Adobe just released a new version of Lightroom Mobile for the iPhone, and it’s gotten a pretty big update from an interface perspective. I wanted to do a quick write up here to let you know what’s new, but I’ve also got a free 10 lesson video course for you where you can see it all for yourself.
A Free Course?
Yep, I created a free 10-Lesson Lightroom Mobile Tutorial right here. Here’s why. I’ve been teaching LR Mobile at my workshops and online for the last year. Everyone that comes to these classes loves it when they’re done. But beforehand, they’re a little leery at first – they just don’t really understand where LR Mobile should and would fit in. So, right now, I just don’t think it’s something people are going to invest too much $$ in to learning. But I feel really strong about how I think it can help your photography – so I created a free Lightroom Mobile tutorial in hopes that you’ll check it out and start using this tool that most of you already have included for free.
And even if you don’t watch the whole tutorial, at least watch Lesson 1 where I talk about how the phone is becoming more important in our photography, even if we have a bigger camera. I think it’ll start to connect the dots for you.
Wait! A New Interface!
Okay, on to the LR Mobile stuff…. Yes, there’s a new editing interface. It’s definitely different and if you were used to the old interface it can feel weird to switch. But, for me, the old interface felt like a different/foreign land from Lightroom on the desktop. So for me personally, it’s a welcomed change since I never liked the old interface. I’ve been using the beta for a couple of months now, and I found I got used to it pretty quick.
For starters, I like it because it brings me back to what I consider familiar with Lightroom on the desktop – sliders. I know that developers like to get fancy on the iPhone, and build new and cool looking ways to adjust settings. But I like the good old fashioned slider. And I honestly hated the way the old sliders (for lack of a better word) worked. Now when I use LR mobile I feel more at home, like I’m using an extension of the desktop version.
Just On the iPhone?
The latest update is just on the iPhone (don’t shoot the messenger by the way) 🙂 So why not on the tablet? If I had to take a guess, it would be that the bulk of editing is being done on the phone, because that’s what people have with them all the time. From stats I read across the internet, tablet workflows for photo editing aren’t huge yet. And not to mention, I think the interface for a larger screen tablet should indeed be different than the phone, since the screen sizes are so different.
Again, if I had to guess, something different for the tablet will eventually happen. But it seems it would have to be different from the phone interface since there’s a lot more room on the tablet.
And what about the Android? I have no idea – like I said… don’t shoot the messenger.
So What’s New?
1) Easier one-handed editing with sliders – I think this is the big one. The settings aren’t new, but the way they’re laid out is. The tools we use the most are easier to get to, and the whole experience is easier for one-handed editing (which a lot of people do on the phone).
2) New “Professional” Mode on the Camera – I’ll be the first to admit I totally dissed the Lightroom Mobile camera when it first came out. But I’m using it more and more now. Once they add Panorama mode, I may ditch the iOS camera all together. DNG has been in there for a few months now, and I use it all the time. But now there’s Professional mode which let’s you control all of the Exposure settings (Exposure, Shutter Speed, ISO, WB).
3) New Info Section – there’s a new Info section for people that want access to the photo info, as well as Title, Caption, and Copyright editing right on the phone. I’m probably not one of those people, but if you wanted it, it’s now there 🙂
Don’t forget, if you’re part of the Adobe Photography Plan where you pay $9.99/month, you get Lightroom Mobile and all of the updates for free. So you already have access to it.
Do You Really Need Lightroom Mobile If You Have a DSLR?
And I think as our phones become more powerful, they really do have their place in our photography – even if we have bigger cameras. For me, Lightroom mobile has brought these two worlds together. I don’t find myself emailing a photo to my phone or desktop anymore. Now my favorite photos from a trip or vacation are always where I need them, and that’s been the biggest advantage for me.
Check Out the Free Lightroom Mobile Tutorial
As I mentioned earlier, I did a free course on this. Here’s the link. You just need to put in your email which gets you on my email community. And if you hate my emails, and don’t find them useful, you can still watch the course and just unsubscribe 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Have a good one!