Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Benefits and limitations of Lightroom for mobile, part of Learning Lightroom Mobile: Import and Capture.
- [Narrator] So, what are some of the benefits and limitations of working with Lightroom Mobile? I want to talk about some of the specifics in a moment, but before we get there, I want to make a comparison and I want to compare the differences between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Mobile between the differences that we find with bikes. I love biking and I have a number of different types of bikes. I have a beach cruiser, a road bike, and a mountain bike. Now, if I'm going to go for a 100 mile ride, I'm not going to reach for my beach cruiser.
That's better for just riding around town. If I'm going to go mountain biking and really do that work which requires a lot of effort, a lot of suspension, I'm going to use my mountain bike. So, when we're working with one of these tools, we want to think about, "Well, what is the task that we're doing? "And which tool will work best for the task at hand?" All right, well, with that in mind, let's start to think about some of the benefits and limitations of Lightroom Mobile. Well, one of the main benefits is that it allows us to have a cohesive and synchronized workflow.
It synchronizes our Lightroom collections across devices and it just allows us to create a really seamless workflow so we aren't chained to our laptop or our desktop, but we can work in other ways. On those other devices, we can do some develop edits which means we can change exposure, we can crop, modify color, make selective adjustments, and other things as well. Next, we can do things like organizational work like view the images, flag, select keepers, create slideshows, share the images on social media.
And last but not least, we can integrate our work with other apps. I like to use other apps like Adobe Fix or Snapseed or just bring in images from my camera roll. So, it allows us to harness or take advantage of the power of all of those apps that we have on our mobile devices in a much easier way. All right, well, those are some of the benefits. What about the limitations? Well, one of the main limitations that you'll find with Lightroom Mobile is that there is some missing functionality. There are certain things you just can't do like work with metadata or create virtual copies or do spot removal and of course other things as well.
Another limitation is that this is for a single user. This is just for you and your work for one Lightroom catalog and one user. This isn't about sharing with other people that may help you process your images on an iPad while you're on your laptop. That won't work. This is just for one user. And last but not least, you have to keep in mind that Lightroom Mobile isn't a backup service. This isn't a solution where you say, "Oh great, now I'm going to upload all my images to the cloud. "They'll all be backed up." This isn't about that, rather it's about working with a selection of images which we will then choose and specify and work with on multiple devices.
Now, in some when we think about these benefits and limitations, one of the main benefits for me, let's say going back to that bike riding example, is that having different types of bikes is just a lot of fun because I can then ride in the mountains, on the road, or down by the beach or whatever it is. And having multiple apps on our laptop or desktop and also mobile devices is fun as well because we can work when we're traveling to and from work or when we're on an airplane or when we're offsite or out of range from our typical computer workflow and the extension of that is really, really helpful and important.
But the thing which is perhaps most important to keep in mind, kind of the aha sunburst moment, is that it's not just that we can work on our mobile devices because we can do that with other apps, but we can work with those in a way which is linked or connected to our desktop workflow so this allows us to go back and forth between these two worlds seamlessly and that really is one of the main benefits of working with Lightroom Mobile.
- Importing your photos
- Showing or hiding extra information with a two-finger tap
- Creating new collections and importing from the camera roll
- Creating a workflow
- Capturing photos and putting them into a collection
- Shooting directly into a collection
- Shooting in RAW
- Using automatic, professional, or HDR