Getting Started Editing in LR Mobile

By Mark

Late breaking development (so to speak), Adobe today announced that you can now show RAW HDR from the LR Mobile camera app.  Wait, you didn’t know LR Mobile had a camera app?   Well that will be much farther down the listing of topics, giving all of you something to look forward to.

LR Mobile can edit your pictures in a couple of different ways.  First it can serve as a non-destructive method for editing the images on your camera roll.  Secondly, it can edit the photos from your desktop connection which you have chosen to be synchronized.  It is that second category which is amazing, because LR is really working on the very small smart preview file and not on the larger image, but when it synchronizes, the changes you applied are reflected on your image and in the history for that image.

Let’s start with just a basic example.  I shot this not so great image in a restaurant with my iPhone.  The white balance is really off, as my model was not suffering from jaundice.  Just a quick adjustment and now she looks normal, well as normal as our beloved Kaitlyn can be.

Here is a basic image I shot last fall at the LHS football game.  It was a pretty sunset, but the image didn’t quite capture the full range of color.

One of the first editing tasks is usually just selecting and culling the ones you want to work on.  LR allows you to use the same pick or reject flags and/or rating stars.  You then can then filter them quickly, allowing you to focus on only the images worth your time to edit. 

First let’s talk about the basic editing controls at the bottom of the screen:

Filmstrip-does exactly what you expect and opens up a scrollable filmstrip of whatever group of images you are working on.

Crop- allows you to change the aspect ratio of your image using a set of predefined ratios, or you can grab the edges of your image via the control box, or you can rotate the image via the little wheel underneath your image.


Presets- opens up a selection of sub menus with common recipes for adjusting an image; Creative, Color, B&W, Detail, Effect, and Camera

Edit- opens the equivalent of the basic develop module panel from your desktop version.  Over on the left side, underneath the aperture icon are the advanced features we’ll talk about next time.

Everything above applies global changes to the whole image.  They have now added a new Selective control, which lets you apply limited adjustments for those basic panels.  You use your fingers like a brush and can apply multiple fixes. 

That’s a lot of material just in the basic features, so go off and play with your images. Remember, you can’t really hurt anything.

Starting with Lightroom Mobile

By Mark

Last week we started discussing the family of mobile device apps developed by Adobe.  For me, the one I use the most must be LR mobile.  It is not intended to be replacement for the desktop version.  That being said, you can do more and more editing on the app, and with the latest release, Adobe has even introduced their own interface to the device’s camera which shoots and processes native RAW format images.  The app works on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 

LR Mobile allows you to edit, rate, present images while on the go.  The software doesn’t directly edit your images, aside from the ones taken on your device, instead it works on the “Smart Preview” thumbnail. These are much smaller files, but they are linked back to your main catalog on your computer.  Changes you make in LR mobile, will change those images, once your device is synchronized.  Like all adjustments in LR, any or all of them can be changed back. 

To begin taking advantage of LR mobile, you have to start back on your desktop installation.  Access to your images is based upon setting up and enabling Collections.  Collections, I hope you recall are one of the most powerful features of LR.  No one really wants to see all 5000 photographs of your vacation.  With collections, you can select only the best images of that trip, or set up collections for only your 5 Star portraits, or…, whatever you want to showcase.  Currently, you can’t synchronize Smart Collections, but they are working on that.

It is a simple three step process to begin displaying photos on your devices.  Once LR mobile is installed, just log in to your Adobe account.   Back at your desktop, at the top menu, you will see a “Synchronize with LR Mobile”. 

It will ask you to login again to your Adobe account.  Now, assuming you already have collections set up, you will see an additional check box to the far left of the menu.  Click on them and it will display a bi-directional arrow indicating that LR will synch the images in that collection.    If you want to see how many total images you are sharing, they have added this information to the Topmost Catalog panel.

I mentioned that you can set up your devices to auto upload from the phone/IPad into your LR collection.  Rather than recreating an already created tutorial, here is a link to one from Lightroom Killer Tips.

I have not even started on all the editing tools, but that will have to wait for next week’s blog.   

Starting Some Updates on Adobe Mobile Apps

By Mark

Adobe is aggressively and continually making improvements to their suite of phone and tablet apps.  They have recognized and are responding to several trends in how people use their cameras, in fact in what their cameras are.  For a lot of people, their only camera is what their phones can do, we “real photographers”, with our heavy DSLRs are becoming rarer and rarer.  In truth, cell phone cameras are approaching the quality of many cameras. People also want to have access to their photos or artistic creations wherever they happen to be.  For those individuals, lucky enough to be creative, they want the tools to create, capture and share across multiple platforms and channels.  What is powering all of this, is the part that I actually understand, the power, speed and availability of real-time cloud computing is increasing daily, while the costs are dropping faster than Roger’s camera from a table.

Adobe has been telling everyone that the future will reside in the cloud for quite a while now. In the last two weeks, they have finally announced the end of support for the Creative Suite stand-alone versions.  For the time being, you still can purchase a non-subscription version of Lightroom, but that writing is on the wall as well.  Truthfully, like many I was skeptical at first, but the pace at which they roll out new features and fix bugs along with the increasing level of integration between all the applications and the apps through the Creative Cloud have convinced me.  There are apps now for everything from Adobe Premiere for capturing video clips for production, drawing, sketching and painting applications, and of course mobile versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.

I’m going to spend a few blogs talking about what these apps do and why you should start using them.  I have an entire page of my iPad and iPhone filled with Adobe stuff and I use them all the time.

At the center of the app world is the Adobe Creative Cloud app itself.  It is the Central hub connecting the desktop applications, the mobile apps and your assets that you want to share across all of them. 

You can save color schemes, brushes, patterns and files.  They work from Illustrator to Photoshop and are linked through your Adobe login and password.  You can create separate libraries for multiple projects and can share them with specific people.

Next week we will start in-depth with LR mobile.