Steve Marquis



I’ll try and put together a list of tools I’ve come across below. I’m a keen supporter of open source software so you’ll tend to see me erring on the side of that. I love Unix but Windows is the platform I have at the moment (we’ll see what santa brings). I would welcome additions, just send me an email with a link. There’s a few to browse here and a good list of tools here and here.

  • Darktable - a powerful raw file editor (think Lightroom with bells) (for Windows, Unix and Mac) and tutorials. I’m hoping this is my go-to workflow beastie.
  • Rawtherapee - a very powerful (but geeky) raw image photo editor.
  • Gimp - a powerful photo editor (think Photoshop with bells) (for Windows, Unix and Mac) and tutorials. This I’m hoping is my go-to editor.
  • Geosetter - sets all EXIF data and location data in particular for Windows
  • Shotcut - a great little video editor on all the platforms (and there’s more here and here). I’ve done quite a bit of video snippet capture for YouTube at the pub I owned and wished I had discovered this then!
  • Handbrake - open source video transcoder on all platforms.
  • Audacity - multitrack recording and editing on all platforms (there are a few more here).
  • more to come (it’s a work in progress)

I'm restarting in photography, last time it was film, now we're in the digital age and I can share the knowledge too.

There’s a really good news and information aggregator called Flipboard and I’ve used it whenever I’ve spotted a reasonable on-line article on photography. Articles cover subjects from the techniques in different genres of photography to selecting equipment, basic skills and anything else that looks to be of interest to send us both up the learning curve.

Link to Steve’s Photography Tricks on

Steam in perspective at Llangollen Railway

The captains cabin in Thurso

Picnic in the golden hour at Thurso

Windswept summer's evening on Halkyn Mountain in NE Wales.


A lovely evening for making some portrait wallpaper!


A lovely evening for making some landscape wallpaper!

Steve Marquis