Articles, Blog

Using PhotoMechanic with Lightroom

November 24, 2019

Hey, everyone. It’s Jamie from Today is a super quick video. I’m going to show you how I use PhotoMechanic
and Adobe Lightroom together in my editing process. First question. Why do we even use two programs? Why can’t I just cull through my images in
Lightroom? What is PhotoMechanic? PhotoMechanic is an amazing program that helps
you organize, sort, rename your images way faster than Lightroom ever could. I use PhotoMechanic primarily for culling
and that’s where it saves me the most time. After a wedding day, I can cull through a
wedding in PhotoMechanic in about an hour and a half. In Lightroom, this would take me three or
four hours. The reason is, is that PhotoMechanic uses
the preview image. You know, even if you photograph in raw, you
can see the image on the back of the camera right away? That is the image and the preview that PhotoMechanic
uses. So it loads instantly. If you’ve ever opened a photo in Lightroom
and thought why does it take a while to render, why’s blurry, then sharp, blurry, and then
sharp. It’s because of the unique system that PhotoMechanic
has. So, this program saves me tons of time. So, I’m going to show you really quickly,
right inside PhotoMechanic and Lightroom, how my editing workflow works. Let’s get started. Alright, so here I have an engagement session,
in PhotoMechanic and I’m going to click on this magnifying glass and press the space
bar. And I’m going to click through these images
and when I see one that I want to keep, I’m going to tag it with the one key. So, I’m going to tag it one and then I’m going
to close this window here, just so you can see. You can see that it’s tagged right there. So, I’m going to tag a few more of these. I’m going through with the arrow keys in PhotoMechanic,
see how fast everything loads? I’m going to tag a few more of these, go through
really quickly as I tend to do. Awesome, and I’m just choosing the ones that
stand out to me the most. So, now that I have these ones tagged, I’m,
going to close this here and we have all of these red tags. So, to just show the red in PhotoMechanic,
I’m going to hold down alt and hit the red here and now just the red images I tagged
are going to come up here. Now, I’m going to take these images and I
can drag them right into Lightroom on the desktop, which is awesome. Then, I’m just going to build previews, I’m
going to build one to one, I’m not going to add any settings right now and I’m going to
import these. Once they’re imported, now I can apply just
my basic preset, it’s a VSCO preset that I’ve tweaked over the years, so I’m going to apply
that basic preset. And then I’ll make a few tweaks, I’ll kind
of look at the white balance, bring down some of this here, and I might run down some of
the red in the shadows there. The other thing I might do is adjust the tone
curve. And then I’m going to select all of them,
sync, check all of these and once this applies, I’m going to go through and just make adjustments
for exposure. And that is my basic workflow with Lightroom
and PhotoMechanic together. So, if you’re intrigued by this video and
you want to learn a bit more about how PhotoMechanic works, and could work for your business, I
have a free, three part training series all about how to use PhotoMechanic. If this sounds like something that you want
to opt into,, for all of the free videos. I’ll have the link in the description below
as well. Can’t wait to see you in the free videos.


  • Reply Sharde Abre June 10, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Your extremely helpful and I’m going to share your channel and videos from here on ✊🏾 I’m starting my photography business and I appreciate the workflow and marketing advice

  • Reply Jamie Hines January 26, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Wow another person that uses Photomechanic….I've been using it since my media days when it was introduced to me back in 2009. I don't use Lightroom, but Photoshop.

  • Leave a Reply