Hi – I’m Shelby. I’m a marketing intern at Fracture with a passion for video production. Lately, I’ve also become interested in developing my photography skills.
Sometimes the natural lighting in a shoot just isn’t ideal, and you have no choice but to shoot the best you can with what you have. Making those “meh” lighting shots look incredible is where Adobe Lightroom shines (no pun intended).
What is Lightroom?
Adobe Lightroom is an app for capturing, editing, and organizing photos. It’s a mobile adaption of the classic Lightroom app for desktops. There’s a wider range of options in the desktop version, but the mobile app is more user-friendly and convenient. It’s available right on your mobile device, which is where most of us take our photos every day.
Should I use this app?
Lightroom is my go-to app for editing light and color in photos. You should use this app if you need to save an underexposed photo. This app is also useful for anyone looking to create a consistent style for a collection of photos.
Check out Kahlia Warner’s Instagram for inspiration (@kahlzwarner).
Warner is a huge fan of Lightroom. She said, “I love that with Lightroom, your options are truly endless. You can turn an average photo into an incredible photo in a matter of minutes.”
What does it do exactly?
When you first open the app, you’re greeted with the album view. This is where you can upload and organize your photos.
In the editing menu, you can add effects, presets, color, and lighting adjustments. Tap on the “Light” icon, and you’ll find tools for adjusting exposure, contrast, vibrance, and more. There’s an auto correct feature for lighting, but I wasn’t impressed with the results, so I would advise making your own adjustments. Under the effects menu, you can sharpen the image using the clarity tool, add a vignette, and more.
What are the pros?
The sliders make the editing process quick and easy. Lightroom also gives you the option to copy and paste settings from one photo to another. This allows you to create a consistent look for your photos.
Our own team members here at Fracture use the app to edit their photos. Our community manager, Liz, used Lightroom to bring this underexposed photo from Paris to life.
Are there any cons?
People love saving and sharing their Lightroom presets. Presets can be purchased directly from social media influencers or downloaded for free. However, the app version doesn’t allow users to save or import presets. You’re limited to the small list of presets created by Adobe. It’s unfortunate that one of the best features of Lightroom only works on the desktop version.
How much does the app cost?
The app is free to download, but to unlock all the editing tools you have to sign up for a monthly subscription. The $9.99/month photography plan is the cheapest option. This plan allows you to sync photos across all devices and includes 20GB of cloud storage to backup your photos.
Lightroom may be one of the most expensive photo-editing apps we’ve reviewed so far. $9.99/month is more than most people are willing to pay for an app, but it’s an industry standard that professional photographers use.
Where is the app available?
Don’t let the subscription fee scare you away from trying out this app. A lot of great editing tools are included in the free version.
The Lightroom app is the best alternative to editing photos on a computer.
Warner said, “While I prefer working on a big computer screen, the Lightroom app is awesome for when you’re on the go, or traveling.”
Also, for more learning, check out this quick tutorial video on using Lightroom on your iPhone: