I want to make my photos more easily searchable. I understand we can add words to the metadata of each image, like "chicken, summer, silly" using lightroom... but I don't want to get lightroom just yet.
Are there any good programs out there for sorting and organizing photos?
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that Lightroom is now a free download from Adobe. Were your reasons for not going for Lightroom because you didn’t like the price of yet another piece of expensive software?
You might want to try RawTherapee. I have not used this software but it sounds good and it seems to be a more ethical option depending on your personal values.
It came up as a good alternative to Lightroom. Here is what RawTherapee says on their website:
RawTherapee is Free and Open Source software. This means you can use it free of charge, wherever you like and however you like as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license. Download the source code, modify it, and help improve it! We believe in Free Software. ♥
It is cross-platform - you can use it on Linux, macOS, or Microsoft Windows. It is also international and available in over 15 languages!
The site is the one that I think runs RawTherapee but they support a lot of other free and open source programs related to photography. There are a lot listed on that site--hopefully something there will help.
If you don’t like Lightroom, there are a plethora of editors that allow you to do all sorts of editing.
When I built my first computer (and I far prefer to build my computers—I will never buy a desktop computer ever again) I looked for whatever free software I could find, as I pretty much spent my budget on hardware. I looked desperately for a good free photo editor. I came across one called Faststone, which is a pretty sophisticated package for being free. I do find it easier than Adobe, and while not quite as all encompassing, it is much more user friendly. I like it a lot and it is my preferred editor for quick editing.
Eric Hanson wrote:Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that Lightroom is now a free download from Adobe. Were your reasons for not going for Lightroom because you didn’t like the price of yet another piece of expensive software?
It might be free in some places, but here it's US$9.99 per month.
I simply click on the number generated my my camera and change it to a descriptive name. When converted to JPG and saved to a file they are in alphabetical order instead of numerical. As mentioned in the other thread when posted to permies they appear with the name at the top and my reason for posting in the description underneath.