Understanding culling results

Culling Studio helps save you time with culling by rating your photos and grouping them according to your preferences.

Rating criteria

Culling Studio rates photos like this:

  • Keepers: The best photo in a group of similar photos.
  • Standalones: There are no alternatives to this photo. These photos don't have duplicates and aren't part of a group.
  • Duplicates: The remaining duplicate photos that weren't selected in the group.

Grouping criteria

Culling Studio groups photos according to their similarity.  Adjusting the grouping criteria in the preferences affects the number of photos it selects as Keepers and Standalones.

These are the grouping criteria:

  • Less Similar groups photos with a lower level of similarity.
    Choosing this setting will result in fewer photos being selected as Keepers and Standalone.
  • Similar is the recommended similarity level and set as the default setting. This setting will group photos that share similarities but are not identical.
  • Very similar only groups photos that are almost identical, resulting in more groups and more photos selected. Choose this option if you wish to receive more photos from Culling Studio.

Rating methods

These are the rating methods that Culling Studio supports:

  • Star rating: When using star ratings, keep the same star rating for both Keepers and Standalones. They are both equally important and are reviewed together.
  • Color Labels: When using color labels, you use different colors for Keepers and Standalones. Colors do not indicate that one photo is better than the other as stars tend to indicate.
  • Flags: The flagging method uses a simpler Yes/No approach. The Keepers and Standalones will be flagged, and the Duplicates will be left unflagged. You can review the flagged photos and then remove the flag if they don’t make the final cut.

We recommend that you review Keepers and Standalones together since they both require a photographer’s professional eye. For example, we give both Keepers and Standalones the same rating since they are equally important, and you need to review them together.

You can choose the rating method for each type and customize the color labels and star ratings to fit your workflow.

Here are the Culling Studio’s defaults for the different rating methods:

  Color labels Stars Flags
Keepers Green 3 Flag
Duplicates  Yellow 2 Do not flag
Standalone Blue 3 Flag


Changing culling results by adjusting preferences

When you create a new culling project or cull again, you can adjust the culling preferences to change how Culling Studio rates photos and groups them.

Recommended flow for reviewing the culling results

We recommend reviewing Keepers and Standalones together. Use the filter bar to make your filter selection. View.png

Go back and check the Duplicates only when you think Culling Studio didn’t pick the best photo.

If you want to review the remaining photos that weren't selected as Keepers, filter for Duplicates. These are similar to the Keepers and might be valuable, especially if you need more than one shot of the same scene.

Depending on how many final photos you need to deliver, follow these suggestions:

  • When reviewing the images, give a high rating (5 stars) to images that stand out. 
  • Give a low rating (1 star) to images you want removed from the selection. 
  • Adjust the grouping criteria to get fewer Keepers.

Cull again

If you want to change how Culling Studio rates photos and groups them, try changing the culling preferences. Then, cull the project again without the need to re-upload the photos.

  1. On the Projects page, find your project. 

  2. Click the More options menu (3 dots) on the right side, and click Cull again. The Culling preferences page opens.

  3. Change the grouping criteria and how it rates the photos. 

  4. Click Save, and then click Cull Again. Cull again.png


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