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Lightroom Mobile: Is Your “Smart Preview” Actually Just a Smaller RAW File?

Hi gang, and happy Monday everybody.

Below is a short (5 minute) really fascinating discussion from last week’s episode of “The Grid” (my weekly photography talk show) with my in-studio guest, Lightroom Mobile Product Manager, Josh Haftel.

I pulled out this little segment because he talks about what you’re actually editing when you send a RAW file from Lightroom desktop over to Lightroom Mobile, and I think his answer will surprise (and even shock) a lot of people. Plus, he uses a term to describe the file that I haven’t heard used before, but once he said it, it totally makes sense. Give it a quick look:


I know this clip will be really eye-opening for a lot of folks, and give a lot of photographers a sense of relief and calm over the whole mobile editing idea in Lightroom Mobile.

Beyond this short clip, you can watch the entire episode (lots of great info from Josh) right here. 

Okey, Dokey — hope you found that helpful, and we’ll catch you here tomorrow. 🙂



P.S. Are you joining me at Photoshop World in Vegas next month? Ya know, you oughta. 🙂