In photography, culling is the process of selecting final deliverable photos from all the photos taken during a photoshoot. Generally, culling is done before editing the photos so that only the photos that need to be delivered are edited, and editing effort is not wasted.
The fastest photo culling app
for assisted and automated culling
OptiCull provides the fastest RAW previews and face closeups. It sorts duplicates into scenes and offers scene layouts with synced zoom modes for quick side-by-side comparison. It tags photos with blurry and blinking faces and provides warnings below each face for quick decisions. For rushed days, it has magi-cull assessments to automatically select best keepers from each scene and reject low quality ones based on your preferences.
Lightning fast RAW previews and AI analysis
Never wait for previews or closeups to show up while reviewing your shoot.
Start reviewing instantly while OptiCull analyzes photos at the speed of 1000 photos under a minute.
Video shows the lightning speed of OptiCull in real time on M1 MacBook Air. It gives similar viewing speeds even on Late 2013 Macbook Pro with 8GB RAM.
Let's create a scene
Groups duplicates into scenes in real-time
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 number of keepers.
Just like good old polaroid days
Side-by-side compare and Synced Zoom modes
Just select multiple photos or scenes to compare them side-by-side utilizing your screen real-estate.
Use synced zoom modes to compare the same face, all faces or same regions in multiple photos at once.
Navigate different faces in sync when in face zoom mode
One-take per scene
Scene layout modes for faster review
Use layout modes like Scene Survey mode to sift through scenes instead of photos one by one.
It previews all photos in selected scene(s) by default.
Just pan and zoom on one photo to compare different regions in one go, without the need to go back and forth.
Rushed days? no sweat..
Magi-Cull and Auto-Rate, personalized and instant
Rejects photos with blurry and blinking subjects based on your preference.
Selects best diversified keepers from each scene.
Set ratings you use for keepers, duplicates and rejects, OptiCull will automatically assign those.
You are always in control using assessment overrides while reviewing magi-cull results.
AI doesn't know everything... just yet!
Warnings for quick review
Focus and Eye assessments are highlighted under each face for quick check without zooming in.
Magi-Cull assigns blur and blink warnings to keepers without better alternatives.
It also flags photos without people that it could not assess, for you to review.
Ship it in a click
OptiCull is designed to be part of your workflow
Import thousands of RAWs in no time, Just select source folder
Cull your photoshoot in OptiCull using automated or manual culling
Ship to your editing app like Lightroom or Capture One with just a click
Your photos, your rules
Privacy and Security
- All your photos remain on your local machine at all times. All AI processing happens locally on device. OptiCull does not need to and does not send your photos to any external servers.
- OptiCull is available on the Apple App Store. Which means every version of our software is reviewed and approved by Apple for your privacy and security.
- This also means OptiCull has to run in Apple's Sandbox on the device and it only has access to files and folders you select inside the app.
- Apps downloaded directly from the web in most cases don't run in the sandbox as it is not mandatory for non App Store Apps.
- We don't even need to know your email id, you can just login using Apple Sign In inside the app and choose to keep your email and name private.
Unleash the cool beast
Use your Mac's full potential
OptiCull is optimized for Apple silicon, taking full advantage of its incredible performance and efficiency.
Mac friendly keyboard shortcuts for almost all actions lets you sift through quickly
Official support for RAW formats supported by the host macOS version and RAW+JPG. Also loads inbuilt JPG previews for unsupported cameras.
Supports native macOS Light and Dark Appearance, Accent and Highlight color preferences
Core Image and ImageIO greatly speeds up reading inbuilt previews and generating missing RAW previews.
Core ML & Metal
The groundbreaking machine learning features in OptiCull are integrated using Core ML & Metal, which brings the best possible ML processing performance and efficiency.
Show me the money!
OptiCull Free version for Hobbyist Photographers.
- Lightning fast RAW previews.
- Manual ratings and assessments
- Synced custom Zoom mode with lock
- Side-by-side compare multiple photos
- Quick Rating, Assessment and Warning Filters
- Inbuilt and Sidecar metadata support
- Ship to editing Apps in a click
- Unlimited Photos and Unlimited Projects
OptiCull Pro Lifetime for Professional Photographers.
