Adobe's iOS app failure by Jason Snell (Six Colors)

Now, how many hours per year do I spend in the five different iOS apps that bear the imprint of the Photoshop product family, many of whom are only accessible to people who (like me) have active Creative Cloud subscriptions? (Keeping in mind that I often travel with only my iPad Pro, and do an awful lot of my work on the iPad these day.)

The answer is zero. I never use them.

I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Mobile all the time. I don't know if Jason has used Lightroom but it works quite well. I don't think it's possible for Adobe to incorporate the full functionality of the desktop version but most of what I need is there. I don't use any of the other Adobe apps Jason mentioned in his post. From my standpoint, Adobe's mobile program is a success. Other photographers agree.

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What the Heck is (The New) Lightroom CC? by Richard HarringtonRichard Harrington (Photofocus)

Adobe just announced that there are now TWO VERSIONS of Lightroom. There is the previous Lightroom (now called Lightroom Classic CC) and a new product called Lightroom CC. Let's try to make sense of the new application. What is Lightroom CC Lightroom CC is a whole new app that is built on the same imaging technology…

I think this is a good move. I have often wanted to edit any photo in my catalogue while sitting on my couch with my iPad. The current version of Lightroom CC has a cloud sync feature. When I am out and about I often snap images with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on my iPhone 7. I make edits and share immediately or I wait until I get home and edit in Adobe Lightroom on macOS or on my iPad Pro.

But when I am not in front of my iMac I want to edit images in the catalogue. I just wish there was a way to access the Lightroom CC catalogue from my iPad Pro when I am home. I don't necessarily want my images stored in the cloud. My main area of concern is this:

Lightroom CC syncs everything to all devices including easy to lose mobile devices.

That concerns me from a storage and privacy perspective. My catalogue is just under 1TB. Apple’s maximum storage for iPads and iPhone is about a quarter of that (before other apps and their storage are accounted for). Then there is the issue of how to get the catalogue to Adobe’s data centre. Some broadband providers have data caps as low as 300GB. Plus at current upload speeds, it could take a month of continuous uploading before you images are finally available.

With all of the images available via a web interface, it’s only a matter of time before Adobe has a major breach and your client photos are exposed. Imagine telling your client, “Your nudes and boudoir images may have leaked online”. Or telling some parent, “Someone accessed and downloaded your child’s photos”.

But this, this makes the new cloud-only option unlikely for me.

... I’ve confirmed that the migration tools aren’t meant for frequent back and forth handoffs. Migrate a library in and go forward (not go back).

Er. No, thanks. I don't want my files (and edits to those files) being trapped inside the restrictions of a cloud service. This curmudgeon is sticking with Classic.

Last month I wrote about a plug-in to export images to WordPress from Adobe Lightroom. This month, I am writing about exporting from Lightroom to Instagram.

In the early days, Instagram was all about mobile photography. You used the app to snap a photo, applied a filter, added a few hashtags and posted the image to the Internet. But eventually, people started posting DSLR images to Instagram. The process was not quite as instant. Most DSLRs don’t have Wi-Fi and even if your does, the posting process involves transferring the image to your smartphone and importing to the Instagram app. If you wanted to do more editing and post-processing before posting to Instagram, you have to transfer the image from the computer to your smartphone and then import to the Instagram app. But there is a faster way.

LR/Instagram is an unofficial publish plugin for Lightroom, allowing you to post photos directly to your Instagram account from Lightroom. There is no need to export to a folder and then transfer the photo onto your smartphone.

Screen Shot of Lightroom File MenuFirst, you need to install the plugin. If you are already familiar with plug-in installation follow the normal process for installing LR/Instagram. If you have never installed a Lightroom plug-in, plug-in author Jeffrey Friedl has written an excellent overview of the process.

Once the LR/Instagram plugin has been installed you’ll need to create a Lightroom publish service. The Publish Services connection allows LR/Instagram and Lightroom to communicate with your Instagram account. You can find the Publish Services panel in the lower left-hand corner of the Library module. Click the "+" and click "Go to Lightroom Publishing Manager."

The Lightroom Publishing Manager will display a list of existing Publish Services. Click "Add" to create a new publish connection and select LR/Instagram from the drop-down list. You can optionally enter a name for this connection. Click Create to create the connection. Once your connection entry has been created you can configure the connection.

Select the LR/Instagram connection in the left pane of the Lightroom Publishing Manager. Once you authenticate with your Instagram account information, the connection is ready, and you can start exporting images to Instagram. However, before you start doing that there are some additional preferences that will help make the best use of the plug-in.

To avoid having my post fill the timeline of my viewer, I normally post only one image at a time to Instagram. I control this via the Upload limit preference. This limits the number of photo upload per publishing action. Originally, Instagram only supported square cropped images. However, recent updates to Instagram allow the posting of images in landscape and portrait modes. I welcome this change but if you are nostalgic for the square format, you can enable that preference.

LR/Instagram provides a new metadata panel, where you can add captions and hashtags to be published along with your to image. I created a custom template using a set of template tags to customize how the metadata information appears when I publish my image.

My template looks like this:


{cameraMake} {cameraModel} + {lens}, {shutterSpeed}, {aperture}, {isoSpeedRating} @ {focalLength} (~ {focalLength35mm})

{Hashtag} {#keywordTags}`

Here's an example of what that looks like when posted to Instagram.

This month’s expedition is ‘The Contact Sheet’. This image is my pick from the contact sheet. Read more on my web site here: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D5100 + 18.0−55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24 mm (~36 mm), ISO 100, ¹???? sec, ƒ / 8.0 || #thephotofrontier #NikonPhotography #NikonNoFilter #nikontop #nikonforever

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Once you have your template set up, save the changes to the Publish Service. Now you can drag photos to the publish collection, then click Publish to immediately upload your photos to Instagram. If you want to change the caption and hashtags after posting an image, you can edit the information and mark the image for re-publishing. When you click the publish button, LR/Instagram will update the information on Instagram. The original image, however, will remain unchanged.

Adobe Lightroom, Publish Services
Drag images from your catalog into the photostream area under the publish service. Click Publish to post to Instagram.

The LR/Instagram plugin is compatible with Adobe Lightroom CC, or LR 3.0 (or later), on Windows XP (or later) and Mac OS X 10.7 (or later).

If you modify photo after publishing, the photos go to "Modified Photos to Re-Publish" state. Since it is not possible to replace a photo in Instagram, the photo content is not actually updated from this state. However, the plugin does update captions and hashtags on republishing.

The LR/Instagram plugin is 100% free to download and try. The developer simply asks that you if you like it, show your support by registering it for $10 from Lightroom Plugin Manager.