Open Source Photography Software

Posted on in Categories Linux 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.

Read more: Photography with Open Source / Linux

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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. 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.

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