Today Lightroom Mobile 2.0 is now available for download. With this update, Adobe has shown Lightroom for Mobile some RAW love. Now when using the Adobe Camera app that’s built in to Lightroom, the app will capture the image as a DNG file. Adobe states that Lightroom on Android 2.0 “delivers the first end-to-end RAW mobile photography solution”. So what does this mean? Let take a quick overview.
The Android OS has the ability to support RAW sensor data natively. Basically what this means is now you have the ability to work with all of the image data captured by the phones camera sensor. This allows an expansion for the dynamic range of tonality in the scene. Unlike JPEG files which actually throw away image data during the files processing, the RAW data is always available because when Lightroom processes the file it creates a XMP sidecar with processing instructions. These instruction do not directly effect the RAW image, unlike a JPEG’s pixel data, leaving it untouched. What’s very cool about this new feature is, if you have Lightroom for desktop, either the 30 day trial or paid subscription, you can further control the color and tonality there and export the processed image to a file format of choice.
As big as this camera feature is, Adobe has put some other powerful RAW features into Lightroom 2.0. One of these features is Shoot-through presets which is also part of the in camera app. Shoot through presets allow you to to get an automatic “look” much like Instagram’s filters. However, this feature is only available on smartphones with OpenGL ES 3.0 and later support, for example, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, LG G4, V10, HTC One M9.
Other new Develop Module features include, Dehaze tool to adjust haze and fog in an image; Split Toning enhancement, enabling the addition of a color cast to the highlights and shadows of an image; Target Adjustment Tool functionality in the Color/B&W editing tool, providing direct, on-image editing controls, and Point mode in the Curve Tool providing complete control over the tonality and contrast of an image. When any of these adjustments are synced with Lightroom for the desktop, the slider control information travels with the file. This offers you the ability to continue editing the file with even more precision.
Lightroom Mobile for Android 2.0 allows you to create video stories with your Lightroom collections. Now with one-tap access to Adobe Premiere Clip you can create videos synced to the beat of your favorite music. There’s also enchanted sharing. With Lightroom’s new social media capabilities you can share photos on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more. Join the Adobe’s Lightroom community by using #lightroom.
This update Lightroom Mobile for Android has parity with iOS. In fact, it has passed iOS with its new RAW workflow features. So be part of the Lightroom ecosystem. Put order to your mobile images and work with all of your images in one app.Get the download for Lightroom Mobile 2.0 here. If you don’t have the Creative Cloud subscription, download the Lightroom for desktop 30 day trial here.