I’ve personally been using digiKam + darktable for the past 6 months. I just upgraded to digiKam 7.0.0, and I don’t remember which version I was using before that, I just know it wasn’t the latest.
I’m curious to see how the changes from digiKam 7.0.0 and darktable 3.2.0 effect my workflow, and I’m also eager to hear how everyone else approaches this from an asset management perspective.
As my lenses are rather soft, and I shoot a fair amount of action of my wife’s sporting competitions, I typically import a large number of images which need to be heavily culled. My personal workflow is as follows:
- Import directly from SD card into digiKam.
- View each image fullscreen(or zoom to 100% if necessary) and assign a rating.
- Select all images with less than 3 stars and delete.
- Geotag images with relevant location.
- Select all images and write metadata to files.
- Open relevant folder in darktable.
- Filter filmstrip by 4 or more stars.
- Begin editing.
I suppose I don’t typically care whether my edits from darktable appear in digiKam, as I use it primarily for keeping my photos organized. However, if darktable’s asset management was a bit closer to what is implemented in Lightroom, I’m not sure I would have a large need for digiKam.
Edit: Although all the features I use digiKam for are available in darktable, I find that importing/organizing/culling are much quicker in digiKam on my aging machine.