Photo Culling Software

These are useful tools for culling photographers that do not depend on a database.

  • Lyn

    Commercial Mac Website

    The lightweight and fast image browser and viewer for Mac OS X.

    Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, PPM, animated GIF and any other image format supported by Mac OS X.

    Includes 15-day free trial.


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    Commercial Windows Website

    Digital Asset Management solution that allows dynamic management of files such as video, images and documents in a manner that makes them easier to find when you need them.


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  • Photo Mechanic

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Plug in your memory cards and start picking winners and deleting rejects almost instantaneously. Move from image to image without that annoying rendering delay. Add dynamic caption, copyright, and keyword information individually or in batches. Upload images to online galleries or image services in a flash. And, so much more! Photo Mechanic is the ultimate file and metadata management tool.

    Ingest is the process of copying files from a memory card to your hard drive. Photo Mechanic supercharges this step by automating other tasks at the same time, making your life much easier.

    Start Editing Immediately
    Don't wait around. See the thumbnails of your images while they're being copied from your memory card. Cull, rate, and tag them as you go. Photo Mechanic is fast!

    Browse Files Faster
    Go from image to image quickly - faster than ever before in Photo Mechanic 6. Find your keepers and bring only the files you want to keep into your post-processing workflow.

    Multi-Card Ingest
    Save time by copying images off several memory cards at the same time when you have multiple card readers.

    Add Metadata During Ingest
    Save a step by adding copyright and credit information during the copying process


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  • FastRawViewer

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    FastRawViewer is an extremely fast RAW image viewer that allows the user to see the real RAW-data and the real RAW histogram, and it supports virtually every camera format currently on the market, as well as JPEG and DNG. It opens RAW-files at a rate of about 6-8 frames per second for photographs, or 24-30 frames per second for video (cinema DNG) and it provides you with many useful tools for image analysis, such as per-channel viewing, over- and underexposure areas indication, focus peaking and shadow boosting, as well as using a multitude of preset white balances to view the image, or, if you dislike the presets, creating your own. This program also has propagation, so any changes you make to one image carry over to the following ones, until you tell it to stop. Furthermore, any changes you make to the image are saved in XMP files, which can then be read by Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, and used for heavy-duty work.


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