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    Top 15 Free Photography Software You Can Download

    Depending on your specific needs as a photographer, there are also a lot of pieces of software that are totally free. Here is a list of the top 15.
    Some powerful software which is packed with amazing features to process RAW file has been identified by www.lightstalking.com. This article focuses on other simpler software with fewer features and finally some very basic editing packages that will help you, if you are just looking for exposure adjustments and other very basic edits.

    RAWTherapee – Although the name may sound a bit unusual, Rawtherapee is a post-processing programme that supports RAW files of various formats and has a powerful curve tool as well. It has most of Lightroom’s features, but not all.
    As an open source piece of software with regular updates, Rawtherapee is available free to download for Mac, Windows and Linux. It can be a bit slower compared to Lightroom.

    UFRaw – Not very well known, this RAW image editor is available free to use for Mac, Windows and Linux and has a very neat and easy to use interface. It can be used as standalone software or as a GIMP plugin. Tools are arranged in tabs and the software lets you save images in various formats.
    Although UFRaw is powerful enough to process RAW files, there are some important features still missing, like sharpening and embedding EXIF data.

    GIMP – This is always suggested by most people when asked for a free alternative to Photoshop. It is also known as GNU image manipulation programme. The GIMP was originally created as an open source programme equivalent to Photoshop and with continuous updates so far, the GIMP has made its place as the main free competitor to Photoshop.
    A lot of features that are available in Photoshop are available in this software. Don’t worry about what Operating System you are on, the GIMP is a cross-platform image editor that works on Windows, Mac and Linux. And what’s more, GIMP also supports the use of plug-ins.

    While it is not as versatile as premium photo editing software, it can’t be faulted for its features and its layout (which is very close to Photoshop). It should be noted that there is a learning curve to mastering GIMP.

    Gimpshop – This is an open source software programme and a modification to GIMP. It supports all operating systems and has most of the features of Photoshop like layers, channels, masks, filters, levels, etc. It allows for advanced level photo enhancement, lets you customise your workspace and allows working on and exporting various file formats.
    One of the exclusive features of Gimpshop is the “Cage Transform Tool” that allows the user to warp just parts of an object.

    Darktable – Another open source application that supports the development of RAW files and image management is Darktable. Very similar to Photoshop and Lightroom, this allows non-destructive editing and allows exporting images in multiple formats. It also lets one catalogue, keyword and add information about images and has modules similar to that of Lightroom.
    The advantages are the variety of plug-ins this powerful app has and once mastered, can be used very effectively. This software is available for Mac, Linux and Windows.

    Luminance HDR – Are you a fan of the HDR images? This is an open source GUI that can support a variety of image formats. A very powerful tool and if used properly can help create some beautiful HDR images. This open source software is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.
    Phocus – This software was developed by Hasselblad for its users, but with some support for third party users too. It supports RAW files from many cameras and supports most of the Nikon and Canon camera formats. In addition to RAW, Phocus also supports TIFF, JPEG, DNG and PNG format files.
    Phocus has a nice GUI with features very similar to Lightroom and can be downloaded free from their website upon registration. It is more versatile on a Mac than on a Windows PC.

    Photivo – This is another open source, RAW image processor. Like many others out there, this software provides a unique interface and tools to edit RAW, TIFF, BMP, PNG files and many more. The numerous tools on offer allow you to make some advanced post processing non-destructively.
    This package allows for GIMP integration, so you can directly transfer RAW photos between Photivo and GIMP and vice versa.

    Lightzone – This RAW processing software is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. This software works a bit differently. Instead of working with layers, as most of these offerings do, Lightzone lets users build a stack of tools that can be rearranged and turned on or off. These stacks can be copied and applied to a batch of photos. This software also allows rating, batch processing, non-destructive editing and tone curve modification.
    The following are some software packages that can be very useful for beginners. If you know the basics of editing and want to go a step further into exploring the field of post-processing, you can give the following free software a try.

    Digikam – Have you heard of this one before? This is another free RAW processing editing package which is open source. This software can handle large libraries. This is available only for Windows and Linux and has some advanced editing tools. Images can be exported in many formats.
    Photopad – This freeware is available for just personal and non-commercial purposes. It lets you edit RAW and BMP images and supports most of the image formats. This software is packed with some amazing features great for beginners and apart from basic adjustments, includes, sharpening, noise reduction, merging to create HDR, working with layers and non-destructive editing.

    Photo Filtre 7 – This is a complete image retouching software that allows the user to make advanced processing to an image and has various filters that can be applied to the image. This software is very easy to use and has a layer manager with advanced brushes, modules, and others.
    While Photofiltre 7 is free, it has some limitations compared with its commercial or professional studio version which is delivered as shareware, PhotoFiltre Studio X.

    Fotor – A RAW image processing software available free for Mac and Windows and supports importing and exporting various file formats. There are some good tools that include colour correction, basic adjustments, image manipulation, and transformation. You can also view the complete EXIF data of images.
    Fotor also has a web-based app with some basic adjustments, fine tune adjustments, white balance settings, curves and resizing options. There are many effects available, with many of them being paid, which is a bit of a disappointment.

    Paint.NET – This software provides an innovative user interface that supports layers, special effects and other powerful tools like transform, colour and level adjustments, adding text, etc. Even though it is powerful, it is very easy to use, but sadly can be used only on Windows.
    With the help of the RawLoader plugin, you can open and edit RAW files in this app. There are also many other plug-ins that make this software very versatile.

    Chasys Draw IES – A good image processing software that supports RAW formats and includes a layer based editor. There are many amazing tools built into this free software that lets the user fine-tune their images. It also supports various other file formats but is available free only for Windows.
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