Adobe Updates for Mobile Photographers on iOS and Android Devices

 Adobe is the world's leader in desktop and laptop visual processessing. There are other applications but with the increased accessibility to the family of Adobe products, many photographers and videographers choose Adobe for all of their editing needs.

I have stated this before and will mention it again. Adobe is not quite there yet for mobile editing. For mobile photographers, Snapseed remains the biggest heavyweight. Do not get me wrong though, Adobe is going to reclaim its rightful place on the throne for ALL photography post processessing. 

I have already written how Adobe has set the curve along with Android mobile photography in capitalizing on the ability to capture in raw DNG. This remains to be a request from all iOS mobile photographers, but it has yet come to fruition. I believe that this is why Android mobile photography has caught up in many ways to the iPhone.

Adobe will continue to make its necessary moves to grant the same experience to mobile photographers as it does for big camera shooters. Please note that you will have to have the Creative Cloud subscription or at least a trial in order to access these new updates.

Here are some of those updates that give mobile photographers in general, that experience.

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Adobe LR for iOS 2.4

The Lightroom app for the iPhone has added two awesome improvements for mobile photographers to take advantage of: raw technology preview and addition of local adjustment tools. Lightroom has also added keyboard shortcuts with physical keys connected to the iPads ability to add your own copyright to imported photos, functionality to turn on lens profiles, and of course bug fixes and general improvements. Here is more information on the big improvements.

Raw Technology Preview

Adobe first added any and all raw technology onto their Android devices. This included nondestructive editing and transfer to desktop versions of the app. Before this, iOS devices were limited to shooting in JPEG and having any major edits or post processessing either done through Snapseed or the best is to connect to your desktop or laptop. With this new updated, you are now able to import raw photos onto your iPhone or iPad, do your magic – anytime and anywhere. True to Adobe form, this is to keep your workflow continuous. This is a really big step for iPhone mobile photographers.

As the Lightroom app for mobile was rolled out, one of the missions was to keep an uncompressed file on your mobile and keep it synced with your edits (on either mobile or desktop) in a nondestructive manner.  Per Adobe, “We’ve run Lightroom for mobile through its paces on a number of different files, including the 50 MP Canon 5DS running on an iPhone 6, proving that you can really edit nearly any photo anywhere. After playing with the app for a few months, we’ve found that it’s a really great way to take a few of your favorite images from the day, review to make sure you captured what you saw, edit, and then share them, all right away, and with all of your edits carried through the rest of the Lightroom ecosystem.”

Linear and Radial Selections

Along with the raw technology preview, Adobe included the new feature of performing local adjustments with linear and radial selections.  This feature was the most requested feature from users on Lightroom mobile. These features let you add or modify existing selections on your images to bring to the forefront focal points.

These updates are now available in Lightroom mobile 2.4 for iPhone and iPad from the iOS App Store for free. You must have a creative cloud subscription or if you have a trial on Creative Cloud.

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Lightroom for Android 2.1

Although the major updates from Adobe benefited the iOS devices the most, Androids were not neglected. Android devices are able to shoot in raw DNG capture and so to enrich the mobile photography experience more, Adobe allowed for added features to an already robust experience. Android devices have a stock camera that includes a Pro mode that lets you control shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus all manually. Now you can access these features fully in the Lightroom mobile 2. 1. Adobe provided a widget that launches the Lightroom camera making it a direct shoot, making it faster for the user to start taking pictures immediately.  Along with the new built-in camera, Adobe improved the ability to export full-resolution files into the Lightroom ecosystem. The Lightroom for Android will now grab the full resolution and let you export anywhere.

Download  Lightroom for Android 2.1 here now for free.

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Lightroom Mobile and Apple TV

Adobe made the announcement that there is a new edition to the Lightroom family.  This announcement included Lightroom for Apple TV.

Lightroom and Lightroom mobile synchronizes seamlessly giving mobile photographers access to the full featured desktop and laptop editing application as well as the mobile ease of editing on our mobile devices in a non-destructive manner. The ability to take photos, edit them anywhere and everywhere breaks the barrier for mobile photography.  In doing so, it helps bridge the gap of photography and blur the lines between big camera and mobile devices even more.

Lightroom for Apple TV now allows you to access your favorite and awesome photographs by placing them on your TV screen. This is great for when you are showing clients or sharing with family and friends or just wanting to view your images off your phone in a much larger screen. Again and this seems like a broken record, but it is done in full sync. With this release you are now able to share in a slideshow format, stop on your favorite images, and even zoom to show off the detail of your imaging.

The photos that you choose to share on the bigger screen will all be your latest edits from within the Lightroom ecosystem. This is a great way to complete the process of mobile photography; shoot, edit, and share. As a mobile photographer, this has been something that I have looked forward to in a really long time.

You will need to have Apple TV 4th Gen and a Creative Cloud subscription to access this awesome feature.  It is available now within both your iOS and Android Lightroom mobile apps.

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