Three essential tools for the GNU/Linux Photographer
As a Journalist by day, and awesome cave dwelling Linux nerd by night, I take a lot of photographs with my Nikon D3300.
That said, there are the obvious tools by Adobe that one can use, such as Photoshop, but there are some pretty awesome tools available for free to GNU/Linux users I thought I might share.
With the three together, Iâ€™ve got basically everything I have needed.
Every list that talks about GNU/Linux and photos / editing, will undoubtedly include GIMP.
Itâ€™s a powerful alternative to Photoshop, that while lacking some features that users may be used to, it certainly qualifies as a full featured application.
I wonâ€™t delve super deep into this one.
If you were only able to have one photography related tool on your machine at a time, youâ€™d want to pick digiKam; itâ€™s great as an organizer for your thousands of photos, but also has the ability to edit RAW images, allowing for fixing problems with things like exposure or white balancing.
One of the things I love about digiKam is that I can quickly import files off an SD card into a new album (or existing) and then make very quick touch ups to exposure and shadows/highlights, before I save the file and open it in GIMP to make other modifications or fixes, if needed.
Metadata, various image modification tools, clean interface and easy importing and managing of files makes digiKam absolutely great.
- Import photos, RAW files and videos.
- Library management
- Auto-import operations such as rename or rotate.
- Plugin support
UFRaw is a small tool for editing RAW files. Yes, digiKam does this, and so does the mighty Darktable, but UFRaw has quickly started to become part of my arsenal due to its incredibly simple interface, and no frills features.
It doesnâ€™t do anything fancy besides make edits to RAW images, but it does it super easily and efficiently. I find it easier to make the touch ups I need, in UFRaw than I do in digiKam really.
If you donâ€™t like the idea of having to use a third program, you can simply stick to digiKam+GIMP and be fine, but if youâ€™re like me, I donâ€™t mind opening the third program if it means being able to do my work as simply or effectively as possible. UFRaw is great, and I highly recommend it.
- Available as a standalone and GIMP plugin
- Color Management support
Now you: What tools do you use, for photography (not digital art), let us know in the comments!Advertisement