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 - faster than ever before in Photo Mechanic. Find your keepers and bring only those selects into your post-processing workflow.

  • Multi-card Ingest

    Save time by copying images off several memory cards simultaneously.

  • Add Metadata during Ingest

    Save a step by adding copyright and credit information during the copying process

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.

  • Preview Raw files fast

    Flip from one image to the next without any render delay. With thousands of images, the savings really add up.

  • 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.

  • Variables

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

  • Batch Editing

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

  • Move, Copy, & Rename

    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.

  • 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. Now, in Photo Mechanic 6: Use GPS data to automatically add city, state and country names to your metadata!

  • 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.

  • Send files fast

    Photo Mechanic can work with your existing SMTP email server to directly send messages. Perfect for getting images to clients fast.

  • Upload to the Web

    Use Photo Mechanic to directly and quickly upload to sites like PhotoShelter, Zenfolio, Amazon S3, Flickr, SmugMug, and more. Resize, add watermarks, and copyright info without saving separate images.

  • 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!

  • Archive

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

How Does PM Work For Different Types of Professionals:

Bob & Dawn Davis

Bob & Dawn Davis

Photo Mechanic is open on my desktop every single day that I’m working. It’s my “go to” program that I use all the time. It’s fast and simple, and absolutely brilliant for culling, applying caption information, and downloading to two different locations at once. The ingesting is fast as it downloads multiple cards at once. I love that I can adjust the size, resolution, rename the image, place a watermark on the image, etc., all while emailing, moving, copying, and/or saving images. It’s crazy cool and a program that I can’t live without!

Bob and Dawn Davis, superstar wedding storytellers and educators (
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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.

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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.

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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!

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