Professional photographers typically use a Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) or an Electronic View Finder (EVF) camera. EVF cameras discard the traditional mirror and prism and are becoming increasingly popular. Regardless of the image source, a key feature desired by Pro photographers is the ability to work with RAW images.
Safely remove the SD card from the camera. This procedure will vary by camera make and model, so please consult the camera user manual. Common procedures include turning off the camera or ensuring an access light lit or flashing before removing the card.
Insert the SD card into the Focus Laptop. The Focus has the exFAT libraries required to read most camera cards. Within a few seconds, an icon in the system tray should show the SD card is available. Either open the SD Card folder from the notification or open the file manager and select the SD card directly in the bottom right pane.
do not edit the images directly from the SD Card. This can lead to poor performance and data loss. Instead, we will copy the files to local disk.
Split the view in the file manager by clicking the icon in the top center.
In the right-hand pane select or create (right-click) a directory where you can copy or move the files. In the screenshot this is the
Drag images from the SD card (left side) to the local _Work directory. When prompted, select the option to Copy. You may delete the files on the SD card later.
Double click on the RAW image to open it in Darktable and edit as desired.
<Tab> to toggle the tool bars. We suggest exploring the exposure and lens correction settings at a minimum. When finished, close Darktable and the image will be loaded into Gimp.
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2020-09-28 fb8295ecAdd notes on Darktable and copying
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