Shooting a wedding for ten hours inevitably means that you go home with a massive number of images. Thanks to memory cards with huge capacities, I’m able to document every single part of the day and feel confident that I’ve not missed a thing. When I see a special moment occurring, I will usually fire off a series of shots to make sure that I get the perfect frame, just in case something unplanned happens, such as jumping focus or someone blinking.

A lot of people don’t realize that the most time-consuming part of wedding photography is the editing process. On average, I usually end up with 3000+ images from the day, a lot of which are throwaway duplicates. Sorting through these images used to be such a painstaking job for me, and something I never looked forward to. I would import all of my images from the day straight into Lightroom and have the software 1:1 render all of the images – enabling multiple previews – a slow process that really hindered my workflow.

Don’t get me wrong, 1:1 rendering is great if you’re dealing with a small number of images, but shooting a wedding at least once a week throughout the season requires something quicker. I needed a way of selecting images before importing to Lightroom and having to render individually; this is where Photo Mechanic 6 comes in. It’s an amazing piece of software that works seamlessly with Lightroom, and is designed to speed up that painful import selection process that all photographers dread. It enables fast viewing of your images, allowing you to rate and cull your selection with ease.

The newest version of the software actually claims to be three times faster than previous versions, making it an even better reason to introduce this into your working life. If you’re really brave, you can now copy only the images you need from your memory card to your hard drive.

The Lightroom process using Photo Mechanic 6 is super simple and took me no time at all to learn. In a few steps, I’ll show you just how easy it is to use.

Step 1:

After installing Photo Mechanic 6 and opening the software, find your memory card that is already plugged into your computer from within the platform; in this case, it’s ‘EOS_DIGITAL.’ This will pull up all of the images that are currently sitting on your memory card.