In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Photo Mechanic, one of the best photo organizer app on the market.
With Photo Mechanic, you can import, browse, organize, add tags, and export your photos. This professional software produced by Camera Bits is specifically designed to speed up your workflow and once you’ve tried once there’s no going back.
If you scroll to the end of this article you’ll find a video tutorial by professional photographer Chris Eyre-Walker.
What is Photo Mechanic?
In this short promo video by Camera Bits, you get introduced to this professional photo culling application. Take a quick look before going ahead to see how powerful this photo management tool is.e
In the video you can see the user interface of the software for multiple culling actions:
- Ingesting photos from multiple memory cards
- Adding metadata
- Renaming your files
- Saving files to your hard drive
- Photo Mechanic preview window
- Comparing photos side-by-side
- Rating photos
- Customizing your workflow
Organize Your Image Files Using Photo Mechanic
The new version 6 of Photo Mechanic is a 64-bit application, which means it’s 2 to 3 times faster than the previous version while doing the main operations such as browsing your RAW images.
As we’ve seen Photo Mechanic is mostly used to organize your image files, culling, and applying metadata. It’s used for file importing (ingesting) your photos from different devices into your computer.
If you want to start the importing process, choose the ingest menu. Then under the edit section, you will see preferences. The ingest menu is full of useful features.
To help you understand better, here are some main settings that you should focus on:
Ingest Disks – Here you can choose the files that you want to import. Select the ingest option and make sure to only choose the memory card where your files are.
Destination Folder – To locate the folder of your images, you have to select the primary destination option. If you want to create a backup, then you can select the second option to import another copy of the images.
Filter Files – If you have both RAW and JPEG image files, then you can use this filter to copy the RAW photos, to eliminate doubling.
Rename Ingested Photos – You can use this feature to rename all the imported images. It is the best way to keep everything organized.
IPTC Stationery Pad – This feature allows you to input all the basic information. For example- your name, contact details, or any other thing you want to add.
However, if you are a beginner, then these settings might be confusing for you but they are very helpful in organizing your files.
Use Photo Mechanic As Your Reviewing Tool
There are many types of photo editing software out there, but most of them do not provide image library management tools as powerful as Photo Mechanic.
Probably one of the greatest features of Photo Mechanic and certainly one of my favorites is that it’s unbelievably fast.
It’s fast at importing photos and incredibly fast when browsing them. This allows you to shave countless frustrating hours from your workflow. The process of culling, going through your newly taken photos and deleting the ones that you’re not happy with or tagging the ones you need to highlight is just a pleasure to do.
Photo Mechanic is the best software that enables you to load the images faster, which makes it a very powerful photo manager tool. Here are some features you should check if you are thinking to use it as your primary photo organizer.
Add Color Labels And Ratings
If you have a huge collection of images, then it can be a bit confusing to find out your best work. The best way to overcome this problem is by adding some ratings or color labels to your favorite images.
This way you can easily find your important images when you need them. To make everything easier, you can create shortcuts of ratings and color labels by visiting the Preferences option.
Go to (Accessibility tab) and customize Single Key Shortcuts to (O-5 sets rating). Once you do that, you can easily add a color label by holding the CTRL + the numerical keys (0 to 5) or CMD + numerical keys if you are on a Mac.
Filter Based on The Metadata
To access the Photo Mechanic’s filtering controls, go to the contact sheet view (down right corner). All the filters of Photo Mechanic function on the basis of eliminating rules from the filter. You will see all the images as default and if you click the metadata buttons, then it will hide the images that go with the rule.
For example – if you select the green color swatch, then all the green color label images will be covered.
Apart from this, you will have to hold the lt’ key and select a single swatch to show specific metadata. Instead of selecting one particular swatch, if you select a 4-star rating, then it will cover all the images that do not have a 4-star rating.
Use Photo Mechanic With Your Favorite Editor
One of the best things about Photo Mechanic is that it integrates with different types of photo editing software. If you want to integrate Photo Mechanic with your Photo editing software, then revisit the Preferences and select the Launching option. Then you will have to point to an external editing software and press the assigned option and select Choose. After doing this, you can easily locate your editing software and choose it.
You can access your app on the context menu and once you see it, you can easily send the pictures to the editor by choosing an image. If you are Mac user, control-clicking will work and for windows users, right-clicking will work.
Then you just have to select dit photos and your editing software. Wait for a few seconds and it will transfer all the files you have selected.
Video Tutorial How to Use Photo Mechanic
I hope this Photo Mechanic Tutorial will solve some of your queries and provide you some valuable information.
Price and Where to Get Photo Mechanic
Download the free trial of Photo Mechanic here. No credit card needed and you can use it for 90 days.
And after 90 days if you want to buy a Photo Mechanic license you can do so for $139.00 and you can find it at this link.