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06/29/2006 11:11:15 AM · #1
Is there a group here that has dedicated themselves to the use of free software and enters these contests? I believe there should be, and after building my first linux box last night I would like to be a part of that group if it exists. If it doesn't I think we should start it up, and post the images that free software made.

06/29/2006 11:22:06 AM · #2
Quite a few users around here use The GIMP for image editting. I think most are Windows users that can't (or don't want to) afford Photoshop.

I just set my notebook up yesterday with Ubuntu Linux, more for nevelty than anything, but am getting a quicker responding machine out of the deal. I don't use it much for image editting, but I believe I'm going to start toying with Cinepaint (formerly Film Gimp) for it's 32-bit editting abilities.

Message edited by author 2006-06-29 11:22:29.
06/29/2006 11:27:58 AM · #3
I am going to enter some entirely free software images for kicks. Then I have an excuse for just getting a 5 right? Darn software!
06/29/2006 11:30:28 AM · #4
I use UFRaw for my RAW files and the GIMP for my image editing (along with ImageMagick for automating batch jobs). I'm doing some research into noise reduction algorithms in the hope of learning enough to create an open-source noise reduction program, and add noise reduction to UFRaw.
06/29/2006 11:37:47 AM · #5
@skylen How would you rate UFRAW? I need to find some sort of RAW converter for my notebook now.
06/29/2006 11:42:41 AM · #6
How is Ubantu working on your laptop? I am thinking of running it on an older laptop that I have as well. Open Source rules.
06/29/2006 11:46:53 AM · #7
If such a group started up...

I might be tempted to add another HD to my Big Damn PC and make a large FAT32 partition to store all my images, toss Linux on it and see what happens...

...or I can just use my laptop and setup Samba to connect to a share off the Big Damn PC and work from there...
06/29/2006 11:56:51 AM · #8
I use GIMP exclusively for all of my work.

I use Picasa 2 for image sorting/management, GIMP for postprocessing, and Menalto Gallery 2 for my web gallery.

/Andrew
06/29/2006 12:09:20 PM · #9
Seems like we might have a GPL community forming. I am jotting down all of these programs so I can install them on my PC that I just built. Keep them coming.
06/29/2006 12:39:05 PM · #10
When I first switched to Linux I found this link extremely helpful:
D70 under Linux

I understand it's geared towards the D70 but 99% of the info is generic and would applly to any camera.

I use Bibble PRO (not GPL I know), GQview and Picassa. I've also use Raw Shooter (I prefer Bibble though with built in Noise Ninja support) and I just need to get around to really playing with Lightzone (free for Linux users)
06/29/2006 01:52:52 PM · #11
I have been Windows-free and used Lunux and *BSD for my desktop exlusively for about 7 years until I got my dSLR. After that I finally understood what people meant saying that the Gimp and friends are not quite there yet for digital image processing. There is no way I can [functionally] duplicate my workflow under Linux, unfortunately. Sadly, I'm finding myself using Windows more and more (sadly, because so many Unix interface treats are missing from it), just because I spend more and more time on digital image processing.

I am looking the way of MacOS more and more lately. I can duplicate my workflow there, while having the Posix system under the hood.
06/29/2006 02:01:42 PM · #12
I use Gimp on occasion but you can't specify color profiles and that is a major problem.
06/29/2006 10:04:26 PM · #13
This is my first post on my linux box. It installed easier than xp, and it even automatically snaged all my drives and wireless devices and hooked me up. This is going to be a fun time playing with this.
06/29/2006 10:49:49 PM · #14
Originally posted by boomtap:

This is my first post on my linux box. It installed easier than xp, and it even automatically snaged all my drives and wireless devices and hooked me up. This is going to be a fun time playing with this.

Which distro are you using boomtap?
06/30/2006 10:05:17 AM · #15
Ubantu on an AMD machine with a d-link PCI wireless card and a DVDr. All systems are go except a DVD codec for playing DVD's.
07/09/2006 10:12:30 AM · #16
I now have 3 laptops and a desktop running linux. I have figured out how software is installed for the most part, and really like the way it works. My P4 2.8 notebook really runs better with Ubuntu than XP pro. What is really funny is that some of the drivers on that notebook never really worked right in XP, and I thought that it was the notebook that maybe had some bugs. It was weird everytime I would install XP the minute I used a wireless lan card of some sort the sound would go out. I could only have one or the other. Linux fixed that. Everything just works on the first install, and I haven't had to do any tweaking!

Gimp has some weakness when compared to PS for sure, but for free that is one heck of a tool.

What is a good Exif reader for linux?
01/20/2007 09:37:09 PM · #17
While it's not so much a exif reader as a full photo libary, kphotoalbum is one neat application. You can set keywords, locations, people in photo's etc and then later display photos based on different criteria. You can also search based on exif info.

