I’ve been reading this thread (as well as others) with some interest, as some of the topics covered here are some that I can relate to.
I’m a long time Lightroom user (and before that iPhoto, Aperture and Photos). Over my lifetime I have spent time in a real darkroom, used various types of camera from 110 cartridge to 1980’s SLRs, to small digital compacts and over the last 14 years, a variety of DSLR and Bridge cameras (and a few Phones too). Although I’m no pro, I’m no novice either.
Over the last couple of years I have been looking for a replacement for Lightroom, for a number of reasons - mainly that I want to get away from the lifetime subscription trap, but also because they seem to be dragging their heels with regards to development of basic functions.
Now, I really like darktable, but coming from Lightroom I am finding it difficult to come up with a workflow I’m happy with. I’ve watched many videos by Bruce Williams, and some of Rico’s too, all are excellent.
But, whatever I try, I cannot get to a workflow that gives me decent results in anything like the time it takes in Lightroom using a handful of very quickly accessed slider adjustments.
I sympathise with the OP here, as someone trying to make a transition after many years of doing something ‘another way’, I would welcome some kind of pointers towards a decent image with minimal input as a starting point. So far I can work away at an image, usually for some time, and after swapping about a few modules, and get to a result I’m quite happy with.
However, when I get back off holiday (for example), and want to show off some images to friends and family, I don’t want to be spending too long processing hundreds of images.
FWIW, I both agree, and disagree, with the statement above that ‘no-one can expect photography to be easy’. Yeah, I get it, we should perhaps be learning to the best of our abilities the best ways to get the best possible photos. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, and it’s a very blinkered view of the world. Why should it have to be difficult? Just because it’s always been that way? Yeah, I’ve heard that before. But, overall, why shouldn’t photography be easy? It should be enjoyed by anyone that wants to take photos. What’s wrong with wanting to be able to quickly process a bunch of photos to show off to family? It’s up the the end user how much effort they want to put into the development of their photos.
Of course opinions and advice from more knowledgeable people is always appreciated, but they shouldn’t get snobby about it either. I want to use, and fully support software such as darktable, but it’s still got to work for me.
I don’t want a Lightroom clone (if anything I’d prefer an Aperture clone ;-)). But some way to ease the transition would definitely be useful.
Apologies for the ranty part, but I feel that the flavour of the comments is trying to close off software like darktable to a wider user base, otherwise I very much appreciate that it does exist, and is so feature rich at such a nice price point.