Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Make light work of photo editing while you’re on the move
What the app does
The Lightroom mobile app enables you to import photos from Lightroom CC on your desktop, edit preview versions of your RAW files when you’re on the go, then sync them back with your main collection. It’s free, but you need to be a paid-up subscriber to the Adobe CC Photography Plan to be able to take advantage of this. The Lightroom app also gives you the option to take photos from within the app.
When to use it
The mobile version of Lightroom is perfect for those moments where you want to play around with RAW editing on the move. It’s also a convenient way of importing your photos to your smart device, although it can be a relatively slow process if you’ve got lots of files to sync up.
How to use it
Syncing RAW files from the desktop version creates Smart Previews in the app, with any changes you make being mirrored in your main Lightroom library. While you can apply one-touch enhancements using the app’s presets, you can carry out a range of manual developing options, such as basic white balance and brightness through to tweaking the tone curve, making blackand-white adjustments and split toning. You can also make local adjustments. As well as saving images as JPEGs you can save them in Adobe’s DNG RAW file format on a compatible phone (such as an iPhone 6S or later running iOS 10).
Any adjustments you make to a Smart Preview image will be updated on the original image stored in Lightroom CC (the cloud icon indicates when the images are being synced) To make edits, tap Edit in the bottom bar and use the relevant on-screen sliders. For before/after previews, press the screen with three fingers
There’s a set of one-click presets for colour, black and white, vignettes and more
You can call up a histogram to keep an eye on the exposure when you’re tweaking tones
Making local adjustments on a small screen can be fiddly, but it’s easier on a tablet