Your suggestion did not relate to LR Mobile. I am asking about using that on an IOS device. To recast the question, do I have to use Photos app first to get the image files into my camera roll?
I apologize for previous post.
Please follow the tutorial: Manage collections & import photos with Lightroom on mobile | Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC tutorials
I hope this answers the question.
Thanks. I was hoping that LR Mobile could access a connected SD card and import files directly but it seems it cannot. Photos to be imported to LRM have tone already on the camera roll.
You are welcome!
Thanks for the feedback. I will pass it on to the concerned team and hope that this functionality will be introduced in the future updates.
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Six months on and no sign of what I would regard as basic functionality. I have a WD My Passport Pro Wireless Hard Drive that I use whenever I am on the road. At present I have to use the WD software to manually open each file individually in LR CC on my iPad Pro. The WD software is limited in that the drive is essentially a storage and server device and it cannot preview raw images.
I don’t want to have to store my images twice on my iPad by loading them all into my Camera Roll. It would seem to be a simple thing to be able to import directly from the drive, or as in the previous posters case from the SD card.
Is LR CC a serious tool for the Pro-Am photographer or just a toy for the masses? It is already bugging me that I have to use at least three other Apps to do the same editing I can on my LR Classic.
Still no useful response to this problem?
Does everything have to go through the camera roll?
Either through the camera roll, or the Files app. That’s an OS limitation AFAIK.
You mention the Files app? I like the Files app on my iPad Pro, but wondering how you incorporate the files app in your workflow to be able to import into LR on the iPad? Would you mind explaining please, as it would be great if I could see my Apple SD reader, but currently can’t even see it in files app. Maybe I’m missing something, but would really love to have this functionality if you know how.
Photos that are in Files.app (e.g. those in Dropbox) can be imported through there. For your SD card reader, pull them in through Photos.app, then you can import them into Lightroom.
Either of those options is a clutz. It may be a limitation imposed by Apple, I don’t know. In any case my work around is better than either option of Dropbox or Photo’s. Exporting one at a time from WD My Passport May be painful but is bettter than loading hundreds of images into Photo’s or uploading to Dropbox. More often than not if I’m on the road I don’t have the bandwidth to upload to Dropbox any way. Also I don’t want to store all my images on my iPad, It would fill up very quickly.
So we are left where we were ☹️
Either of those options is a clutz. It may be a limitation imposed by Apple, I don’t know.
Yes, it is a limitation imposed by Apple. If you can see your WD My Passport from Files, you might be able to access them that way.
Yep, it‘s SO unfortunate that Apple allows only Apple to access a plugged-in SD card reader (is there another one than the one from Apple anyway?)!
Currently, developers of iOS apps have no chance: as soon as the Lightning SD card adapter is plugged into an iOS device the one and only app that launches (and thus has access to the SD card) is Apple‘s very own Photos app.
Adobe‘s in-app teaser suggests otherwise:
„... directly to your phone ...“ – that‘s cleverly put! Look at the photo: the adapter is connected and the screen shows Lightroom CC. What does this suggest to you?
Do we know what iOS‘s Photos app does with the imported photos? To meta data or even image data?
Plus: in Photos app‘s import dialog we can‘t see which of the photos are RAW and which are JPG/TIFF/...!
If I only want to import the RAW images from the SD card into Lightroom CC on my iPad Pro it‘s a guess work (because I shoot RAW+JPG on my Sony Alpha 7II).
It would be a little help if Apple would propagate a connected SD card to iOS‘s Files app so that we don‘t have to put photos first into the Photos app, then import them from there into the Lightroom CC app and then remove them from the Photos app again. However, at least in the current iOS release 11.3.1 a connected SD card (reader) doesn‘t appear in the Files app. Huge bummer! I sincerely hope that this will come in a future iOS version!
So, folks, that‘s the status quo we all (even Adobe!) have to deal with.
Puzzles me, however, that not even a company as huge and important as Adobe can talk to Apple about this and get something from them!