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Photograph by Elia Locardi of the valley in Meteora, Greece. Shot in raw on a Fuji XT-2 and edited on location with an iPad Pro with Lightroom for iOS

In a recent blog post, Adobe highlighted changes to Lightroom Mobile for both iOS and Android platforms in an attempt to bridge the gap between mobile post-processing and its traditional counterparts.

The updates differ between the two operating systems. With the iOS update focusing mainly on the ability of high quality photos to be edited using an option named Raw Technology Preview. While the Android update introduces Pro mode, which gives mobile photographers the option to control specific settings prior to capturing an image.

For iPhone and iPad users, Raw Technology Preview allows photos in that format to be transferred directly onto the device. This gives the user the chance to reap the benefits of Raw, including access to the full range of color information, editing an uncompressed file, shifting the white balance and recovering blown out highlights. All edits are synced up and available for view on any device which has Lightroom.

In the post, the company also claimed to have edited a photo taken with a 50MP Canon 5DS using only an iPhone 6.

The iOS update includes any Raw format that is supported by Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw; the full list is available here.

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Screenshot of adjustments being made with linear selector

Lastly for the iOS, Adobe also added the ability to make adjustments using linear and radial selections in the update.

For the Android, the “Pro mode” feature let’s you manually control ISO, shutter speed, white balance and focus. Aperture isn’t included in the list due to mobile cameras having a limited variation of apertures to adjust through.

Adobe also created a camera function to pair with the Pro mode it introduced.  The new Lightroom Camera widget allows immediate access to the app’s built-in camera function, simplifying the process with which consumers can use the new mode.

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Screenshot of Lightroom running on Android

Along with this, the company also improved the ability of the app to export full-resolution files.

Both versions of Lightroom are free to download on any mobile device. To access the features using iOS however, a subscription to the Creative Cloud is necessary.

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Point Reyes captured with Lightroom for Android’s in-app camera in DNG format

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A writer from the Los Angeles area in his 20-somethings. An enjoyer of good conversations, good compositions, and good drinks. Inspired by the the sights, sounds and ideals of a city which embraces cultures of all different mediums.

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