Adobe Lightroom Mobile Available For Free

As you might know, I am an advocate for Snapseed, Google’s free image editing tool for mobile devices. But when Adobe announced yesterday that Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4 is now available for free (following the iOS version going free in October already) I simply had to give the App a try. After all, the Lightroom desktop version is THE photo software par excellence built with Adobe Photoshop technology.

After playing around for an hour, I decided to place the freshly installed Lightroom Mobile directly beside the indispensable Snapsee App — what a great addition to my all time favorite editing tool!

As you can imagine, Adobe’s mobile version of Lightroom does not cover all aspects that the (paid) desktop version covers. Which is completely fine! It still gives you a good amount of handy tools to get hooked on if you love to post-process your (mobile) photos on your iOS or Android device.

I strongly recommend to get the App and have a look yourself. Even without any tutorial it is very intuitive and easy to use if you are not completely new to mobile editing.

These are the 3 Lightroom Mobile features which I personally consider as neat addition to all the wonderful editing options Snapseed already comes with:

  • Dehaze
  • White Balance
  • Noise Reduction*
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DEHAZE: Recover details hidden by mist, fog or dense rain. Of course you can reverse the feature and add some moody feeling to your shots if that’s what you’re after.

lightroom-mobile-whitebalance

WHITE BALANCE: You can either let the App auto correct your white balance settings, or choose the selector and pick a part of your image which is supposed to be white. This feature is super handy for all those shots when you didn’t had time to manually set up your white balance. My photos often tend to look a bit redder than the real live version.

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NOISE REDUCTION: Lightroom Mobile comes with a bunch of Presets. Under “Detail” you can adjust clarity and noise (low, medium, high). This is a neat feature for high ISO shots or mobile photos taken in low light. But it can also give your photo a smoother look, like on this image example (take a close look at the sand).

Do you prefer Lightroom Desktop or Mobile?
Which editing options are essential to you, and which ones do you apply each time?

*Please click on the images to see them bigger and in better quality.

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RollWorld: Spin It, Warp It, Scroll It, Zoom It — Create Tiny Planets And Abstract Art On Your Mobile Device

It seems like ages ago when I read some first tutorials on how to create “tiny planets” thanks to advanced photo editing tools, good graphic skills and a lot of patience. I tried once. It took hours. Now I have RollWorld!

The App for iPhone and iPad is so much simpler; it’s intuitive, offers different distortion settings, comes for free and allows you to create your own mini world in under a minute (ok, under 5 minutes if you play with all your options). Let me give you some examples before listing a few tips:

Tiny world of Paris edited in Rollworld

Planet building in RollWorld (Paris)

Tiny world of Auckland edited in Rollworld

Tunnel building in RollWorld (Auckland)

Tiny world of Maisons-Laffitte edited in Rollworld

In between planet and tunnel building in RollWorld (Maisons-Laffitte)

RollWorld tips:

  • the App works on both photos and videos (videos require a one time in-App purchase)
  • even if you start with 1 photo only, the App can make a video of your morph (tap the + icon at the bottom of your image)
  • loading an image will bring you by default a tiny planet — play with all sliders to spin, warp, scroll, spiral and zoom your creation to your liking
  • play with the spiraling effect to create abstract art (droste effect)
  • for better results, straighten your horizon in Snapseed before opening the image in RollWorld
  • apparently, the iPad version offers more settings than the iPhone version (to be confirmed)
  • you can reverse your last edit by tapping the bottom left arrow
  • you can save your creation to your camera roll or directly publish to a big choice of social networks by tapping the top right arrow
  • you can change the default saving settings from 1024x1024px to 4000x4000px

My final example is a sunset photo which I processed 3 times with the RollWorld sprialing effect. Admittedly, this doesn’t even come close to a tiny planet, but colourful creative compositions are maybe just what you were after!

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Spiraling effect in Rollworld:
Top left: source image
Top right: 1st processing result
Bottom left: 2nd processing result
Bottom right: 3rd processing result

I truly enjoyed playing around with RollWorld. Give it a spin yourself and let me see your creations. You got nothing to lose with this free App!

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Snapseed 2.0: Does Google Plan To Pit The App Against Instagram?

I have been using Snapseed, Google’s free mobile photo editing App, exclusively over the past months before sharing my photos on Instagram. So when I read this morning that my favorite App has been completely revamped, I wasn’t even aware that it was a “much-needed overhaul”. Admittedly, it lacked some professional “Photoshop features”, but guess what, some of us like when things are kept simple (though not as simple as the Instagram editing tools).

Of course I still tapped the update button in my App Store. Curiosity 1, Anja 0. To my relief, not THAT many things had changed. Sure, the interface looks completely different; I’m not certain though if the term “modern” really nails it. I noticed that I need one more tap than before to get to my wanted settings and filters. Oh well… But behind the new packaging, not everything had changed radically.

Added features:

  • A slider for highlights in the “Tune Image” section (neat addition to the shadow slider)
  • A feature to transform the image perspective (horizontally and vertically)
  • A brush to add a different exposure, saturation, color temperature or dodge & burn effect to specific parts of the photo
  • A spot repair feature, which sadly neither offers to choose the exact pixels you want to repair, nor the pixels you want to interpolate
  • A few new filter sets (Noir, Glamour Glow and Tonal Contrast)
  • An image stack feature to re-edit the same image lateron
  • A copy feature, allowing you to copy edits from one image to another

Deleted features:

  • The Grunge filter set (not that I am going to miss them)
  • All style presets under “Vignette”, which is truly a shame as they often helped me to see at a glance how much outer and inner brightness I was looking for

I am glad that not more features have been erased, and the new ones have been added in a way that won’t disturb my current workflow, which gives me time to actually go through all new features in the coming days to test them more on various photos.

On a first side note though, the new transform and brush tools look pretty neat and could soon become part of my image editing routine. Here is a first before and after comparison, after playing with “Transform” and “Brush” for around 10 minutes.

Louvre Paris GoPro

Original GoPro photo without any edit. This one looks a bit dull and could need some straight lines.

Louvre Paris with Snapseed

Edited with Snapseed 2.0: The new “Transform” tool interpolated pixels from the Louvre building and the fountain in the foreground (that’s a terrific job!). No need to crop, and the photo looks even more fish-eye than the GoPro original, which I personally love. I changed the saturation and color temperature of single image parts with the new “Brush” tool to make them look more like taken during sunset (which actually was the case).

I certainly think today’s changes put Google a big step ahead of Instagram (with regards to photo editing), and I am glad to see that the App stayed free, without paid “pro options”.

Are you a Snapseed fan too? What are your thoughts?
Which other mobile editing App appears on your primary smartphone or tablet screen?

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I’m Published: Twenty20 Volume I

It is with great joy that I announce the publication of Twenty20 Volume I: Eighty pages comprised of beautiful photography created by mobile photographers from around the world.

I secured my spot in Edition One last year when winning an audience voting with my Auckland SkyJump photo. The book is glossy, and colourful and it smells like printed photos (remember the times?).

Order your copy now!

People in Motion Finalist

My People in Motion submission of the SkyJump in Auckland. Thank you for your support!

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