Getting Started

Ingesting photos with Photo Mechanic

Ingest is the name of the process Photo Mechanic uses to import and copy photos from a card, folder, or other location. You can save time using the Ingest process to batch rename files, organize photos into fol...

Introduction to Photo Mechanic contact sheets

The Contact Sheet View in Photo Mechanic is the main window to view thumbnails of all of your images, whether you ingest them from your camera or open folders on your hard drive. Contact sheets allow you to rap...

How to zoom and check for critical focus

Photo Mechanic provides multiple ways to check for critical focus while previewing your photos. The Loupe Cursor From the contact sheet view, the Loupe Cursor is a magnifying glass that allows you to previe...

Using the Metadata (IPTC) Template

The Metadata (IPTC) Template gives you control over IPTC metadata to efficiently add information to an individual, group, or batch of photos. Note: the Metadata (IPTC) Template was called the IPTC Stationery P...

Introduction to Photo Mechanic variables

Variables in Photo Mechanic are placeholders for metadata information contained in a photo. For example, {filename} is a placeholder for the actual filename of a photo, so the value of the {filename} variable w...

Copying photos

Copy Photos Keyboard Shortcut Copy Photo Mac: ⌘-Y Windows: Ctrl-Y You can also use drag and drop to copy or move photos. Note: Drag and drop from a camera disk ignores any Canon “MIS...

Introduction to code replacements in Photo Mechanic

Photo Mechanic’s code replacement speeds up captioning of often-used terms or names like those used in sports photography but can be used to make a shorthand for caption replacements in any type of photography....

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