Last year, Adobe introduced Lightroom Mobile for the iPad. At the time of my intro post, Lightroom Mobile was available only on the iPad and still in its infancy. In the time since, it has hit the iPhone and a score of new features have been added.
Adobe Lightroom Mobile is now deeply integrated into my workflow. It has let me disconnect from the desk in some exciting and power ways. In this tutorial I'll share my experience and you'll learn how to use the power of Adobe Lightroom Mobile to supercharge post-production your workflow.
1. Getting Started with Lightroom Mobile
First, let's look at what you'll need to get started with Lightroom Mobile.
The first is an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. At $9.99 per month for the photography package, Adobe has geared a product offering directly to photographers that includes all of the photographic essentials. This includes always up-to-date copies of Photoshop, Lightroom, and the cloud storage that enables your Lightroom Mobile experience. There's also a 30 day free trial to try before you buy.
After you've created a Creative Cloud account, click the Get Started with Lightroom Mobile text that you will see in the top left corner of the application (if you don't see it, you can also choose Preferences > Lightroom Mobile to enter your credentials) and enter your sign in data.
2. Syncing Collections
Lightroom Mobile accesses images that are in synced collections. Instead of accessing all images that are in your Lightroom catalog, you first need to add a selection of images to a collection and then synchronize that collection.
To synchronize a collection, simply click to the left of the collection. You'll be asked to either sync the collection or stop synchronizing a collection that is already connected.
Once the synchronization completes, your synced collections will be accessible on Lightroom Mobile. For the purpose of this tutorial, I'm using an iPad Air 2, although an iPhone app has recently become available.
3. Library Maintenance
The ideal use for Lightroom Mobile is to work on maintaining your catalog away from your computer. It's perfect for working in your collection when you don't need the full power of a workstation or laptop.
Here are a few ways I work with Lightroom Mobile to maintain my image collection:
If your catalog is anything like mine, you've got plenty of photos that can be scrubbed from your archive. The culling process is designed to mark images as keepers or rejects, and helps keep things orderly and manageable.
Another great addition for your collection is ratings for all of your
images. When you've rated images, you can easily pull the best images
using filters quickly. Although it takes time and you may not want to focus on
it while on your computer, ratings are fun and easy to add with Lightroom
Mobile. This is especially true if you are reviewing images with someone else.
4. Web Galleries
Another great feature that is a part of the synced collections and Lightroom Mobile suite are the online galleries that are generated. These can even be shared publicly.
5. On The Fly Corrections
Finally, Lightroom Mobile has come in handy for short notice edits. With the ability to correct and crop on mobile, I find myself editing images that might otherwise go untouched. Here are some of my favorite tweaks to apply when editing on Mobile:
6. Collaboration and Review
Whether you're working with a client or just showing your work-in-progress to a friend, sometimes it's more natural to have a casual review on a tablet than it is to have a formal sit-down with a laptop or send a web link. Lightroom Mobile is great for saying "hey, check this out" and sharing as you go.
If you're trying to get away from your desk but continue your work, Lightroom Mobile is a great way to do it. Whether it's light editing or a way to power through your cull, there's no doubt that it can work its way into almost any photographers' workflow.
Are you already using Lightroom Mobile? If not, what feature would help bring you on board?