Before we dive in too deep, it helps to understand some of the terminology and core concepts behind Lightroom mobile, so here’s a quick overview of the Lightroom mobile workflow…
First, you need to get photos into Lightroom mobile, whether they’re shot using Lightroom’s built-in camera, using another camera app, using your camera and then copied to your tablet, or even uploaded from your desktop computer. This means that your photos shot on mobile get back to your desktop archive quickly, safely and automatically. No more plugging in cables!
Then, you’ll want to view, rate and organize your photos, and thanks to Lightroom mobile, you’ll be able to make use of an odd 10 minutes here and there, because your photo library is accessible wherever you are.
Once you’ve selected your favorite photos, you can quickly edit them to share on social media, confident that your photos look their best. You don’t have to waste time using a whole new editing app, as the tools are familiar from the desktop version of Lightroom.
Lightroom’s non-destructive editing means you can edit the photo as many times as you like without degrading the image quality. These text instructions are synced back to the desktop catalog, allowing you to continue editing on your desktop computer later, so none of your efforts are wasted.
Of course, you may want to immediately share individual photos with the world, through email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or a variety of other apps. Entire collections of photos can also be shared as public web galleries, allowing your friends, family or clients to mark their favorites and leave notes on the photos.
Since everything’s synced through the cloud, you’re not locked into using a single device. All of your photos can be available on every device, without needing loads of storage space. And of course, everything’s synced back to your main desktop catalog, so your photos are added to your normal photo archive and local backups.
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a close look at each of the different view modes on the mobile app. New features are usually tested on the iPhone first, and then rolled out to iPad and Android too, so we’ll use the iPhone version for the screenshots in this series of posts. If you can’t find a feature, it might just not be available yet!
Next week, we start capturing photos using the built-in camera.
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