Mar 062017

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.

Lightroom Mobile HDR

iPhone 7 Plus HDR Capture by Josh Haftel, Adobe Product Manager

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:

Lightroom Mobile HDR Setting

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.

Other New Features and Changes in in Lightroom Mobile for iOS

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Sep 132016

lightroom mobile update 2.5 for iPad iPhone DNG rawAdobe has released an update for Lightroom mobile for iPad and iPhone that allows users to shoot DNG raw files with Lightroom mobile’s camera. This is available only for devices with a 12 MP camera –  the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus; and the 9.7″ iPad Pro. (The 12.9″ iPad Pro only has an 8 MP camera, so raw capture is not available on this device.)

To update to Lightroom mobile 2.5, visit the App store, find LrM under Updates, and click on the Update button. For raw capture, your device operating system must be updated to  iOS10, which is due to be released later today. To check for the update on your mobile device go to Settings>General>Software Update.

Also new with this release are bug fixes and performance improvements (so do update even if you don’t have a phone that supports raw capture.) Finally, support has been added for the new wide gamut P3 color space capable of displaying more richly saturated colors, found on the 9.7″ iPad Pro, 7 and 7 Plus. Support for this color space means in Lightroom mobile means that display of your edits will be more accurate.

To set Lightroom mobile’s camera to capture DNG raw files (DNG is Adobe’s version of a raw file), open the Lightroom mobile camera, and tap on the top center area to change the file type from JPEG to DNG.

lightroom mobile DNG JPEG capture

The benefits to capturing raw files instead of JPEGs include:

  • blown-out highlight recovery (limited – it depends on how overexposed they are)
  • the ability to set white balance after capture without loss of quality,
  • larger bit depth, which allows for heavier editing
  • lack of JPEG compression artifacts.

The downsides to capturing in raw are:

  •  your files will be larger, and
  • you’ll have to process them before sharing – i.e. raw files aren’t appropriate for most photo sharing. If you’re working on your desktop computer you’ll need to export JPEGs from Lightroom to share. If you’re working in Lightroom mobile, you can use the Share feature.

Read the Adobe announcement about Lightroom mobile iOS 2.5 here.

UPDATE: Note that raw capture was added for devices running Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and later back in February, but not all device manufacturers have chosen to support this feature. To check to see if your device does, ensure that you’re running Android 5.0+ and Lightroom mobile 2.0+, then open the camera and tap on the file format badge at the top of the screen (as in the screenshot above). If it’s available you’ll see a JPEG/DNG switch.

Feb 222016

Lightroom-androidAdobe this morning released Lightroom mobile 2.0 for Android. This release gives Android users many of the same features previously released for the iPhone/iPad version:

  • The point curve within the Curve tool, for precise control over brightness, darkness, and color cast of ranges of tones in your photos.
  • Split toning, for adding color casts to your black and white and color photos.
  • A set of five live presets available in the in-app camera.  They are non-destructive, so you can adjust or remove them after shooting, if you wish.
  • Dehaze for adding or removing atmospheric haze
  • A Targeted Adjustment Tool in the Color/B&W editing tool, providing direct on-image editing controls
  • One-tap access to Adobe Premiere Clip for creating video slideshows

In addition, the in-app camera can now capture DNG raw files, not just JPEGs. This is a great benefit available at this point only to Android users.

The most powerful feature of Lightroom mobile is the ability to sync collections of photos and editing work to and from your mobile device and Lightroom on your Desktop. This feature is available only to Creative Cloud subscribers. However, anyone with a mobile device can use the free Lightroom mobile app to capture, edit and share photos, so these updates are available to all Android users. Download Lightroom mobile for free from the Google app store.

Dec 172015

Lightroom mobile 2.1 for iOSLightroom mobile 2.1 for iPhone and iPad users is now available. Here’s are the major features included in the update:

  • The point curve has been added to the Adjust section, for precise control over brightness, darkness, and color cast of ranges of tones in your photos.
  • Split toning has been added to the Adjust section, to add color casts to your black and white and color photos.
  • A set of five live presets have been added to the camera.  They are non-destructive, so you can adjust or remove them after shooting, if you wish. Available for iPhone 5s and later, and iPad Air and later.
  • iPad Pro support: native resolution
  • iOS9 iPad multitasking features: slide over and split view enabled
  • 3D Touch support (iPhone 6s/6s Plus only): 3D touch from the home screen to select the camera, 3D touch in Grid view to see a preview of an image
  • Improved ability to add the same photo to multiple collections easier (no more warning at import that a photo is already in a collection)
  • The camera can now be added to the iPad or iPhone Notification Center, so that you can access it a little bit more quickly.

The most powerful feature of Lightroom mobile, available to Creative Cloud subscribers, is the ability to sync collections of photos and editing work to and from your mobile device and Lightroom on your Desktop. However, anyone with an iPhone or iPad can use the free Lightroom mobile app to capture, edit and share photos, so anyone (with iOS 8.1 or later) can take advantage of these updates.

To update to Lightroom mobile 2.1, on the Updates tab in the iOS App Store, find Lightroom mobile and tap on Update. To download this free app for the first time, search for Lightroom mobile in the App Store.

Accessing the Point Curve

On the Adjust tab, tap on the lens icon, then on Tone Curve, then on Mode. Choose Point-RGB to affect brightness and darkness. Choose Point-Blue, -Green or -Red to affect color cast. Tap on the curve to add a point, and drag up or down. Here’s an article that explains what the tone curve is.


Lightroom mobile point curve


Accessing Split Toning

On the Adjust tab, tap on the lens icon and choose Split Toning. Continue reading »

Oct 052015

lightroom mobile
There’s lots to play with today on our mobile devices. Adobe today released Lightroom mobile 1.3 for Android, and Lightroom mobile 2.0 for iPhones and iPads. We also  have some new and updated Photoshop apps for iPad and iPhone that are tightly integrated with Lightroom mobile: Photoshop Mix has been updated, and Photoshop Fix and Premiere Clip are being introduced.

Here’s a summary of what’s new:

Lightroom mobile 2.0 for iPhone & iPad (download from the Apple App store):
  • Anyone can use Lightroom mobile for free (no CC subscription required) to import camera roll photos and shoot photos in-app, edit them, and share them. Syncing photos and edits between mobile devices, the web, and desktop computers still requires a Creative Cloud subscription. To access the non-subscriber portion, if you have already installed Lightroom mobile, you may need to delete it from your device, then reinstall via the app store. For subscribers wanting the update, just Update through the app store.

lightroom mobile free camera

  • In-app camera, with photos automatically imported as you shoot. Shoots still photos only (no video), has flash, white balance, exposure compensation, leveling, and self-timer options.

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Jul 292015

Last Monday Adobe released version 1.2 of Lightroom mobile for Android devices. The update includes:

  • The ability to copy and paste image adjustments from one photo to another.
  • Crop tool enhancements, including an auto-straighten feature
  • A new Segmented view in collections to view photos by date.
  • Raw file support for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Communication Camera
  • Bug fixes.

Visit Google Play on your tablet or phone to download Lightroom mobile or to update.

For more details on the Lightroom mobile 1.2 Android release, read the Adobe official announcement.

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