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How to Use Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile

Lesson 2 of 9

Best Practices For Mobile Capture


How to Use Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile

Lesson 2 of 9

Best Practices For Mobile Capture


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Best Practices For Mobile Capture

the first thing I want to talk about before we jump into light room, because I acknowledge that not everyone is shooting DMG files or raw files. So I want to talk about just best practices with the IPhone camera. One thing I'll say upfront, we're on IOS 10 because that is necessary to capture raw on the IPhone again, Android users have been able to do this for a little bit. But in coming into the camera, just a couple things talk about every time you guys take this out to take pictures with it. What whatever you do, the most important thing you can possibly do, and it's going to seem silly, is just wipe that lens off, all right. Of all the magic that you can do in software, you can't, you know d butter the Latin's. You can't take all that craft off of there, and it'll ruin your pictures in a way that you can't repair them. I know it sounds silly, but just get in the habit of wiping the lens off. Every time you take it out of your pocket, it'll become second nature eventually within the...

camera itself. Extremely exciting view. You're getting a couple things to know. And again, I'm going to start in the default camera, which absolutely has its benefits. It doesn't capture raw, but it's very, very fast. You can swipe up. You can swipe over to get into it a couple of really important things to know. Um, when you touch on the on the screen, you're doing a couple of things. You're locking the focus. But if you touch it, hold you're gonna get this slider that allows you to also adjust the exposure. And this is crucial. If you're taking pictures, especially J pegs you want expose for the highlights Really, really important. So if I'm taking a picture here of this very interesting table, I'm going to touch on the brightest part of the image. And then I will often dark in that a little bit. You can recover the shadows. You often can't recover the highlights, which is not the case with raw with raw. The highlights can be recovered tremendously, but in J. Peg, you wanna watch out for those highlights? A couple of other things to know in here while you can do Pano and you can do hdr here if you know you're going to be processing later on the desktop. Those things are best left to the desktop. If it's important you to do the mobile, you can certainly do them here. The limitations in the case of both of those any sort of moving content and you're gonna get a bunch of ghosts. So if it's really important to you, get a high quality panel or HDR, What you want to do is for a Pano overlap your content steak, a series of pictures that are overlapped and for your hdr. Just make sure that you let's say I wanted to make an HDR of this table here. I'm gonna do one where expose for the highlights. My next shot. I'm gonna find something in the mid tones and my other shot. I'm gonna grab something in the shadows. In each case, I'm gonna touch, Unlock. The thing I could do is I could just pull that slider up or pull it down. OK, so that's, um that's the default camera. Again, J pegs. The benefits are super fast. What you see is what you get really, really quick and easy. But the big change here in IOS 10 in the big change with lighter Mobile is that you can shoot raw. We've been waiting for this forever. We've been wanting this forever. It's a big deal. Um, and it was a huge validation of the DMG format, which is adobes own open standard for raw. So if I come into lighter mobile, there's all sorts of goodness in here and we'll talk about the editing experience. But the thing to know about capture in here is in the lower right hand corner. You get this little camera icon very similar to where we've just been. But the crucial thing and this is on by default is this is set to DMG, and a DMG file is a raw file. For those of you who don't know a raw file is un compressed on, it's got a lot of advantages. The color channels remain separate, so you can edit the white balance. It's a sharper, higher fidelity image. There's considerably more flexibility. You can recover, highlights shadows. You can combat noise better, and all of this is absolutely crucial with that tiny sensor. Granted, it's important in a professional workflow, which is why most pros, unless they're shooting tremendous volume, like weddings or motor sports, they're going to shoot raw. You can now do this here, so the workflow is you've got it on D and G. Same thing you want. You want to meet her off a bright area. The one thing I'll tell you is because you have greater dynamic range here. I would say Choose the mid highlights rather than the brightest highlights because you can recover him here. And this is important because the shadow detail can get a little bit noisy. It's not a problem with raw. It's just that you can recover that highlight. So if you're shooting DMG, and I would encourage you to do this whenever you can go for, like the mid highlights don't go crazy the way you did with the J pegs on the other things to know here a couple of unique things about the app, Um, this switch for the lens, if you're using the newer camera, is in the upper right. What that does is it swaps between the two lenses on the IPhone? Seven. Pretty fun, even cooler than it sounds like. A lot of marketing stuff when you say two lenses, but I'll tell you having a 50 millimeters lens in a phone is actually pretty handy. Another thing that this app does that's really, really handy is white balance. So luckily, I have a very neutral surface in front of me here. The way that that works is I've got all of my white balance tools and one of them is a picker. And I'm just gonna put that on a neutral surface. And what I can do is I can set a custom white balance with my phone. So another great thing about being able to work in here. One other thing that's nice in the camera app here is this multi axis grid that I get here. I've got it. Sort of a role thirds overlay. But I've also got this one here. Look at the audience here where we can see, uh, gonna make you all seasick. We can see tilt on and we can see three orientation of the camera. So that's a little bit about capture. I don't really want to belabor it. Same rules apply with traditional photography. Make sure that the cameras stabilized. Make sure that the lenses clean. Make sure that you think about the highlights of your shooting JPEG. Really? Watch out for the highlights. If you're shooting raw, go for a balanced exposure. But be mindful of the highlights. Let's talk.

Class Description

It’s now possible to access Adobe® Lightroom® CC not only through the web, but also on your mobile devices and Apple TV. Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Adobe Photoshop Hall of Famer, will show you how to put all of these new platforms to work for you. 

He’ll cover:

  • Best practices for capture and culling
  • Basic and more advanced editing within Adobe Lightroom CC
  • How to bring in raw files from traditional cameras

You’ll learn how to share, collaborate and put together an amazing slideshow so that you can show off your work no matter what device you have on hand.

Don't have Adobe Lightroom yet? Get it now so you can follow along with the course!

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015


Anna Newman

This class was my favorite of all the 2016 Photo Week post classes. Bryan is a great teacher approaching his topics from a working photographer perspective, as well as an Adobe insider viewpoint. I starting using all the material Bryan covered immediately after the class, and have already sold a stock photo. I am completely sold on his reasoning about taking the time to organize your catalog. I highly recommend any class past or future Bryan is teaching.

JIll C.

Bryan's passion for the Lightroom Mobile workflow makes it easy to understand and adopt. He demonstrates with easy-to-follow examples how to capture and edit in the field on the IPad or IPhone. (Though not mentioned during the class the Android app is equally facile.) I am now ready to fully adopt LR Mobile and apply is to my workflow. Bryan is an articulate and natural trainer, and makes this topic completely transparent and approachable.

Sasha Alexandra Ordanian

Easy to follow and implement! Great class!