Lightroom is still considered to be the leading software out there for digital asset management and raw processing. But it’s not the only one. There’s Capture One, Luminar, Exposure X4, and a host of others. But there’s one that seems to always be improving in popularity and functionality, and that’s Darktable.
Darktable is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and it’s completely free. This video from Rico Richardson, coming via Anthony Morganti, is an overview of the basics of this pretty powerful RAW processor, and how to go about getting started with it for processing your images.
We first spoke about Darktable on here a couple of years ago, with the release of version 2.4.0, which brought the Darktable software to Windows for the first time. Now they’re up to version 2.6.2, which sees a lot of new features, bug fixes and updates from that initial Windows version.
Darktable is open source, which means that anybody can download the code and contribute to its development. This allows it to quickly catch up with competing software if somebody is motivated enough to develop those features. But it also means that it’s completely free for anybody to download and use on as many computers as they wish.
So, even if you’re happy with Lightroom or whatever raw processing software you’re using, it’s worth a look. You can’t really argue with free, even if it turns out that it doesn’t fit your workflow.
You can find out more about Darktable and download it on the Darktable website. And if you want more information about to actually use Darktable, then head on over to Rico’s YouTube channel where he has a whole bunch of tutorials.