For ubuntu, you should be able to install with synaptic like most software.
01/22/2007 07:12:39 AM · #18
Hurro..

Havn't entered anything for a while, but I'm using Linux for all my photography apart from shooting tethered on an XP laptop using Canon DPP occasionally.

I use gimp for editing, dcraw plugin for raw import if I feel the urge, cinepaint for doing 16bit editing when I really need some extra gradation/detail. (When, o when will they release native 16bit gimp?)

I use imagemagik, jhead and netpbmtools for scripted image handling, to do watermarks on bulk jobs etc.

I use Hugin and panorama tools for panoramas.

And gthumb for doing select/pick of photos for the bulk of mywork, and archive them into a gallery running menalto gallery running on a local server, with per-job headers and per photo captions if I've collected them. (I keep everything)

And Inkscape for vector work when I need to.

The only things I've found I can't do under Linux are simple/quick AV slideshows (photos2exe, photostory etc) _simple_ HDR work (Photomatix) and shooting tethered (Canon Eos Capture or DPP, DPP is far better...)

And, I think that's it. :-).

I use Linux mainly because I'm a geek, and secondarily because I'm running a part time photography business and want to 'own' all my software I use for that. I can't justify the cost of all the tools I'd need under windows, so I've stuck with Linux.

Cheers, Me.
01/22/2007 07:17:15 AM · #19
Would any of you who use Gimp be willing to work up some tutorials for the benefit of those of us who would like to learn it?

Any new tutorials used are eligible for a free month of membership or a $5 DPC prints gift certificate.

~Terry
01/22/2007 03:06:21 PM · #20
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

Would any of you who use Gimp be willing to work up some tutorials for the benefit of those of us who would like to learn it?

Any new tutorials used are eligible for a free month of membership or a $5 DPC prints gift certificate.

~Terry


Seconding this idea! I use GIMP for windows and even just a basic 'translator' for Photoshop to GIMP would be excellent. I love the tutorials on here, but unless I've 'discovered' something on my own, sometimes folks say something and I have no idea how to do it in GIMP - or even what it means!

- C, ES
01/22/2007 03:18:37 PM · #21
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

Would any of you who use Gimp be willing to work up some tutorials for the benefit of those of us who would like to learn it?

Any new tutorials used are eligible for a free month of membership or a $5 DPC prints gift certificate.

~Terry


Kinda screwing myself out of the gift certificate but this is a good resource for GIMP tutorials
//www.gimp.org/tutorials/
01/23/2007 06:06:07 PM · #22
Those switching to GIMP from Photoshop may appreciate GIMPShop, an attempt to reorganize the GIMP menus to more closely mimic Photoshop and smooth out the learning curve.

I'm a Mac user so have only casually played with Ubuntu Linux and GIMPshop, etc. for fun. I booted an old G4 tower with the Ubuntu CD awhile back, which went smoothly enough. After surfing the web awhile I quickly began missing all the Mac software goodies I was accustomed to, but I can easily see where Linux would appeal to those migrating away from Windows.

Message edited by author 2007-01-23 18:06:47.
03/15/2007 09:22:37 AM · #23
As a long-time Linux and Gimp user I'd say the best introduction around is the free book, "Grokking the Gimp". You can get a soft copy very easily - either in a Linux distribution, or from //www.gimp.org/books/.

KiwiChris: I'm trying to make the transition to working on Raw files with Cinepaint (since gimp isn't likely to be in the running any time soon). Could you give more details about your workflow? I've used dcraw to comvert .cr2 files to 16bit Tiff, then load them into Cinepaint. I've seen mention of a Colour Map specific to the camera, (i.e. a Canon 30D for me) being required for final conversion to JPG - do you know if this is necessary? Your list of tools is also interesting - Cinepaint is meant to have an HDR plugin - have you tried this? Also, exactly which program do you use for watermarking? For slideshows, Kuickshow is fine, although I've never used it for anything other than JPGs.
03/27/2007 10:22:17 AM · #24
I use the Gimp and, for that matter Linux, exclusively. Although I just got my xti, it's working flawlessly with Mandriva 07. I use digikam to get the pics off my camera, kwickshow to view them, the gimp to edit them and Menalto Gallery 2 to post them on my web server. UFraw works as a plugin to all these apps, too.

I wouldn't mind starting a small, monthly newletter on the gimp, kind of like an "interesting feature of the month" type thing. So far as I can tell, one doesn't exists. Maybe those of us here can start one up?

Jeremy
04/03/2007 01:43:06 PM · #25
Originally posted by jeremy1701:


I wouldn't mind starting a small, monthly newletter on the gimp, kind of like an "interesting feature of the month" type thing. So far as I can tell, one doesn't exists. Maybe those of us here can start one up?

Take a look at the Open Source Photography (OSP) group:-
//www.flickr.com/groups/83823859@N00/

and their group Wiki-
//osphoto.org/
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