When you are ready to start culling, everything else needs to fade to the background. Don’t watch Netflix. Don’t hang out with friends or play with your dog. If it doesn’t help you focus, it shouldn’t be around you while you cull. Do you really want to cull longer than you need to?
Light a candle. Play some good tunes. Prepare your atmosphere and your mind to speed through culling–like you are a runner about to run the 100 meter dash. Finish everything you need to finish before you start. Emails, errands, dishes, whatever. And then most importantly: turn your phone off. Instagram can live without you for an hour.
When I am ready to start culling, I sit at my computer, open Photomechanic, and it is the only application open on my computer. I put one finger on the rating I will use for my ‘keepers’ and one finger on the ‘next’ arrow button. I don’t move those fingers throughout the entire time I cull. There should be nothing holding me back or distracting me from being able to blast through an entire gallery.
Once you begin to cull your photos, keeping in mind that you should be going with your gut and not taking more than a couple milliseconds to choose a photo, do not stop until you are done. Let me say that again. Do not stop culling until you have finished the entire gallery. The desire to do other things will push you forward until you have finished. With each new photo, think quickly, click yes/no on your rating button, then click to the next photo. If you are resilient, you might be able to cull an entire wedding in under 30 minutes.