Right now Windows and Mac dominate the professional photography world. That does not mean though that Linux does not have the tools available for professional photography.
While most photography software is designed to run on Windows or Macs, there are a lot of great software that runs on Linux. The purpose of this guide is to show what tools are available to someone wanting to do photography using only Linux tools.
- Tips for portrait photography (has nothing to do with Linux, but still important)
- Organizing photos in Linux
- Software in Linux for RAW photo editing
- RAW photo editing tutorial
- Post Processing (beyond RAW editing)
- Creating a watermark for your photos
- Adding watermarks in batch to all your photos
I have tried to include everything you could possibly need to know for doing a portrait photo shoot from start to finish using only tools available in Linux.
Before we dive into this, I want to offer a brief disclaimer:
I am not a professional photographer. I am not trying to be, and I won't pretend to be. What I am however is a geek (obviously) who loves Linux and open source software I want to use that software to help me with my hobby of photography. Whether or not you find this guide useful or not may depend on the skill level you already have. If you look at my photos (just scroll up or down, I have them posted throughout this guide) you can decide if you like the quality or not. If it is something you think you can do already, then you may not need (or want) to read this guide. If however you think you may want to attain the quality you see, then this guide may end up being very helpful for you. I welcome any criticism, correction or critique you may have. Feel free to leave any comment (if it is about my mom though, I will probably delete it!)
Alright! Let's begin!
Tips for portrait photography
There is only so much that a piece of software can do for you. If you don't have decent pictures to begin with, it is difficult or impossible to get the results you might be hoping for. Before you begin learning about software, it is important to increase your skills with the camera.
Click here to go to the section: 10 Tips for Portrait Photography
Organizing photos in Linux
|Picasa Photo Manager|
Click here to go to the section: Organizing Your Photos
Software in Linux for RAW photo editing
|RAW photo edited in RawTherapee|
- Raw Studio
Not all RAW editors are created equal.
Click here to go to the section: Best software in Linux for RAW photo editing
RAW photo editing tutorial
|This RAW photo was edited using RawTherapee with a saved editing profile. This section will show you how to create and save an editing profile as well as how to edit RAW photos in batch.|
Click here to go to the section: Raw Photo Editing Tutorial
Additional Post-Processing Work
|Post processing work done in the Gimp|
Click here for some color enhancing techniques: Enhancing the colors of your photos with the Gimp
Click here for to other techniques in Gimp: Add vibrancy and a vignette to your photo using Gimp
Creating a watermark for your photos
|Watermark created using Inkscape|
Click here to go to the section: Creating a watermark for your photos using Inkscape
Adding watermarks in batch to all your photos
|Watermark added in batch using DigiKam|
Click here to go to the section: Adding watermarks in batch to all your photos
Hopefully this guide has been some help to understand the tools available to you in Linux. Even though my photography work has much to be improved, I feel that there are sufficient tools in Linux that if I wanted to be a professional photographer (and had the skills to be), I could be, using only tools available in Linux. It might take a bit more work or practice, but the tools available are certainly high quality. Gimp, RawTherapee and Inkscape are some of my favorite programs and I feel they compare favorably to their closed source (and very expensive) counterparts.