Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need, part of Lightroom & Lightroom Mobile: Raw Workflows.
- To use the workflow that I'm going to describe in this course, you will need a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile, and a Creative Cloud subscription. Creative Cloud is Adobe's cloud service, and it won't interfere with other clouds that you might use, like iCloud, Dropbox, the Microsoft cloud, and so on. They can all coexist. The Creative Cloud is how Lightroom Mobile will pass files to your other mobile devices as well as back to your Mac or Windows computer, and vice versa. Note that you can run Lightroom Mobile without a Creative Cloud subscription, but your copy will lack some features that we're going to look at here, such as raw editing, the linear and radial gradient tools, and the ability to sync images between multiple devices.
At the time of this shooting, Adobe offers a very affordable subscription that gets you Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile, Photoshop, and the Creative Cloud. If you don't need any other Adobe apps, this is a great way to go, and a fantastic deal, as far as I'm concerned. This being a mobile workflow course, we're going to be working with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. You don't have to have both a phone and a tablet, but you want to be sure that the devices you do have meet the minimum requirements of Lightroom Mobile. You can find those requirements on Adobe's website. If you're planning on shooting with a real camera and then editing on your mobile device, then you may need a couple of extra gizmos.
We'll cover what those are as they're needed. This course also assumes that you have some experience with Lightroom. I'm not going to explain the program's basic features or toolset. Throughout this course, I'll be referring to the desktop version of Lightroom, and when I say that, I really just mean the Mac or Windows version running on a desktop or laptop computer. Also note that as of the time of this shooting, there are feature and interface differences between the iPhone and iPad versions of Lightroom Mobile and between the iOS and Android versions. We'll be covering those as they come up.
Finally, this course assumes that you have an understanding of the difference between shooting and editing in raw versus shooting and editing in jpeg. With the workflow I'm going to show you here, you're going to be able to shoot in raw on your camera or phone and edit those raw files on any of your devices. You're going to be able to stay all raw all the time. If you don't know why you would want that, then check out my course, Learn Photography: Shooting in Raw Mode.
- 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