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I wrote about my  favorite plugins for LightRoom a while back, but since that time I’ve added a few more to my collection. So here is an updated list of my current favorites.Timothy Armes at the Photographers Toolbox continues to create more useful plugins, and in addition to the ones I covered in the first post, here are a few more I find very useful.

  • LR2/Tree Exporter – allows you to export images from Lightroom while preserving their folder hierarchy. I find this extremely useful since my typical workflow involves exporting jpeg versions of my RAW files for the web, clients, print, etc on a regular basis. Since I export them to a different hard drive than where my Lightroom Library is located, it keeps them more organized and easier to find when I’m ready to use them in email, web, etc.
  • LR2/Gmail – this plugin will send any images selected in your Library via Gmail from directly within Lightroom – no more opening your email client and attaching images. Extremely time saving and convenient, this is one I use constantly.
  • LR2/Blog – send images directly to your blog. I’m still experimenting with this one since it offers many options, but I use it to create drafts with images that I can return to later and write text, etc. Again, saves me some time and can be combined with the Mogrify plugin to add borders, sharpening, and other enhancements.

The best of the rest:

  • LRB Portfolio – can create an entire portfolio website from within Lightroom with separate pages, images, etc. Very elaborate and well supported by the developer
  • Imagenomic Portraiture2 – a great retouching plugin for anyone shooting people, it eliminates many of the tedious steps required in Photoshop to achieve the same results. I don’t use this plugin often as you might imagine, but very powerful and convenient.
  • Photoframe – for the ultimate in artistic borders and frames, this is the plugin to get. Hundreds of beautiful borders and many options for customizing and saving presets.

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“Reflections” – [border from Photoframe]

You can always keep track of the latest plugin releases on the Adobe Lightroom Exchange where they recommend and feature different plugins on a regular basis.Or check back here again for another update in the near future. If anyone uses any plugins I haven’t mentioned, please let me know in the comments!

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  1. I like Jeffrey Friedl’s Metadata Wrangler. It allows me to precisely control what meta data is exported with my images and to keep my jpegs small for web usage.

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