Adobe Lightroom Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can come to for all of your Lightroom needs. I recommend bookmarking it and checking back for updates. Enjoy!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please know that I have experience with all of these companies, and I’m recommending them because of the product or service they offer, not because of the small commission I might make if you purchase something.

 

Software

Adobe Lightroom 6 – Obviously, being a Lightroom blog, I highly recommend using Lightroom for your photographic workflow and image management. Follow the link to download the free trial or purchase Lightroom and jump in!

You can still buy the standalone version of Lightroom from Amazon and Adobe.

 

 

ps_lr_photo_planCreative Cloud Photographer’s Bundle – Get Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/mo. A great deal to get the two most powerful tools for photographers. As an added bonus, you’ll unlock the full potential of Lightroom mobile!

 

 

 

photomatix_pro_boxPhotomatix Pro – The de facto standard HDR editing software. Simple, powerful, and integrates nicely with Lightroom 4 and 5. You can download a free trail of Photomatix on the Photomatix Download page. The trial of Photomatix Pro is fully functional and never expires, but adds a watermark to final images. When you’re ready to purchase Photomatix, head here and use the coupon code ‘LightroomFanatic’ to get 15% off!

LR/Blog Plugin – If you run a blog, this plugin allows you to export from Lightroom directly in to many popular blogging platforms.

Duplicate Finder – The Duplicate Finder plug-in does what Lightroom doesn’t – identifies duplicate images that are in your Lightroom catalog.

 

Hardware

 

wd_elements WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – I ditched the Drobo and moved to a simpler solution using a combination of these WD Elements drives. My images are still in at least 3 places, but I removed the complexity and unnecessary overhead of RAID at home.

 

 

 

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Datacolor Spyder4Elite S4EL100 Colorimeter for Display Calibration – As photographers, it’s critical that we get accurate, predictable images, and that requires a regularly calibrated monitor. I’ve been using the Spyder line of products for years, and the Spyder4Elite is a solid product.

 

 

 

wacom_tabletWacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet (PTH451) – While not a necessity, using a tablet can provide a few benefits to your workflow inside of Lightroom, including the increased precision that comes with the fine motor control of a hand holding a pen.

 

 

 

Other

 

dropbox_logoDropBox – With the release of Lightroom 5 and Smart Previews, leveraging DropBox for storing your catalog will allow you to easily synchronize updates and edits between multiple devices.

 

 

 

 

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Backblaze – I use Backblaze to keep my computer and attached storage automatically backed up. It’s nonintrusive, fast, secure, and starting at only $5/month, it’s a no-brainer. In my workflow, my images go to my external drive first before going to my NAS and other offsite storage, which means all of my images are also included in the Backblaze backup.