When Tom Hogarty demoed Lightroom mobile in September, lots of users were really excitied about the possibilities and now 8 months later here is the birth of Lightroom mobile.
Lightroom mobile allows you to use your iPad to do a small set of tasks and then have the changes sync back to your main Lightroom catalog. You can:
- access images in your Lightroom catalog
- make selects, reject unworthy photos
- apply a preset
- refine your adjustments using all your favorites from the Basic panel, including Highlights, Shadows, and Clarity
- import new photos directly from the iPad’s Camera Roll
For this to work your Catalog needs to contain Smart Previews (which were introduced in Lightroom 5).
To use Lightroom mobile, you firstly need Lightroom 5.4. You will need to sign in on both the iPad and Lightroom 5.4. You need some form of the Creative Cloud – this can be the Photoshop Photography Plan, full Creative Cloud, CC Student and Teacher Edition, and CC for Teams. A free 30 day trial is available for regular paid Lightroom users.
The way to get images onto Lightroom mobile is to create a Collection for synching (right-click on a Collection and select “Sync with Lightroom mobile”.
This syncs the images with Creative Cloud, and then after a short period they appear on your iPad.
Double tap and you can see Metadata
Tap and image and you have options for Develop adjustments, presets and cropping.
So if you download it, have a play and feedback to the usual Lightroom places, forums and social media then chances are an update with even more features will be forthcoming!
Lightroom mobile is available for for iPad 2 above and for iOS 7. It is available for download on the Apple App Store.