Zenfolio PhotoRefine.ai review

Let machine minds do the ‘heavy lifting’ when it comes to picking the best shots after a high volume photo shoot

Zenfolio PhotoRefine photo culling software
(Image: © George Cairns/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

PhotoRefine is an easy-to-use tool to speed up the tedious task of finding the best shots in large collections of images. After the app has done the grunt work you can peruse shots by star rating and/or color label to fine-tune which photos to keep or reject. You can create custom profiles to prioritize the criteria for higher or lower ratings, such as making a subject’s expression more important than the sharpness of the image.


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    Automatically groups and rates

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    Fully customizable to refine rating and labeling

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    Choose preset profiles to suit different types of shoot

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    Fits seamlessly into Lightroom workflow


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    Only accessible when subscribing to Zenfolio

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    You need to render a 1:1 preview to see an image at full quality

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I’m old enough to remember being limited to snapping 36 shots on each roll of analog 35mm film.  This physical limitation made me consider my subject matter and composition much more carefully than I do now. In these digital days, I can capture hundreds of images on a single shoot, which leads to the problem of finding the best shots to share when I get back to my Mac. I might spend just as long scrolling through thumbnails to ‘sort the wheat from the chaff’ as I did taking the photos! 

Fortunately the ongoing AI (Artificial Intelligence) evolution has led to the rise of photo culling apps such as PhotoRefine.ai. Like the similar Aftershoot, PhotoRefine.ai will analyse a large collection of Raw or .jpg files and rate them according to a range of criteria to help you find the best shots (and avoid having to manually scroll through and reject the worst).

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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.