When I first started to learn Darktable, I had a similar problem in opening RAW files from my Sony A700. They were over-saturated, color balance way off (too warm) compared to what the camera gave me as a preview or the preview Irfanview would give me for files stored on my computer’s hard drive.
I could open these same files in Lightroom, RawTherappee, or Sony’s RAW converter absent this problem.
I have no idea what I did, but the problem seemed to go away, and I processed many a RAW file through DarkTable that were captured on my A700.
Recently, I picked up a Sony A900, love it. But, this problem with opening RAW files in DT has re-surfaced. I did not consciously make any changes that I feel might have caused this, but am at a loss as to what I may have or am doing wrong. I don’t know where to start looking.
I see that the project has RAW samples for my camera, and, so, I assume that RT detects my camera’s profile. The puzzling part is that with neither camera did the problem start right away. I was able to process a number of shots during my first couple of sessions in DT with both cameras. Then the problem appeared.
Is there some icon that I can click to set DT to its default setting?
In order to process and distribute photos I shot during our Christmas celebration, I booted back into Windows and used Lightroom and Photoshop CC. No problems there, but I would prefer to use DT and Gimp 9 via Linux instead.
With all due respect, please do not tell me that I am not accounting for the difference between the camera’s jpeg used for its LCD review display and the underlying RAW file. I am aware of this difference (Irfanview uses that same JPG to produce its preview image). The problem appears to be occurring only with DT, not with other RAW processors (as mentioned, I use RT, LR/PS CC, and I also have Lightzone). With none of these other aps do I experience this problem. Having spent many hours familiarizing myself with DT, I really do prefer it.
Suggestions very much appreciated.