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My New Photo Culling Tool | Narrative Select

May 21, 2022

If you have ever worked with me before in any capacity, you know I hate when things are inefficient. I cringe when I can see a better way of doing things, and people are wasting time energy, and resources when simple tweaks or tools can speed things up, and make things easier.  — I’m talking nails on a chalkboard cringe! 

As a work-from-home mom, every minute counts when I’m working.  I love my business but I started this business to be able to be home with my kiddos have a creative outlet, and contribute to our household bottom line. Spending hours in front of my computer culling thousands of images after a wedding was not the reason I started my business.  

Best tool for culling photos 

I thought I had hit the jackpot when I found photo mechanic years ago. While it’s still a great tool, it’s not the best tool for the job anymore, and I’m so freaking excited to share a new gem with you today! 

Introducing Narrative Select! Narrative Select uses AI technology to speed up your efficiency and accuracy when culling images. I’m gonna be totally honest I was not looking to replace photomechanic when Narrative reached out to me to trial their product, but I booked the demo call and gave it a shot in the middle of my busiest week of the year! Guys this MacOS program is freaking magic! Scroll below to see it in action! 

How it works

So here is how it works, Select shows you when faces are out of focus or blinking – so you can quickly eliminate those quickly. Personally, I didn’t really find culling to be that big of a chore it was just something that had to be done, so there was no use fussing about it. 

The thing about Select that I like the best is the focus detection. I hate when images aren’t as sharp as they should be. And after hours of staring at a computer sometimes it’s just hard to tell how sharp of a focus you got on images. This has increased the accuracy of my culling, and I’m not going back anytime soon! 

The other thing I love about Select is its scene tool. This tool basically groups images that are similar so you can ensure you aren’t including too many of a certain thing or too few of something else. This is incredibly useful for both wedding photography as well as portrait sessions.  I love ensuring my seniors get an equal number of images in each outfit and location and the scenes tool helps. 

Check out this video to see all these tools in action plus a bit more! 

Free Plan Available + Discount Code Below! 

Narrative Select has to options a free plan which is essentially the free version of photomechanic. Their paid option grants you access to the AI technology that sets Narrative Select apart. Narrative Select was kind enough to let me hook you up with a discount code! Click here to get access to a 10% discount code if you decide to upgrade to their paid version. Otherwise, you should totally use their free version! Code: chelsyweisz10
Got questions their support team based in New Zealand is phenomenal, make sure you read their emails in a kiwi accent!

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