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Mobile Photography: Creating Black & White Images Using Lightroom Mobile

Lesson 10 of 15

Image Versions & Sharing Your Images


Mobile Photography: Creating Black & White Images Using Lightroom Mobile

Lesson 10 of 15

Image Versions & Sharing Your Images


Lesson Info

Image Versions & Sharing Your Images

Let's talk versions and sharing. I love versions. Alright, versions are the module in the far right, and what they allow you to do is multiple edited images in one. What do I mean by that? So let's say I have this image of Jack and I want to do multiple edits like I'm not sure I want to have one super contrasted one flat, one colour. But it's all the same image with versions. What you can do is that's all compacted in one image. But all the editing is applied for one segment. Let's just call it, and all you have to do is you have your edit up. You've done an edit that you like. You click on the versions module and you click apply, and that will give you a new version. It gives you the option to name it. You might not want to name it something like high contrast Jack or Purple Jack or whatever makes sense for you. I have a tendency to be honest to just label in or four. But be smart about your labeling so that you know what you've done. And in addition, that three dot right here in the...

upper right hand corner. If you click on that, that will allow you to rename a file or delete aversion. Whatever you like. Either way, versions are amazing. You won't be able to live without them once you know about them now. And, uh, that's that. And, um, again, I really want to stress. Why would you want to have versions? Well, in the old days, what you used to have to do is I used to have to copy out the same image of Jack four times to save each edit for each one. And now you no longer have to do that. I have one image, and I have multiple versions saved. So I have a flat contrast. I have a contrasting one. I'm very mad or on the boat. Kind of the same thing. So, yeah, versions. They're fantastic. Let's talk about exporting and sharing. You've done all this hard work. How do you get it out of here? So, on the share files, this is under the heading of sharing files. If you're in your light room settings and you click sharing options that will allow you to set some parameters up So, for example, you can include your copy Mark your Circle C, which is always great, and you see here on the dialogue on the box on the right. You can change the size of that type. You can change the colour of that type. You can even change the location up or down wherever you want to appear for whatever image. And you can also include your metadata, location, camera information, whatever you like. It's pretty good. All right. Here's where the juicy bits are for me. So on the sharing your image that little send file, as I like to call it, there's a lot to unpack here. So first of all, you can click share, too, which is pretty generic. Um, that's probably most people are used to, but you can also click on Get a Link, and when you click on get a link, you can send a link to a client so they can see a particular image or image gallery and preview it on the Web, which is kind of cool. You can invite people to a gallery or to an image, and on that you actually have some options to allow them to have editing capacity or not. So be careful if you don't want them to touch your image. Um, opening opening is a way of opening it in like a third party app. If you have that set up on your mobile device so I could directly open it into an illustration app like Prisma or something like that Export camera roll. Pretty self explanatory. But why do you do this? I do this all the time because I want to do some extra editing in a third party app and that might not be opentable through the open end. So if I save a file to my camera roll, I can then open it in a third party app. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. So I use that quite a bit. So the exporting files this is pretty important and the export as which is, on the bottom, the kind of co hand in hand. So when you export from light room, you have some choices you can export as a JPEG to tiff or a DMG. How awesome is that right? You can Also, if you're exporting as a JPEG, you can change it to a low image quality or high image quality depending on what your client needs. And then again, you've got your more options, which are including a watermark. Metadata. You can even change the file name over here. So one of the things you may see Do you remember we were under that share? Edit? Pardon me? Um, we were back here in the settings, and the share options were there. And then if you are in here on the export as some of those same options are available, like the, uh, metadata, that kind of thing. So you will see sometimes similar functions in different areas in light room. Nothing to get too worried about. Now, let me take a moment to talk about sharing her edit what this means. This means if you want to share it in the the light room Discovery section, which is so cool you guys should go here. The light room discovery. You can check out different people's work, get totally inspired. Some people even save presets, which is cool. Well, how about you be one of those people? Yes. You can share your own artwork and post it to the light room Discovery file for the whole world to see how cool is that? And if you choose to, you can include your presets. So whatever edit you did you can share with your fellow artists. And it's, you know, it's a really cool way to get discovered by other people. And, Well, frankly, we're doing all this work. Why not share it right? Get seen. Get your stuff out there. So share. Well, yeah, sure. So I want to talk about one more thing about sharing, which is, if you are. If you're working on your IPad with your in the light room ecosystem, do you know that you can share directly from light room straight over to Photoshop? This is on your ipad and what's awesome about that? You can edit in Photoshop. Very cool. Let's say you want to do some heavy lifting something a little more well, different that you can't do in light room like compositing or you want to mask out something. Who knows how cool is this? But if you decide to share back from Photoshop to light room, I just want to be super clear. That's going to be a flat file because light room does not support layers. I'll just say that one more time. Light room does not support layers. So if you go from light room Photoshop and you add some layers and then you want to go back to light room for any reason, it'll be a flat file. Just say enough anyway. Share, Share, share. Why not?

