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Thinking of Finally Learning Lightroom Mobile? Here’s My Best Tip…

OK, well now technically it’s called “Lightroom CC” in the App Store, so if you go searching for Lightroom Mobile there (it’s still free by the way), it’ll bring up Lightroom CC instead — they’re they same thing. Adobe just changed the name for confusion purposes. Anyway, if you’re thinking of taking the leap and learning the mobile version of Lightroom, here’s the best tip I could give a new user:

Turn your phone or tablet sideways. Why? Because then it looks and works a lot like the Lightroom you’re already used to on your computer.

Take a look:

Above: When it’s turned tall, you have a bunch of icons along the bottom, as seen above left, which is nothing like the Lightroom on your computer whatsoever. , If you click an icon, some sliders pop-up from the bottom of the screen where the filmstrip is on your desktop Lightroom (see above right). Besides the dark interface, and sliders with the same names that are found in every editing app these days, there’s nothing there at all that says “Lightroom” to you, so you’re pretty much figuring it out from scratch.

Above: Now turn your phone sideways, the icons move to the right side, and all of sudden you’re like, “Hey…image on the left, and the Basic panel sliders now appear on the right side like always. Oh, I get it. It’s Lightroom — on my phone.

Above: Click on the little thermometer icon and out pop the familiar Temp and Tint sliders; the White Balance pop-up menu, and even the White Balance picker (eyedropper) all are there just like always (though here on Mobile, and also on the new CC cloud-storage version of Lightroom, Adobe grouped the stuff that adjusts color together, so Vibrance and Saturation are now found here).

I know this seems like a little thing, but I have trained literally thousands of folks how to use Lightroom Mobile (ahem…I mean Lightroom CC on your mobile device), and when you turn the phone sideways, and folks see the image on the left and the sliders on the right, the lightbulb just comes on and they just “get it.”

Hope you found that helpful.

See that image I was using above?
It’s from my new course we released last called “Mastering the Natural Light Portrait” and people are really digging it, and you might too, so I hope you’ll check it out this weekend. Here’s the link (it’s a two-part course, and Part 2 — the post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, gets released next week).

Have a great weekend everybody!



P.S. Just two weeks or so and my Lightroom seminar is in San Antonio and Houston. Come on out and spend the day with me. Just $99 for the full-day.