Is there any excuse for not taking great pictures these days? Smartphone cameras top up many points and shots and take pictures that are favorable compared to previous SLRs (I'm from the Kodachrome era, back when movies and processing were expensive, and composing an image was important to keep the cost per image down).
Today, Macen is my home to a number of great photo tools ranging from the Apple Photos Library Management app and Adobe Lightroom for workflows and improvements. In between the free from Apple and Pay-for-Life from Adobe, I've collected a dozen or so useful photo tools. If you are on a budget, this is where you want.
It's called Darktable (officially & # 39; darktable, but it's only wrong), a free and open source workflow app that also works with RAW images. I consider Darktable to be a virtual light table and dark room for Mac with the help of photographers on a budget. What you get for free is quite remarkable.
The user interface is a bit quirky and displays a lot of information, including EXIF data. The modules are fair – Lighttable, Darkroom, Tethering. All editing is non destructive. Darktable is very good at managing image libraries numbered for tens of thousands, and searches are handled by rating, codes and more.
The zoom function has zero latency. It is also social. Darker exports to Picasa and Flickr, and can even generate a basic HTML-based photo gallery.
Tools? Baby has tools. Crop and rotate, demoniac, inverter, fill light and tone curve, tone mapping, and color image operations that include channel mixer, correction, transmission, smooth vibration and velvia. The list of filters and finishing options, including watermark control, is comprehensive.
And yes, Darktable comes with a detailed user guide. All this is free. What is not to like?