- Everything in OptiCull Free
- Face Closeups panel
- Scenes and Scene Layout modes
- Face and All Faces Zoom modes
- Focus and Eye assessments
- Magi-Cull assessments and Auto-Rate
- Warnings for quick review
- * This price is for Apple US Store and actual price in your native currency will be as per Apple In App Purchase price.
- * We'll be transitioning to a subscription-only pricing model soon, make sure to steal it at this amazing one-time price.
- * Percentage discounts on the app is calulated based on 12 months price for annual and 24 months price for the lifetime offers.
- * If you have already purchased CullAi standard edition before 7th June 2023, you are eligible for free upgrade to OptiCull. Please check FAQs for how to avail this free upgrade.
Frequently Asked Questions
Good photo editing software is generally very slow when showing previews and does not usually have built-in smart features for culling. When you need to go through a ton of photos to select several hundred, those slow previews and lack of intelligent features will significantly slow you down. So, it makes sense to use purpose-built software for photo culling to save time drastically.
Firstly, if you consider Photo Mechanic fast enough, please give OptiCull a try. You'll be surprised. Even with fast photo culling software, you still have to zoom in to check for focus and blinks, and reject low-quality photos. Moreover, you have to go back and forth while comparing duplicates to select a diverse set of final photos. AI photo culling software like OptiCull automatically tags low-quality photos with bad focus or blinks, groups duplicates together in scenes to compare side-by-side, and selects the best photos from each scene in automated mode. This drastically reduces your culling time. And even if you choose to review the results or opt for manual culling, you can sift through scenes instead of going through each photo one by one.
OptiCull is the fastest photo culling software, both in terms of fastest RAW previews, face close-ups, and in terms of how fast you can review your shoot. It supports both automated and manual culling workflows. OptiCull magicully sorts duplicates into scenes, rejects blurry and blinking photos, and selects the best diversified keepers automatically based on your culling preferences. Even for manual culling, you can sift through duplicate scenes using innovative side-by-side comparison and zoom modes. For automated culling, all culling preferences are applied in real-time, you do not need to restart culling to see results. You can preview any scene to see the effects of culling preferences live to decide faster. Also, OptiCull will be the only option available on the Apple AppStore, which goes through rigorous Apple review for your security and privacy.
OptiCull supports photos in RAW format that are supported by the host macOS version. For details, please check the Apple documentation for RAW support on your macOS version. Ideally, RAW photos that are viewable in Finder and Apple Preview app should be supported by OptiCull. Additionally, OptiCull supports JPG and RAW+JPG formats. Although unsupported RAW files are not officially supported, they may still work if they have large enough built-in JPG previews. As a short-term solution for working with macOS unsupported cameras, you can either turn on 1:1 inbuilt previews if your camera supports it, shoot in RAW+JPG, or convert them to DNG with 1:1 previews before importing.
OptiCull can run on any Mac running macOS 11.0 or later. To test beta builds, you will need macOS 12.0 as Apple TestFlight requires macOS 12.0 to run. OptiCull is super fast and less resource-demanding, so it will run smoothly even on a Mac with 8GB RAM.
OptiCull can ship selected photos directly to editing apps like Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, Capture One, Apple Photos and any other macOS app following standard file import guidelines from Apple.
We regret to inform you that there are no plans for a Windows version at this time. Our current priority is to provide an exceptional user experience while adhering to the platform guidelines for macOS first.
If you bought CullAi Standard edition before June 7th, 2023, you are eligible to get a free upgrade to OptiCull Pro. Open the latest version of CullAi while connected to the internet, then open the latest version of OptiCull to enjoy OptiCull Pro. If you don't get upgraded, try restoring your original purchases in CullAi first.
We actually did not have Sign in to start with. But for some particular use cases this is the only recommended way by apple. Like Sharing In App Purchases in two or more apps when grand-fathering purchase in one app to another app.
We needed this while giving free upgrade to our existing CullAi customers. Considering we will be introducing more products sharing In App Purchases, Sign in is made mandatory.
You can always Sign in with Apple and keep your name and email private. But we totally respect your decision in case you decide not to Sign in.
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