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  1. Pascal says: Reply

    Hi,
    Do the post-treatement values written by Lr fit correctly in Dartakble ? In other words, this means Darktable translates correctly Lr values in is own referential of value ?

  2. Graham Byrnes says: Reply

    A liitle side discovery: if you use a camera that writes directly in DNG (eg Pentax or Leica), LR will not write sidecars. It writes the information inside the DNG file…

    To get it out, you can use exiftool to batch-process your DNG files and write xmp sidecars… in principle. I had a few issues due to some security features in W10 when I tried running big batch jobs, but the solution likely lies in that direction.

    1. Iván says: Reply

      Hello, I’m thinking to migrate but I have a lightroom folder structure (year/month/day) and the most of my files are DNG. How could make a batch to get the xmp sidecar files?

      Thank in advance.

      1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

        I don’t see why this shouldn’t work. If Lightroom creates the sidecar files Darktable will import them. The folder structure should work. Make a test run with only a test picture compilation.

    2. Good tip! I was thinking of using a RawTherapee + DigiKam setup, and I use Pentax, so that means writing a small batch script just like that. Thanks!

  3. Tony Hamilton says: Reply

    For me, this is a most valuable document in what is going to be a major challenge. I’m not going to start this migration (which is surely one way only ?) until I am a confident in my use of Darktable as I am in my use of Lightroom. This will take a few months yet. I am concerned that things change so rapidly on the web that I will not be able to find this page again when I need it. Could you possibly make it available as a downloadable PDF, or similar? Or is there some other way I can keep a local copy ?

    1. Every browser out there can make any web page into a PDF. You do not need anyone else to do it for you. On Windows you usually have a “Microsoft PDF Printer” in the list of printers, if you just try to print a page using Ctrl-P. Mac already has this as well. Google Chrome on all platforms has a “Save as PDF” option in its printing dialogue as well.

      Try! If you don’t manage, just post a question on SuperUser or check Youtube.

  4. What about the edits to the photos themselves? Color corrections, exposure adjustments, healing brush areas, over and underexposed areas etc. Can all those be migrated to darkroom?

    1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

      No, none of those. Also, you don’t want it to be transferred, as Darktable simply works different. My workflow solves this problem for me, as I export the final edited image to png/jpeg and import those side by side with the (then untouched) original.

  5. Tim says: Reply

    Hi and thanks for this very useful article !
    Like you, I am switching from Lightroom to Darktable x Digikam. But I have still one question unanswered : can you have a double way to organise your pictures like in Lightroom with folders and collections ? Is it possible to do that in Darktable (I am not sure) or in Digikam ?
    Thanks for your help !

  6. > My new workflow with Darktable and digiKam *upcoming
    Is this still upcoming? It’s been a year since this was published 😉 Really looking forward to it.

    1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

      Ahh, you got me – my second daughter got in the way 😉
      It is still on the todo-list for 2020 – promise!

      One “problem” is also that open-source projects really got a push during corona. With little time on hands, it is pretty hard to keep up with the new changes and create helpful content from it.

      I haven’t had time to look in detail on the 3.2 Darktable changes, but I am tempted to go completely with Darktable and ditch digiKam. Although, digiKam received some new features for custom RAW editors and meta-data updates.

  7. Brandon L Woodard. says: Reply

    I, too, am anxiously awaiting your new workflow article (Nov. 2020)! I’m currently in the process of planning the migration of my files and realized that 90% of everything from 2014 until early 2020 are all DNG-converted files — and no embedded RAW files!

    I took a test file, made adjustments to it, and used ExifTool w/ GUI on Windows to extract the XMP. Importing it w/ XMP into darktable allowed me to get most of the adjustments (really just did exposure and tone curve for testing if it worked or not).

    The end result was a success — I was able to get the XMP data for the current adjustments to the DNG file. However, it looked hideous in darktable. The “settings” applied in darktable were a bit different than how LR interprets them — the tone curve was not as smooth, but faintly resembled an S-curve.

    So, all my photos from the last 5-6 years? 90% of them I will lose the post-processing because I converted to DNG and did not embed nor keep the original RAW files. However, most of those were family photos like parades for holidays, etc. and the oldest ones were simply beginner photos, learning and experimenting.

    In the end, this will be painful for me…but I’ll better learn to cull and let go from here out — and never delete or convert the original RAWs again!

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