Last week, Apple announced that you can now transfer images directly to your iPhone, a feature that was once reserved only for iPads. Today, that ability gets a little bit sweeter with a brand new update to Adobe’s Lightroom for iOS.
Lightroom for iOS version 2.1 brings along a handful of new features that will make editing images more robust for photographers who like to take their work on the road.
The biggest change is that Lightroom for iOS now supports the iPad Pro’s massive screen size and multitasking capabilities. Now, you can sort, edit and share images while also having another app opened alongside Lightroom for iOS.
Additionally, Adobe has added new Tone Curve and Split Tone adjustment tools, features that were once reserved for the desktop version of Lightroom.
With the new Point Curve mode, you now have full control over the curve of your images, with access for each specific color channel—Red, Green and Blue. The Split Toning tool now enables you to tint the highlights and shadows in your images to more precisely control the aesthetic as you see fit.
Another nice addition is support for Apple’s 3D Touch and an iOS Notification Center widget. Taking advantage of Apple’s most recent display technology, Adobe now lets iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners use 3D Touch to quickly open Lightroom’s built-in camera. When inside Lightroom for iOS, the new 3D Touch capabilities lets you quickly browse through images inside your collection before opening them up in full-screen editing mode. The new widget replicates the ability to quickly access Lightroom’s built-in camera through your iOS device’s Notification Center.
Speaking of Lightroom’s built-in camera, you can now preview and capture photos will real-time presets applied. Adobe says this feature means that when capturing an image, what you see is what you get when a specific preset is applied. Better yet, for those who like the idea of keeping a ‘RAW’ file of sorts, Adobe will automatically saved an unedited version to your iOS device.
Lastly, as with any update, a number of bugs have been squashed to improve the user experience.
Lightroom for iOS isn’t the first app to apply live presets to photos as you capture them, but it’s the first time that it seems like the full processing capabilities are being used. It makes me wonder. How much longer until mirrorless cameras with EVFs will let you set custom, predefined presets inside the viewfinder to let you know exactly what you’re going to get before you ever press the shutter?
Lightroom for iOS version 2.1 is available to download on your iPhone and iPad from the iOS App Store. If you already have it downloaded, the update should be available sometime today.
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