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Gaming + Photography… Does it get any better than this?

By Pye Jirsa on February 26th 2013


Let’s be honest, we have all dreamed of being able to play video games while also working on our photos… Well… Ok, maybe it’s just me?

Either way, Ed Pingol has a handy new little invention that seems to make the process of culling much quicker and comfortable. While it looks a bit silly, the theory behind the product is actually quite sound.

Game companies spend millions of dollars in research and design in order to create ergonomically correct controllers in order to allow gamers spend hours gaming without the need to rest their hands. So, if it were possible, wouldn’t these make nifty controllers for other uses?

Well, Ed Pingol has created software to allow you to use a gaming controller for culling photos. Sounds kinda crazy right? Well, just check out the video below and watch how quickly he culls through images with just one hand and virtually no finger movement.

Looks pretty interesting if you ask me. What do you all think of the concept?

P.S. Ed, I love the reference to Contra (You know what I am talking about!)

Check out the official Cullinator Website Here.

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  1. lola emam


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  3. Nohnst

    Um, this is actually counter productive!!!! The mouse curser is still much faster for color adjustments and selections. 

    1) Go to Logitech website. Buy an “Anywhere Mouse MX”.  It has a mouse wheel with capabilities of panning left/right, scroll up/down.  There are other models with similar mouse wheels. Makes sure it has the ability to pan left/right. The cheapest model goes for like $25.

    2) Download Logitech driver.  Go into Logitech mouse control panel select hot key set list specifically for your photo editing program, Aperture, Lightroom… 

    3) Configure the mouse buttons as “Keystroke”, so basically, you’re going to set the pan left wheel buttons as LEFT ARROW KEY, pan right as RIGHT ARROW KEY, scroll wheel up as, UP ARROW KEY, and wheel down as, DOWN ARROW KEY. 

    4) DONE, you now can go into your picture editing browser mode and select images with your just your index finger on the mouse wheel. No need for clumsy playstation control pads. 

    5) With the remaining buttons, you can also hot key to mark/tag/rate images how ever you please. 

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    • EdP

      I’ve definitely tried that route that you explained above and I feel that IT IS NOT faster. I actually have the mouse that you listed. In theory what you say makes sense, however actually doing it is another story. There’s a reason why most popular games are played with controllers.

      I believe this controller is far superior than the mouse route.

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    • Nohnst

      To each their own. I can’t make any arguments against anyone’s preferred workflow. Mouse, keyboard, and the proper key bindings have always work for me. Logitech makes wonderful multi-button mouses that can be customized as keystrokes, and you can combined that with keyboard macros, makes a extremely powerful workflow tool.  I use Keyboard Maestro for the Mac, and you can configure a set of key strokes to one mouse click. Not only that.. you can key bind for specific programs,Photoshop/Illustrator/Aperture/Lightroom. Selecting color sliders, using clone brushes, making selections, still much easier with the mouse. Scrolling through pictures in any direction is easier with the mouse wheel than tapping buttons. Just set the key bind to “repeat” and press it once. Keybind the middle mouse button to tag/select/label…

      I’m also a gamer. Certain games are designed for the controller pad while other games are much better with the keyboard and mouse, like first person shooting. How you use it all depends on your preferences. 

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  4. Wilg2

    that’s awesome!!

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  5. GrizzlysGhost

    ^^vv :)

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  6. Nguyen Lincoln

    Hey! I do that with an xbox controller and xpadder!

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