Photivo is an open source RAW photo editing program that is cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux). I have known about Photivo for quite a few years. In the past, I tried it just a handful of times but generally always found it quite cumbersome to install (successfully) and a bit confusing to use. Recently I decided to try it again. I must admit, feature wise, Photivo might be one of the best RAW photo editors existing for Linux. Even after getting familiar with it though, I still find it a bit awkward and tedious to use.
Here is my basic video review and tutorial of Photivo.
Previously I did a very similar tutorial comparing Lightroom to Darktable. You can find that tutorial here.
To help me with this tutorial, I used the wonderful website Fro Knows Photo. The website provides the RAW photo if you want to go along and follow this tutorial. In the video, a few edits are made to the photo from both Jared and Adam. I will be copying Adam's main edit. On the left, you will see what Adam did in Lightroom. On the right, you will see how I tried to copy him in Photivo. I recommend you view the video before trying to follow along with this tutorial.
Note - Many of my edits were later changed to match Adam's final image. All of the settings I have listed are quite close but may take a bit more fine tuning.
LightroomOne thing you might notice from the screenshot below, the unedited image in Lightroom already seems to start out being more exposed than the unedited image in Photivo.
Basic/Color/Fill Light 33
The lighting edits made were all quite basic.
I did not notice any difference in Lightroom with Clarity. From what I have read however, it changes the contrast in the midtones.
Perhaps it was simply just the resolution of the video, but I really did not notice a visible difference with sharpening.
The following items I did not give specifics on how to do them, because they do not really have set parameters.
Crop - Crop and straighten
Vignette - Effects/Post Crop Vignetting
Adam's final image.
(In Photivo, if you want to make changes with specific values such as what I have listed below, you will need to right click and manually type them in).
RGB/Brightness/Catch Black -0.35
So far Photivo seems to be able to make very similar edits to lightroom. I was surprised that I was not able to find "Fill light" in Photivo.
RGB/Sigmoidal Contrast/Strength 3.0
RGB/Sigmoidal Contrast/Threshold 0.25
Lab Sharpen/Noise/Weiner/Strength 0.30
Select "Only Edges"
Because I didn't notice a significant difference with sharpening, I just had to guess.
Camera/White Balance/Temp 5100
Crop - Geometry/Crop
Vignette - Lab Eye Candy/Vignette (soft)
Local Edit/Spot tuning
(Spot tuning was the closest thing I could find to what "Mask" does in Lightroom. In my opinion, the inability to to fine tune specific parts of the image is one area where almost all RAW Linux photo editors fail.
My final image.
Conclusion: The edits in this tutorial are VERY basic. This shows nothing near the full capacity of what either Lightroom OR Photivo can do. That being said, I was quite happy with how well Photivo works and I feel that most basic edits done in Lightroom can be done in Photivo as well.