drmaxx wrote in post #18738204
It is difficult to beat free, if all you want is culling.
However, I am not quite sure why the OP don't just use Lightroom for DAM and culling? With many pictures I cull them by going through them in several passes - filtering everything out from the last pass. First pass: kick out everything off the charts (not in focus or otherwise flawed). Second pass: give one star for anything that is worth having a second look. Third pass: give two stars for keepers and three stars for clear winners. Higher stars are reserved for after processing. By doing this, I can focus on one thing only and are much faster and more consistent then making all the decision for every single picture.
This is what I've done for years, but it's simply become a matter of speed. When importing 1-3K photos from my cards (1000x to 150 MBS) I build 1 to 1 previews it can easily take over 30 minutes. Even after that walking thru the files in Lightroom has just become too slow, it takes 1/2 - 1 second for the image to fully load (it'll show, then sharpen), if I need to go into 1 to 1, it's another 1/2 to full second for the final sharp image to load. Depending upon how shutter happy I got, 1/4 to 1/2 the images are going to be deleted/removed. I'm pretty fast and hard on the first pass, I could be knocking out images twice as fast without the lightroom delays, and then I'm importing fewer images. I love Lightroom in general, but it's not a 'fast' browser.