject in JPG. Since I have shot for many hours with different light conditions the white balance is quite different for all the shots. I would like to ...
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Darktable - save/export module presets?

I've reproduced some toning presets in Darktable to mimic a Windows plugin called B/W Styler. Is there a way to save/export module presets, and then import them into Darktable on a different machine (...
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Darktable on multiple machines

What is the best way to organise a large photo library that needs to be accessed on two laptops (both my wife and I are editing pictures). Possibilities: store the library.db along with the files on ...
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Why does Darktable export enormous JPEGs?

I have a Nikon D3200 and just started shooting in Raw. Raw files are 18-24mb, and if I convert them to JPEG using Nikon's ViewNX 2, I get 8-12mb files at the top quality and resolution using sRGB; ...
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How to add lensfun 0.3.0 db to darktable on ubuntu?

I tried the approach suggested by Torsten Bronger in How do I add lens correction for my model+lens to Lensfun in Darktable? (extracting the xml files from 0.3.0 tar and overwriting in /usr/share/...
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How do I fix the color in this photo using Darktable to match the out-of-camera JPEG?

I'm trying to learn to use Darktable effectively. That's why over the weekend, in the middle of a massive cleaning and organizing task at home, I took a minute to shoot this compositional disaster of ...
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Is there a way to automate photo correction in Darktable?

I am used to Adobe Lightroom where you can use an "auto adjust" button to get a automated optimized output of a RAW photo. I use Darktable now and am looking for something similar. I want to edit my ...
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Darktable: Is it possible to select only modified images in Lighttable view?

In Darktable, in the Lighttable view, is it possible to select/view only images that have been edited?
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How can I remove dead links in Darktable?

Because of moving or renaming directories the paths to my photos changed. How can I automatically remove all dead links so that the missing photos aren't displayed (marked with a skull) anymore?
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Why does Darktable show D5300 RAW (.NEF) in pink in darkroom?

I just installed Darktable, in lighttable mode my raw files are shown proper but in darkroom it shows pinkish. e.g. File https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33211952/dsc_0013.nef Screenshot https:/...
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What is the Darktable equivalent to Lightroom's HSL module?

I have a few tutorials on photo editing based on Lightroom and I would like to apply the same principles but using Darktable. One thing I am not sure how to do is the HSL module. Would the color zones ...
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Post-processing software - which one and why?

I have been a Photoshop user for several years now, a Lightroom one for over six months, I discovered darktable and today I first heard about RawTherapee. From what I understand, Lightroom is (or at ...
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How can I reset the history stack for many images at the same time in darktable?

How can I reset the history stack for many images at the same time in darktable? I have edited many pictures. However I want to start from scratch. I understand how I can reset the history stack for ...
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Where are these maze-like noise patterns coming from in this tit photo? [duplicate]

I was just editing some tit photos I made on our balcony, and I found really strange patterns of noise over the bird's feathers: The photo is from Nikon D5600, settings 85mm F4.0 1/1000 ISO 160 These ...
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Can I use Darktable to export unmodified JPEGs without recompression?

To give you context: I shoot in JPEG Import into Darktable Edit some of the pictures Export all the photos for archiving as JPEG That's fine for images I've tweaked. But it would be nice if the ...
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How can I achieve turquoise in Darktable?

I'm new to Darktable but I have my workflow in Lightroom. My main style is turquoise color (based on blue) and I wanted to do that in Darktable but I cannot manage to do it. How I do it on ...
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Why doesn't Darktable's histogram match the one my camera shows?

I'm using Darktable 2.4.2 with Canon 6D. The problem is that when I import a raw image, and apply the Canon 6D base curve, the histogram is totally different with respect to the histogram visualized ...
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Is there any Linux software that can import picasa.ini edits?

I accumulated years of edits over my photographs in Picasa. Picasa works as a non-destructive editor, so it doesn't change the original files but saves all modifications in its database and in picasa....
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Can I crop to an exact size in Darktable?

I am trying Darktable for raw processing, and I want to crop an image to an exact size (e.g., 1280x720), specifying the content to retain by moving the rectangle around after it's sized. This is ...
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Can I get Darktable to change the order modules are displayed?

When I do some photo editing, I always have the same workflow: Crop & rotate Adjust white balance Adjust brightness/contrast Fine details I'd like to have module displayed in that order in ...
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Darktable - Rotate picture in lighttable mode using shortcut

I can't rotate a picture in the lightable mode through the shortcut. It seems that by default the shortcut is bracketleft/right but even if I change this, still doesn't work. It is highly necessary ...
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How to handle lens name mismatch between Darktable / exiv2 and Lensfun?

Darktable doesn't recognise my Panasonic 12-32mm pancake on my Olympus E-M10 due to a mismatch of the exif LensType and lensfun modelname. exiv2 -pt 20150824_0143.ORF | grep -ai lens Exif.OlympusEq....
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Are there predefined profiles in Darktable to instantly give RAWs some necessary punch?

I am just starting using Darktable 1.4 under Mac OS X 1.4. Before I was using Raw Therapee. What I liked about Raw Therapee are the profiles it ships with, especially as the RAWs that come out of my ...
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Some darktable modules create hot pixel “sparkles”. Is this a bug, or am I using it wrong?

I'm just getting started with Darktable 3.0.0 processing some RAW files out of my Canon 6D MkII. One odd thing I noticed is that some of the modules seem to create hot pixel-like "sparkle" artifacts ...
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How to create a denoising profile for darktable

I tried to create a denoising profile for my Google Nexus-5 smartphone as described in a blog post. I shot some pictures, one per ISO setting (100,200,400,800,1600,3200) with OpenCamera which are ...
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How can I preserve library structure (and ideally, edits) when migrating from Aperture to Darktable?

I've got a fairly large (>150GB) photo collection, comprising loads of RAW photos, currently sitting between three or four Aperture libraries. Given how much time and effort have been put into making ...
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How to embed ICC profile in DNG so darktable will use it?

I am experimenting with linear raw DNG and ICC profiles with Darktable. The DNG files are the result of scans using VueScan. I can add the scanner's ICC profile to the DNG. But when I open it in ...
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Why do RAW images in Darktable have a lot of noise?

I installed the latest version of Darktable from the Ubuntu PPA from their homepage (1.6.8). When I import RAW ges from a folder they all seem to have a lot of noise. I opened the exact same images ...
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Virtual collection in Darktable?

I'm currently trying Darktable for managing my photo library. I'm not a photographer, just trying to sortout my photos. Typical example: On a weekend trip was took 100 photos I just want to select ...
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Where does this noise come from and how to get rid of it

I am using Darktable as my RAW processing software. In darker pictures that have been taken with an ISO of 800 or more, I frequently encounter great issues with luminance noise. The following two ...
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How to copy a drawn mask in Darktable?

How to copy a mask from one module to another and modify it on the second module without affecting the original mask in the first module?
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Why doesn't updating the datetime in EXIF change it in darktable's “image information”?

I use darktable for my digital workflow. The datetime in some of my images is off by a couple of hours. I changed the datetime in all the relevant tags I could find in the *.NEF using exiv2: Exif....
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How to create smooth transition between styles in a time-lapse using Darktable?

I'm having fun with making time-lapses and I'm using Darktable for color correction. The problem I have is that for the scenes like a sunset where the beginning and the end of the time-lapse are of ...