Like other people have said, I definitely recommend Lightroom. For $299 too it's definitely worth it.
I personally use Lightroom for all my bulk editing stuff. Like, say I go to my mountain and take about 500 good shots. I can import them straight into my Lightroom catalog and just go through them easily one right after another. I use photoshop too, but for all my specific needs. Like, if I take a great shot that I love, I'll fine tune it until it's perfect in photoshop. I love Lightroom though and use it for almost everything anyways. I mean, unless I'm doing HDR (rare for me) then I pretty much stick with lightroom. Well, of course I use photoshop for "photoshopping" Tanner Talls head onto stuff but not too much else. Haha.
It looks like Lightroom is on sale on amazon for about $140:
Not too bad, if you ask me.
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