There are so many options for editing images on your phone these days, so why should you bother learning Lightroom mobile? At first glance, Lightroom mobile may seem trickier than other apps, but I really believe it’s worth the extra effort. Lightroom mobile is a powerful editing tool which will give you control over your images, let you spot edit, plus there are so many editing options, you won’t have to worry about your images looking like everyone else’s. And if you’re short on time, Lightroom has plenty of filters so you’re just a few clicks away from a beautiful image.
Getting Started with Lightroom Mobile
Lightroom is available for free on Android and Apple, you can get it from whichever app store you use.
When you open the app, you have the option to use Lightroom’s in-built camera or add images from your gallery. The app is pretty cool because it let’s you add filters before you take the photo, so you can see how your image will look before you take the shot. You can also easily adjust the brightness of the image by simply dragging the screen. However, I prefer to edit my images after I have taking the photo, so I can make changes if I need to, so I generally choose the gallery option.
Select any images you want to import into Lightroom and click add. You can edit both RAW and JPEG images in Lightroom mobile.
Select the image you want to add from the All Photos section and you’re ready to make your edit.
Across the bottom of the screen you will see the options for editing.
Pre-installed filters are located in the Profiles tab. You can scroll across to find the filters, or use the dropdown menu to select by style. You can star your favourite filters to save them in your favourites folder.
If you want to try editing without filters (and I recommend you do), start with the light tab Here you can make overall or changes to the brightness and contrast, or you can have more control by moving the hightlights, shadows, whites and blacks sliders.
Then move on to the colour tab. Here you can adjust the temperature to make your image cooler or warmer, and the tint. You can also increase vibrance and saturation, Hint, I’d recommend using the vibrance slider only as the saturation slider can be too intense.
At the top of the colour tab you’ll see a colour wheel. This is one of my favourite tools in Lightroom. Here you can adjust each colour separately so you get so much control. For each colour, you can adjust the hue, saturation and luminance.
Click done when you’re finished to get back to the main tabs.
If you need to remove small objects from your image, use the heading brush tab. Zoom in on the part of the image, select the right size brush and then brush over the part if the image that you want to remove, making sure that you cover it completely. Lightroom will automatically find pixels to cover the area, but you can move this around if you’re not happy with the results.
You can also use a brush to make selective edits. Go to the selective tab, press the + sign at the top and choose brush. Paint on the part of the image you want to edit, this will show in red. Then use the tabs underneath to adjust your image. In this image I’ve lightened my daughter and made her more vibrant.
And here is the before and after
If you’d prefer to watch me edit this image, here is the video.