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The Best Lightroom Plugins to Supercharge Your Workflow

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For those who want quick controls and professional-looking presets to give their images a base to start editing from.

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For those who needs to process HDR files easily thanks to its advanced tone mapping algorithms.

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Perhaps the best Lightroom plugin for those who want an overall boost in Lightroom’s capabilities is Skylum’s Luminar, a photo editor that has made a name for itself in quite a short amount of time among professional as well as amateur photographers.

As a Lightroom plugin, Luminar brings intuitive controls and unmatched presets that you can use to instantly change the way your photos look. It’s also a complete RAW editor in itself, so you can use it to edit exposure, colors, and more in an easier and quicker way. If you’d like to simplify your photo editing workflow, then give Luminar a try for free.

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Aurora HDR '19

Your images — amplified, vivid, captivating.

Adobe Lightroom plugins can be extremely helpful in adding new features to the software or improving upon existing features by a good margin. Aurora HDR does both.

Every photographer who works with HDR in Lightroom knows that the software doesn’t offer too much control over HDR photos. This is where Aurora HDR is a lifesaver. It’s one of the most highly regarded HDR editors out there, and its Lightroom plugin gives you a ton of control over HDR files within Lightroom.

You can use Aurora presets to give your photos a quick treatment or dive into the manual controls to eke out as much detail as you want from your HDR images. The results are as natural as can be expected from any HDR editor in 2018, and the speed at which Aurora HDR works is pretty stellar.

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Photolemur

Great photos with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

Photolemur shouldn’t be overlooked when talking about the best Lightroom plugins because it offers something many other plugins don’t: Artificial Intelligence-enhanced automatic editing.

Photolemur automatically detects common flaws in your photos and fixes them using some impressive algorithms. With Photolemur as a plugin, you won’t ever have to worry about your exposure, colors, and more if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to get lost in Lightroom’s controls.

This plugin can be especially helpful for beginners who aren’t yet used to all the controls Lightroom offers and want something to help them along the way.

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Focus Mask — for choosing the best shot

Lightroom plugins that help you edit better are great, but what about the process of actually choosing the best shots from the hundreds that you’ve taken before you start editing? For that, you need something like Focus Mask . As the name suggests, this Lightroom plugin lets you know what parts of a photo are in focus and to what extent. It gives images a red outline to signify the sharpest portion of each frame.

Keyboard Tamer — for serious customization

Lightroom, as we all know, has a vast collection of controls and tools to help you edit photos. This great number of controls sometimes means that you forget where things are located. Maybe you don’t use a certain control too often but still need to access it when needed and can’t always remember where it’s located. This is where Keyboard Tamer comes in. It allows you to map certain controls or tools to key combinations for quick and easy access.

LR/Gmail — for seamless collaboration

Not all Lightroom plugins have to be about photo editing, right? This one is great for those who work in collaboration with other photographers, or even with clients, and need to frequently email images back and forth. With this plugin, you’ll be able to email photos directly from Lightroom as opposed to using a browser to upload images over and over again.

Lightroom to Instagram — for the sharer in you

Another Adobe Lightroom plugin to help you share your photos, Lightroom to Instagram creates a seamless connection between — you guessed it — Lightroom and Instagram. This means that you can edit your photos to your heart’s content in Lightroom and then post them directly to Instagram to share with your followers. This is a great way to get your work in front of people, and the plugin makes the process easier.

SmugMug — for an online showcase

If you’re trying to build a professional photography practice, there’s arguably nothing much more effective than having a great online portfolio to showcase your work. SmugMug is a great way to do this, with its photo sharing platform that you can use to sell your work as well. This Lightroom plugin connects Lightroom to your SmugMug account so that you can publish images directly to the website as you edit them.

LRB Exhibition — for a stunning website

LRB Exhibition is one of the best Lightroom plugins to help you upload images directly to your website if it’s created using their service. Like the SmugMug plugin, this one also saves time and effort that would otherwise be required in order to publish your photos online after you’ve edited them in Lightroom.

Geoencoding Plug-In — for adding location data

This Lightroom plugin is for you if you wish to embed photos with location information. You can choose one of many ways to incorporate GPS data in the metadata of your photos, making it easier for your audience to know where they were taken.

These are some of the best Lightroom plugins you can find to add various types of functionality to your photo editing workflow. Whether you need to add to the photo editing prowess of your software, customize it to make your life easier, or connect it with another service to help you share your work seamlessly, the plugins in this list are your best shot to find what you’re looking for. So go ahead, make a choice, and supercharge your Lightroom!

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