Adobe just announced the availability of Lightroom mobile 2.7 for iOS and 2.3 for Android. The big new feature for both is HDR (High Dynamic Range) capture and merge – this allows you to automatically capture three DNG files with detail in highlights and shadows, and Lightroom mobile will merge them together into a single file with detail throughout the tonal range. This HDR result is a DNG raw file, which gives you ultimate editing flexibility.
More Details on HDR Capture
According to Adobe product manager, Josh Haftel, “The new HDR mode works by automatically scanning the scene to determine the correct exposure range and then capturing three DNG files which are then automatically aligned, merged, deghosted, and tonemapped in the app. You get a 16-bit floating point DNG, with all of the benefits of both an HDR and a raw photo, which is processed by the same algorithms with the same quality as the HDR technology built into Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.” For Creative Cloud subscribers the DNG source files and merge file all sync to Lightroom desktop.
iOS Devices Supported
- iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus; 9.7″ iPad Pro
Android Devices Supported
Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL.
Technical specs (that the above devices meet):
- GPU – Adreno 500 / Mali 880 or higher
- Camera – 13 MP or less
- OS – Marshmallow and above
- RAM – 3GB and above (usable)
Accessing the HDR Feature
Within Lightroom mobile, tap on the camera icon and then tap the dropdown to the left of the shutter button and choose High Dynamic Range:
Once you take an HDR photo, Lightroom mobile has to remain open and in the foreground while the HDR processing takes place. You’ll get a notification if Lightroom is in the background and there is an HDR photo still to be processed.
HDR files are large (35-55 MB for a 12 MP camera), so you may need to free up space on your phone if you plan to shoot several before they’ll have time to sync to the cloud. If you had enabled offline editing but no longer need to work with your photos offline, you can free up space by disabling offline editing and clearing the cache. (Your photos won’t get deleted – they will still be in the cloud.) To access these settings, in Collections view tap on the Lr icon in the top left. Note that once a photo is synced to the cloud (HDR or traditional), it will automatically be removed from your phone, leaving just a smaller preview behind.
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