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Here’s a tip that I’m pretty sure snuck by most people in the latest iOS update for Lightroom Mobile. It’s a super fast way to get to the camera. (side note: It only works with the iPhone 6S phones and later)

The first question I usually get from people when I talk about the built-in Lightroom Mobile camera is “why would I even bother when Apple has an app for that”. And honestly, two years ago I’d have agreed with you. But today, the Lightroom Mobile camera is really powerful, and I find I use it most of the time now – especially when taking outdoor/landscape photos.

The Tip

Okay, on to the tip. First, let me set this up. You’re out and about and all of the sudden a cool scene unfolds in front of you. Whether it’s a great landscape photo, or one of your family/friends jump in the picture.

So you reach for your phone, and have to go through the whole process to get to the camera. Of course, iOS has a few things built in to make this faster from the lock screen. And if I’m in danger of missing the photo, I may just use it.

But, if I have an extra few seconds, I’ll unlock the phone and try to use the LR Mobile camera since it’s usually going to give me a better photo. Then, since I keep the app on my home page of apps, all I have to do use 3D Touch and press firmly on the LR Mobile app icon. Up pops a screen with a camera icon – click on it, and you’re in business ready to shoot.

What is 3D Touch? Starting with the iPhone 6S, Apple added new technology that senses how deeply you press the display. You can imagine that with games, and other apps, being able to control things with the pressure of your finger can go a long way.

Anyway, that’s my tip for the day. I included a short video here too since seeing it sometimes helps get a better idea of what’s going on.

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