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, these are pretty much all multi-platform (even Mac!)…

I would welcome additions, just send me an email from the button above with your link.

There’s a few tools to browse here and a good list of tools here and here.

  • Darktable - a powerful raw file editor (think Lightroom with bells - it blows lightroom out of the water with masking alone!) (for Windows, Unix and Mac) and tutorials. 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 (it's built in to Darktable but I hadn't discovered it and used this).
  • 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 too).
  • PIXLS.US is a tremendous open source photography software resource.

The following links are not photography specific but useful nonetheless…

  • This website is AI-based, it’s here on TheGrid where you can get your own.
  • LibreOffice - Office type software, multi-platform, free and does everything you would expect of office software.
  • more to come (it’s a work in progress)