The week, Adobe added four brand new updates thought Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile, as well as a new organization tool and experimental app.
1. Lightroom Mobile’s HDR Capture Mode
You can now capture photos on your smartphone in HDR mode thanks to Lightroom Mobile. This is big news as it is the first time we are able to use this feature outside of a DSLR or mirror less camera, bringing astounding dynamic range to your mobile device.
The update works by automatically scanning the landscape for you in order to determine the appropriate exposure range. From there it takes three DNG files that are immediately aligned, tone mapped, deg hosted, and merged within the application. The same algorithms are used to process the images as the HDR tech that is built into Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.
While it was already possible to capture HDR JPEG photographs via smartphone, they oftentimes failed to provide adequate tones within certain lighting. With Lightroom’s update the consumer can now capture three raw shots, expanding dynamic range, editing, and ease of share. In addition, iOS users are now able to export original files and raw files that were taken using Lightroom Mobile (DNGs included). The update created a few other shortcuts, making navigating the app more simple.
While the update is only available for iOS users with iPhone 6 models and newer and for Android users with Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL, we are hopeful that it may eventually become accessible on older models in the future.
2. Lightroom CC 2015.9 and ACR 9.9
These updates provide lens profile and camera raw support as well as a direct response to bugs that were often reported. The Lightroom CC update has fixed issues related to the update button, export, and cursor movements to name a few. The ACR 9.9 can now be accessed in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud app. For more information on which specific cameras and lenses are supported via the Lightroom CC 2015.9 update, click here.
3. Photo Grids with Adobe Portfolio and Behance
Photographers can now showcase their work with Photo Grids via Adobe Portfolio and Behance, making it simple to upload content from your computer, creative cloud files or via Lightroom Collections.
Adobe provides different layouts for its photo grids, letting photographers choose their favorite style, as they compile photo collections into a simple screen where all the viewer needs to do is scroll through them. This makes organizing photos easier for creators and viewing the collections easier for everyone else. Instructions for how to organize photo grids can be found here.
4. The Experimental Artistic Eye App
Adobe shared a sneak peak into their experimental app, Artistic Eye. The app was created in collaboration with the de Young Museum in San Franciso in hopes of getting more people to interact with works of art in their museum.
Artistic Eye is a style-transfer technology. It works by having a person (or small group) enter into a photo booth installation to create a self-portrait. Afterward, the user is encouraged to play with their photos by transforming them into styles similar to their favorite works of art at the museum.
The app isn’t exactly the first to change the look of a picture, but it is the first to engage in different scales of style. It combines large scale detail (how the artist creates the work) as well as small scale detail like texture.
Adobe Sensei is used in the experimental app and is the reason for facial recognition and the correlation between art and the photographic style.