Lightroom Mobile

My Workflow For Using Lightroom Mobile In The Studio

Morning everybody (and sorry for the late post. I had some technical issues this morning). Anyway, here’s a short video from a live shoot on how I use Lightroom Mobile in my workflow, and in particular (during this live shoot), I show how to set up Lightroom Mobile to not only get the images from your live shoot direct to an iPad (so a client, art director or assistant in the studio can see your best shots as they come in), but I also show how to set it up to where anyone anywhere can follow your shoot live as it happens. It’s really a pretty cool little set-up.

Right after I shot this video, Adobe released Lightroom version 5.7 and added the ability for someone reviewing the shoot remotely (from any Web browser) can not only tell you (via Lightroom) which shots are their favorites, but they can send comments directly to you via Lightroom about any particular image. I’ll have more on that soon, but in the meantime, here’s how I use Lightroom Mobile in my own workflow (I added my own twist to the default set-up that makes it work better for me, and you might want to consider this, too!).

Hope you find this helpful. 🙂





  1. Thomas 30 December, 2014 at 19:37 Reply

    I can never get my LR and LRmobile to sync that quick. It takes about an hour for a photo to finnnnaaaaalllllllyyyyyyyyyyy show up on my iPad. This video is great in theory, but LRmobile has a ways to go before any of this is practical.

  2. Paul C 16 December, 2014 at 12:35 Reply

    Hey Scott – great tip. I’ve never really tried LRm though I suppose I have all the kit already (I shoot mainly travel/landscape as an enthusiast). But this got me thinking, many of the recent cameras have NFC so it might be possible to do this (or something similar) in the field via my iPad… that would make a cool KelbyOne class… I’m not sure I could get my head around how to set it all up, but I suspect your K1 team has all the expertise and a whole lot more. This may even serve as an in-the-field first level of backup for travelers who worry about having their kit stolen.

    • Scott Kelby 16 December, 2014 at 16:06 Reply

      Hey Scott: They don’t get the full sized image — they get a lower res smart preview. Moving those large RAW files would be really slow, even with a fast connection.

  3. Travis Marshall 16 December, 2014 at 11:57 Reply

    Great post Scott!!! Could you theoretically send the images so that someone else could edit them while you are shooting them and then they send it on as a final product to the client?
    Just wondering…I can see the potential greatness in this idea.
    Great that you can send private links too so that you can keep the nosey “background editors” out of your way!

    • Scott Kelby 16 December, 2014 at 16:05 Reply

      Hi Travis: Hmmmmmm. that’s a really intriguing idea, but at this point, they’d be working with a fairly low-resolution image. Large enough for an iPad, but not high-res size. Also, they view the images in their Web Browser, not in LR mobile, so they’d have to pull the image down; editing in some editing program, and then forward manually to the customer. It’s a really intriguing idea though. 🙂

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