AfterShoot culls and edits your photos in the time it takes to make a cup of tea
Wedding photographers have it tough. Not only are they regularly working weekends, but they are also doing upwards of 12-hour days, shooting every genre of photography you can think of. They have mothers of the bride and groom to charm and bridezillas to soothe. But their work isn’t done when the honeymoon is over. No, now they have literally thousands of images to trawl through and cull, and that’s even before retouching begins.
So that’s where some clever software and AI can really step in to help. AfterShoot does exactly that. It uses artificial intelligence to sort through your batches of images and cull all the bad ones leaving you with a perfectly edited batch ready to retouch in the blink of an eye.
So how does it work? It uses AI to automatically cull entire galleries by detecting any less-than-desirable images. It will edit out anything out of focus, blurry photos, duplicates, and closed eyes. It will also clump together anything that it detects are duplicates. It will also rate what it thinks are the best images based on emotion and facial expressions.
But rest assured that it doesn’t actually delete anything and you can always go back and fine-tune the settings. For the duplicate images you can manually select your favourite should you wish to override the AI. You can also choose to make the parameters more or less strict, and zoom into faces to compare quickly.
Another interesting feature is that AfterShoot can also use the image metadata to select the images. And because it uses machine learning, it will gradually learn your likes and dislikes the more that you use it.
“AfterShoot was born around saving photographers time,” says marketing director Mark Allen. The founder was apparently watching his photographer uncle cull and edit images after shooting a wedding. He thought that he could probably design some software to speed up the workflow, and AfterShoot was born.
It really is quick as well. The software started with 500 images and culled them down to just 165 in only three minutes. I couldn’t even get up and make a cup of tea in that time. There’s no doubt that if you shoot large batches of images, this program could really save you a lot of time.
The company are also releasing an editing component as well. The beta test will be released to a list over the next few weeks with the full subscription-based version set to come out in the first half of 2023.
The editing part of AfterShoot will include AI editing of exposure, white balance and HSL sliders, vibrance, saturation, highlights, shadows, tone curves and more.
After you’ve made all of your selections you can simply export seamlessly to Capture One or Lightroom. I don’t know about you, but if I shot weddings and could speed up my workflow this much, it would probably be worth the monthly subscription.
Pricing starts at $14.99 per month or $10 a month if paid annually.
Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe