Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a mobile workflow?, part of Lightroom & Lightroom Mobile: Raw Workflows.
- Photographers have a lot to think about. Exposure considerations. Camera controls out position. Even just trying to keep your visual sense fresh and open is a life long pursuit. Along with all of that though, we also have to consider our workflow. These days it's easy to quickly amass a huge amount of images and keeping track of all of that image data efficiently, while preserving image quality is a tricky concern. For all of these reasons, the question of workflow is very important. A normal post production workflow usually includes the following steps; import your images from your camera to your computer; search through the imported images to find the keepers or selects; keyword your images to facilitate future searches; adjust and correct your images; output your images, this can include writing out digital files or creating prints; and finally, backing up your images, and this can include backing up your original files as well as your edited final images.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers elegant solutions to each one of these workflow steps and along the way gives you a few other perks, such as the ability to geotag your images, output web galleries, create books, control a tethered camera and most importantly, utilize Adobe's exceptional camera raw engine for editing and adjusting your images. In this course we'll be using the Lightroom platform as the basis for our workflow. As we go along, the reason for this choice should become obvious. You might have already discovered, that your smartphone camera can complicate this workflow, because now in addition to your normal camera, you probably also shoot with your phone.
What's more because you can do so much image editing on your phone, you might edit and adjust images you should with your phone, on your phone, rather than moving those images back to your computer to edit them there. This means you have an entire photo workflow that sits outside your normal workflow. If you're not extremely diligent, you may not get that work properly integrated back in to that normal workflow, which can lead to everything from lost images to confusion about which version of an image is the most up-to-date.
As phones and tablets have gotten more computing power and more storage, as well as more sophisticated software, it has become possible to use them as replacements for laptop when you're working in the field. I can now easily dump images from my real camera into my tablet or phone and edit those images there. With its smaller size and lighter weight, my tablet is a great laptop alternative for times when I don't want to carry a laptop, but I still want editing capability. However, editing on my tablet presents a situation that's similar to shooting on my phone. I end up with a workflow, a collection of edited images and an organization scheme that's completely outside of my normal workflow.
An ideal mobile workflow therefore is one that integrates seamlessly with my desktop workflow. It should give me mobile editing tools just like what I'm used to using on the desktop. It should help facilitate the organization and transfer of work from all of my mobile devices back to my computer and vice versa. And it should integrate into the organization scheme that I have at home. In other words, it should simply be a mobile version of the tools that I already use. What I've just described is like Remobile. Light Remobile is a version of Lightroom that runs on iOS and Android. It offers a portable version of Lightroom and most importantly, integrates into the desktop-based Lightroom workflow that you already have.
With Lightroom Mobile on your mobile device, you can review and rate your images, edit and adjust them using the same controls that you use in regular Lightroom and output final images. Most importantly, if you set things up properly, all of your images will automatically sync back to your computer and your other mobile devices along with all of your edits. Because the edits are nondestructive, you can alter and change them when you get back home. So if you're currently using Lightroom, what I'm going to describe in this course, is not a new workflow, it's an add-on to the workflow that you already have. If you don't use Lightroom as the basis for your usual workflow, you can still use Lightroom Mobile on your phone or tablet.
You'll export JPEGs of your final images and then have to transfer them to your computer and run them through your normal workflow, whatever that is. You won't get a lot of the automation that you'll see here or the nondestructive editing, your edits will always be baked into your images, but you'll still get an excellent set of image editing tools. Finally, using Lightroom Mobile doesn't mean you have to abandon other mobile editing tools. Later I'll show you how to integrate other phone and tablet based image applications into your new Lightroom Mobile workflow. What I'm going to show you is the workflow that I use and I love it. It's been a long time coming.
Adobe was slow to embrace mobile platforms and they had a couple of false starts, but Lightroom Mobile and the Creative Cloud that tie them together, or ties it together with Lightroom, these are exceptional, flexible tools that I'm finding to be a lot of fun to use.
- Shooting raw with iOS and Android
- How Lightroom stores images
- Raw shooting
- iOS transfer
- Android transfer
- Importing images into Lightroom for mobile
- Editing raw images on a mobile device
- Exporting final images using Lightroom for mobile