How to Edit Photos on the Go With Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Adobe has had some trouble breaching the mobile market. With apps like Snapseed and Pixlr dominating the marketplace for free, the complexity of Photoshop hasn’t quite transitioned naturally. They’re hoping to change that with their mobile version of Lightroom, called Lightroom Mobile, available only on iPads (for now):

Key Takeaways for the Lightroom App

Controls seem pretty natural—swipe down to get rid of a photo, swipe up to keep it; left and right scroll through the selections. To glance at a reverted image after making some edits, press three fingers down.

The auto-tone is more sophisticated than most. Some shots may look a little overexposed, but you can see the contrast, brightness and temperature adjustments it makes automatically, and adjust it further. Fiddling with the white balance seems to help.

The array of Instagram-esque filters, like faux-cross-processing, black-and-white and the ever-vague “vintage”, are not bad if you adjust your temperature and brightness beforehand.


Overall, the amount of editing seems limited, but Lightroom was always meant to be a pared-down version of Photoshop for batch-editing photos quickly. All things considered, it’s a solid contender for any photographers using their iPads for editing on the go.

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2 responses to “How to Edit Photos on the Go With Adobe Lightroom Mobile”

  1. Paul Allen says:

    That it doesn’t do metadata editing, colorlabels, or let you work with saved presets is disappointing.

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