In the land of AI-culling and preset automation, it seems like a new brand is joining the race almost every week. The last to come on board the AI-Culling process is OptiCull, and they cast a broad net of claims. If they end up caching the checks they are writing on their website, it would be great news for wedding, sports, and event photographers. Of course, they are not the only ones in the market and they are joining Imagen AI, Impossible Things, AfterShoot, and many more.
With all those software options around what makes Opticull claim so unique? Well, they promise a lot. Let’s see the feature list:
Fast RAW previews and AI analysis
According to Opticull, they analyze photos at the speed of 1000+ per minute. The website does not say what is the computer spec or the type of RAW file, but even if they can hold half the speed with a decent computer, this is already very impressive. That speed also suggests that the processing is done locally, so no cloud upload is needed.
Groups duplicate into scenes
Grouping duplicates makes it easy to compare them side-by-side and select a diverse set of final photos. You can adjust grouping preferences to group more photos together and reduce the number of keepers
Side-by-side compare, layout, and synced zoom modes
The software gives you the option to select multiple photos or scenes and compare them side-by-side utilizing your screen. This is similar to Lightroom’s side-by-side display, only on steroids. You can use this mode to sift through scenes instead of photos one by one
Magi-Cull and Auto-Rate, personalized and instant
OK, I borrowed this title from OPticull, because I can not resist a good pun. Basically, it means that you can reject photos with blurry or blinking subjects based on your preference and then select the one you keep from a set. Opticull says that you can override anything and everything if you have an artistic vision that does require some blur or closed eyes.
Push the results to edit
The last step would be to push your selection to your favorite editing suite/folder, an continue the edit.
I am still not seeing auto-resets like with Impossible Things or Imagein AI, but one can hope that those will come later.
Pricing and availability
You can buy Opticull from the Apple store for $59.99 for a lifetime license, as a limiter kickoff offer. I assume that after that, they will move to a subscription model, or an even worse cents-per-image model. No word on PC availability yet.