Adobe updates Lightroom pro photo apps for iOS with 'Authentic HDR' & more

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Adobe on Monday released updates to the iPhone and iPad versions of Lightroom, making various enhancements including the addition of "Authentic HDR," a new shooting mode.




The technology takes three photos to gauge the best exposure values, and will automatically align and "de-ghost" the resulting composite image, according to Adobe. Images are saved as 32-bit floating-point DNG RAW files.

Notably Adobe claims that its method is better than iOS 10's built-in HDR mode, which doesn't shoot in RAW and therefore automatically applies processing such as sharpening and noise reduction. Professional photographers typically prefer RAW for the leeway it allows in controlling post-processing.




The iPhone and iPad apps now also offer an improved rating system, and the option to export RAW files to a device's Camera Roll, which changes their format but also makes them more accessible.

Some other changes include faster, more stable cloud sync, which should moreover run in the background. A new widget is launched via the Notification Center, or else the app's homescreen icon on devices with 3D Touch -- namely, the iPhone 6s and 7. This lets users jump into front or rear camera modes, or view the last photo they shot.

Both apps are free downloads, and run on devices with iOS 9.3 or later. Some features require a paid Creative Cloud subscription however, including local adjustments, importing RAW photos from a camera, and syncing photos across devices. DNG shooting also requires a device with a 12-megapixel camera, meaning an iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, or 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    polymniapolymnia Posts: 939member
    Lightroom has been on fire lately! Since enabling RAW capture about 9 months ago, it's been continuously updated. 

    Processing RAW on an iPad Pro 12" is amazing. 

    Really lookng king forward to trying this new HDR mode. 

    The Raw capture in iOS is the real deal. Makes a big difference. Hopefully the HDR capture is as big an improvement over the stock Camera App feature. 
    repressthis
  • Reply 2 of 11
    LoneStar88LoneStar88 Posts: 288member
    Love the controls/settings choices in the camera app! Very sweet! So many new reasons not to bother with any other camera than my Apple iPhone 7+!
  • Reply 3 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,895member
    I've been experimenting with the new update to LR on my 7+ today.

    so far, I'm pretty impressed with what it does. It's always been a very good mobile version, but this adds the extra zing. So, what it does is to shoot, very rapidly, so rapidly, I didn't think it worked, at first, the three over, norm and under pics. You can see the basic photo right away. But it's processing, and processing, and processing. It can actually take several minutes to completely process a photo, plus CC sync.

    fortunately, you can take more than one HDR at a time. It will just take more time to process and sync the photos. But these are big files, so you may not want to do it with everything. The pro DNG RAW is good enough for most photos, particularly if they're taken outside.

    another thing to think about is the noise reduction inherent in HDR. When longer shots are taken, there is less noise in shadows because of the greater exposure. But don't expect miracles, these are still smartphone cameras. So there's less noise in dark areas, but there is still noise. Another thing is that when taking shots indoors, through a window, the light balance is going to differ in the indoor and outdoor portions. This is normal in photography. Outdoors and indoors, where outdoor light is reflected off objects, will be more cyan than you see it as being. carefully, you can mediate some of this using the curves tool, by selecting the red circle. Holding the midtones, and moving the top of the curve slightly to the left will help. There is more than can be done, but for mostphotos that's all you will need. You could also select the eye dropper and put that on a highlight, but the entire photo will move to the red because of the large difference in tone. That can be modified too, but basic white point correction for dual lighting is easier using curves.
    edited March 2017 polymniarepressthistmay
  • Reply 4 of 11
    It would be good if there were no cheaper perpetual license professional solutions like that on Mac. Running this on iPad for professional is slighly odd. 12" screen... hmmm. what kind of professional work are you doing? Picture editing for some website JPEG ultimatelly? Then why RAW?
    Just for the record pros still uses DSLR with proper quality purpose lenses.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 5 of 11
    polymniapolymnia Posts: 939member
    It would be good if there were no cheaper perpetual license professional solutions like that on Mac. Running this on iPad for professional is slighly odd. 12" screen... hmmm. what kind of professional work are you doing? Picture editing for some website JPEG ultimatelly? Then why RAW?
    Just for the record pros still uses DSLR with proper quality purpose lenses.
    Don't be dense. Obviously the final work is done on a real Mac. In my case, I'm using a 30" Eizo 4K DCI hardware calibrated display. Is that "pro" enough for you?

    There is a lot of review involved before a photo is even selected and approved for final production. In the early days of digital imaging, you couldn't even do proper preliminary review on anything but a full-blown workstation (more likely on a paper printout than on-screen). Then the iPad came along and you could look at preview images from the photo set in near-real-time. Now you can actually load the camera RAWs in near-real-time and manipulate based on an art director's feedback right on set without a computer.

    Anyway, I could go on and on about what a compelling tool Lightroom on iOS is, but if I haven't made my point with the above example, there is probably no convincing you.

    Gotta get back to editing images.
    tmay
  • Reply 6 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,895member
    It would be good if there were no cheaper perpetual license professional solutions like that on Mac. Running this on iPad for professional is slighly odd. 12" screen... hmmm. what kind of professional work are you doing? Picture editing for some website JPEG ultimatelly? Then why RAW?
    Just for the record pros still uses DSLR with proper quality purpose lenses.
    You use RAW, because jpeg throws a lot of file data away. If light balance isn't correct, fixing it in jpeg causes problems. RAW contains all of that info, and so correcting light balance is easy, and causes no loss. So we shoot in RAW, correct in RAW, and bring it to jpeg, if that what it needs to be for Internet use.the average person uploading pics to Facebook will be happy with jpeg. Those pics get downsized when uploaded to Facebook or messages anyway.

    nobody is claiming that these photos, taken with a smartphone camera, equals a larger sized sensor, and interchangeable lenses. If you are thinking that's being said, then you need to rethink your perceptions. I use, for my more important pics, a Canon 5D mk IV, and pro level lenses. But do I take that everywhere, of course not. For many things, my iPhone works very well.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 7 of 11
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,700member
    It would be good if there were no cheaper perpetual license professional solutions like that on Mac. Running this on iPad for professional is slighly odd. 12" screen... hmmm. what kind of professional work are you doing? Picture editing for some website JPEG ultimatelly? Then why RAW?
    Just for the record pros still uses DSLR with proper quality purpose lenses.
    Pros for sure use Mobile Lightroom for professional work.  One can upload their dSLR photos into the cloud, and work on them from wherever they want.  It's not necessarily just for folks editing photos just from an iPhone/iPad.  

    I do agree with you, as a Canon 5DM3 owner, there is just no comparison between a photo taken with a dSLR and iPhone.  However, under very a very specific set of variables, iPhones take really good shots that work perfectly for 99% of the people that take photos.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 2,283member
    I'd like to try this for shooting images on my 6s but I'm afraid of iOS 10. :-P :neutral: 
  • Reply 9 of 11
    polymniapolymnia Posts: 939member
    Adobe finally has a post on the LR blog about the new HDR capture feature:

    http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2017/03/lr-mobile-update-raw-hdr-capture-mode-for-ios-and-android.html
  • Reply 10 of 11
    LoneStar88LoneStar88 Posts: 288member
    I'd like to see portrait mode implemented, and an Apple Watch remote app for LR Mobile. 
  • Reply 11 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,895member
    dysamoria said:
    I'd like to try this for shooting images on my 6s but I'm afraid of iOS 10. :-P :neutral: 
    Really? Why?
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