Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Mobile raw capture: Lightroom, part of Lightroom and Photoshop: Workflow Strategies.
- Professional photographers have enjoyed the benefits of a raw workflow for a long time. Capturing in raw allows you to get the full resolution, full fidelity image because essentially what's happening is that you're getting all of the different color channels uncompressed. You're able to edit them individually. What that means is that when you adjust color temperature, you're not throwing another color off, and when you're image comes into the computer or the camera, you're working with the actual source data. You're not working with a compressed jpeg, you're not losing any resolution.
You're not losing any fidelity. And when it comes to editing, you can do a lot more with it. This is especially pronounced when you're working with dramatic lighting, something that's really dark, something that's really blown out and bright, like shooting into a sunrise, or using a small sensor. And that's why it's really exciting that as of just recently you can capture raw files on your Android or iPhone using Lightroom mobile. Really important change and it's going to allow you to get the very very very best images.
Now raw files are everywhere these days. We've had them on our Legacy cameras. We've had them on even high-end point-and-shoots, but these days you can get a GoPro that shoots raw and using a newer iPhone or Android device coupled with Lightroom mobile, you can capture a raw file. I want to show you how it's done. Okay so it's really easy to create raw files. With my phone I'm just going to launch Lightroom mobile and we'll see that in the lower right-hand corner, I've got a little camera icon. I'm going to touch on that and this should be pretty familiar, although there are a few things that are different.
The first and most important is at the top of the screen, you want to make sure that it's on DMG. If you're shooting jpegs, there aren't too many reasons that you wouldn't use the IOS camera. But if you're shooting raws, you are going to need to do that in Lightroom mobile and there's all sorts of advantages to doing that. Okay, so a couple of other things to know about this capture app. At the bottom right next to the shutter button, you see that we're in Auto mode. And that just makes this really easy to use, but if I switch that to Professional, I'm going to get a lot more control.
Different things I can do here, just to note, if I look in the upper right-hand corner, there's three little dots and that's how I turned on two things. I turned on the Grid and the Level. And without them, they'd obviously look like this. I like having a grid and I like having a level. The level's not only going to show me if my camera's straight up and down, but whether it's turned to the side. You'll see that moving in the center as I go there. Okay, a couple of other things to know. As before, if I touch, that's locking my focus and my exposure which is to say that if I touch the bright area off to the left, the image is going to get darker.
If I touch to the right, it's going to get brighter because it's metering off the shadows. If I wanted to adjust that manually, I could hit Exposure and I've got this really nice Exposure slider. Now a couple of unique things about this. One, you'll notice that we're seeing exposure compensation in stops and incremental stops. This works just like a professional camera. I'm able to tell, okay, this is two stops underexposed and two stops overexposed. Really easy to create manual exposure bracketing and just a great reference for knowing the exact value that you captured.
The other thing about this is it is sticky which is to say that if I leave it at negative 1.7, if I come back in here, it'll be at the same spot. Now having said that, it's easy to leave exposure compensation on just like it is in a professional camera. So if you want to reset that, you're just going to double tap exposure down there in the lower left-hand corner. Just like in Lightroom on the desktop, double clicking a slider will restore it to its default value. You can adjust your shutter speed or ISO. I would leave ISO on white balance on Auto unless you have a tripod or something like that.
If you have a tripod and you want to set it to a low ISO, that's a great way to go. White Balance for the most part is best left automatic, especially because this is a raw file, we can change all that after the fact. If it were a jpeg, I might care a little bit more about that. I'm using an iPhone seven plus for this demonstration so my interface might look slightly different than yours. Though one thing to note if you're also using that camera is this little W here to the right of the shutter button. If I were to press that, I'm going to call the other lens and I now have my telephoto lens there.
So I have a lens switcher right there in the app as well. A really nice integration with the Seven Plus but remember that you can shoot raw files using Lightroom mobile as far back as the iPhone Six S. So you can that you've got a lot of great controls here, but the really important thing is that whatever image I capture, let's go ahead and just capture this one here, that's a raw file. And as soon as I dismiss the Capture app, you'll see that that image has appeared right there in Lightroom mobile and that connection is going to make certain that this file is now available anywhere else.
So all of the images that you capture here are going to be available across devices. We'll talk a lot more about that, but just remember this isn't just a way of capturing a raw DMG file, it's a way of making certain that you can get to that file wherever you are.
- Ingesting raw files from your phone or tablet
- Navigating Lightroom for mobile
- Handling files in Lightroom
- Handling virtual copies and collections, HDR, and panorama
- Archiving, backup, and sharing
- Comparing Lightroom and Camera Raw
- Using Smart Objects and Smart Filters in Photoshop
- Using brush-based tonal tools in Photoshop
- Using Photoshop Fix for detailed edits