Class Description


  • Take black & white photos using the Lightroom mobile app and presets.
  • Use profiles and presets to start your creative editing, save custom presets for black and white.
  • Use the Color and Light modules to create mood and lighting effects that mimic black and white film.
  • Selectively edit only parts of photos to create mood and lighting effects.
  • Practice and experiment by creating multiple versions of your black and white photos.


Open your eyes to the stunning effects you can create when you master the process of thinking in black and white. There’s an art to composing and exposing shots for optimum black and white conversion, an art that will elevate your work. Creating fantastic black and white conversions using Lightroom Mobile is about way more than pushing a button.

Go beyond applying black and white filters or presents and learn how to create fantastic black and white images by using professional techniques in Lightroom, even while working on your phone. Learn techniques guaranteed to infuse your black and white images with more drama. More emotion. More SOUL. You’ll never see a black and white photo the same way again.


  • Intermediate users who already have a basic understanding of Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile
  • Portrait, Editorial, Landscape, and travel photographers taking advantage of the expediency of mobile editing.
  • Anyone who wants to create branding, editorial, fine art series or social campaigns looks quick and easily. All on mobile.


Lightroom Mobile v6 (premium version)
*Class taught on an iPhone, but information is valid for all devices that can use Lightroom Mobile/Lightroom CC


Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries.

Besides being a regular presenter at the Adobe MAX conference, her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students.

Lisa has worked with all major movie studios and many television networks including Disney, Buena Vista, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers and Sony.

Advertising credits include Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordana Cosmetics, Strategic Perceptions, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Mazda and Best Buy.


  1. Introduction

    Introduction to the class and what we will cover. Conversation on black & white photography, samples.

  2. What Makes a Good Black and White Photo?

    Inspiration, technique, zone system finding a look.

  3. Capturing in Black and White with Lightroom Mobile

    Exploring different methods for capturing black & white images on Lightroom Mobile.

  4. Processing Black and White Part 1 - Profiles

    Utilizing profiles to create stunning black & white conversions

  5. Processing Black and White Part 2 - Color Filter Profiles

    Using color filter profiles on your images.

  6. Processing Black and White Part 3 - Processing Color

    Using the Color Module for making black and white images.

  7. Processing Black and White Part 4 - Processing Light

    Adjusting with the light module to create dramatic film looks. Clarity and grain.

  8. Processing Black and White Part 5 - Effects

    A full walk through the effects panel.

  9. Processing Black and White Part 6 - Presets

    The power of presets: Default, Saved, and User-Custom

  10. Image Versions & Sharing Your Images
  11. 3rd Party Apps to Add Dimension & Texture


  12. 3rd Party Apps to Add Illustration or Monoprint Looks

    Prisma & Lens Distort

  13. Sample Black & White Edit
  14. Sample Emulation Edit

    Emulating an Anne Brigman photographic style

  15. Wrap Up


Gretchen Shepherd

This is one of the BEST classes on Creative Live, and I have a Creators Pass and have taken tons! As a retired teacher I really appreciated Lisa's teaching style and the clear use of tech aides (circle, highlights etc) to lead me through the steps used on LR mobile. Her clear descriptions make the class easy to follow. I have also used LR mobile for several years and learned at least 3 new things in the first few minutes! In addition Lisa's in-depth knowledge of BNW and how to apply the principles of BNW to color conversions was wonderful. I have shot BNW for years in film and digital and also taught darkroom at the college level (ages ago) and Lisa's teaching and skills rank up there with the best. I learned even more the second time through and will come back to this class frequently and grab any others that Lisa Carney teaches. Highly recommend!

nancy brindisi

I have always loved black and white photography and so many of the other courses I have taken on Creative Live touch on black and white but it is never as in-depth as I would like it so I was very excited to see this course offered in Lisa's mobile series. I love how explains the black and white presets you can shoot pictures through in the LR camera, the profiles and then the presets in post. Her knowledge of light and how color adjustments even on a B&W photo affect how that light is shown is very informative. This course finally gave me more detailed knowledge and inspiration to do so much more with my B&W pictures. Thank you for another great class!

Deanna Gordon

I loved the information, the tips and tricks and the delivery. I cant wait to do some more of her classes.