Request for Darktable tips

(Harry Durgin) #1

I’m going to be adding viewer contributed tips and tricks to my weekly edits. Got anything you’d like to share?

Thank you in advance :slight_smile:

(Mica) #2

Can you mention It is the successor to, where we are collecting sampels of raws.

I’m working on a few tips, will post when I’ve verified them.

(Mica) #3

The tip by @chris here Quick rating and auto-advance in Linux a la Photo Mechanic

This is pretty nice and often requested workflow feature.

(Roman Lebedev) #4

@harry_durgin i’m using it for regression testing of the rawspeed library (that is basically the main reason why RPU got born) which is used by darktable to load all the raw files.
It is of utmost importance to have the full specified sample set for each and every camera.


One of the best you gave already here:

Another excellent tip is in

Not a tip from me, but something you could incorporate where it fits.

(Mica) #6

How about:

  1. Using a lower time mapping value to reduce contrast on an LDR image
  2. The monochrome module with the blendmode on soft light for a nice contrast boost.

(Sergei Rybalko) #8

How about artistic color grading in Darktable? For example two tips that I have described here (using channel mixer etc)
1 Winter Snow Photo Effect in darktable
2 Dark Grunge Portrait in Darktable


I saw this recently on luminosity masks in Darktable;

(Harry Durgin) #10

Yikes, embarrassed that I haven’t contributed yet. I’ll highlight this project in the next episode. Thanks

(Mica) #11

It is pretty new! We’d appreciate a mention :slight_smile:

(Harry Durgin) #12

Yes! I’m going to start doing that myself too

(Harry Durgin) #13

Thanks Chris

(Harry Durgin) #14

Excellent thanks. I’ve used the channel mixer with softlight too, but the monochrome module offers a comfortable interface to work in. What settings are your favorite for tone mapping?

(Harry Durgin) #15

Fantastic ideas, thank you!

(Harry Durgin) #16

Those L masks are work horses aren’t they.

(Mica) #17

Settings for tone mapping really depend on how much highlight clipping there is; any value below the default will cause a reduction in contrast.


This blog has some really useful guides;