Take Lightroom on Your Next Photo Shoot

Skyward, Redwoods

Knowing that I was away on a photo workshop in Northern California, an editor I’ve worked with for years contacted me with an interesting assignment: to write about how I use Adobe Lightroom in the field.

I’ve spent a lot of time (and three editions of my book The iPad for Photographers) thinking about how best to incorporate mobile technology into photography, and the field keeps moving forward. As a Lightroom CC user, I really like Lightroom mobile and how it syncs photos and adjustments from my iPad to my Mac and vice-versa.

The result is a new article, with a generous helping of photos from the Redwoods, posted today at Adobe Inspire: Take Lightroom on Your Next Shoot.

I outline a workflow for shooting, importing, and reviewing photos within Lightroom and the Creative Cloud ecosystem. One thing that surprised me: I found myself shooting more bracketed photos and side-by-side collections knowing that I could process those easily using the new Photo Merge HDR and Panorama tools in Lightroom CC.

One note, for those of you who have followed this field with me: I bypassed mentions of importing photos to the iPad while out shooting, which leads to special considerations for syncing and loading raw files later. (You can read more about that in my book.) What’s in the article is a streamlined, more sane approach to syncing and reviewing photos that won’t scare away novices.

Check out the article, and feel free to leave feedback here. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. That all sounds fine, Jeff, but you needed a laptop AND an iPad. Surely a more lightweight solution would be to use a Surface Pro3 then you have both in one box.


    1. That’s true, although Surface Pro is still a small minority of machines out there, so that applies to a much smaller audience. And also: Adobe asked me to write about Lightroom and Lightroom mobile. 🙂


  2. I find the iPad adequate for processing small batches, but still use a laptop for large jobs – mainly because of the time it takes to import 300+ images and try to preview them.

    The iPad workflow isn’t optimal & I have only found one app that allows you to add metadata (cutlines) to images. I feel that is an absolute must for a professional editing program.

    The Lr platform seems to focus on filters and sharing images across devices. Not a big draw to those that need a complete workflow while on assignment in the field. I don’t want to have to open 2 or 3 apps to accomplish what you can do in one app (photogene).


    1. It’s true that the iPad still doesn’t quite work for large processing. The original draft of this article included all the byways involved in working with raw files, dealing with the resulting duplicates, and it was just too much.

      There are other apps that add metadata: Photosmith and PhotosInfoPro, for example. But nothing that does it all in one package the way Lightroom on a computer does. I’m hoping Lightroom mobile eventually moves in that direction, but so far they’re targeting the easiest workflows and positioning the app as a satellite to Lightroom CC on the desktop.

      There are a lot of workflows, and it’s all still evolving. Since Apple doesn’t recognize raw files on the iPad properly, it makes things difficult for other app developers. I’m hopeful there will be a change when that support gets baked into the operating system, but so far it’s not been a high priority for Apple. (Maybe a rumored iPad Pro in the fall will deal with it? Doubtful, but I won’t give up wishing for it.)


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