- Yes you can download LR mobile(free) however it will be a scaled down version with lesser functionality? like you cannot sync images with LR desktop.
- If you want the same editing features that of the desktop then "no it does not provide all those functions of develop module"
- I believe you cannot edit raw files from LR mobile directly, is your ipad even reading raw files from your camera?
Would suggest you to check these links
Thank you very much Rohit. That clears my doubts. No. It does not read RAW files.
Sorry to trouble you for something more. Will this scaled down version connect to camera via camera connector and will I be able to download the RAW files as smart previews ?
And thanks for the links I shall definitely go through them.
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What it's not for is a workflow that goes: camera (raw file) -> iPad -> computer. If you are hoping to use it for a trip with the iPad instead of a laptop, it doesn't pretend to be for that, and never has.
Instead it is for a computer -> iPad -> computer workflow. So I'd take some pictures, download them to my computer and sync, then look at the pictures later if I am away from my desk. In general, I use it for having my portfolios with me at all times, reviewing pictures to identify obvious rejects or ones I really like, and thirdly for broad adjustments so my time back in front of the computer is better spent on fine tuning. To a lesser extent, I also use LrM so iPhone photos and videos go straight into my catalogue. Also, don't forget that when images are uploaded toLrM, you can also view them on any computer by logging into lightroom.com with your browser. This web UI has other features too, such as drag and drop to add new pictures into your catalogue.
In other words, rather than imagining it must be for getting raw files from the camera. It never said it was that. Instead look at the wider picture.
No you cannot.
Can your I-Pad detect the camera connected to it, i doubt it can, so if your I-Pad cannot detect the camera then how can Lightroom Mobile recognize the files.
What Lightroom mobile is: A fun way to superficially edit a few images that you have on your main Lightroom machine while sitting on the couch watching TV and a simple way to generate a quick sideshow portfolio to show to people. It can also take in jpegs from your mobile device's camera roll and sync those back to your main machine. The latter can be quite useful if like me you shoot some extra, documentary images and movies with your iPhone. They will show up in your main machine's library automatically alongside your DSLR images. Another use for it is as a way to get your desktop edited images to instagram.
What it isn't: A full editing and cataloging solution that can ingest raw images. It can't replace a laptop.
Conclusion: It's a bit of a toy and extremely far from a professional editing tool. If you use it for what it is meant for it can be lightly useful. Don't expect too much of it.
Thank you Rohit for the clarifications - saved me from buying a camera connector.
And thank you John Beardsworth & Jao vdl for explicit explanations on what one could expect from LR for iPad.
I now understand LR for iPad and thanks once again to all of you for clearing my doubts.
If you treat it as a toy, that's all it'll be - and nothing wrong with that. But you can treat it more seriously too.