You can either have a look on our online version of the user manual or download the latest version in your language:
- English - most recent version
- Other languages are currently badly outdated but will hopefully be reworked soon.
We have a wiki page to share different styles for darktable. Feel free to put your own there and share them with others!
To create a new darktable style just alter your image the way you want. Then click the button located in the history module in darkroom mode to create a style from the current history stack. In advanced options you can include or exclude single modules. To export or import a new style use the styles module in lighttable mode.
Stefano Fornari, Mario Latronico and Nicholas Manea wrote a book about photo development with darktable:
Digital photo development with darktable
Manage and develop your digital images with Darktable.
It introduces you to the process of developing your images with darktable explaining the basic features. It starts over with a simple tutorial on importing and developing your first photo(s). After describing the darktable user interface it provides some workflow suggestions and background informations on (perception of light, sensors, patterns, colors).
Pascal de Bruijn provides several useful screencasts on his website explaining the different functions of dartkable. Find the 0.7 screencast library, the 0.9 screencast library addition and the 1.0 screencast library addition or just pick the one you want:
Screencasts recorded using darktable 1.0
Screencasts recorded using darktable 0.9
Screencasts recorded using darktable 0.7 (but still valid)
- darktable Installation On Ubuntu
- darktable Lighttable Basics
- darktable Tagging & Collect Modules
- darktable Darkroom Basics
- darktable Darkroom Black & White Modules
- darktable Darkroom GND Module
- darktable Darkroom Colorzones Module
- darktable Darkroom Watermark Module
- darktable Working With Styles
- darktable Capture Basics
Tutorial videos in Spanish (with subtitles in French and English)
(courtesy of Juan Luis Fernández Gallo and translated by Paulo C. Santos Garcia and Marie-Noëlle Augendre)
Related but not only suitable for darktable is his screencast on how to create helpful backtraces with gdb:
And down here we have some more screencasts and tutorials - in German. These tutorials are brought to you by Mirco.
Cameras with enhanced support
In general, darktable supports whatever rawspeed or libraw supports. Additionally, for better color rendition, darktable comes with custom profiled color matrices. Plus, to reproduce the behavior of the camera's chip, we have reverse-engineered some base curves for you.
The following list only shows the status of enhanced support and does not mean your camera (or its raw files) is not supported by darktable.
|camera||color matrix||base curve|
|Pentax K-x, K-5, K-7||x||x|
|Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 5D Mark II, 5D, 7D||x||x|
|Canon EOS 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D||x||x|
|Canon EOS 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D||x||x|
|Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, XTi, XSi, T1i, T2i||x||x|
|Canon EOS Kiss Digital N, X, X2, X3, X4||x||x|
|Canon Powershot S60, S90, G12||x||x|
|Nikon D40X, D60, D90||x||x|
|Nikon D200, D300s, D700||x||x|
|Nikon D3000, D3100, D5000, D7000||x||x|
|Nikon Coolpix P7000||x||x|
|Sony DSLR A100, A200, A550, A700||x||x|
|Olympus E-PL1, E-500, SP570UZ||x||x|
|Panasonic DMC-FZ40, DMC-FZ100||x||x|
|Panasonic DMC-G1, DMC-GF1, DMC-G2||x||x|
|Panasonic DMC-LX3, DMC-LX5||x||x|
|Kodak Easyshare Z1015 IS||x||x|
Cameras tested for tethering
While a lot of cameras might work with darktable's tethering mode only a few have been tested in real life. Feel free to test it with your model and send us a short review.
|Nikon D60||Ubuntu 10.04||2.4.5-2||0.5+git20100716||Henrik Andersson|
|Nikon D70s||1.0.5||dckirba||remove the CF card|
|Nikon D90||Ubuntu 10.04||2.4.5-2||0.5+git20100716||Henrik Andersson|
|Nikon D5000||Ubuntu 10.04||2.4.5-2||0.6||José Carlos García Sogo|
|Nikon P100||Slackware 13.1||2.4.8||0.6|
|Canon EOS 30D||Ubuntu 10.04||2.4.8||0.6.1~rc20100829||Olivier Tribout|
|Canon EOS 400D||1.1.1||Ubuntu 10.04||2.4.8||0.5+git20100716||Pascal de Bruijn|
|Canon EOS 550D||Ubuntu 11.10||2.4.11||0.9.3+903~g27d9361||Simon Spannagel|
|Canon 5D||Slackware 13.1||2.4.8||0.6||stores only to flash card|
|Panasonix DMC-FZ50||ArchLinux x86_64||2.4.9||git 2010/07/29||Aldrik Dunbar|
|Canon EOS 40D||Tobias Ellinghaus||remove CF card|
|Nikon D200||2.01||OSX 10.8.2||1.1rc2||ghostshadow||remove CF card|