I hope this doesn’t come across as a silly opening question, but as a long time lurker and somebody who has been playing with Darktable for 18 months, I remain unsure of the rationale for using filmic/filmic RGB.
I understand the arguments against using a base curve and I comprehend the thinking behind preferring RGB over Lab. My own experiences suggest that some form of curve is usually required for decent images.
What I cannot however fathom, is whether people are electing to use filmic because it is more consistent/numerical and involves moving sliders as opposed to randomly dragging a curve around, or are they doing it because they prefer images with less color in the shadows and highlights, which as understand it was the author’s original intention.
I get the impression that it is the former, and that filmic is essentially being used as a curve tool, but I’d be interested hear what other people think.