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    Default Darktable

    Anyone out there using it?

    Three hours in it seems; Daunting, capable and potentially very confusing.

    Any warnings or tips?
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Transitions I don't think i'm up to making. Using PS since 1994.
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    I installed it on the Linux desktop in Mississippi mostly as a raw developer, but haven't really started trying to learn it yet. I have lately been starting to learn Kdenlive for videos.

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    All the previous posts are crazy talk to me.

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    ^ Right with you there, Gerard, - a one-finger typist in a world of folks with two dexterous thumbs, I am . . . .
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    Do they offer good self training course material? If so, that would be a good way to approach it. One caveat - with open software, the self training material is often a bid behind the actual program, so, it can take a few tries on some functions until you have found them and some dialogs can be different than in the training material. But normally working through the self training material (if it exists) will get you there within a few evenings.

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    I just made a light coloured bench.
    No need for an instruction manual, it's very intuitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henning 4148 View Post
    Do they offer good self training course material? ....
    They do - for instance there is a manual for each release available in multiple different languages -
    https://www.darktable.org/resources/


    but more accessible are the YouTube videos from the user community.

    e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Xm...amsPhotography
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    OK - Have managed to import, tag, process and export a roll.....

    And there's a hell of a lot more to learn.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Yeah, I've tried but I've found it fairly impenetrable thus far. I installed it to handle the raw files from my Nikon DSLR, and I can do basic curve alterations, exposure, contrast, etc, but exporting the results always foxes me.

    I keep meaning to spend more time on it to get to a point of basic competence, it would make a big difference to my enjoyment of using the camera. But so far, I keep finding better things to do with my time. I've just booked a 2 month trip to UK / Europe for next northern summer, perhaps that will provide the necessary impetus.
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    Default Re: Darktable

    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Transitions I don't think i'm up to making. Using PS since 1994.
    Same here but two years earlier. Tried Affinity but interface is too different, frustrating after decades of muscle memory.

    Quel Darktable? An alternative to Lightroom perhaps?
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    That's exactly right, an alternative to Lightroom - free and open source but if you already know that system and are happy with the fees then it's probably not worth the time to learn Darktable.- There are major differences in the conceptual model which will trip you up.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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