Lightroom Mobile Roundup (and Lightroom 5.7 is out)

My Lightroom hangout for Photofocus about Lightroom Mobile was yesterday and by sheer luck it coincided with the release of Lightroom 5.7. If you missed the live hangout you can catch the archive embedded below, but I also wanted to round up a few resources to help you get up to speed using Lightroom Mobile. I’ve also heard some good buzz for Android fans in the form of Adobe looking for Android beta testers, so hopefully that means we’ll see Lightroom Mobile support spread to the Android platform soon.

A getting started with Lightroom Mobile post appeared on Photofocus today, so if you are brand new to Lightroom Mobile that might be a good place to start. For a full suite of Lightroom Mobile (and more) video tutorials you can’t miss by checking out Lightroom Evangelist Julianne Kost’s website.

During our hangout with my co-host Levi Sim and Lightroom Product Manager Sharad Mangalick we discussed what’s new in Lightroom 5.7, new features in Lightroom Mobile, and answered a bunch of viewer questions relating to all aspects of a Lightroom workflow.

Big thanks to our sponsors Songfreedom, Adobe, Drobo, and onOne for making this hangout possible!

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Lightroom Hangout: Deep Dive into Lr Mobile


Our November Lightroom hangout is scheduled for November 19th at 1 pm Eastern (the time localizes to your time zone on the event page). Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win a Creative Cloud subscription from Adobe, as well as some incredible tools from onOne Software.

RSVP here. Wednesday, November 19th @1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific, and 1:30pm in Newfoundland.

We’re so excited about this one: we’ve got Sharad Mangalick, Lightroom Product Manager, joining us again to help us dive into Lightroom Mobile. If you’re like us, you’re using the Creative Cloud photography bundle, and it includes Lr Mobile free of charge, and it’s helping many photographers produce better results faster. We can’t wait to get down to business with Lightroom Mobile. See you Wednesday!

Oh, and if you are an Android user and would like to sign up for beta testing Lightroom mobile, go here. It’s coming!

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Photofocus: Calculating Exposure with Slower Shutter


In this Photofocus blog post I share my experience with an app designed to calculate exposure time when using a neutral density filter. I love long exposure photography because it has the power to make even the most mundane scenes a bit more interesting visually. When shooting daytime scenes I often turn to my Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter. The Big Stopper is so dark you can’t actually see through it, which means your camera’s internal metering is off the table. Lee does include a small cheat sheet with the filter to help you determine the correct exposure with the ND filter based on the correct exposure without the filter. Unfortunately the cheat sheet doesn’t cover all possible exposure values, so you are left to doing the calculations in your head, just guessing, or using some other calculator. Plus to be honest, I lost that cheat sheet a long time ago. Continue reading at

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Photofocus: The Flexible HSL and Color Adjustments


This is an excerpt from our eBook, “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”. Download it over at iTunes and Scribd!

In the Mastering Exposure and Tone chapter we looked at ways to make global tonal adjustments to your photo using the Basic and Tone Curve panels. We also discussed how you can affect colors using the Vibrance and Saturation sliders in the Basic panel. Next up is the HSL / Color / B&W panel, which is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool for fine-tuning the colors in your photo. The HSL, Color, and B&W panel is actually three panels in one (Figure 1). The HSL (stands for hue, saturation, and luminance) and Color sections of the panel are really just the same set of controls presented in different ways to give you the power to adjust the hue, saturation, and luminance values of different colors in your photo. The B&W section of the panel is for converting a color photo to black and white (refer back to the Black and White Photos with Impact section in the previous chapter of this book to learn about B&W conversion). Continue reading at

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