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Tips for speeding up culling of wedding photos?

 
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Apr 19, 2012 11:46 |  #46

If CAPS LOCK is turned on, Lightroom will automatically advance to the next photo when you flag or rate a photo. You don't have to tap the arrow to move on.

There, I just halved your keystroke workload for your initial pass at culling/rating ;)

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Yeah, fair enough but does rendeering the 1:1 previews at import not then make the catalog huge?
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They can if you allow them to, or they won't if you tell Lightroom to not allow it to:
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Apr 19, 2012 12:44 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #47

oh man, i'm so glad you posted this. i always wondered why sometimes it would do that to me and sometimes it wouldn't. never thought it was the cap lock! i should have know, seeing that it's an adobe program :)


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Apr 19, 2012 13:33 |  #48

For those who use the Accept and Reject system:
Left hand click ~ to accept and x to reject. Right hand punching the arrow.

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I have not try but per post above if the Cap Lock does the magic then all you have to do is ~ and x :)


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Apr 19, 2012 14:03 |  #49

HOLY MACARONI and CHEESE !!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE... Thanks so much for the tip!!!! Just made my editing life a lot faster :)

Thanks Nathan and Tigerkn :)


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Apr 19, 2012 21:12 |  #50

^^^ Np Scorpio_e.
I don't use the A & R system any more, I used to.
These days, I give keepers 3 stars at 1st route. non-keepers stay un-rated.
Sort by rated before editing (show all 3 stars only), Blog and Port. worthy get 4-5 stars.
Un-rated of non-keepers RAW get deleted completely from PC after CD, Slideshow, Blog and/or Book.


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Apr 19, 2012 23:35 |  #51

I don't do star systems or anything. I upload them all to lightroom, then I go through and flag which ones I think I'll keep. When done I look through the flagged ones and then cull once more by unflagging the ones I know I don't want to keep overall. I'm ready to proceat that point and if I can't get exactly what I want in the processing I will just hit the unflag button. It doesn't seem to take me all that long.

LR makes it easy.
All I need to do is scroll right and hit "P" on the ones I want to move toward processing.




  
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Apr 21, 2012 12:03 as a reply to  @ tfizzle's post |  #52

Don't know if this has already been mentioned, but I learned a great tip which makes culling so much faster:

In library mode, highlight 4-6 photos that seem to be in the same 'group' (ie during a photoshoot you might have 4 shots of the couple standing together, then you moved positions and got 5 shots of the couple sitting together, etc)

Press the 'N' key. Now you see all of those selected shots together. You can easily and quickly scan and choose your favorites out of the group. Click your favorite photo and Press P for pick, or rate it with stars, w/e.

Move on and select your next group of photos, quickly compare and choose your favorite.

Then in develop mode only view your rated/picks.

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Comparing similar photos this way involves a lot less clicking/arrow pressing, and instead of going back and forth several times to compare two photos, you see them side by side and can quickly choose which you like best.




  
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Apr 21, 2012 19:15 |  #53

I use Photo Mechanic software. I can cull 1500 shots in one hour.


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May 14, 2012 18:29 |  #54

mcap1972 wrote in post #14305262 (external link)
I use Photo Mechanic software. I can cull 1500 shots in one hour.

What advantage does Photo Mechanic have over Lightroom? Is it faster to cull images with Photo Mechanic?


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May 14, 2012 20:34 |  #55

professorman wrote in post #14431678 (external link)
What advantage does Photo Mechanic have over Lightroom? Is it faster to cull images with Photo Mechanic?

It's SO much faster. I love Photo Mechanic.


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May 14, 2012 20:44 |  #56

Fast Picture Viewer (external link) is another option. It's a very fast way to view and cull pictures, and can output XMP files that Bridge/Lightroom read for ratings.


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May 14, 2012 23:20 |  #57

Christina wrote in post #14432212 (external link)
It's SO much faster. I love Photo Mechanic.

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Plus you can sync the ratings and metadata with LR


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May 15, 2012 00:57 |  #58

Christina wrote in post #14432212 (external link)
It's SO much faster. I love Photo Mechanic.

How fast is fast? Do you mean for slower machines?

tim wrote in post #14432271 (external link)
Fast Picture Viewer (external link) is another option. It's a very fast way to view and cull pictures, and can output XMP files that Bridge/Lightroom read for ratings.

If lightroom is already snappy, do you still get benefits using these other programs? I am happy with my new first gen i7 machine. Would it give me noticeable increase using one of these programs?


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May 15, 2012 01:15 |  #59

Oh heck yes, I can do my first culling run in 1/3 the time with FPV than I can in LR/Bridge. Download the trial and see. See my workflow here. The important parts are turning on auto advance and xmp file writing.


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May 15, 2012 06:30 |  #60

Hey Tim, do you have any thoughts on FPV vs photo mechanic? Other than the obvious $40 vs $150? I'm thinking about trying one for my next wedding and don't necessarily want to have to learn two pieces of software to try them both if I can pick a winner from the start. Thanks.

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Oh heck yes, I can do my first culling run in 1/3 the time with FPV than I can in LR/Bridge. Download the trial and see. See my workflow here. The important parts are turning on auto advance and xmp file writing.


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