At the beginning of the darktable manual (p13 of pdf), there is the line:
"If you start your workflow from a raw image, you will have to fine tune your final output."
Which has a little confused me. Should I read it as:
- "The jpeg conversion in the camera includes a bit of sharpness, so you'll want to reproduce it"
- "Humans love sharper images than the camera" sees ", so we all adjust by emphasizing everything.
- "There is something about RAW that implicitly reduces the sharpness and you have to compensate"
(There is a similar question, but one that focuses on a general sharpening of all digital files, and this interesting question concerns the ranking of steps)