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"So my question is, at what stage does he get the actual raw files into LR desktop, ready to export to PS at full resolution with edits?"
I've not watched the video, but when you import raws directly into Mobile, the actual raw files appear in LR Desktop when you next open your synced catalogue. It happens automatically by LR syncing the raw files down from Adobe.
So this assumption is wrong "he's actually only working on the smart previews in LR desktop".
Makes sense? Try it for yourself - it'll be obvious.
OK thanks, if that's what's meant to be happening, then I'm guessing there's something I'm not doing right, because I'm only getting jpeg files (plus a file that presumably contains the edits I've made), on my desktop.
I'm going to go back and check every step of my setup, to see if I can work out where the raw file is becoming a jpeg, which I'd assumed was a smart preview.
Woo hoo, found it, thanks to John's pointer.
The issue was that I'm using Olympus OI.Share to transfer the files from camera to iPad, and it turns out that even though I only shoot in raw, the app actually creates and transfer's a jpeg version only - it can't transfer raw files.
So the solution is easy; I either use a camera connection kit to get the files off the sd card onto my iPad, or use something like Cascable Pro to transfer them wirelessly. Which I use will depend on whether the other features of Cascable are any use to me.
I (occasionally) use Apple's SD card to Lightning adapter. The magic is that if I import the card into LR Desktop, the duplicates routine detects any files that were imported into Mobile.