I’m not sure how to say this properly. I am a total novice at Darktable, and thanks to the online information, and a lot of YouTube videos, and a lot of struggling, and a lot of frustration, I finally got it to sort of work.
Watch this video.
This fellow used a Canon G7X Pro Mk II, which just happens to be the camera I shot the first 20 raw images from, that I tried to import into Darktable. One minute into the video, he opens up an image - check the corners; the images look like he used a fisheye lens.
I spent all that night trying to find out what I did wrong, and finally gave up. I deleted and reinstalled the program, deleted my files, and imported some basic ‘jpg’ images which worked. I never knew what I did wrong, until I accidentally found this YouTube video!!!
Now I understand what I did wrong, that I have to manually select the lens that I used, so the images appear corrected. This has never been the case in my other editors, so why would I expect I needed to do it in DarkTable?
Anyway, the bottom line is I’m a novice, not to mention I don’t know and/or understand scripts. I appreciate that all of you have figured out a way to allow Darktable to work with Nik Collection, but before I even started to learn how to do that, I need to learn Darktable.
My hope, is that this ability will eventually be built into Darktable.
For me, I’m already paying my $10 per month for Adobe’s Photography Plan for Photoshop and Lightroom, so I’m not going to save anything by using Darktable. However, Darktable seems like a more powerful editor than Lightroom, so I’m going to continue to struggle with it.
My workflow seems to be to edit in Darktable, export the files, then import them into Lightroom, do whatever else I need, then send to Nik Collection to enhance them, and after they return to Lightroom, I can export them with the watermarks, re-sized for my use.
I will continue to use Darktable, as that’s the only way I’m going to learn it.
I will also continue to use DxO PhotoLab 3, as it has some fascinating new ways to edit.