If you have a vast collection of digital photos Shotwell photo manager might be the right tool for you. Many Linux distributions that use the Gnome desktop now have Shotwell photo manager installed by default after installation.
This application has powerful disk or camera import tools, and multiple viewing modes to suit your preferences. Shotwell can be found in your Applications menu inside your Graphics section if it is already installed.
If you don’t have Shotwell photo manager installed just type the commands below into your terminal to install Shotwell on most Linux systems.
First you can add the PPA with the next command if needed.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
Next update your available package sources with the command below.
$ sudo apt-get update
And next you can install shotwell with the following commands.
$ sudo apt-get install shotwell
When you are using Shotwell for the first time you should import photos to populate your library. This can be done many ways, you can simply drag and drop photos from your file manager into the Shotwell interface, you can import them from digital devices, or from the file menu you can click import from folder. The Shotwell interface is easy to use and understand. There is a sidebar that displays your library and other information, and your main section which will display photos and thumbnails.
With Shotwell you can also add tags to the photos in your library for faster searching. Tags will be displayed in the sidebar when you view an individual photo. At the bottom of the Shotwell window there are several tools that can help you edit, rotate, or crop your photos. You can also use the left and right arrow buttons to switch between photos in your library quickly.