My Workflow

Prepare image for processing (Darktable)

  • make image visible
    • exposure
    • global tonemap
  • pixel issues
    • demosaic
    • chromatic aberrations
  • errors
    • hot pixels
    • spot removal
  • correct for lens distortion
    • lens correction
    • crop and rotate (keystone)
    • crop and rotate (rotate)
  • noise
    • raw denoise
    • denoise (profiled)
    • low pass
  • color
    • white balance
    • tone curve (AB channels)
    • tone curve (balance C channel)
    • color balance
    • channel mixer (+L mask)
    • color reconstruction
  • tonal balance
    • channel mixer (construct L)
    • graduated density
    • vignetting
    • lowpass (reverse overlay)
    • tone curve
    • shadows and highlights
    • tone mapping
    • fill light
    • zone system

The artistic part (Darktable)

  • tones
    • tone curve
    • low pass
    • high pass
    • equalizer
    • fill light
    • color zones
  • color
    • tone curve
    • equalizer
    • split toning
    • color zones
    • color correction
    • color balance

Shapes and edges (Darktable)

  • separate subject and background
    • equalizer
    • low pass
    • channel mixer
    • color zones
    • tone curve
  • enhance edges
    • high pass
    • equalizer
    • sharpen
    • local contrast

Prepare for output (GIMP)

  • black/white points
    • levels
  • RGB curves
    • curves
  • dodge and burn
  • selective sharpen

Final output (GIMP)

  • scale image
  • unsharp mask
  • export as jpg (advanced)