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Oct 31, 2018 11:34 as a reply to  @ post 18739573 |  #31

Great info….Learned something new...a few things!


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Oct 31, 2018 12:58 |  #32

I use Lightroom to cull, rate, and catalog my photos. It’s what it’s made for.
1. Import all photos from the days shoot into separate folder in Lightroom, such as “10-31-18 Chincoteague”

2. First time through, cull out the OOF and poorly posed shots with a black flag. Passing photos get one star. After reaching the end, delete all black flagged phots with one command.

3. Second time through, begin editing. Rate photos with 1-5 stars after editing each. A 3-star photo is Flickr-worthy. 4-stars is an awesome shot. 5-stars has “the wow” factor.

4. I’ll Go through them again days or weeks later.


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Oct 31, 2018 16:31 |  #33

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This is probably a bit late but I'll contribute it anyway: if a trial version of an app ends prematurely or you genuinely didn't get chance to evaluate it properly, send a message to the support desk and ask for a trial extension. I'd be very surprised if they don't have the ability to grant this or refuse to do so (assuming you ask nicely). It used to be standard practice for just about every shareware product out there and probably still is; certainly it's what I've always done for my own products.

Good idea, giving that a try.


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Oct 31, 2018 16:32 |  #34

F2Bthere wrote in post #18740772 (external link)
I second the recommendation to ask for a trial extension on PhotoMechanic, especially because you are talking about 1000 images at a time. PhotoMechanic is so good at handling large volumes quickly (it's what photojournalists, especially sports photographers, heavy wedding photographers and stock photographers tend to use). Which that kind of volume, a few seconds shaved off starts to add up to a lot over thousands of images. Plus you can start using it for culling while it is still bringing in, backing up and automatically keywording images in the background. So fast.

You might also consider Bridge, which is free with your Adobe subscription. It's a lot faster than LR for culling and you can do it before importing.

I'll keep that in mind, thanks.


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Oct 31, 2018 19:23 |  #35

Actually these days Bridge is just free. You only need the free level of the Adobe account to run it, and that is the usual email address type thing for logging in and downloading the program.

Although I use Lr pretty much exclusively for managing my photographic image library I still use Bridge a lot. It's my prefered file browser when working with images outside of Lr, and for all my other types of "media" files.

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Oct 31, 2018 21:58 |  #36

The main problem is that if you are downloading several hundred images at a time, Lightroom is slow to ingest files and it takes a while. And it takes a while to have the images be ready. And even after files are loaded and previews are generated, there is a slowness to moving through the files.

This isn't so much of an issue if you just have 20 files or if you don't have deadlines and time isn't important (probably true for most photographers). But if you deal with a lot of files or deadlines, PhotoMechanic is great.


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Nov 01, 2018 02:42 |  #37

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The kind folks at Camera Bits graciously agreed to provide me another trial period! I'll be giving PM a try over the next couple weeks and will look into the other suggestions provided for comparison. Thank you for taking the time to offer your opinions and suggestions.


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Nov 01, 2018 09:27 |  #38

F2Bthere wrote in post #18741223 (external link)
The main problem is that if you are downloading several hundred images at a time, Lightroom is slow to ingest files and it takes a while. And it takes a while to have the images be ready. And even after files are loaded and previews are generated, there is a slowness to moving through the files.

This isn't so much of an issue if you just have 20 files or if you don't have deadlines and time isn't important (probably true for most photographers). But if you deal with a lot of files or deadlines, PhotoMechanic is great.

That is the whole point for then adding Embedded & Sidecar. You can cull while previews build.


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Nov 01, 2018 21:56 |  #39

digital paradise wrote in post #18741416 (external link)
That is the whole point for then adding Embedded & Sidecar. You can cull while previews build.


I used LR that way and it was still super slow. LR in general is quite slow, especially dealing with any volume of images.

PhotoMechanic is ready as soon as the first image hits the drive and is much faster. It also uses .xmp files.

Nothing wrong with using LR, but regardless of settings, it is substantially slower than PM.


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Nov 01, 2018 23:20 |  #40

F2Bthere wrote in post #18741935 (external link)
I used LR that way and it was still super slow. LR in general is quite slow, especially dealing with any volume of images.

PhotoMechanic is ready as soon as the first image hits the drive and is much faster. It also uses .xmp files.

Nothing wrong with using LR, but regardless of settings, it is substantially slower than PM.

Besides pre culling using DPP I don't cull a second time in LR. I don't rate, etc so I don't have a lot of experience with it.


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Mar 18, 2019 09:06 |  #41

LR needs a culling module/tab specifically for this. Returned from the coast a few weeks ago with hundreds of bracketed seascape shots. I just popped in the card and walked away from the computer for a bit because LR is soooooo incredibly slow.


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Mar 22, 2019 11:31 |  #42

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18830736 (external link)
LR needs a culling module/tab specifically for this. Returned from the coast a few weeks ago with hundreds of bracketed seascape shots. I just popped in the card and walked away from the computer for a bit because LR is soooooo incredibly slow.

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