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Linux on new pc, need help with photography software

Hi, your King need help.
New pc here, custom made by myself, working like a charm, i love it, a speed monster!
BUT no operating system.
I want to stop and do no upgrade to lightroom 4. And, of course, no Windows :-)
So I need a good boy or girl from here to teach me the right workflow and the right photography software for Linux.
I used Lightroom 3, this is the main tool. After that, only minor adjustments in Photoshop, like clone tool, heal etc.
So, I need help from a user who really work with this tools. I will give all my kingdom for a horse like this :-) Thanks a lot.
Posted: 02/14/2013, 00:44:43 AM
Here is a list of open source software that works very well on linux (and windows).

Camera Raw - UFRaw - RAW editing

I find that the open source software is more intuitive and easier to work with... but have some problems exporting in some formats (for example INKSCAPE rasters when exporting as eps and you have some gradients or transparency).

Other than that you will love working with these software. Enjoy!
Photography I use Nikon 105mm F2.8G, Nikon 35mm F1.8G, Nikon crop body...
Posted: 02/14/2013, 03:08:58 AM

Originally posted by Bogdanzagan:
Quoted Message: . Enjoy!

No kingdom for you till you swear that you used this combination a lot of time and is working. So, tell me the truth brother and a lot of gold coins will come to you and my daughter as wife.
Posted: 02/14/2013, 04:27:15 AM
Well, I sold a ton of illustrations already (not here). All made with Inkscape and exported as eps with AI2. But if you don't use gradients or transparency Inkscape exports very well as .eps file. Take a look here:
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And here what it cames out when combining all the software...
Photography I use Nikon 105mm F2.8G, Nikon 35mm F1.8G, Nikon crop body...
Posted: 02/14/2013, 09:33:19 AM
I have only 3 drawings in my portfolio, mainly photos. Inkscape is good and free but I want something for photo. Thanks.
Posted: 02/14/2013, 09:38:13 AM
Ok, got it, you are hard to impress... maybe this helps :) (UFRaw and Gimp for correcting the RAW file, colors, sensor spots etc)
Photography I use Nikon 105mm F2.8G, Nikon 35mm F1.8G, Nikon crop body...
Posted: 02/14/2013, 09:43:17 AM
I will try this, thanks a lot. Feedback very soon.
Posted: 02/14/2013, 14:34:18 PM
My biggest issue with gimp is that it still doesn't do 16-bit color. It has been a work in progress for many years now, but still no ETA yet. (Version 3.0 will have it, eventually.) For now, cinepaint is probably the best editor on Linux which does support 16-bit color. But it is much less powerful than gimp.

Other great software for Linux

- Hugin (great for panoramas / benizer method for shallow DoF / perspective error corrections).
- enblend/enfuse: photo stacking (HDR, focus stacking etc.)
- luminance HDR.
10-20mm f4-5.6, home photo studio...
Posted: 02/25/2013, 21:07:59 PM
Thanks Pulsar124. I will check.
Posted: 02/26/2013, 07:40:04 AM
Has anyone used Darktable? I played around with it once, but didn't get the results I wanted.

Also, thanks Pulsar124. I will have to check those out. Currently, my Linux machine is faster than my Windows machine, and I'd love to put it to work.
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Posted: 05/13/2013, 09:17:13 AM
I have limited experience of these as at the moment, I'm still running Mac OSX-based imaging apps. But I do play around in with virtual Linux machines for kicks and giggles. So...

RapidPhotoDownloader is a Photo Mechanic equivalent (image ingestion and metadata handling).

digiKam is a KDE based catalog and PIE like Lightroom or Aperture.

gThumb and Shotwell are catalog/browsers with limited image editing capabilities, a bit like Picasa, which can also run in a limited fashion in Linux, using Wine libraries. Picasa under Linux though is no longer supported by Google.

Fotoxx and Photivo are a little bit like Nik or onOne PhotoSuite software so you can produce "effects" like pastel, vintage, cross processing etc.

Raw converters include RawTherapee and RawStudio as well as DarkTable - these too are PIEs so it's non-destructive editing with XMP sidecars and all that this entails. The latest release of DarkTable is supposed to be very good and is gaining popularity as a Lightroom replacement especially given the latest Adobe CC shenanigans.

Krita is a KDE based drawing/painting program that can handle vectors and its nearest "mainstream" equivalent is Corel Painter.

As you'll probably know, just because a program comes from the KDE world, it doesn't mean that it won't run on other Linux desktops but it does mean that you also download KDE dependencies which IME, occasionally take over (I'm an Xfce fan).

Edited: 05/21/2013, 01:58:01 AM
I looked briefly into Darktable - looks interesting, but the thing which turned me off is that they use LensFun module to correct for lens aberrations. I became very dependent on ACR mostly because of its massive (and pretty good quality) database of lens profiles. I also use some ACR profiles found on the web for unsupported lenses (like fisheye Samyang 8mm). Because of this ACR feature, lens vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and distortions are the things of the past for me. Unfortunately, LensFun has extremely small database of supported lenses - no lenses I own - so I'd have to pass.
10-20mm f4-5.6, home photo studio...
Posted: 05/21/2013, 14:15:24 PM