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!
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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!
Creative 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 – 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.
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.
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 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.
DropBox – 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.
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.