Basic semi-automated style for darktable 3.0/filmic


I had problems with this image mainly because of the dynamic range. I’d like to bring out the woman’s smile…

btw. taken on the streets behind the main market in Morelia, Mexico.

thanks a lot!!

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That was an excellent video @aurelienpierre ! Learned a lot and it was very entertaining. Thanks a lot!



This was awesome livestream. I hope you’ll be able to do more of those on semi-regular basis in the future if time allows. Maybe different themes etc? Previous one was general Q&A, this one was speed editing… Whatever you’ll come up with would be good.

Also - in previous Q&A you’ve managed to hit couple of bugs, this time seems to went smoothly. Cool!


You are welcome. We can do that again on a weekly basis.


Thanks @aurelienpierre for your time.
These live sessions are really helpful and fun.

See you!

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Please, yes! weekly or bi-weekly would be great!

First of all: Thanks for these live sessions, much appreciated.

A (bi-)weekly or even monthly live session, preferably based around a specific theme, would be more than welcome.

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Maybe you could collect your dt for dummies and this style here in one sticky post like „DT 3 - Getting started“ or something like this. Then one could post this link whenever somebody outside of this forum has a question ( or maybe also collect the tutorials like Bruce Williams). I think this may reduce the number of redundant posts ?

I missed the live stream and yesterday night I watched the first 30’, and I must say: Wow! The autofilmic style is just fantastic! Together with those tips on keyboard shortcuts that work together with the mouse wheel to adjust on the fly exposure, blacks, saturation etc it really is a super-quick way to edit a bunch of photos and get them all in the same ballpark. I tried it straight away on a few photos of mine and magically I had them all balanced (some were a bit overexposed, some underexposed etc) and nicely processed.

I’ve missed the explanation on why the local contast module is used instead of (for example) the clarit preset in contrast equalizer, but I have another 1.5hrs to watch… (I had the impression local contrast wasn’t recommended by the man himself, Aurelien…)

In short, thanks (once again!) to @aurelienpierre for his great work and efforts. I’m reassessing my finances these days but I’ll make sure to make space for a monthly contribution to Aurelien.


Only slightly related, but: Aurélien, are you by any chance taking suggestions for videos? I’d really like to hear your take on Color Balance! Especially because the manual is a bit sparse on that module.

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You mean ? it’s one of more documented modules (I think filmic has more documentation).


@johnny-bit @auxym Francis I think the 2.6 release blog post on the website had a really nice walk through…that in addition to the documentation should get you started also I think @7shabo Did video where he demonstrated using only the CB module to edit a few photo’s…just FYI

This is not an explanation, just a clue to where it came from.

This is an imitation of the technique used for video editing in the film industry.

This is also used in the Blender, for example.

Here is a description of the technique:


Would you be willing to post the edit you did on the woods scene here? Or maybe it is posted somewhere else? Although Aurelien was in favor of a more subdued approach, I liked what you did.

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:call_me_hand: Thanks very much.

I can’t get it to load; I am running darktable-3.0.1-win64.exe. Your thoughts?

Ah! My mistake. I use developer version. I don’t think that’s gonna work.

I appreciate you’re trying. I have been studying the work of the others and am learning a lot. I figured out where in Pixels they are.