Lightroom CC Updated With Siri Shortcuts Support

Adobe released an update to its photo processing application on iOS. The new update brings something that will help somehow fix a workflow issue on iOS. Imagine you take a few pictures with your camera in RAW format. You want to process them on the go with your iPad. Currently, the only way to do this is to import them into Photos app and process them in the application of your choice that supports RAW pictures. If you want to process them in Lightroom, you then have to open Lightroom and do the import, a two steps process.

Now, with this update, by supporting Siri Shortcuts, you can import your pictures in Photos.app and then from there, you select them and execute your shortcut to move them in Lightroom. My shortcut does this:

  1. Accept photos from input, pass them to Lightroom.
  2. Ask if I want to delete the photos from Photos.app (this adds some flexibility to the automation).
  3. Ask if I want to open Lightroom.

Also, in this process, you can ask Lightroom to apply a preset. This is what they say in the update notes. The problem is, this is not the preset like we know them in Lightroom, but profiles which is not the same at all.

Profiles are used to apply changes to your photo with a certain style
If we could really apply presets, that would be really useful.

Lightroom Session #17 – Dubai Sky

Dubaï Sky – Taken in 2016, Processed in 2019 with Lightroom and Luminar 3

For the complete recorded Lighrrom session with comments, head to my video on Vimeo! It is in high resolution, high quality for you to enjoy the nuance of retouching a picture like this. Enjoy, share and like! 😃

Not Just For Media Consomption

A recent article by Michael Steeber titled “2018 iPad Pro and Apple Pencil enhance creative work on the Mac” could convince a few more of you that the iPad is not really just a media consumption device. You may already know that I’m a big fan of Adobe Lightroom CC on the iPad but some other creative tools are quite impressive. Read on to learn more about them. 

Preparing For a GuruShots Challenge

Tempted by another GuruShots challenge where the theme is “Intentionally Inclined”. I went in Lightroom to select a picture from my trip to London last summer. Then I spent a few moments processing it. I went with a black & white version of it because of the subject: the parliament. An old building destined to be in black & white to give an oldish look to the picture.

If you want to have a look to my Lightroom session, you are lucky because I recorded it and posted it to my Vimeo account. Here is the link.

The New iPad Pro For Photographers – Austin Mann

Excerpt from the article “The New iPad Pro For Photographers – Austin Mann

While the new iPad Pro is a massive step forward for photographers looking to use it as the center of their mobile workflow, there are still things I’d like to see improved moving forward.

  1. I wish there were more batch capabilities on iPad Pro. (For example, Lightroom CC allows me to copy edit settings, but only paste them to one image at a time.) Tasks like batch file renaming and batch custom resizing are important aspects of the pro photo workflow. I’m hopeful to see features like these in the near future.
  2. I wish the iPad Pro handled external storage differently. Options like Gnarbox and DJI CoPilot are really helpful, but I wish I could plug my USB-C storage into the iPad Pro and operate directly from there.

  3. I wish there was Dark Mode for iOS. I almost always operate in Dark Mode on Mac these days. I was working in Ulysses Dark Mode on the night flight to Iceland and was temporarily stunned when I switched to Settings.

We are wishing for the same things.