Ingest is the process of copying files from a memory card to your hard drive. Photo Mechanic supercharges this step by automating other tasks at the same time, making your life much easier.

  • Start editing immediately

    Don't wait around. See the thumbnails of your images while they're being copied from your memory card. Cull, rate, and tag them as you go. Photo Mechanic is fast!

  • Browse files faster

    Go from image to image quickly. Find your keepers faster. Bring only the files you want to keep into your post-processing workflow.

  • Copy files from several memory cards simultaneously

    Rename files and folders dynamically, add IPTC credit and keyword information, and make a mirrored backup folder — all in one step!

  • Live Ingest

    If you are shooting tethered, bring in photos with all the features of Ingest on the fly.

Editing your photos can be a lot of work. Photo Mechanic makes the process of selecting, organizing and adding metadata to your images so much easier. Here are some of the key features that help you get things done more quickly and accurately.

  • Contact Sheet

    The Contact Sheet is the heart of your workflow. See your image thumbnails, edit and organize quickly and efficiently. Photo Mechanic puts you in control.

  • Move and rename files efficiently

    Add capture time to filenames. Create dated folders on the fly. Copy files to multiple destinations at once. Photo Mechanic's file-management tools are incredibly powerful.

  • View photos at full size

    Zoom up to 800% to check for critical sharpness. Quickly toggle between viewing the JPEG preview or the Raw file.

  • Variables

    Automatically add EXIF camera data to your images like focal length, serial number, or ISO to metadata fields like captions or keywords.

  • Keywords

    Sometimes you need more than one keyword to describe (and find) an image. Photo Mechanic helps you add keywords in many ways. Structured Keyword lists allow you to add related keywords fast.

  • Code Replacements

    Save time typing long complex text with Code Replacements. A few keystrokes can add entire sentences to your captions.

  • GPS Coordinates

    Geotag your photos by easily applying your saved GPS tracking logs to your photos with Photo Mechanic.

  • Batch Editing

    Work faster when you copy, delete, tag, watermark, rename, resize, and add IPTC metadata to lots of photos at once.

  • Adjust Capture dates and times

    Take photos from multiple cameras and get them synchronized to the correct date and time. This is great for wedding photographers with second shooters.

  • Pick the Best of the Bunch

    View and compare images side by side, horizontally or vertically. Spot differences between images that are too subtle to see when viewing one at a time, or simply pick between two top choices.

Get your photos where they need to be, fast. Create web galleries, print contact sheets, send photos to your clients via email. Upload your images directly to popular online services without having to save multiple copies.

  • Create galleries

    Show off your images by creating web galleries. Choose from a wide variety of dynamic, pre-made gallery templates to make your images pop!

  • Send files fast

    Photo Mechanic works with your default e-mail app to send files as attachments. Perfect for getting images to clients fast.

  • Archive

    Archive your images by burning them to CDs or DVDs straight from Photo Mechanic without having to go into Finder or Explorer.

  • Upload to the Web

    Use Photo Mechanic to directly and quickly upload to sites like PhotoShelter, DF Studio, Amazon S3, ExposureManager, Flickr, Gallery 2, PhotoDeck, SmugMug, and Zenfolio. Add watermarks and copyright info without saving separate images.

How Does PM Work For Different Types of Professionals:

Amy and Jordan Demos

Amy and Jordan Demos

PhotoMechanic saves us hours every time we cull a wedding because we can select images at lightning speed. Now that we use it, we can't imagine our business without it. Our only regret is that we didn't switch over sooner!

Amy and Jordan Demos, Wedding photographers and educators (amyandjordan.com)
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Brad Mangin

Brad Mangin

Whether I am editing thousands of pictures from the World Series or dozens of iPhone pictures of my cats, I can’t do my job without Photo Mechanic. Ever since I stopped shooting chrome and switched to digital in 2003 I have been using Photo Mechanic every day on either my desktop or laptop Macs. For editing and captioning on deadline after a ballgame there is nothing better. There is a reason Photo Mechanic has been the industry standard for almost 20 years.

Brad Mangin, Sports photojournalist (manginphotography.com)
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Kenny Kim

Kenny Kim

Photo Mechanic is an essential software for all photographers, period. I never edit, categorize or handle any images until they have gone through Photo Mechanic ingest process. From inserting IPTC information to organizing thousands of images, it does it all and it does them FAST. Let this be the first software you ever purchase in your photography career.

Kenny Kim, Wedding and portrait professional (kennykim.com)
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Lisa Mark

Lisa Mark

Photo Mechanic is my secret weapon. I adopted it ten years ago, early in my career. I heard about it from other pro photographer friends, who said I HAD to try it because it was so much faster than culling in other programs. If you ask anyone who has discovered it, they’ll absolutely rave about it. I think Photo Mechanic is a bit of a hidden jewel in the photography world. It’s unbelievably necessary to my workflow and I use it every day, so I tell my students about it too. It’s about making my life EASIER because honestly, I’d rather be out shooting.

Lisa Mark, Fine art wedding photographer (lisamarkphotography.com)
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