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I wanted to ask for a recommendation for a free post-processing software. As I am primarily a jpeg shooter - who keeps the raw files "just in case" - my requirements are quite minimal:

  • cropping
  • rotating
  • converting to B&W
  • changes to white balance, saturation, exposure
  • ability to work with RAW files from Leica M9, Fuji X-Pro2, Ricoh GR and GR iii
  • works on Windows

Would you be able to recommend such a software? In this forum I have seen mention of "Darktable" and "RawTherapee". But I was not sure whether they meet these requirements, especially around the RAW file formats.

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    Hi Claus and welcome to Photo.SE! This site is a bit different from other forums in that it best works when you have a specific question, that you've looked into (briefly) and that can have answers that do not become outdated very fast (feel free to take the tour. Your question is quite broad: there is a myriad of applications that can do what you want. Besides that, the answer would become outdated as products come and go. Jul 12, 2021 at 11:02
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    Try the software recommendations SE site.
    – Eric S
    Jul 12, 2021 at 11:56
  • @SaaruLindestøkke ah ok I understand - I thought my question would be a good fit. Thank you for clarifying!
    – Claus
    Jul 12, 2021 at 12:23
  • @EricS That's a good idea, let me follow up on this!
    – Claus
    Jul 12, 2021 at 12:24
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    Bot DT and RT will do. On Pixls.us you can discuss with other users, and with the authors.
    – xenoid
    Jul 13, 2021 at 8:21

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I recommend a non-destructive editor such as Darktable.

It will provide the same general workflow for both jpg and RAW and because manipulations are saved as commands, non-destructive editors have the least degradation for jpgs. Degradation only happens on final export not at intermediate steps.

Or to put it another way, a non-destructive editor treats your originals as negatives. A jpg original is simply a less information dense negative than a raw (like 135 v 120 film maybe).

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