Is Darktable as good as Lightroom?

Does it make sense to have a lightroom-only tool that is open to plugins, unlike Lightroom where you have to buy their software to do the work?

If you’ve read this, you’ve probably noticed that even though my goal when designing these tutorials was to highlight features Lightroom doesn’t have access to, it’s hard to justify getting an editor if there’s no option to have Lightroom and/or Photoshop both on your computer that you can open from within Lightroom without leaving my tutorials.

There are a lot of options out there that are easy to use, fast, and feature rich, but it’s also incredibly painful to use. Lightroom and Photoshop are open-source tools that run on your computer, so I don’t see the need to make them look like expensive products. But that’s not to say they’re not good.

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We love the concept of how many years it takes people to find a hobby. We don’t consider yourself to be a fast-shooter, so the fact that we’ve been active at work for 30 plus years doesn’t come as a surprise to us. I’m lucky in that we both work from home, but on my busiest days in the business I’m in the office from 9 to 4 everyday! Here’s my favorite quote from one of my favorite novels:

“Sometimes we have to ask ourselves how fast we can run. It is only at the top of the ladder that we have to pause and ask, is it possible? We do not have time to question the possibility; we only have to think it. Time is a very important thing in life, especially when you think you are the fastest of all.”

We think about time pretty much daily, so this quote applies to all of us. When we think of how many hours to spare to become our best us, is it possible to accomplish? Does it take three years in order to become as good as your best friend? Or is that too short? Or is it possible to become just mediocre like most of us?

These are all great questions, but I have a challenge to you. You want to become just like your best friend. And you’re tired of being mediocre. So for me, what is it that makes me better than every other best friend in the world? What is it that I actually need in order to be good at being my best?