I had been told by a handful of photographers to try to use Photo Mechanic to speed up our culling of images, and for a while I just brushed them off, because I was happy with Lightroom, and I had figured out how to render 1:1 images, so I could fly through images pretty fast. Also, Photo Mechanic was pretty expensive (or at least that’s how I saw it then) and I wasn’t trying to spend extra money.
Then, I actually used it and everything changed. This video, “Culling in Photo Mechanic and Lightroom Tutorial” will show you how much time you can save!
This software FLIES through raw files like you wouldn’t believe. We will never go back to culling in Lightroom. Ever. Take a look at the video below where I show you the speed of this software.
Transcription: Hi! This is Eddie from Grainhappy.com and today I want to introduce you to a software that has totally changed our lives. This is called Photo Mechanic and as you can see as I’m flipping through images they’re moving real fast. Now these are raw images so honestly when you’re moving from one photo to the next in Lightroom, it is not this fast! You can definitely render previews, you can render Standard or render 1:1 and if you’ve got a fast computer then you’re definitely saving time there but honestly, this software has saved us so much time. If you think, let’s just say you take 2000 photos on a Wedding Day and it takes two seconds to move from one photo to the next, that’s 4000 seconds TO JUST EDIT ONE WEDDING! 4000 seconds that is just time wasted just waiting for the next photo to show up, so it’s really worth it. Take a look at this software, again it’s called Photo Mechanic. Our workflow is to tag it with a color and then we star all the ones that are tagged with that color and that color translates over to Lightroom.I actually use a keyboard-changer, really, so I can remap exactly where the hotkeys for Photo Mechanic are placed on the keyboard. I’ll put a link here so you can see how I do that exactly. So I just really wanted to show you how fast this is and just based on just watching me flip through these, it blows my mind. And then you can zoom in real quick, and make sure you’ve got a sharp image and then flag it and go. So! I love this software. We’re not even using it to it’s full potential but honestly speeding up our culling is all we need. We were skeptics for a while and didn’t want to spend the money and then we got it and we LOVE it. So, check it out! I will leave the link here and thanks for watching!
In the video above, I reference how I “hack” Photo Mechanic so that I can save even more time — you see, they set it up so that zooming in is the “Z” key, over on the left side of the keyboard, and so it’s annoying to have to move my hand back and forth from the left and right arrows over to “Z”. Sure for five photos it’s no big deal, but how about a wedding with 2000 images? And 20 weddings a year?? My point is, saving a few seconds here or there literally means saving HOURS. Watch this video for more info on how I save even more time:
FYI: The reason why I don’t tag images but instead I color them green, and then star them, is because I want to be able to see very clearly that I chose a photo. The tag function is kind of hard to see, whereas the green color stands out immediately and I know everything is working properly.
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