for my question, it needs a little bit more of explanation.
I used to use both lightroom and Capture one for a couple of years and after some days of learning, I was always quite impressed with the results and was really happy with both software (I switched to C1 because I was pissed by the politics by adobe). I had my workflow with which I was pretty fast, even if i was doing local edits. At all I was quite happy.
Besides that I am an idealist and a huge fan of open source technology and did the switch to linux two years ago. First I had a VM with my preferred software in which I edited my images. But my goal was always to do the complete switch. The main projects I was digging into were darktable(more) and rawtherapee(less).
But even after months of using it I still do not feel 100% home. I do not really get into my editing flow and sometimes I am unhappy with the results (especially in some more extreme lighting conditions). When using my former software I did a whole holiday session in one evening and was happy. With darktable I always go back and forth, do not finish everything in one evening and most of the time come back to the pictures again, because I still think something is missing. Often I am overwhelmed by the choice and do not really know if I am using the right module for the job (maybe this is just a “missing tutoral” issue for me). At all I feel like I do not get the same picture quality like in the commercial software (without hours of fiddling). And if I have a result which pleases me and I then copy the editing to another (in my eyes similar) picture, the result looks rubbish…
I know that opensource software always has its quirks and that neither darktable, nor rawtherapee wants to clone the look and feel and results of any commercial software. I am also willed to adopt a new workflow but I just didn’t find it so far.
Additionaly I didn’t see any dt edited images (especially landscape) which blew me away and I am not sure if this is because of the lack of IQ of dt or just because there aren’t any (semi)-pros using this software.
Do you have any tipps for my on how to adopt my workflow and editing completely to dt? How did you start? Does anybody else have similar feelings? Can anybody describe his workflow? Do you work with a lots of presets?
And don’t get me wrong, in no matter this should be a rant against opensource in general or dt in special. I am absolutley impressed by the development over the last months and year and about all the work which is done by the developers.
I am looking forward for your answers.
PS: May I provide a RAW and some of the more capable persons can show me, what they are able to do?