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Digikam is a KDE program for downloading photographs from digital cameras. The first time it is run, Digikam asks where to store your photo album. If you enter a directory that already contains a collection of photographs, Digikam treats each subfolder as an album.
On start-up, Digikam presents a window with two sections: your albums are displayed to the left and the photographs of the current album are displayed to the right. First, try to autodetect the camera with Auto-Detect. If this fails, browse the list for your model with Add. Confirm with Ok. With Advanced , select renaming options and how the camera-provided information EXIF should be handled.
The renaming options can be very convenient if your camera does not use meaningful filenames. You can let Digikam rename your photographs automatically. Give a unique prefix and, optionally, a date, time, or sequence number.
The rest is done by Digikam. Select all photographs to download from the camera by pressing the left mouse button or clicking individual photographs with Ctrl pressed. Selected photographs appear with inverted colors. Click Download. Select the destination from the list or by creating a new album with New Album. This automatically suggests a filename with the current date. Confirm with Ok to start the download process. Getting information about the photograph is not difficult. A short summary is displayed as a tool tip if you point with the mouse cursor at the thumbnail.
For longer information, right-click the photograph and choose Properties from the menu. General lists the name, type, owner, and some other basic information. The more interesting part is the EXIF tab. The camera stores some metadata for each photograph. Digikam reads these properties and displays them in this list. Find the exposure time, pixel dimensions, and others. To get more information for the selected list entry, press Shift - F1.
This shows a small tool tip. The last tab, Histogram , shows some statistical information. Digikam inserts a My Albums folder by default, which collects all your photographs. You can store these into subfolders later. The albums can be sorted by their directory layout, by the collection name that has been set in the album properties or by the date that the albums were first created this date can also be changed in the properties of each album.
Creating a new album by clicking the New Album button in the toolbar. Right-clicking My Albums and selecting New Album. After selecting to create an album in your preferred way, a dialog box appears. Give your album a title. Optionally, choose a collection, insert some comments, and select an album date. The collection is a way of organizing your albums by a common label. The comment is shown in the banner at the top of the main window.
Digikam uses the first photograph in the album as the preview icon in the My Albums list. To select a different one, right-click the respective photograph and select Set as Album Thumbnail from the context menu. Managing lots of different photographs with different albums can sometimes be complex. To organize individual photographs, Digikam provides the My Tag system. For example, you have photographed your friend John at different times and you want to collect all images, independent of your album.
This let you find all photographs very easily. From the context menu, choose New Tag. In the dialog box that appears, enter John as title and optionally set an icon. After creating your tag, assign it to the desired pictures. Go to each album and select the respective photographs.
Alternativly, drag the photographs to the tag name under My Tags and drop them there. Repeat as necessary with other albums. You can assign more than one tag to each photograph. Editing tags and comments can be tedious. This opens a dialog box with a preview, a comment field, and a tag list. Now you can insert all the needed tags and add a comment.
With Forward and Back , navigate in your album. Store your changes with Apply and leave with Ok. Digikam provides several export options that help you archive and publish your personal image collections. After that, click OK to initiate the burning process. Selection : Determine which part of your collection should be archived by selecting albums and tags. Set a selection title and image, font, and background properties.
Media Volume Descriptor : Change the settings for volume description, if necessary. Media Burning : Adjust the burning options to your needs, if necessary. Adjust the settings in Create Image Galleries to your needs, using the various submenus.
When you are done, click OK to initiate the gallery creation. Album : Determine the location of the gallery on disk as well as image size, compression, format, and the amount of metadata displayed in the resulting gallery. Thumbnails : As with the target images, specify size, compression and file type for the thumbnails used for gallery navitation. Digikam establishes a connection to the site specified and opens a new window called Gallery Export.
Click New Album and provide the information requested by Digikam. Digikam provides several tools to simplify some tasks. Find them in the Tools menu. The following is a small selection of the available tools. If you want to please someone, a custom calendar can be a nice gift. Customize the settings paper size, image position, font, etc. Now you can enter the year and select the images to use. After clicking Next again, see a summary.
Here, decide if you want to see a preview, save as PDF, or just print directly. Sometimes you photograph similar scenes repeatedly and want to keep only the best shots. This is the perfect task for the Find Duplicate plug-in. Select the albums or tags to handle. After you confirm with Ok , Digikam proceeds with the investigation. Decide which images to delete by activating the desired check boxes then clicking Delete. Leave the window with Close.
Digikam also provides some batch processes that perform a specific task on lots of files. This can be renaming, converting, resizing, and much more. Digikam includes its own lean image viewing and editing program. It automatically opens if you double-click an image's thumbnail. Use this tool to do some basic image editing on the images you just downloaded from your camera. You can crop, rotate or flip the image, do some basic color adjustments, apply various colored filters for example, to export a colored image to black and white , and efficiently reduce red eyes in portrait shots.
Properties takes you to a window consisting of three tabs providing general information, EXIF information, and the histogram of this image. This menu contains some of the editing functions most needed in digital photography. Colors takes you to a submenu where you can modify all basic color settings. You can also blur or sharpen either the entire picture or just a part of the image you selected.
To reduce red eyes in a portrait shot, roughly select the eye region of the face by just clicking and holding the left mouse pointer and gradually expanding the selection, select Red Eye Reduction and choose either mild or aggressive reduction depending on whether you selected a whole region or just the eyes. The Transform menu offers the crop, rotate, flip, and resize functions. You can also use the Aspect Ratio Crop option to produce crops in a fixed aspect ratio.
If you need to transform your color shots into black and white or want to achieve an aged look in your photographs, check out the Filters menu and choose from the various export options. A more detailed description of this tool can be found in Digikam's online help in digiKam Image Editor , which can be reached with the Help button in Digikam's menu bar. Professional image editing can be done with the GIMP.
Jump to navigation. Suffice it to say that digiKam is a humble application, because "digital photo management" barely touches on the feature set. Your distribution may or may not have the latest version, but don't get overly concerned about that; digiKam is in the enviable position of having been essentially a complete and stable application for years now, so unless you're looking for a specific feature that only exists in the latest version, it's going to be a good experience, at least just getting started. Upon first launch, you must step through a brief setup wizard.
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Digital photography has left most people with thousands of photos that they never look at because they cannot begin to organise them all. Digikam is a powerful and flexible organisational environment with the ability to proof and process the best of your shots. The KDE family is know for configurability, and Digikam is no exception. They're your photographs, so you deal with them anyway you want; Digikam will help, but never get in your way. This is an application filled with features and configuration options, so it takes time to learn it entirely, and then more time to decide which features you want to use and which ones you want to ignore. Compared to Darktable, which configures non-linear filters through which you may view and export those images, Digikam modifies the pixels of the image and applies filters linearly although it manages versions quite well and does not overwrite your photo unless you force it. Digikam is not GIMP.
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