If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you know that I’m a big fan of Adobe’s Creative Cloud and their subscription model. I’ve actually written specifically about Lightroom Mobile a few times and here I am writing about it again. It has quite a few interesting new features that I think you’ll find seriously useful.
Lightroom Mobile has been around for close to two years now, launching first for the iPad, then iPhone and finally, Android devices. It has featured synchronization with Creative Cloud from the beginning, so you usually started your workflow importing your raw images to Lightroom on your computer and then sync them to your mobile devices. The exception to this flow used to be the import of jpeg files directly from your phone to Lightroom.
The Raw and the Cooked
And there lies the first feature that I wanted to mention: reading raw files directly in your mobile device. These raw files may be generated by your mobile device or by a camera and transferred to your mobile device. At the moment of this writing, only Android devices can generate raw files natively, and it’s an announced feature of iOS 10. However, iPhone and iPad users can currently use apps like 645 Pro, to shoot manually and generate TIFF files, which are almost as good as raw files and Lightroom can work with those.
What else is new in Lightroom Mobile? Local adjustments of course! Maybe you know them by other names: Radial Filter and Graduated Filter. Yes! Those tools that let you illuminate a region selectively, or that allow you to make adjustments over a line in your image… are now available on your phone/tablet.
I actually played with these features earlier today, shooting an image using 645 Pro, generating a TIFF file, importing it to Lightroom Mobile on my iPhone 5S, processed it, applied a graduated filter, transferred the image to SKRWT to correct the perspective and finally, posted it on Instagram. I loved it! 😀
There are many other features in Lightroom Mobile that have been added in the last year or so, like the Tone Curve adjustment, which allow you to gradually and precisely adjust highlights, lights, darks and shadows to finely tune the contrast of your image. You can also adjust Color, by tuning the Hue, Saturation and Luminance of individual colors. Regulating the level of Haze in an image is another feature that was added to the desktop version about a year ago and then to the mobile version a few months later. Finally, you can now do Split Toning to an image on your mobile device. How cool is that?!
I think the only features that I’m missing are the Adjustment Brush and the Transform tools, along with the sync of Presets between desktop and mobile versions. Once Adobe does that, it won’t matter where I am, I’ll be able to work on my images anywhere and on any device, and I find it just amazing!
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