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AndyNicolaides
AndyNicolaides

My only mission for the coming months is to learn how to edit RAW photos properly. I use Darkroom for this, but maybe I should invest in Lightroom. Does anyone know how Lightroom for iPad compares to the ‘real’ desktop version?

maique
maique

@AndyNicolaides I’m sure someone will jump in with a more complete review, but I use Lightroom on the iPhone, and it’s perfectly fine. On the laptop I still pick Lightroom Classic when I have a ton of photos to edit, but mostly out of habit. The CC version does everything I need it to do. Haven’t used Darkroom in a while, but remember it was pretty complete as well. Watch some videos, you don’t need months 🙂

gr36
gr36

@AndyNicolaides iPad Lightroom is a full version now. I use it on the iPad out of choice due to the screen being really colour accurate.

gr36
gr36

@maique @andynicolaides agree with this. YouTube is your friend when it comes to editing. Find some photographers you like and see if they have ‘how I edit’ videos.

Do not spend money on presets!

odd
odd

@maique I just played with Darkroom to make myself a MAGA profile picture! 😅

AndyNicolaides
AndyNicolaides

@gr36 nice, thanks guys! Sounds like it’s worth the £5 a month for Lightroom then. I’ll watch a few videos and maybe jump in.

pratik
pratik

@odd What’s a MAGA profile? Hope it’s not what I am thinking of.

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odd
odd

@pratik It’s the photo only, you’ll see when the servers catches up. ☺️

jemostrom
jemostrom

@AndyNicolaides I use the iPad version almost daily, it's not as full featured as the desktop version (Lightroom Classic, not Lightroom 'cloud version') but it works. I don't like the desktop version of Lightroom (usually called Lightroom CC or Lightroom 'Cloud') and rarely use if.

My main editor is Lightroom Classic on my Mac, this is also where I store all my photos. I then have the iPad version which I sync to Lightroom Classic. Sync here means that I move my photos from my iPad to my Mac, never the other way.

About Lightroom on the iPad: it's probably the best editor/photo management combo on the iPad today (it will be interesting to see what Capture One will be in a year). You can do all the important things and it's rare that you need something else, on the top of the head the worst part is the "healing" functionality - but it's bad in all LR versions (use Pixelmator Photo instead) and it doesn't have merging of photos (bracketed photos and panorama, you need the desktop version for this).

For me the most irritating parts are

  • Syncing. Syncing via Adobes cloud functionality is totally unreliable. If you have a few photos it works just fine but if you get 100-200 photos that you want to sync to LR Classic then you're going to get some sync problems (meaning 1-10 photos waiting to sync for days). It's really irritating but I don't think I've lost any photos. I try to keep the number of photos low on my iPad because of this, if you want to have a large number of photos accessible on your iPad I recommend importing them using Lightroom Classic, put them on a collection and sync that collection to Adobe Cloud, this way only the previews are synced, you can edit on the iPad and the changes are synced back to Lightroom Classic. I haven't as much problems when I do it this way.

  • Organization of photos. I personally dislike the way photos are organized using Albums in LR, if you don' have photo in an album it can be hard to find it again later without using LR Cloud on the desktop (which have some additional search functionality). I prefer how LR Classic is doing this (you store your photos using the organization you want, mine is basically a decade-year-month-event hierarchy, and then you can put them in collection to further organize them).

In short, LR on the iPad works fairly well, but you need to be aware of the limitations.

AndyNicolaides
AndyNicolaides

@jemostrom really helpful / interesting information. Thank you!