- 14 Sep 2013
- Reaction score
- SW Herts
Many of us will have tried FOSS software and given up with it.
You could probably write a couple of thousand words on why the GIMP isn't as good as paid software.
Just as a starter it won't open raw camera files, something Photoshop has done for 20 years. That's a workflow anyone serious about photography takes for granted, even smartphone cameras can deliver raw files now to get the best from their cameras.
Darktable is a low spec copy of Lightroom, again well behind comparable functionality.
The harsh reality is that FOSS is usually ten or twenty years behind the times with respect to features and capabilities.
Whilst it doesn't effect functionality the interfaces are frequently similarly outdated and unduly complex to use.
One aspect people take for granted, or forget, is that every time there's a major new functionality in modern photo software it's backwards compatible. That means that not only are your current final images better, but also you can return to older files and deliver better results than was possible at the time they were taken.
Photography has never been a cost free pursuit, once you could be spending £10/day on film and processing, now you spend a fraction of that on software. It's now really a very small part of the overall cost of photography- cameras, lenses, accessories, computer system....
Yes, you can use FOSS and get reasonable results with some effort and zero expenditure, but why wear the hair shirt and accept second best ?