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Take BETTER iPhone Photos with Lightroom Mobile

September 4, 2019

You guys asked us relentlessly for this video and We’re so excited to partner with Adobe to bring you some of our favorite tips and techniques On shooting better Mobile photography using Lightroom mobile let’s get started If your phone is capable, shoot with raw enabled. We’re shooting on iphones today, so in order to shoot raw, We’ll use the Lightroom mobile app. No matter what phone you have, avoid using digital zoom when shooting to maintain the maximum resolution wipe off your camera’s lens And turn on your grid overlay and level. Now let’s go shoot With the grid and level as your guidelines, keep the lines in your frame level. Another thing we like to do is adjust our white balance before we shoot because we want the whites in our images to be true to how they look to us in real life. We can do this with lightroom mobile by switching the shooting mode from auto to pro and picking the mode that will best help you achieve that based on your environment. We can choose from auto Tungsten Florescent, Daylight Cloudy and Custom We like using the eyedropper to set a custom white balance by filling the frame that pops up with a neutral color, preferably on the grayscale. Now since our style is a little moodier, We err on the side of slightly under exposing our image. To do this, we tap on the screen and drag our finger to the left Regardless of your preferences, set your exposure to your desired brightness before you shoot. When editing, we usually create a slight s shape on our tone curve to have control over the contrast in our image. What’s really cool about this app is we also have the RGB channel separated into their own curves for more fine-tuned adjustments with color balance or even cross processing techniques, but that’s beyond the scope of this tutorial. Since the tone curve adjustments made our image a little dark, we’ll click the done button and make some adjustments to highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. These give you a lot more control over how your image looks rather than only adjusting the exposure or contrast levels. We typically like to bring the highlights down to retain more information. Likewise, we lift the shadows to bring more detail into the darker areas of our image. We’ll also list the blacks a bit and lower the whites Now, we’ll lower the overall contrast And nudge the exposure up, just a touch. We can also make adjustments to the HSL sliders to get the colors exactly where we want them. In the color menu, we’ll click mix. We have sliders for each color, so you can craft your tones to match your style. We usually like to adjust the hue and saturation of the oranges, yellows, and greens, but feel free to make your own adjustments. Let’s Recap: Shoot with raw enabled if possible Avoid using digital zoom and keep your lens clean Use the grid and level overlays to ensure your phone is level Adjust your white balance and exposure before you shoot Consider adjusting the highlight,s shadows, whites, and blacks levels to add detail while maintaining contrast in your image We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and encourage you to leave your favorite mobile photography tips in the comment section below. See you next week!


  • Reply London King August 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

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  • Reply Thoraya August 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm

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    What do you use to color correct and filter your videos?

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    Y'all make the most straightforward photography tutorials, they're so great. The recap at the end is really helpful!

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    y'all doing the dang thing.
    thank you both!

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    you guys are impressive undoubtedly!..can you make more about mobile photography!?

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  • Reply Garima Mukherjee August 5, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Can you do one using an Android phone?

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    Lightroom camera is laggy on my iPhone SE ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • Reply Anavi Dhawan August 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Great video! I love using the grid when shooting on mobile

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  • Reply John Galvez August 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    snapseed or lightroom

  • Reply Alex G August 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I love your videos the are so helpful and explain it in simple terms but not like you're teaching 4 year olds

  • Reply Lucid Universe August 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I don't have a phone or a camera but your videos are so cool

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    I can't stop watching your tutorials! I love them because they go to straight to the point without wasting our time with non photography chat.

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    thank you so much

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    Very cool video!

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    Best tutorial for shooting on a phone ever! You guys are seriously my favorite photography channel!! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Adrian Comoro September 30, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I hate when I see someone post anywhere in social media and have a dirty lens, so annoying!

  • Reply Jzan Capacio October 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Do u have any recommendations for mobile apps for photography? Especially if we're not iPhone users. Thanks!

  • Reply Corps October 10, 2017 at 6:19 am

    OMG love your videos

  • Reply Okay Sure October 20, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Can you make a video about how to take good pictures of your girlfriend? Any tips anyone? Help!!

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    Anyone wants rachel's hair care routine?

  • Reply V October 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Um the app quality sucks what

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    I feel like I should be paying for this

  • Reply Mhansiya Shekar October 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Wht is the name of the app??

  • Reply Gabriella Liandu October 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    This was so incredibly helpful! Simple, straightforward and sooo effective. Stumbled upon your channel today and I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks you lot xx

  • Reply Jun Dugay October 31, 2017 at 3:12 am

    How about when using the iphone 4s? please?

  • Reply Mugdha Bansode October 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    This was so helpful.. I am gonna try..

  • Reply Helena Leite November 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    It's easy when you have a fucking iPhone

  • Reply Henry Jiang November 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Iโ€™d prefer to over expose my shots on the iPhone by half a stop (0.5 in LR) and ISO 25 and lower the exposure afterward. Otherwise it will create a lot of noise in the shadow region.

  • Reply Justin November 20, 2017 at 4:02 am

    HEEEELP! The new version of adobe Lr doesnt allow me to switch from Raw and PNG please help ๐Ÿ™

  • Reply Megan McLeod November 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    What does adjusting the curve do?

  • Reply Conor Doorley November 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

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  • Reply Jocy H December 28, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I would love to see you try out some moment lenses! Particularly the tele and wide lens.

  • Reply kelseyjane January 5, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Can you do a tutorial to create a light, airy, pastel look for both video and photo?

  • Reply Ebony Henderson January 9, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Thankyou for this. You have no idea…

  • Reply demak T January 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Hi..i'm uli. A mother of three. I am interested in photography and have been taking picture for a year or more. Well…not so much like a pro…i'm still learning. Thank you for sharing some infos.

  • Reply Daniel Prell January 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    yeah awesome unforutnately in the free version u cant even adjust ur shutter speed not even talking about iso, but hey 5euro a month to take some cellphone pictures sounds sick as fuck – mad deal…

  • Reply Wildane Lkharchichi March 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    LR mobile isn't free

  • Reply Koreti April 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I love your photography videos, not only are they informative, short & sweet and I love seeing examples of first hand. SUBBED!

  • Reply Gill In Motion May 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Love this!! Great info!

  • Reply Phil Photo May 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    For an alternative, lightwieght tool, here's a surprising thing: Not only does google photo make it super easy to instantly archive all your photos to google cloud.. but it actually has quite a lot of in-app editing tools.
    eg: It has a basic "light" slider, that can be expanded for individual adjuster for exposure, whites, blacks, shadows, and more.
    That being said, I think the lightroom mobile options for shooting the photo, are even nicer than the postprocessing features!

  • Reply mac_top_view June 7, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Do you think i should get some lightings?

  • Reply A bunny that will chew on your cables July 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Thumbnail: "Mobile Photography"
    Title: "… iPhone…"
    You realise that there are other Smartphones that are not made by apple and are still called mobiles, right? Or are you one of those people who buy every shitty apple product they roll out because of its "popularity"

  • Reply Hoitung Leung August 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    what app is this

  • Reply Arnav Motwani October 18, 2018 at 9:04 am

    1 thing I've noticed is that editing grainy photos on Lightroom tends to make it more grainy

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