Recent conversations with some wedding and event photographers have highlighted me to the usefulness of a tool called Photo Mechanic for checking focus at 100% and culling large amounts of photos in a very short period of time. They say it has changed their life, literally! I just wondered if anyone has tried it for real estate photography and what their experiences are? What workflow is best to move from Photo Mechanic into Lightroom?
Yes, absolutely, Photo Mechanic has been popular with professional photographers of all kinds since the late 1990s. It's strength is that it allows you to quickly browse through photos and quickly select which ones you want to keep and which ones you don't. This tutorial by Trevor Dayley shows how to do this and how to then import the best photos from a shoot into Lightroom for editing. Photo Mechanic isn't a Lightroom replacement, it's a step you go through before Lightroom of you are processing a huge amount of photos at a time.
Anyone wanting to use this pre-Lightroom workflow step to quickly browse through and evaluate and choose the photos you want to keep should also look at the On1 suite. It's browser is very similar to Photo Mechanic and also has a bunch of features, like layers, that complement Lightroom. The On1 suite was actually designed to complement Lightroom.
Are there any Photo Mechanic users out there?