What’s All the Buzz About? | Excire

What’s All the Buzz About?

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In early July, Excire was introduced to the US market.  The response has been pretty remarkable and I thought it would be fun to give you the perspective from several different artists in the industry to date. Click on their name to find out more about them, see their images and put them on your radar.


And, as you start discover your own “lost” images and experience how Excire can help save you time and become more effective when you’re in search mode, we’re interested in what you discover.  Let us know how you’re doing and what’s on your wishlist to keep making Excire even better!


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What Photographers Are Saying


Suzette Allen:side benefit is that it dredges up all these images you haven’t seen for years and completely forgot about! A side DISTRACTION is that is dredges up all these images you haven’t seen for years and completely forgot about! So, of course, you get caught up in reminiscing and perusing that trip to Japan you took in ’05. Seriously. It happened. BUT—it was a much better way to spend 15 fun minutes than poking my eyes out hunting for pictures thru the catalog for HOURS! AND Excire Search finds images I would have never remembered or considered to match my theme! Wow! I feel so inspired — and then my vision expands! Seriously. It happened.”


Terry Clark:…Now, if you only have a few hundred pictures, this probably isn’t going to be much use. But, if you’re like me and have tens or hundreds of thousand photos, some with meta tags, but most without, it’s a miracle. I don’t understand what’s under the hood, but I don’t care either, as long as it works as it does. And believe me, this works like greased lighting! I’ve been beta testing it for a while. At first, I was skeptical. How could you search for images that aren’t keyworded? How could I find a picture I made almost a decade ago when all I remember about it is the guy had a beard? So I tried. Excire located the photo in a fraction of a second.”


Dave Doeppel:Excire Search runs as a plugin in Lightroom. It creates its own index of your images and I can assure you this thing is lean and mean. It can index 10k images per hour. I’ve run the tests and it is dead on accurate. It’s database lives right next to the Lightroom catalog file and it is incredibly small and efficient. Once indexed you have the ability to search based on Excire’s database of keywords as well as searching by certain attributes.”


Kevin A. Gilligan: Time is money. Excire’s ability to search by similar image allows me to quickly find images I am looking for. The search by similar image type is something that Lightroom cannot do. Yes, you can search by faces, but the ability to search by a similar landscape or similar composition goes way beyond search by faces. Did I mention it is fast?  I photograph and sell portraits, landscapes and sports. Clients often ask me for a link to a gallery of shots of a certain type. I used to have to go through my catalog by hand and try to remember the images and the keywords, but not any more. I can quickly come up with excellent images searching by a reference photo. I find using a reference photo brings up different and additional images I don’t get with keywords.”


Tony Northrup: Tony and Chelsea Northrup represent two of the most accomplished educators in photography, with a worldwide YouTube subscriber base of over one million people interested in photography. This week Tony shared his first experience as he initialized a catalog with 392,000 images.


Chamira Young: “The problem is I tend to dump loads of photos into poorly named folders and then later on am too lazy to painstakingly search for the particular photo I need. It’s for this reason my ears perked up when I first heard about the search capabilities of Excire. I decided to give the software a try.

 After importing a bunch of photos into a Vacation Catalog in Lightroom, I went through the Excire initialization process. Then, I ultimately decided to conduct a search for some duck photos I had taken years ago. For the life of me, I’d been unable to find those images.”