Aftershoot review: can AI really pick the best photos from my portrait session?

Sort the ‘wheat from the chaff’ after a large photo shoot by using AI to find your best shots and delete the duffs

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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re a professional photographer then time is money - and Aftershoot will certainly help you spend less time on finding the best shots in high-volume collections so you can get on with editing them in an app such as Lightroom Classic. Aftershoot is an easy app to get to grips with but you can delve more deeply into its toolset to refine the way it analyses and culls your images. Recommended!


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    Speeds up photo culling

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    Works well with Lightroom Classic

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    Customizable culling tolerances

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    Well-supported with tutorials and guides

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    No web connection needed


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    Sometimes selects portrait images with half-closed eyes

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After a busy shoot such as a wedding you may have hundreds of photos to peruse to find the best shots to share with your client.  This can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially if you have multiple shots of a subject. At a wedding you’ll probably take multiple safety shots of various family groups to ensure that at least one snap will feature everyone smiling (and they’ll all have their eyes open too).  Shoots such as weddings occur in a wide range of locations, so in a dark church (where flash photography is forbidden) you may have to use slower shutter speeds that can lead to shot-spoiling motion blur.  

Aftershoot is an app that’s designed to analyze a large collection of photos (using machine learning) and weed out the shots where faces are blurred and eyes are closed. It can also search through a rapidly snapped series of similar shots and present you with the best version according to criteria such as composition and emotion (a shot featuring a smiling face for example).

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.