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Photo Mechanic is not the only option out there when it comes to photo culling tools. In the last few years, other alternatives to Photo Mechanic have entered the market, with features that may be better suited to your photo culling needs. Take a look at some of the great free and paid alternatives we have found.
Select by Narrative is the best alternative to Photo Mechanic. Not only is it lightning fast, but it’s integrated with AI to help you choose your very best images. The best part is you still have full control over the image selection process!
Unlike some other products that attempt (and often fail) to cull your images for you automatically, 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 understand that images that aren't perfect still make the final selection because of artistic reasons outside of what any AI can detect. We know most photographers aren't willing to compromise the quality of their work to save time - and that’s why we created Select!
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ACDSee Ultimate can be used for photo culling, cataloging and photo editing. It has customizable 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 built primarily for editing images. Lightroom is much slower than a dedicated culling tool and doesn’t have any additional AI features.
See our blog on how to speed up Lightroom.
FastRawViewer is an affordable product that allows you to preview RAW files quickly and without lag.
Adobe Bridge is a creative asset manager that anyone can download for free. No Adobe subscription necessary!