Introduction to managing and processing your bird photos with the free Digikam and Darktable (Masterclass)
In early October we had a webinar on free and opensource software for bird photos, which you can watch on the Learn-the-Birds blog or YouTube Channel (preferably before this masterclass). In the webinar, I introduced the fact that you don’t need to buy software to have a complete, professional-grade photography workflow for your bird photos. There are three core tools that make up the workflow that I recommend: Digikam, Darktable, and the GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program). These tools are cross platform and work on Linux, Windows and Mac.
In this masterclass, I will introduce you to finding and installing these tools, as well as setting them up for your photography workflow. We will cover:
- Shooting in RAW
- Downloading and installing Digikam, Darktable, and the GIMP
- Establishing your photography workflow (you want to do things in a consistent way for speed and ease of operation)
- Downloading from your camera
- Organising your photos post download (review, delete, organise)
- Tagging and captioning your photos
- Getting started with Darktable (what you need to know)
- Core Darktable features and how to use them
- Publishing your photos
- Wrapping up – what else can you do?
- Question and answer
From here we can feed directly into the next Masterclass, “Basic processing and editing of bird photos with the free Darktable” in which we will delve into more details on the processing side of things.