As part of this blog I am going to look at various aspects of photography.
I will start with darktable. I have just downloaded this open source software and over the coming weeks I will test the software to see how it stands alongside Lightroom.
If you have used this product I would be interested to hear your views.
Please contact me or leave a comment below.
The software is total free and can be downloaded from here.https://www.darktable.org/
Below is an excerpt from the developers web site:
darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
Raw is the unprocessed capture straight from the camera’s sensor to the memory card, nothing has been altered. There are multiple alternatives in the open source world for raw development (ufraw, dcraw, rawtherapee) but darktable tries to fill the gap between the excellent existing free raw converters and image management tools (such as e.g. ufraw, rawstudio, f-spot, digikam, shotwell). It focuses on the workflow to make it easier for the photographer to quickly handle the thousands of images a day of shooting can produce. It’s also one of the very few FOSS projects able to do tethered shooting.
The internal architecture of darktable allows users to easily add modules for all sorts of image processing, from the very simple (crop, exposure, spot removal) to the most advanced (simulation of human night vision).
The user interface is built around efficient caching of image metadata and mipmaps, all stored in a database. The main focus lies on user interaction, both in terms of a smooth interface design as well as processing speed. High quality output is also one of our goals.
All editing is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display. The full image is only converted during export. Raw image loading is done using rawspeed, high-dynamic range and standard image formats such as jpeg are also supported. The core operates completely on floating point values, so darktable can not only be used for photography but also for scientifically acquired images or output of renderers (high dynamic range).
We were very honoured this week to welcome Paul Martin and the team from the BBC programme Flog It.
They visited The University Centre at Blackburn College to view and film the work we are doing on archive. Presenter Paul Martin spoke to tutor Richard Peregrine, Howard and Noni Talbot and myself about this wonderful collection of images.
View more images from the archive by clicking the links below.
As part of my role as Curator of The Talbot Archive myself and staff at University Centre Blackburn College have organised a conference based around the works of father and son photographers Wally and Howard Talbot.
This event provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the stunning photographic collection ‘The Talbot Archive’. The photography catalogues Lancashire life from the 1930s through to the 1990s from Blackburn photographers Wally and Howard Talbot.
This collection forms a wonderful archive of local life that will increase in value as a vital piece of social documentary photography in a regional and national context.
Tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-talbot-conference-tickets