Pro Photography
Edit RAW images from Digital Cameras

Purpose

Edit Raw images from digital cameras using exFAT, Darktable, and Gimp. 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.

Please read the disclaimer before proceeding. This workflow is updated regularly. Please write authorship with suggestions or requests.

Copy RAW Files

DolphinSafely remove the SD card from the camera. This procedure for vary by camera make and 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.

System trayStorage notification

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!

File select SD Card

Split the view in the file manager by clicking the icon in the top center.

File manager split

In the right-hand pane right-click to Create a new directory or use an existing one to move or copy the RAW files to . In the screen shot this is shown as _Work directory.

Drag images from the SD card (left side) to the local _Work directory. When prompted, select the option to Copy, NOT Move.

File manager split view

Modify with DarkTable

darktableDouble click on the RAW image to open it in DarkTable and edit as desired.

Darktable interface

Press <Tab> to toggle the tool bars. When finished, close DarkTable and the image will be loaded into Gimp.

Darktable toggled tools

Edit with Gimp

Edit the image as desired using Gimp as shown in Image Editing.

Gimp with toolbars

As with Darktable, press <Tab> to toggle toolbars in Gimp.

Gimp with toolbars

Troubleshooting

Content will be added as needed.

Revisions

This is a partial revision history. See the git repository for all entries.

Disclaimer

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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