Adobe’s Tom Hogarty Demos Lightroom For The iPad

You know those cool mini DNG previews that let you take edit your RAW photos even when your don’t have the drive containing your photos connected to your MacBook Air? That tech could soon lead to Lightroom on your iPad. On Scott Kelby’s show The Grid, Adobe’s Lightroom boss showed off a prototype of the app.

Here’s the list of features

• The ability to edit photos taken in raw photo formats, including Lightroom develop-module parameters like exposure, clarity, shadows, highlights, and white balance.
• Cloud-synchronized editing so that changes made on a tablet arrive on the same photo on the PC.
• The ability to zoom all the way to 100 percent for checking photo focus and details.

There my even be a Library module which would let you sort and tag your photos on the train home after a shoot, ready to toss away the trash and edit the keepers when you get back to civilization.

This is fantastic. In the digital photography realm, Adobe is beating Apple at every turn, which is great news for us users.

Currently, the demo is slow and laggy thanks to the early status of its development. But despite that (or maybe because if it) the app already includes – according to the CNET report – "exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, vibrance, clarity, temperature, tint, sharpen, luminance noise reduction" controls. Wowsers.

With Lightroom 5 surely ready to release any time now, and now this, it’s looking like a great time for iPad-owning digital photographers. And I just switched back to using JPGs. Sigh…

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  • Turtle Heart

    Spell check? Literacy check? You must be kidding with this article. Fail with the language skills there bud.

  • craigburdett

    I’m confused how anyone could consider color-balancing an image on a device that doesn’t have a calibrated display? The display on the iPad is nice – but it’s not color-accurate. Not by a long shot.

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