Open Source Photography Resources



I decided to go around the internet and find cool open source software that we can use as photograpgers. I also happen to be a programmer, so there may be some more technical type stuff as the list grows.

PLEASE let me know if I missed anything, Also, I haven’t used all of this. If there is something here that you have actually used, leave a reply talking about it and I will link to it in the main thread so visitors can see what people actually think of the software…


  • GIMP - A swiss knife for image manipulation.
  • PhotoFlow - A non-destructive photo retouching program including RAW image development.
  • ImageMagick - A suite of command-line utilities for modifying and working with images.
  • GraphicsMagick - GraphicsMagick is usually faster than ImageMagick.


  • Timelapse-sony - Android app for creating timelapse via “Ctrl with Smartphone” mode or connected by NFC.
  • Remoteyourcam-usb - Control your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera from your Android device through USB.

RAW image developers

  • Darktable - An open source photography workflow application and RAW developer.
  • RawTherapee - A cross-platform raw image processing program.
  • Photivo - A multi platform photo processor for RAW and bitmap images with 16 bit precision.
  • Raw Studio - Read and manipulate RAW images from digital cameras.
  • UFRaw - A utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras.
  • DCRaw - Decoding raw digital photos in Linux.
  • Lightzone - Open-source digital darkroom software for Windows/Mac/Linux.
  • Fotoxx - A Linux program for editing photos and other images.

HDR Specific Software

  • Luminance - A complete workflow for HDR imaging
  • QPSFTMO - HDR Tone Mapping GUI for Linux.
  • PFS Tools - A set of command line programs for reading, writing and manipulating HDR images and video frames.

Panorama Stitching

  • Hugin - An easy to use cross-platform panoramic imaging toolchain.
  • Panorama Tools - A framework for re-projecting and blending multiple source images into immersive panoramics of many types.

Photo Organizers

  • Shotwell - A photo manager for GNOME 3
  • DigiKam/ShowFoto - Open Source Photo manager for KDE/Gnome desktop.
  • GPhoto - A program and library framework that lets users download pictures from their digital cameras.
  • Lychee - A great looking and easy-to-use photo-management-system you can run on your server, to manage and share photos.
  • Simple Gallery - A Android gallery app for viewing photos and videos similar to android stock gallery with support for file copy/move/rename/delete/share.
  • Leaf Pic - material-designed android gallery alternative.
  • A Photo Manager - Manage local photos on Android: gallery, geotag with photomap, tags, find, sort, view, copy, delete, send,…

EXIF Editors

  • ExifTool - A program for reading, writing, and manipulating image, audio, and video metadata.

Photo Downloaders

Camera Tetherers

  • Entangle - Entangle provides a GUI for taking photographs with a digital camera completely controlled from the computer.

Monitor Color Correction

Alternative Image Viewers

  • Geeqie - An image viewer and image organiser program for Unix-like operating systems
  • FEH - An X11 image viewer.

Useful GIMP Mods or Scripts