Culling Software Aftershoot Rebrands and Introduces AI Editing Tools


Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), photo culling app Aftershoot promises to be the fastest and easiest way for photographers to select, rate, and edit their images.

Culling images is a tedious, time-consuming process for photographers, especially those who capture thousands of pictures during a single shoot. Rather than spending time editing their best shots or, better yet, capturing new ones, photographers must instead scroll through their photos and pick out their best shots.

Aftershoot aims to streamline this process by automating image selection and basic image editing. Aftershoot Edits is currently in beta testing.

Considering culling, Aftershoot looks through a photographer’s photos and detects duplicates, groups similar-looking images together, and uses AI to select the “best” photos.

Which photos are “best” is determined by a proprietary selection algorithm that assesses images based on emotion, context, composition, sharpness, and the photographer’s style, which is learned over time. Users can customize and fine-tune the selection algorithm to choose more or fewer images. The app runs using local hardware, so it doesn’t rely on an internet or cloud connection.

Aftershoot’s key features include AI-powered image selection, automatic blink detection and kiss detection, filters, and much more.

Once the software picks the best images, the photographer can browse the selections and export the best shots. Images can also be directly exported into Adobe Lightroom and Capture One.

Building upon the photographer’s style that the AI learns over time, Aftershoot uses this to create a personal AI profile, which Aftershoot calls an “AI Muse.” This AI profile adjusts commonly-used editing sliders like exposure, highlights, shadows, white balance, hue/saturation/lightness (HSL), tone curves, and more. The AI can even straighten and crop images.

Once the AI Muse has been built, the editing function, which is currently in a free beta stage, doesn’t require an internet connection. The possibility of delegating photo selection and basic photo editing to AI could be a significant time-saver for event photographers. However, much of Aftershoot’s utility depends upon the efficacy of its AI algorithm. User reviews are positive, but photographers should try it to see if it’s effective within their workflow.

Aftershoot itself isn’t new, but it has undergone a rebrand, with new features, improved performance, and a reduced monthly cost.

Aftershoot has a brand-new look

Aftershoot is available for macOS and Windows and supports all “leading RAW formats.” Following a 30-day free trial period, the “professional” version of Aftershoot is $9.99 per month. This flat rate includes all the features like fully automated AI culling, selection filters, the ability to view detected duplicates and “key faces,” and one-click importing into Lightroom and Capture One. There’s no additional fee based on the number of images analyzed by Aftershoot’s AI. A free plan is also available, although it doesn’t include fully automated culling, filtering, or the ability to view duplicates.

To register for early access to the Aftershoot “Edits” beta, visit Aftershoot’s dedicated Edits website.

Image credit: Aftershoot