Not seeing myself as an artist but love creating as a hobbyist. Growing up with Mini DV and the very first SD camcorders and digital cameras I always enjoyed shooting, but was also formally trained on high end gear during my media design and media technology studies.
Right after university there never seemed to be enough time to shoot privately anymore. Luckily awesome technological advances in hard- and software have since removed most traditional obstacles.
Photo & video gear
Nowadays I am really lucky to being able to combine sports and travel with photo and video again. It was never easier and quicker to shoot and process in incredible quality:
- my everyday smartphone for photos
- a GoPro, soon hopefully a mini drone, for videos
- still have a Nikon D90 and P300 lying around, but hardly used them during the last 5+ years
Mostly creating for family and myself, but sometimes I like to share some impressions publicly online:
Software & applications
After a lot of trial and error, the following suite of tools supports my workflow on Ubuntu nicely (most applications are also available for Windows & Mac OS):
Digikam is quite cluttered and based on KDE but still the best tool to manage photo and video files in Ubuntu:
- using “~/Raw” as base directory for my media library as I am managing photos and videos in the same directory
- so many different (and very useful) ways to manage media: directory structure, by date/timeline, tagging, map, labels (rating, pick, color)
Alternatives: Shotwell (very simple but not many cataloging features)
wevideo is the way to go if you want to have your video projects with you, wherever you go. Works in any browser enabled device with reasonable screen size (PC/Laptop) and uses the power of wevideo infrastructure to process and render videos. No need for a powerful workstation – processing power is completely delegated to the cloud. Unlimited high bandwidth internet connection recommended for raw video file uploads. Also the service is not free, but the service might well be worth it. https://www.wevideo.com/
Openshot is my video editor of choice for offline work due to its simplicity.
Vidcutter is my go-to if it is just cutting one single media file (also for preparing video files for Openshot).
Video2gif is my command line script that helps me quickly generate high quality GIFs (using ffmpeg). Feel free to play around with the parameters:
#!/bin/bash ffmpeg -i "$1" -vf fps=15,scale=320:-1:flags=lanczos,palettegen "$1_palette.png" ffmpeg -i "$1" -i "$1_palette.png" -filter_complex "fps=5,scale=350:-1:flags=lanczos[x];[x][1:v]paletteuse" "$1.gif"
Alternatives: many different non-linear video editing tools out there from very easy (e.g. Shotcut) to very professional/advanced (e.g. DaVinci resolve).
RawTherapee is absolutely fabulous for advanced image processing. So many great settings and profiles / advanced tools. Sadly no spot removal yet – but is in development.
Gimp is my go-to image editor since almost two decades. Especially for retouching (i.e. spot removal) and quick adjustments (contrast, brightness, levels, sharpness).
Alternatives: Darktable (quite similar to RawTherapee)
GoPro and Quik, both from GoPro themselves. Have not yet had time to play around with Quik though (do the majority of my video work on PC anyways).
Snapseed is my go-to for quick and easy photo editing.
Alternatives: Lightroom from Adobe is very nice too (subscription model for more advanced features though).