I’ve been using this editor for a while, in addition to Digikam and Ufraw. I liked Photivo a lot, but as with all the other programs I tried, it just didn’t quite fit into my current workflow. It was too complicated for the bulk of my editing. The few things I can’t do well in Digikam or Ufraw, I can do especially easy in Darktable. A good example is removing dust spots in photos. I’ve tried using the remove artifact option in Digikam, but it’s kind of hit and miss as far as results, and overall I just don’t like the way it works. There is a spot removal option in Darktable and it works incredibly well.
Another thing I like about Darktable, it does fit well into my workflow. Normally I convert from RAW to PNG in Ufraw, applying curves, adjusting exposure, white balance, etc., as necessary. I then resize/crop, sharpen, and tag the photo in Digikam and save it as a jpeg. If there’s something I can’t do well in Digikam like spot removal, I insert Darktable into the middle of this workflow, editing the png from Ufraw, and outputting the edited version as another png, so I have no loss in quality in that intermediate step. That’s where I often have a problem with other editors, either I can’t edit a png, I can’t retain exif data in a png, or I can’t output as a png when I’m done.
Digikam is the mainstay of my workflow, since besides editing, it’s also the organizer for my thousands of photos, with a great database backend. Ufraw has been my mainstay for raw conversion, as I’ve never liked the raw conversion in Digikam, and I’ve never found anything that converts better than Ufraw. I still have to experiment more with Darktable to see how the raw conversion compares to Ufraw.
I finally decided to remove both my old drupal site and my old gallery2 site. Everything had been moved form my drupal site, but it was taking forever to get everything moved from my old photo gallery. I actually had only moved about 50% of my pictures over the course of a year. I decided if it hadn’t been moved it wasn’t important enough and I wanted to focus on just going through my old images in digikam rather than both digikam and the old site. Hopefully now I can concentrate on improving my current site.
I’ve noticed that many people aren’t familiar with the navigation in my Piwigo photo gallery. I’m using a theme that keeps things clean, so much of the functionality is hidden.
One of my favorite features is the tag cloud. When you are on the front page for my photo gallery, the tag cloud is hidden. If you click on the ‘menu’ icon in the upper left hand corner, a menu will drop down and you will see ‘tags’ as an option. Selecting this will take you to a page with all my image tags. The larger the tag, the more images there are. I’m not as good at tagging as I should be, so if you are really looking for something, I’d do a site search or look in the specific category. Also note, that my main website, not my photo gallery, also has a tag cloud on the right side of the page. That tag cloud is only for posts in my blog.
This is a direct link to the photo gallery tag cloud.