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.   

First impressions of the New Lightroom Mobile App

By Mark


At the keynote address at Photoshop World we got to see the release of Adobe’s long-rumored and much anticipated  Lightroom app for iPad.  They have had a mobile version of Photoshop out for several years which is one of many available tools for editing pictures.  As more and more people find that their cell phones and tablets are their primary cameras, managing and keeping track of all the images has become a real challenge. Photographers have been looking for better ways to show off their work to clients, select,rate and then make edits on pictures without having to lug around their laptops, and then to have those changes automatically synchronize with their home base system. Well, Lightroom Mobile does most of those; some better than others. 

Previously Lightroom introduced smart previews which provided a smaller sized display image. Supposedly they were intended to speed up the rendering of the previews.  They also provided the opportunity to edit photos which were “offline”, like on an external hard drive. It was a new way of applying the equations to show the edits.  That's one of the underlying strengths of LR, which we have touted before.  It is built to be completely nondestructive.   What the engineers at Adobe did was brilliant. Instead of actually editing the image, you have the same set of editing controls from the basic panel (for now) as you would have on your desk top. All that is passed back and forth is the small file of instructions. Let's jump back to the beginning though.

In order to use LR mobile you need to have lR5.4 loaded on your base machine and yes, have an Adobe Creative Cloud account. New,at the top of the screen is a new button which logs you into LR Mobile. 

Sharing images across platforms starts with Collections.  To the left of each collection is a new button which indicates that you want those images synchronized. You can watch the progress as the images are shared via the Adobe cloud. 

The transfer works both ways; you can add images from your mobile device and have them show up on your desk top.

Back on your mobile device you can begin to cull your images by flagging them for selection or rejection.

There are four basic controls at the bottom of the screen: filmstrip, basic editing, effects, and cropping. 

In the Editing panel, tapping each individual control such as White Balance, opens a slider. As with most good iPad apps, the controls are intuitive.  

Editing control sliders

Editing control sliders

For the Effects panel, they have built -in presets. Currently users do not have the ability to add new ones. Adobe indicated that was in work though.  

Effects Options

Effects Options

Finally the crop module does exactly what it says. They have common sizes defined, but you can straighten and crop by dragging as well.   That's about all I've had time to play with so far, but I've seen more capabilities in the KelbyOne training videos.   Download it and try it for free