The worst part about being a wedding or event photographer is having to edit thousands of photos, but I've recently discovered Narrative Select, software that uses AI to make the culling process much faster.
Narrative Select isn't photo editing software, it's dedicated only to one thing: weeding out the bad images and keeping the good ones. Narrative Select will help cull through your photos as quickly as possible and then import selected photos into the editing software of your choice.
Narrative Select can import over 5,000 raw files in approximately three seconds, and there is no additional loading or preview-building time. Using artificial intelligence, it recognizes faces and looks for blurry images and blinks. The software will automatically warn you if it sees a problem with an image and will zoom into each face in a shot so that you can quickly check expressions without having to pan around an image. In my test, the software was able to detect when subjects were kissing or "posing" and would not add warnings in these instances for closed eyes.
You can then quickly move through images, rating them as you would in other software and filtering out images based on software or user ratings. Once you're finished, simply export the best images out to the editor of your choice.
The best aspect of Narrative Select is that for most users, it will be 100% free. Currently, you can use the software for six projects a month without paying anything. For unlimited usage, you can either pay $18/month or $150/year.
Perhaps the biggest problem currently with Narrative Select is that it is only available for MacOS, but it appears that a Windows version may be in development. If you're an interested Windows user, sign up here, and they will send you an update if the software becomes available.