Adobe Announces Major Updates to Lightroom on Android


Today, Adobe has brought some new updates to the Lighroom Mobile app for Android users. The biggest: the Lightroom camera now lets you shoot in Adobe DNG RAW–then edit the RAW files right on your phone. In addition to this, you’ll get new presets, split toning, Point Curve Mode in Tone Curve which also gives access to the RGB curves, Dehaze, and the ability to tune the colors of a specific area.

Sounds pretty powerful, right? It surely is. When combined with Moment or Iris lenses, it’s bound to make your phone into an absolutely killer camera. At the same time though, let’s just hope it doesn’t completely fry your processor or murder your battery.

You can download Lightroom for free from the Google Play store right now. Sample images are after the jump.

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Pondering The Significance Behind a Photo Today

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Today, in 2016, million of images are taken each day and uploaded to the web. If millions are being taken, then let’s also consider how many just aren’t being uploaded. To that end, it’s quite valid to say that to most folks, photo aren’t really a crazy special thing. But you see, photography didn’t begin that way.

In fact, there’s a stark contrast between the photographic process today vs years ago.

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How Shooting with My Phone Made Me a Better Photographer


It’s incredibly easy for every person that is seriously into photography to get all caught up on shutter speeds, apertures, ISOs, and stop worrying about the moment. but the truth is that all that just gets in the way of taking a good picture. While manual control can help you express your creative vision, using automatic cameras (like some of the very lo-fi options out there) and a phone have helped me over the years become a better photographer.

How is that possible, you ask? Because they helped me focus on the whole scene instead of trying to narrow in so much on just one area. On that same line of thought, they also made me just pay attention to everything in the frame so much more closely while the camera handled the exposure.

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Your Camera Isn’t as Important As You Think it Is

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In the past month, I’ve been answering questions from photographers looking to make a small upgrade in one way or another. In every conversation the names that constantly seem to be coming up are Sony, Fujifilm and Canon–with every single photographer suffering from some sort of Gear Acquisition Syndrome symptom. After carefully talking about things with each photographer, it eventually gets to the point where I make them realize something very big that at one point or another they tend to forget.

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The Camera is Becoming a Luxury Item

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For the past couple of years, overall camera sales have dropped. The drop started before the earthquakes and tsunamis in the Eastern parts of Asia that wrecked factories. For a while, cameras and lenses weren’t put out or announced. Then when new announcements finally came, sales went up again before slowing to a trickle.

The camera, the dedicated camera that is, has hit a point in society where it is a luxury item overall. Despite the economy looking a tad better, folks (we mean those nowhere as discerning as those with dedicated cameras) are very happy with the results that they get from their phones.

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Wired Shows You How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

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Wired recently created a video showing off how to take better photos with your smartphone–and on top of the list is using the VSCO app. But they also recommend using more manual controls from other camera apps. Of course, they also state that you should make good use of the sun and natural lighting.

Indeed, smartphones were long considered inferior by many photographers due to the lack of manual controls; but that’s changed. Additionally, some Android phones now shoot DNG raw images and Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to edit those RAWs with ease.

The video on how to take better photos with your smartphone is after the jump.

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Why You Should Disable Right Clicking Anywhere on Your Photo Website

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When photographers talk about wanting to prevent theft of their images, many don’t realize that they need to disable a single feature that many don’t realize even exists. In fact, many photographers wouldn’t realize it unless they are are well versed in the ways of HTML and coding–and not many photographers are that well versed. As designs in photo websites and websites in general change, designers are now trying to find a way to make websites perfect for both desktops and mobile devices without adding a mobile theme of some sort.

Sure, folks can still screen shot your site and try to take an image–but the quality will be absolutely horrid. The way for someone to really get to your images starts with right clicking on a site while at a desktop. When someone is on their desktop, they can choose to inspect the elements of the site. Then (at least on Google Chrome) if the person decides to go over to resources and then images, they can peruse through the images and find the original that was uploaded. This is a far better way for someone to get the image that is on your site.

So how do you prevent this from happening? The best way is to disable right clicking on desktops and and long pressing on mobile devices. If you’re a photographer that has been in the industry for many years, it’s time to start changing your site up and getting out of the archaic designs. Clean interfaces are in, and many folks look at your website from some sort of tablet.

When we say that you should disable right clicking, you should do it all over the site–not only just on the images or the text links. If someone can find the small area of the site to right click on, then they can access all of the HTML coding and snag the image.

Even better: if you make the website navigable only by button presses or gestures you can disable any sort of theft to begin with.

15 Gifts Under $100 for the Photographer

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It’s no secret that photography gear is very expensive and that the hobby is general isn’t a cheap one. But there are gifts that you can snag for the photographer in your life (or yourself) that won’t break the bank too much or even at all. We’ve spent a week perusing deals and thinking of ideas for really affordable but solid gifts for the photographer under $100.

Here’s our roundup of gifts under $100.

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