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The Program That Cut My Editing Time IN HALF | Photo Mechanic

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with editing. I love watching my images come to life, but I hate how time consuming it can be. I remember when I first started my business it would take me over 4 HOURS to edit ONE senior session…. 4 hours!!!!!!!

For me, it wasn’t necessarily the editing that took me so long, but it was the culling. I remember having to wait for all my images to load onto my computer, then opening up Lightroom and spending HOURS going through and choosing my images. I remember going through each image like this; *click* “loading…” “Do I like this one better than the last?” *click* “loading…” “Ugh…” *click* “okay I like this one” *flag*. And that was comparing only 2 images!!!!! No wonder it took me so long! If you shoot anything like I do, you’ll have 15 images of the same pose and it will take you FOREVER to go through them all!

Now let me let you in on a little secret: Lightroom is NOT meant for culling! Lightroom is awesome for batch editing and getting it done quickly. So you may be asking, “Well then what am I supposed to use?” The answer is Photo Mechanic!!!!!!!!! This is the program that changed the game entirely and cut my editing time in half!!!! It now takes me about an hour and a half to 2 hours to edit a full engagement or senior session!

Let me explain, this is how Photo Mechanic works:

  1. Load all of you images onto your computer
  2. Open up Photo Mechanic
  3. Select the folder that you just put your images into like this: Photo Mechanic 01
  4. Now here comes the awesome part, you can cull WHILE YOUR IMAGES ARE STILL BEING UPLOADED TO YOUR COMPUTER! Just click on the first image and scroll down! Anytime you want to select an image click any of the numbers on your keyboard (each number correlates to a color, I use number 1 and its pink). Photo Mechanic 02
  5. Then once you’ve finished culling all of your images, click on the empty square at the bottom of the screenScreen Shot 2017-03-09 at 11.44.34 AM
  6. And VOILA!!! All of your culled images are there and all you have to do is drag and drop them into Lightroom and start editing! Photo Mechanic 03

It’s THAT easy! This program has completely changed the game for me! I love it for so many reasons, I don’t know what I’d do without it! If you are still culling manually in Lightroom, stop what you are doing and GET THIS PROGRAM! I promise you, you will not regret it!

Want Photo Mechanic? Get it HERE 

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  • March 9, 2017 - 2:09 pm

    Jennifer - That’s a cool software! Do you use expo disc when you shoot? Just wondering…ReplyCancel

    • March 9, 2017 - 2:10 pm

      erikalynnf@gmail.com - No I don’t!! I shoot in Kelvin though! ReplyCancel

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