Last week Lightroom guru Sean McCormack released a new web engine plug-in, LRB Exhibition. I have to say, I am impressed — in less than an hour I was able to use Lightroom to create a complete website that I would not hesitate to show someone who might judge my work. The plug-in accomodates a home page, about page, contact page, one additional page of your choice, up to two external link pages, and up to 6 gallery pages. You can modify text placement, fonts, all colors, and much more. And it costs just 15 Euros, or USD $21 at today’s exchange rate! This includes up to 9 downloads, so as Sean continues to refine the product, you can get 8 upgrades before having to repurchase. Some users will want even more flexibility than the product currently has, and perhaps more will get built into it, but as it is I consider it quite a deal. UPDATE: Sean is offering a 20% off introductory price through Friday night (2/12, Ireland time).
I had planned to write more about Timothy Armes’ great plug-in LR2/Mogrify, which among other things allows you to add fairly sophisticated borders and watermarks to your images when you export them. However, today I noticed that my very talented colleague David Marx has posted a video about this on Lightroomlab.com. Do check it out! You can download the plug-in here. Read the Quickguide for more instructions and examples.
Last week I wrote about Jeffrey Friedl’s plug-in that allows you to export images directly to Facebook. There are lots of other great third-party plug-ins out there. But how can one find out about them?
Easy, of course, or I wouldn’t be writing about it! In the Library module of Lightroom, click on the Export button (bottom left), then Plug In Manager (bottom left), and then Plug-in exchange. This takes you out to the Adobe web site, where you can browse and download plug-ins. You can choose to look at most popular, highest rated, featured, or all, and browse by category — Develop presets, Export plug-ins, Web galleries, and Other. You can also filter by whether they are shareware, donationware, commercial, etc. Adobe makes it all very easy for us — because these plug-ins increase the power of their product — a good deal all around. Just remember, it is third party software, and is therefore not guaranteed by Adobe.
Among other things, you’ll find plug-ins for exporting to places like Flickr, gmail, Smugmug, Photobucket, for creating borders and watermarks (check out LR2/Mogrify), for managing metadata, creating more sophisticated slideshows and web galleries, and for launching images into programs like Photomatix. You will also find all kinds of Develop presets for creating different looks for your photos.
Explore and enjoy!