After many trials and tribulations with darktable since v3 came out, I’ve continued battling away, and finally think I’ve found a way forward.
I’d initially had a lot of bother getting images anywhere near to what I was wanting to see as a final result. Up until now, I had been trying to use the built in Lightroom import routine, and resetting everything to use Filmic et al.
What I’ve been trialling now, is I’ve copied my Lightroom storage only a spare HDD, and have deleted all the xmp sidecar files, so darktable no longer reads them as I open each image. That seems to have made a huge difference to the workflow now, and I am getting much more pleasing results, more quickly. I’m also not relying on too many Styles or Presets, just a few that set a handful of basic settings that I prefer myself, or suit a particular camera model.
Just a question on that, is it possible that something is hanging over from the Lightroom edits import that’s been mucking things up for me? On that point, as it hasn’t been updated for a long time, and IMHO never really worked well anyway, shouldn’t it be removed now, or at least have a user option to enable/disable it? (as there is for the Base Curve and Sharpening etc.)
Regards to all.