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    Use Lightroom Mobile to speed up your workflow


    The message How to use Lightroom Mobile to speed up your workflow first appeared on Digital Photography School. It is written by Simon Ringsmuth.

    One of the common complaints about Lightroom Classic is that it is just not as fast as some photographers expect. When I come back from a session with hundreds of RAW files to process, the thought of going through them one by one is enough to give me a headache. The few seconds that Lightroom needs to load each photo for marking or cropping can be enough to make sure you want to stop shooting completely! Fortunately, you have options if you subscribe to Creative Cloud. In this article you will learn how you can use Lightroom Mobile to dramatically increase the speed of your workflow.

    Use Lightroom Mobile to speed up your workflow

    One of my favorite aspects of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is how you can take advantage of many of the features of Lightroom Mobile, even if you don't save your primary images in the cloud. You can save previews of your Lightroom Classic images to your Creative Cloud account, which you can then load onto a mobile device for editing.

    After you have finished editing on your mobile device, all changes are automatically synchronized with Lightroom Classic on your computer. I always use this technique now, especially for clearing and trimming after a long photo shoot. I think you might find it incredibly useful too.

    Synchronize with Lightroom

    The first thing to do is enable synchronization between Lightroom Classic and your Creative Cloud account. Click your name in the upper-left corner of the Lightroom library module and choose ' Start ' under ' Sync with Lightroom & # 39 ;.


    This allows you to start synchronizing your edits. One thing to note is that if you have a basic photography plan of 20 GB, the photos that you sync will not count for your storage quota. That is only for images that you upload directly to Lightroom Mobile or Lightroom CC, as well as all documents that you have saved in your Creative Cloud files.

    After Synchronization is enabled, you can selectively synchronize each individual collection by clicking the arrow icon to the left of the name.

    Use Lightroom Mobile to speed up your workflow

    This starts with uploading previews of each image to your Creative Cloud account. While this is happening, you can view the upload status by looking above your name in the top left corner.

    Use Lightroom Mobile to speed up your workflow

    Completing the first synchronization takes a few minutes or more, depending on the speed of your internet connection. The individual sample files that are uploaded are quite small, but if you synchronize an album with a few thousand images, it may take longer than you would expect.

    One thing to note is that you can only synchronize collections that you have created manually. Smart albums, created dynamically according to the rules you specify, cannot be synchronized with Lightroom Mobile.

    Edit on Lightroom Mobile

    When the synchronization is complete, load Lightroom Mobile on a phone or tablet. The collected collections are displayed in your list of albums.


    If you've never used Lightroom Mobile before, you'll be amazed at how quickly you can perform editing, such as moving from one photo to the next, marking / rejecting, cropping, or just about anything you could do in Lightroom Classic.


    After you have loaded your images into Lightroom Mobile, you can quickly swipe between them to check for focus and composition. Simple gestures such as swipe left to assign a star rating and swipe right / up to mark a photo as Pick or Rejected make the editing process possible a lot of faster than Lightroom Classic. With a few taps you can quickly crop, rotate and make basic exposure adjustments.

    Regarding the individual functions, the two programs ' s are almost the same. The mobile version, however, has an interface designed around touch rather than a combination of mouse and keyboard. This means that some things do not behave as you would expect, but once you have mastered things, it is not bad at all.

    Image: Lightroom on an iPad, even a basic version and not an iPad Pro, is extremely fast, smooth and ...

    Lightroom on an iPad, even a basic version and not an iPad Pro, is extremely fast, fluid and easy.

    Since the synchronized images between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Mobile are small previews and not full-resolution originals, I do not recommend using the latter to check for precise focus or very detailed adjustments. I find Lightroom Mobile the most useful for just the basics, such as marking and cropping, but your own usage can vary.


    With Lightroom on a mobile device you have access to almost all editing options on the desktop version, but I prefer to use it for a few basic principles.

    Synchronize back to Lightroom Classic

    The great thing about this whole process is that once your edits have been applied to a photo, you don't have to sync anything manually. All edits you make are automatically copied to your original Lightroom files on your desktop. All you have to do is load that program, wait until the automatic synchronization is complete and your photos are ready for further editing.

    Since I started using this Desktop-> Mobile-> Desktop workflow for my first reaming and cropping, I have found myself enjoying the whole process. I sit back on my couch or relax with a drink at the kitchen table and quickly browse through photos on my iPad for the first round of edits. I then go back to my desktop and the rest of the editing is much less stressful.

    Image: Finding the best photos from a batch of 600 is much, much faster when using Lightroom Mobil ...

    Finding the best photos from a 600 batch is much, much faster when using Lightroom Mobile.

    This may seem a bit overwhelming in the beginning. However, once you try this process, you will be surprised how easy it is.

    And you? Do you have any other tips to speed up your Lightroom workflow? Share them in the comments below!


    The message How to use Lightroom Mobile to speed up your workflow first appeared on Digital Photography School. It is written by Simon Ringsmuth.

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