- Oct 29, 2018
- Charente Maritime, western France
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Lighttable has the ability to find focus points in your image. LR6 doesn't, tho there is an addon for itI'd personally say that darktable is superior to Lightroom in many respects once you get used to the differences in the workflow.
I liken it to Windows (Lightroom) vs. Linux (darktable). One let's you do most stuff you want pretty easily but if you want something that is a little outside the norm then you're screwed. The other lets you do all the stuff you want with a little more effort but it's outside the curve is where it really shines.
A perfect example is the darktable tone equalizer. You just can't do that in Lightroom.
This is actually the default way that darktable works and was one of my stumbling blocks early on. I wasn't understanding that the "collection" I was looking at was a folder. You build a collection by setting criteria (date, filename parts, containing folder, camera, and on and on) until you have the pictures you want in it. Then you can save the collection as a preset. I'm probably not explaining it well. Paging @junkyardsparkle !!!One of the features of LR that I use frequently is the ability to create Collections of photos. I have a number of cases where one image is included in more than one collections. The "Collection" is really just a set of pointers to the included images. Any editing done to the image appears identically in all collections that include it. This is most naturally mechanized in a database covering all images. Possibly it could be done with sidecar files but it is not obvious to me.
Does anyone know if LightTable has a similar capability?
I will second ACDSEE Photo Studio 6 for Mac...I use it for cataloging my images as well as post-processing. For the price it is a steal.If you mainly need a DAM first and image editor second - acdsee photo studio for mac is quite good and right now is only US$30
On1 photo raw is also good and reasonably priced.
I'm probably not understanding the problem well, but... I personally try to do my organization in a way that's as software-agnostic as possible, which for me means good use of keywords aka "tags"; this means that the same methods of collecting will be available with other software, or when uploaded to a decent hosting site.I'm probably not explaining it well. Paging @junkyardsparkle !!!
Thanks! It seems very obvious when you say it but I was not smart enough to think of doing that. It's a bit of a workaround to be sure, but as you say, doing it that way would make my library more software agnostic.... Using uniquely named (maybe prefaced with "collection_") keywords, you should be able to easily create arbitrary collections. You add and remove images by adding and removing the tag from the image. Might be a different approach from what some people are used to, but quite flexible.
Yeah, it's probably not really different from how collections are handled in LR under the hood, it's just updating the thinking about what collections really are (an attribute that any given object may or may not have, as opposed to little containers that objects get sorted into). By approaching it directly this way, "collections" fit right into all the interesting things that darktable's "collect images" module can do with "rules", so you can combine, intersect, etc using the collection attribute just like any other keyword.Thanks! It seems very obvious when you say it but I was not smart enough to think of doing that. It's a bit of a workaround to be sure, but as you say, doing it that way would make my library more software agnostic.
What is the best digital asset manager (database functions) for the MacOS other than LR?
When I was a Mac user I loved Apple Photos. It had all the Lightroom CC syncing features a few years before Adobe did.My friend likes Apple Photos. Derrick Story thinks pretty highly of it. He wrote an eBook for it.
I moved away from On1 to Adobe CC last year reasons: