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What Is Photo Mechanic?

Photo Mechanic is image management software that enables photographers to quickly import, view, cull, organize, add metadata, and export images from memory cards for an accelerated post-production workflow. Photo Mechanic provides fast image ingestion, side-by-side image comparison, tagging tools, watermarking, and simultaneous exporting to multiple locations to streamline the editing process.

Who Uses Photo Mechanic?

Professional photographers, photojournalists, wedding photographers, and portrait photographers.

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Reviews of Photo Mechanic

Average score

Overall
4.8
Ease of Use
4.8
Customer Service
4.9
Features
4.8
Value for Money
4.9

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
76%
4
24%
Sam
Sam
Graphic Designer in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Easily the best way to manage RAW files

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: I've loved using it. I work with a huge amount of RAW photos at a time and it's made the narrowing down process exceptionally easy. Saves me hours each week.

Pros:

I used to spend a significant amount of time trying to find a specific RAW photo file using the normal mac finder or Lightroom, but Photo Mechanic makes it very easy and loads the files so quickly it amazes me that they're actually RAW files! Hugely speeds up my work flow.

Cons:

The way the software updates is a little annoying, and it seems like every other time I open it there's a update! Which means downloading the new version, installing it, etc. Wish this was a simpler process that worked in the background and didnt require you to overwrite the old version... or that it was less frequent!

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Photo Mechanic saves you days in your image editing!

5.0 last year

Comments: Brilliant from the start. If culling is hard for you - this software will shave off so much time!

Pros:

I have used the software for more than 5 years and as soon as I installed it, it shaved off days of my image editing process. As a wedding photographer, you come home with thousands of images and the culling process was the one thing that made the whole thing unbearable - until I found Photo Mechanic. I can now open folders with 1000 images in them and cull them easily by keeping the finger on the keyboard for adding colour flags. Adobe Bridge cannot cope with so many photos and it would take ages (up to 20 minutes) to display all images in the folder - even though I have a powerful iMac! But Photo Mechanic breezes through the amount of data and the culling process now takes hours instead of days!

Cons:

Can't say anything negative about it. Just love it!

Penisoara
photographer in Romania
Photography, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

is a very good tool for sorting photos

4.0 3 weeks ago New

Comments: As a wedding photographer, I use this tool exclusively for sorting photos, I like that it is very fast, both for import and export. Metadata is very helpful.
The interface is a bit old, and some new things should be introduced, maybe something with AI. Sources of inspiration are enough

Pros:

- offline workflow -intuitive interface -selectable colors for star rating -very complex search and sorting filters

Cons:

-the look a bit old -it could be improved to keep up with what's new in photography

Alexander
photographer in Canada
Photography, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Photo Mechanic Review

4.0 3 years ago

Pros:

Photo Mechanic is good at working fast compared to lightroom.

Cons:

Several cons about Photo mechanic is that crop tool doesn't show case what would be cropped, and you can't select a specified thumbnail.

Sam
Digital Media Coordinator in UK
Hospitality, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Working with large amounts of photos? Best way to manage

5.0 3 years ago

Pros:

I use Photo Mechanic to speed up my workflow by helping me to narrow down large quantities of images, usually in RAW format. This software has shaved hours off of the time it used to take me to do this as it loads RAW photos in milliseconds and allows you to very quickly flag the ones you want to keep. I also love that it's a one off payment, so not another subscription to keep up with.

Cons:

I don't think it's that visually appealing compared to other software I use... has a very dated feeling, but honestly as the functionality is flawless I'm happy to overlook this.