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Culling Images With Quadro - Adding Some Fun To The Process

I've been a wedding photographer for almost 3 years now, and without any formal education in the field, all my learnings can be attributed to the judicious sharing of knowledge from the many that inspire me. This photography community, that many of us are a part of, is known for being open to sharing. There are thousands and thousands of tutorials, how-to's etc. all over and thats played a major role in moulding my approach on a day to day basis. And I'm extremely thankful for that. :) 

Without sounding philosophical, in all sincerity, I'd like to give back in whatever little way I can. Hence this 'Tips & Tricks' section starting today. Bouquets or brickbats, please do let me know what you guys think :) 

To start things off, I've decided to approach the topic which is a bane to most wedding photographers I know. CULLING! Let me put this out there, I hate it! 

For a usual 2 day wedding, we shoot 15 - 20,000 pictures and bringing that number down is an enormous task. And boring too! I do all my culling in Photomechanic (it's a fabulous piece of software) and it usually takes me 2-3 days to get through an entire wedding set. I know, long right? But that is largely down to how dull and monotonous, sitting in front of a laptop screen, can be! 

Lucky strike! I chanced upon this app called Quadro a few days back and it can be used for some seriously complicated workflows, but, in very simple terms, lets you control any application on your mac with your phone and I've been using it to cull and it has definitely helped. 

This is how I've been using it. 

My laptop screen airplayed onto the TV, while I sit back on my couch with the phone in one hand and a beer in the other!

My laptop screen airplayed onto the TV, while I sit back on my couch with the phone in one hand and a beer in the other!

The control palette can be setup anyway you like. 

The control palette can be setup anyway you like. 

Different setup for the palette here. 

Different setup for the palette here. 

So, basically, I've setup the control palette with functions I use on Photomechanic. I go through an initial round marking all the keeps a 1 star rating. Post this, I do another round of culling and this time round I 'unstar' or 'unrate' the images that don't make the cut (from the initially 'starred' set).

There are other ways to achieve this setup, like using an Xbox or Playstation controller, but I didn't have one lying around, and there might be other apps that do the same thing. But, I found this one and it seems to be working for me!

I don't really know if it has cut down culling times but its definitely been a lot more fun these past few days :P. Like I said before, the app can be used for more complicated stuff, and I'm going to explore that in the coming weeks. Hopefully it can simplify other tasks in my editing workflow. Fingers crossed, that is while they aren't tapping away on that phone screen of mine. :)