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Free software for post processing

Discussion in 'Computers & Software' started by Englischdude, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Englischdude

    Englischdude Active Member

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    Hi all,

    not that I have anything against spending my hard earned cash, however when there is a tool available free of charge which fulfils my needs then why spend!

    For my computer and image editing needs I have explored many open source software options during the years and have settled on a software package which is completely free and does all I need as a hobby photographer.

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    no windows in my home. My daily workhorse is running the latest Linux Mint 17.3. Linux Mint is a very user friendly OS based on UBUNTU which offers a huge catalogue of free software. Virus free, stable and regularly updated by a large developer community.

    Raw Editor:
    I use DARKTABLE, which has been openly compaired to the market leader in raw processing software. Is really quite a sophisticated program with a steep learning curve, however once you have the hang of it and have your presets stored things can be done quite quickly. It relies on the LENSFUN and EXIV2 libraries for lens detection and correction which is also regularly updated to include the latest lenses. Darktable is a real open source community project which is ported for almost all operating systems..... except windows!

    RAWtherapee is also a good option which has been developing well over the last few years. Not as many options as Darktable so not my editor of choice.

    Image Editor:
    GIMP is my goto program if I need to edit an image in a way not offered by Darktable..... happens about once in every 1000 images! GIMP is the open source analogue of photoshop which remains well developed. A large global community means there are a lot of tutorials available online.

    If anyone else has experience with or regularly uses open source free software then please post!

    Regards
    Martin
     
  2. Eduard

    Eduard Administrator
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  3. Englischdude

    Englischdude Active Member

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    no, I use GIMP so very rarely that I have had no need
     
  4. rick_reno

    rick_reno New Member

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    I'd heard of GIMP, never Darktable. See they've got a package for Mac OS, I'm going to give this a try. Thanks!
     
  5. Englischdude

    Englischdude Active Member

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    let me know how it goes. its the only raw editor i use.
     
  6. Englischdude

    Englischdude Active Member

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    any update? did you try Darktable?
     
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    Not yet, been busy with other projects.
     
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    I"ve always been fond of Lightzone (NOT Lightroom!)
     
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    Mike Super Moderator
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    Englischdude Active Member

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    i gave Lightzone a whirl a few years back but could not really get on with it. Maybe things have developed since then, after my vacation this week I will give it a try!
     
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    Michael Well-Known Member

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    I recently tried it and was not so comfortable with it. Love the ACR now a lot


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    Well, it IS a non standard GUI, and that lighting zone toolset is unique
     

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