Finding a great Mac app that’s also free happens often enough that I should not be surprised, yet, here I am, surprised again. That’s what happens once you look at Darktable.
It’s the kind of app that’s easy to overlook. “Hey, look! Another free Mac photography app. Big whoop!” Don’t be fooled by free. Darktable is more than meets the eye. It’s a virtual light table and darkroom to help you manage photos in a database with a zoomable light table.
This is the kind of app for Mac using photographers who are serious about managing photos. Darktable features non-destructive photo editing, full built-in ICC profile support, and OpenCL. Photos can be stored and searched by tags, ratings, color labels, and more.
More? How about 47 image operation modules (think controls, filters, effects, tone and color adjustments, and everything else. There might be a kitchen sink in there.
Controls are straightforward and numerous to the point that trial and error is your friend. Use Darktable to drop in watermarks, split tones, add grain, change to monochrome, enhance shadows and highlights, colorize, and set graduated density. Tools include options to denies, correct lens, remove spots and chromatic aberrations, sharpen and many more.
Darktable is not Photoshop and not even Lightroom. Instead, it’s a remarkable blend of tools photographers love combined with a database to store, retrieve, and view photos while retaining all possible metadata (editing is non-destructive).
All this is free. What’s not to like?