Posted by Justin Benson
Updated: November 17, 2023

Simple Workflow Between Aftershoot & Lightroom

If you're a professional photographer, you know that Adobe Lightroom is the gold standard for photo editing software. But the workflow between Aftershoot & Lightroom will solve your problem of having catalogs of photos that you have done editing on but still need to cull.

That’s where Aftershoot comes in, and you’ll see that the two work seamlessly together.

Culling in Aftershoot is Faster than Culling in Lightroom

Lightroom is a powerful and robust software designed to make global changes to photos. From cropping to adjusting color balance to more advanced editing techniques, you won’t find another software that does it better if you really need to fine-tune your images.

However, culling in Lightroom is no quick process. It is not designed to rotate through images quickly, so you can cull photos that you don’t want to bother to do edits on.

Aftershoot does one thing, and it does it well; it halves your culling time with AI assistance.

Using the power of AI culling, Aftershoot will group duplicate images, blinks, and blurred photos.

Many photographers take hundreds or even thousands of photos in a day’s work, and Aftershoot saves them many hours of painstakingly selecting photos one by one to find the best of the series.

Aftershoot is the premier photo culling software that makes it easy for you to edit less and create more. It's super simple yet powerful enough to slash your workflow by hours each week.

We've helped thousands of photographers improve their workflow and make more money doing what they love to do; take photos!

How to get your photos from a Lightroom catalog into Aftershoot and then back into Lightroom, all while preserving all your edits!

Watch the video below to see the simple workflow between Aftershoot & Lightroom.

Justin Benson, Aftershoot's CIO and co-founder will walk you through:

  • How to be sure you are in the right place in your catalog
  • How Lightroom saves your edits
  • Importing photos from Lightroom to Aftershoot
  • How to use Library Mode
  • Saving the metadata to your files in Lightroom
  • Exporting your edited photos from Lightroom to Aftershoot
  • Running AI culling in Aftershoot
  • Importing your culled files from Aftershoot back into Lightroom
  • How to update the metadata

Editing and Moving Images from Lightroom to Aftershoot

In your Lightroom catalog, click on Catalog Settings, click on the Metadata tag on the top right tab, and make sure “Automatically write changes to XMP is checked.” This makes sure that every change you make to the original photo is saved to the XMP sidecar file, NOT the original photo.

Then you can begin your usual workflow of editing images in Lightroom.

OR even better, you could use Aftershoot EDITS from the start to cull your unedited images and then automate your entire editing process to have thousands of images ready for delivery in mere minutes!

When you are done editing in Lightroom, it’s time to take them into Aftershoot.

Go into Library Mode to select your images and be sure you are viewing the photos in the Grid View.  You must be in Library Mode and in the Grid View to save the metadata from all your files!

Choose Save Metadata to Files and allow Lightroom to make those changes to the XMP files.

Navigate to Aftershoot, add a new folder to import the edited images, and run your cull in Aftershoot.

When Aftershoot's AI culling is completed, go back into Lightroom, make sure all the photos are still selected, and click Metadata from the menu.

Then click Read Metadata from Files, and Lightroom will update the changes you made in Aftershoot, such as star ratings and color ratings.

Also Read: How to Quickly Cull Photos with Aftershoot.

Speed up Your Workflow by Using Aftershoot & Lightroom

Aftershoot is the perfect solution for streamlining your image editing process.

Whether you're a professional or an amateur, Aftershoot will help save time by AI culling photos that don’t meet your standards and will not be edited in Lightroom.

Workflow between Aftershoot & Lightroom

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