Open Source Photography Software

by on September 3, 2010 · 6 comments· LAST UPDATED September 3, 2010


I recently brought Canon EOS 500D mid-range DSLR cameras with good promotional discounts. My photography interests date back to my school days but I did not take photography seriously until recently. Now, I'm researching for quality open source photo-software which may be available to photographers. This blog post gives a quick and dirty view of the different photo applications available for Linux operating systems:

Photography on the free software desktop has come a long way in recent years. All of the major desktop environments support camera import and provide image management and editing applications, including the all-important raw file conversion. But the desktop defaults are really geared towards casual users, optimized for point-and-shoot cameras and sharing photos online. Don’t be fooled by that, though; open source can and does offer the tools to support professional photographers and high-end enthusiasts.

Rather than drop in a long, bulleted list of applications, though, let’s take a look at what the open source alternatives are, task-by-task, to get a better feel for how the pieces fit together into a normal photographic workflow.

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1 kirpi September 4, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi Vivek,
I guess you should give a look to this page of mines about free alternatives to Photoshop for photo handling (and more):
Not all of them are open-source, but all of them are free, and not all of them run on Linux, but most of them definitely do.
Hope it helps!


2 Stanislav 'AngelFire' Lechev September 4, 2010 at 9:12 am

ok, I thought that I know many of the linux photographer softwares, but it seems I hardly know the half of them. I use mostly digikam, gimp, hugin and luminance hdr, but those raw convertors that are mentioned in the article just rocks ;) Very kind of yours to share the link, thanks !


3 Roberto September 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Excellent resource. I had know clue there were so many awesome programs free Open Source for photography!!! Thank you,


4 Yunata Octaviano October 15, 2010 at 6:05 am

Have you tried them all?


5 kirpi October 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

Yunata, I tried most (not all) of the software I included in my link. It was for paragon and completeness purposes. Yet, for everyday use one will probably choose just a couple of tools, depending on the specific need.


6 gutheory November 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

Maybe you should consider informing the readers that the link, read more, leads to an article by another person.


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