Linux for Photography


The Photo workflow for Linux is always going to be different than Windows or Mac. But many of the basic and complex techniques are there. I’ve never owned a copy of Photoshop and the last commercial Adobe product I used was probably in 1999.

Originally posted on Erich Eickmeyer:

Linux is a wonderful operating system, but one thing that gets overlooked a lot is how it can help a photographer’s workflow. In this article I discuss the software that’s available and my workflows, and pose a question for everyone.

If you don’t know my story on how I got into Linux, it’s about time I told it. It was almost 3 years ago. My son had just been born, and I had some pretty outdated photography software. I was running Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (or something like that) and Creative Suite 3. Sadly, those were the highest I could go without upgrading my Power Mac G4 to an Intel mac. Additionally, this same computer would no longer run the latest versions of Firefox. I was pretty stuck.

The real key in my workflow was Lightroom. Unfortunately, I had a really small budget. Also, it was likely that, much to my…

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Mbuffer Trickery

Am rather disappointed that mbuffer isn’t shipped in CentOS 7. Easy enough to install, but seriously useful to have updated software in this day in age.

Anyhow, to use mbuffer for a long transfer where an outgoing connection was the only option, I finally found a situation where I wanted to use a fifo.

dmzhost$ mkfifo /tmp/tarfifo
lanhost$ ssh dmzhost "cat /tmp/tarfifo" | mbuffer -P90 -m512M | tar xf -
dmzhost$ tar cf - pub | mbuffer -P90 -m128M > /tmp/tarfifo

And there we have it.