Lightroom Mobile on a 12.9″ iPad Pro Is Faster than Lightroom CC

August 3rd, 2017

This video by Tony Northrup about Lightroom Mobile running on a 12.9″ iPad Pro is worth 10 minutes of your time.

I have the older 12.9″ iPad Pro (not the 2017 model) and the speed of Lightroom Mobile on it is truly amazing! I’m working at getting adept at using Lightroom Mobile and the pen. I’m having a hard time giving up the mouse. Tony makes it look easy.

As Tony says, Lightroom Mobil doesn’t yet have all the features of Lightroom CC but it has enough to be very useful. There are even parts of Photoshop and Affinity Pro that provides layer features. The most important feature is that if you have Adobe Creative Cloud everything you do on Lightroom Mobile is synced to your laptop/desktop and vice-versa so Lightroom Mobile becomes an extension to Lightroom cc.

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8 Responses to “Lightroom Mobile on a 12.9″ iPad Pro Is Faster than Lightroom CC”

  • Wow what an eye opener. Great video too. I can see this changing my workflow, maybe drastically. Thanks Larry!

  • I don’t see this changing my workflow at all. When I sit down to edit a job, I am often going back and forth between LR and PS and I do use most of the capabilities of LRCC. I like to work a job from start to finish in one sitting if I can rather than doing a little bit in one place and then having to come back to it at another. On days when I have a full schedule, I bring my laptop and ingest the previous job’s photos into LR while I’m photographing the next. All I have to do is merge the catalogs when I get back home since all of the previews are rendered and my presets have been applied. I’m also doing this over hard-wired gigabit ethernet and not “the cloud” or WiFi. It’s all transferred before I have put batteries on the chargers and brewed a nice cup of tea.

    Other than RE work, I bring my 13″ MacBook with me if I think that I will need to do some editing or if I’m shooting for Reuters and need to transfer photos from the field. Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two may be flying tomorrow morning, gotta go pack.

  • Yup, just goes to show that if Adobe was anywhere serious about the Mac market they would code the Lightroom application properly to fully utilise the core system capabilities of OS X that allows the speedy graphics of other applications that are specifically written for Macs.

  • I bought the large iPad Pro after seeing the Northrop video. I love the Lightroom ease of use, but, one of the main controls in Lightroom cc is not in the mobile version: the 3 line straightening sliders. Mobile does have a straitening feature, but seems to work only for verticals.

    Also, using raw files, my cloud storage quickly filled up and increased the level the first week. I’ll see if there is a way to use just the sync feature in Lightroom rather than all pics saved through camera roll.

    I am looking forward to working with the iPad more in my workflow. We’ll see.

  • @John – yes I was worried about where all the 30mb RAW images I import into LR mobile on my iPad are stored, but Scott Kelby has a description on about how to control where original RAWs are stored. You can Sync them all to you laptop or desktop external disk. See:

  • Maybe I’m old fashioned (I know I am old!) but I cannot understand why anyone wants to process photos on an iPad or a laptop for that matter. I like working with my 27 inch monitor, my 24 inch secondary monitor, my Wacom tablet, my full size keyboard and mouse, etc. etc. etc. I think Adobe went mad a few years ago when they started pushing all of this iPad, iPhone, etc. stuff. But like I said, I am old.

  • @Michael – Yes, as an old man set in my ways, I had a hard time getting my head around LR mobile too. I would never give up Lightroom CC on my fire-breathing 27″ iMac either but the amazing thing about LR mobile on the iPad Pro is that it is an EXTENSION to Lightroom CC (do something one place and it’s automatically synced everywhere). Think of it more as a Wacom tablet replacement where you can take the iPad Pro anywhere. This touch/pen interface is elegant and amazing. Although I still have a lot to learn about it.

  • Heck I’m probably older than all of you and very grateful for that, considering the alternative.

    As usual I think this squabble boils down to artist -vs- businessperson (I greatly respect both) and it’s pretty obvious for workflow, albeit ‘real estate quality’ it’s sort of game changer.

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