Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Lightroom for mobile, and how does it work?, part of Lightroom Mobile First Look.
So what is Lightroom Mobile and how does it actually work? Well, let's dig into these questions as we take a first look at Lightroom Mobile. Here, I'll assume you're already familiar with Lightroom Desktop, which we can run on our laptop or desktop computer. Lightroom Mobile on the other hand, is an app which we can install on our iPad device. Now both of these applications, they are similar, yet at the same time they are unique and different. And I like to think of their similarities and their differences by way of a comparison.
Now this comparison may be a bit of a stretch, but stick with me for a moment. Let's compare Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Desktop to different types of bikes. And let's say that Lightroom Desktop was kind of like a road bike. You know, a road bike is great when you want to travel at really high speeds for long distances, when you need a bike which is reliable and strong. Yet at the same time, road bikes have limitations. They were designed for the street. If you want to go off road or up into the mountains, you're going to need to reach for a different type of a bike, like a mountain bike.
Now both of these bikes allow you to go biking, they just allow you to bike in different ways. And so it is with Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Mobile. Now in order to understand the relationship between these two applications, it's really important to understand that it all hinges upon having a subscription. You need to be a subscriber to the Creative Cloud or to Photoshop and Lightroom, and I know for some, this is going to be a real sticking point. If you are a subscriber, or if you're just seeing how this whole thing works out, let's continue on.
As a subscriber, you can create this cohesive or this connected workflow between these two applications on these different devices. Here's how it works. It all begins on Lightroom Desktop. In Lightroom Desktop, you can have what's called a collection. A collection is a group of photographs. You can then decide that you want to synchronize a collection of images, and you want to send those over to your mobile device, your iPad. When you do that what will happen is, it will send these images, via the creative cloud, over to your device, and it will send them over as smart previews.
These are smaller versions of your photographs which you can still work on, and you can do things like view your images as a grid or slide show, you can flag a photograph as a keeper, or you can change its exposure, contrast, etc. And you can share your images as well. And the beauty of this workflow is that if you make a change, say over here on your iPad, say to bring back that color, well that change is then sent back to your desktop computer, and it will show up over there. And this works in the other direction as well.
In other words, with those collections which you've identified that you want to synchronize between these two devices, any change you make here will show up over here and vice versa. And this really is the beauty of having this, what I think of as a connected workflow. So it's not that Lightroom Mobile is a stand-alone application; rather, it's an application which works directly with Lightroom Desktop. In a way, it's an extension of Lightroom Desktop. It allows us to work on our images in a similar, yet unique and distinct, way.
- Making Develop module improvements
- Flagging images
- Sharing your work