If you’re looking for a alternative to Lightroom for managing and processing your raw photos Darktable is right choice for you.
Darktable is a free and open-source photography workflow application and raw developer.
It comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw photo post-production.
It is primarily focused on improving a photographer’s workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images.
Darktable is divided into modules, much like Adobe Lightroom. The two key modules are Lighttable, which is the photo organization and management tool, and Darkroom, the image correction tool.
Darktable has built-in ICC profile support for sRGB, Adobe RGB, XYZ and linear RGB color spaces.
Darktable is a non-destructive image editor. It accesses your images “read-only” and doesn’t change the original image file. You can preview the edits and changes that you’re making in real time, but the adjustments aren’t applied to a finished file until you export a copy.
Features of Darktable
– Non-destructive: editing throughout the complete workflow, your original images are never modified.
– Filtering and sorting: search your image collections by tags, image rating (stars), color labels and many more, use flexible database queries on all metadata of your images.
– Image formats: darktable can import a variety of standard, raw and high dynamic range image formats (e.g. JPEG, CR2, NEF, HDR, PFM, RAF … ).
– Zero-latency, zoomable user interface: through multi-level software caches darktable provides a fluid experience.
– Tethered shooting: support for instrumentation of your camera with live view for some camera brands.
-GPU accelerated image processing: many image opertions are lightning fast thanks to OpenCL support (runtime detection and enabling).
Professional color management: darktable is fully color managed, supporting automatic display profile detection on most systems, including built-in ICC profile support for sRGB, Adobe RGB, XYZ and linear RGB color spaces.
It is freely available for most major Linux distributions, macOS and Windows.