Open Source Photography Software

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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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Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

6 comment

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

  4. 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.

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

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