Please read the Disclaimers before proceeding.
The professional photographer typically uses a Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) or an Electronic View Finder (EVF) camera. EVF cameras discard the traditional mirror and prism and are becoming increasingly popular. Regardless of the image source, a key feature desired by Pro photographers is the ability to work with RAW images.
- Copy the RAW files from camera to laptop
- Open and modify RAW image with DarkTable
- Edit modified image with Gimp
For RAW Image processing we selected DarkTable because it is similar to LightTable and also supports presets, bulk processing and bulk exporting.
The most competitive alternative is probably RawTherapee, although at it does not yet support bulk exporting.
These assessments are current 2020-01-15.
Safely remove the SD card from the camera. The actual procedure for "safe" removal will vary by model, so please consult the camera user manual. Common procedures include turning off the camera or ensuring an access light lit or flashing before removing the card.
Insert the SD card into the Focus Laptop. Within a few seconds, an icon in the system tray should show the SD card is available.
Either open the SD Card folder from the notification...
... or open the file manger and select the SD card directly in the bottom right pane.
Although tempting, do not edit the images directly from the SD Card. This can lead to poor performance and data loss. You have been warned!
Split the view in the file manager by clicking the icon in the top center.
Click on the right-hand pane and right-click to Create a new directory to contain copies of the RAW files. In the screen shot this is shown as
Drag images from the SD card (left side) to the local _Work directory. When prompted, select the option to Copy, NOT Move.
Double click on the RAW image to open it in DarkTable and edit as desired.
Press <Tab> to toggle the tool bars. When finished, close DarkTable and the image will be loaded into Gimp.
Edit the image as desired in Gimp.
As with Darktable, press <Tab> to toggle toolbars in Gimp.
We try hard to provide a useful workflow validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always back up your data and test the workflow to determine the correct procedure for you.
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