"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
"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.
"by Nathan Willis
"At the lowest level, the open source community provides several
tools useful for calibrating and profiling your displays and
printers, which is an essential step in the basic color-correction
and adjustment process. You can start by creating an ICC monitor
profile using either Argyll or LPROF. Each of these tools supports
a range of hardware colorimetry devices, but the lists of supported
devices is different (you can see Argyll's here, and LPROF's in its
"Argyll provides step-by-step instructions for adjusting your
display and creating an ICC profile for your display, creating a
scanner profile using an IT8.7/2 target, and creating an output
device (either printer or film recorder) profile."