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Lightroom Proofing with the iPad

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By Chris Malinao

In the last column, we talked about tethered shooting in Lightroom, i.e., shooting in studio with the camera attached to the computer. As we shoot, our photos go directly to the hard drive and the images are seen big on the computer screen as they come in. That’s convenient because you can adjust the shoot as you go, being able to inspect the large images on the screen. To enable tethered shooting, we go to File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture.

But did you know you can also share those photos on the iPad in real time? You can do that by synchronizing your shoot with Lightroom Mobile. That’s right, you must have Lightroom Mobile enabled first before you can share your live studio shoot on the iPad. And how do you enable Lightroom Mobile? By subscribing to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. And there’s the rub, you need to be in Lightroom CC to enable proofing with the iPad. I’ll tell you later what to do if what you have is the standaloneVersion 6 or any other version of Lightroom.

Tethered shooting in Lightroom also allows sharing your live photo shoot via the iPad. As the images come into your computer, the client also sees them immediately. (Model: Rachel)Tethered shooting in Lightroom also allows sharing your live photo shoot via the iPad. As the images come into your computer, the client also sees them immediately. (Model: Rachel)

Tethered shooting in Lightroom also allows sharing your live photo shoot via the iPad. As the images come into your computer, the client also sees them immediately. (Model: Rachel)

If you have Lightroom CC—and most probably you also have Photoshop CC because they come as a photography bundle from Adobe— you must also have signed up with Adobe with your own Adobe ID. You will use that Adobe ID to sign in and enable Sync with Lightroom Mobile first in the Preferences settings. You do that by going to Edit > Preferences > Lightroom mobile > Join.

So, with both Tethered Capture and Lightroom Mobile enabled: 1) make a new collection first and 2) set this new collection as the target collection; 3) Right-click on the name of this new collection and select Sync with Lightroom Mobile.

Now, each time you click the shutter, your photos appear immediately on the computer screen. At this time, it’s only on your screen, but once you press the letter “B” the picture on screen goes to that target collection you created (Remember? Pressing B sends the picture to where the plus sign is), and also to the iPad because you have enabled Sync with Lightroom mobile; this collection synchronizes with the iPad. That’s how you share your shoot via the iPad. Let’s point out that this sharing is done via the Internet; your laptop is communicating with your iPad via the World Wide Web and not directly with each other. Allow for some lag if you have slow connection.

Taking this tethered shoot farther, you can also share the photos with anyone anywhere in the world by going to the Adobe website, lightroom.adobe.com, and logging in with your Adobe ID. There, you only need to click the Sharing button and choose how you want to share, Private or Limited Public, and send the link or URL to people you want to share your photos with. And while there, do you see those icons for Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus? Yes, you may also share your photos to those social media sites from your own Adobe page.

Now, what do you do when your Lightroom version is the standalone LR6, LR5, or even LR4? No problem. You might not be able to shoot a live studio shoot, but you can still share your photos via the cloud. Just export your photos to a folder and upload them to Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, or similar cloud storage services. Remember also that Lightroom itself has the Publish Services feature (in Library, bottom of left panel). It allows us to directly upload to photo sharing sites like Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, 500px, and others.

Chris Malinao teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF (Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation), a nonprofit organization that offers year-round workshops in Basic Photography, Advanced Photography, Wedding Photography, Strobist Lighting, Food Photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and other specialty photography workshops. For details, please visit www.photoworldmanila.com.

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