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Course Questions

Can I see list of all the lessons in the course?
Which software applications are taught in The Open Source Photography Course?
Is the course for Windows users?
Is this course for amateur or experienced photographers?
GIMP sucks, how can it replace Photoshop?
Does the course cover every tool/plugin in darktable and GIMP?
Do all the applications taught run on PC-BSD?

Payment and Download Questions

How much does the course cost?
I lost my download link, can you resend the email?
Which payment methods can I use?
Are payments made over a secure SSL connection?
Which FOSS projects will receive the donations (10% of sales)?
Why doesn’t the darktable project receive part of the donations?
When will the donations be made?

Course Answers

 

Can I see list of all the lessons in the course?

You can view all the topics covered in the video tutorials and their duration on the Course Outline page.

Which software applications are taught in The Open Source Photography Course?

The core applications required for the course are darktable and GIMP.

There are a few optional applications taught as well. See the chart below for compatibility with your operating system.

Required AppsLinuxMac OS XPC-BSDWindows
darktablegreen-check-25px-01green-check-25px-01green-check-25px-01red-x-25px-01
GIMPgreen-check-25px-01green-check-25px-01green-check-25px-01green-check-25px-01
Optional AppsLinuxMac OS XPC-BSDWindows
dispcalGUIgreen-check-25px-01green-check-25px-01red-x-25px-01green-check-25px-01
Rapid Photo Dgreen-check-25px-01red-x-25px-01red-x-25px-01red-x-25px-01

Is the course for Windows users?

Even though there are several lessons that Windows users can benefit from, the majority of the course teaches darktable, a RAW photo editor that isn’t available for Windows.

However, darktable is an open source application. If the Windows community wanted to build a native version for their operating system, they could.

Is this course for amateur or experienced photographers?

Both amateur and experienced photographers can benefit from The Open Source Photography Course.

Basic editing techniques, such as correcting exposure and white balance, are covered. More advanced editing techniques like making local adjustments and using layer masks are also taught.

GIMP sucks, how can it replace Photoshop?

The majority of the workflow in The Open Source Photography Course is done in darktable, an excellent RAW photo editor. The raster editing program GIMP is only used for final touch ups and preparing images for the web.

For users more comfortable with Photoshop, there is a lesson to help you setup a Photoshop-style user interface and keyboard shortcuts.

Does the course cover every tool/plugin in darktable and GIMP?

Many of darktable‘s and GIMP‘s tools are covered in detail in The Open Source Photography Course, however it doesn’t cover every single tool.

For a complete list of topics covered, please see the Course Outline page.

Do all the applications taught run on PC-BSD?

The core applications, darktable and GIMP run in PC-BSD. However, it might be a little more difficult to get a couple of GIMP plugins installed and to calibrate your monitor in PC-BSD, than it is in Linux and Mac OS X.

I am not certain about PC-BSD’s color management support. If you install the Gnome desktop, you should be able to easily calibrate your monitor with the Gnome Color Manger located in Settings. KDE and other desktop users with have to seek other options.

Payment and Download Answers

 

How much does the course cost?

The Open Source Photography Course costs $50 USD.

I lost my download link, can you resend the email?

To have the download link resent, click the following link and enter the email address you used to make the purchase: Resend Email

Which payment methods can I use?

You can pay using a credit card or bank account via PayPal. You can also pay with Bitcoin via BitPay.

Are payments made over a secure SSL connection?

Yes, purchases are done over a secure connection (SSL). After you select a payment option, you will be taken to a secure page where you can complete your transaction safely.

Which FOSS projects will receive the donations (10% of sales)?

After all the fees are paid, such as web hosting and payment processors, 10% of the net profits will be donated to:

Why doesn’t the darktable project receive part of the donations?

Unfortunately, the darktable project doesn’t accept donations.

However, they occasionally they ask for donations to travel to the annual Libre Graphics Meeting. If darktable runs a similar campaign in the near future, a donation will be made. If not, the donation will go to the main Libre Graphics Meeting Pledgie campaign.

When will the donations be made?

Donations will be giving out approximately every three months. The course was released on July 16, 2015, so donations will begin around mid October 2015.

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Sample Videos

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