Shotkit Survey Reveals the Most Popular Alternatives to Lightroom
Culling is a time consuming and painful process that every photographer has to deal with. But, what if you could make this process easier, faster and overall more enjoyable experience? Well, you can! Using culling software saves you time because these products are built to deal with large amounts of images and they have features that make choosing the best images easier too. Some culling products even use AI power different culling features.
So, here is a list of some of the best...
Select by Narrative is the best culling software on the market and better yet it is free to try!
Unlike some other products that attempt (and often fail) to cull your images for you, Select empowers you to choose your best images faster with the help of industry-leading AI. Why not just do it for you? Because we are photographers too and we know that often images that aren't perfect still make the final selection because of more artistic reasons outside of what any AI can detect. Select still has features that can do some of your culling for you too but it gives you both options because we know most photographers aren't willing to compromise the quality of their work to save time, they want both great work and to save time!
Select is only currently available for on Mac.
Optyx uses AI to auto-group and auto-cull your photos for you. It is compatible with both windows and mac.
Pricing: Free Plan - 100 Photo Limit Per shoot / Pro Plan - Unlimited $99.99 (one-time purchase)
Kodak Pro select’s AI-powered assistant is a photo culling software that culls photos based on technical aspects and aesthetic qualities.
Kodak Select is currently available on Windows 10 and Mac Mojave.
Pricing: Yearly - $299.95 / Monthly - $29.25
One of the most used platforms for culling photos, PhotoMechanic helps process bulk images and gets them ready to be exported to Lightroom.
Compatibility: Mac and Windows
Pricing: Free Trial period for 30 days / $139 one-time payment. Payment is required for every update.
ACDSee Ultimate can be used for photo culling, cataloguing and photo editing. It has customisable keyboard shortcuts to increase your culling and editing process.
Pricing: $89 per year
Lightroom is a program most photographers will be familiar with and it is build primarily for editing images. Lightroom will be much slower than a dedicated culling tool.
See our blog on how to speed up Lightroom.
Compatibility: Windows and Mac.
Compatibility: Windows and Mac