Did you see my recent tutorial about how to sync your iPad or iPhone photo stream with Lightroom?
Now that you’ve got that set up, you can do some nifty editing tricks in LR to perfect these photos.
Before you follow this tutorial, you should know that I take lots of photos on my iPhone. And I only edit a very few of them in Lightroom. So don’t let this tutorial stress you out and increase your editing workload! I only use these methods on photos that are going to end up printed or in a scrapbook somewhere.
- Correct Lens Distortion – this is the first thing I do to iPhone photos (the keepers) in Lightroom. Aside from removing subtle distortion, this adjustment removes a significant amount of vignetting to brighten the corners. This has a large impact on many images. Lightroom even recognizes the Apple lens and corrects for it specifically. It wouldn’t, however, recognize any lenses that you attach to the outside of your iPhone.
- Remove distractions – Using Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool, I cleaned up the blue litter that was next to the tracks. I am sure this can be done on the iPhone, but not with my old eyes!
- Local Adjustments – you can do this in Snapseed, but I can be more precise in Lightroom. Remember that I only do this for special photos, not all of them! In this particular photo, I brightened my daughter’s face. (Snapseed is the app I use to edit my photos.)
- Apply a sharpening mask- this gives me some extra sharpening, only to the parts of the image that need it.
What about you? Do you edit your mobile phone photos on your computer? Is there a specific edit you find they always need?