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.

Continue reading »

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.

Jun 182014
Lightroom 5.5 mobile iPhone

Today Adobe released Lightroom 5.5 along with Lightroom mobile for the iPhone. Along with the usual new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, the free Lightroom 5.5 update includes support for syncing with the new iPhone app, and a few other changes targeted at Lightroom mobile and Creative Cloud subscribers. Watch my video below to see the changes in action, or read on below the video for details.

Creative Cloud subscribers: update through the CC app. Otherwise, to install the free update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates, download the file, then double-click on it to run the installation wizard. If Check for Updates doesn’t find the update, try again later or download the update at the link at the bottom of this page. As with all updates, I highly recommend backing up your catalog before updating.

Video: What’s New in Lightroom 5.5, Lightroom Mobile
and the Creative Cloud Photography Program

For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

What’s New

  • Syncing to and from the new free Lightroom mobile app for iPhone. Functionality is essentially the same as the iPad app (released with Lightroom 5.4.)
  • In addition to picking and rejecting photos on the iPad and iPhone, we can now add and sync rating stars.
Rating Stars Lightroom Mobile

Assigning Stars in Lightroom Mobile

  • Collections in Lightroom desktop chosen for sync: can be directly shared to the web via new context menu options: Continue reading »
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