I’ve been a big supporter of Linux for a while, but now that I’m getting more involved with photography, it’s starting to become a hindrance. No doubt there are countess tools available to get the best out of any photos, but the learning curve for most is pretty steep and they usually don’t compare well to their Windows counterparts.
Though GIMP takes care of most of my needs, it can be time-consuming and lacks built-in support for such essential things as RAW images and HDR. For the former, I use the dcraw plugin which does the job, but isn’t very powerful.
There are numerous resources for HDR on Linux, but I’m mostly quite disappointed. My favorite is Enfuse which doesn’t produce the greatest of results, but can be installed via Ubuntu’s repository and is really easy to use with the default settings.
Another great tool that I’m using quite often now is jpegoptim which helps optimize the size of any JPEG images I publish to the web to about 30% of the originals (with some compromise in quality, off course) and can be used for batch processing.
So now I want to take things to the next level (build a proper gallery, shoot and publish more photos, etc.) and it seems like the right time to switch to something more appropriate. Waiting for my new Mac. Let’s hope I get it soon.