Adobe Lightroom CC | COMPLETE iPad Photo Editing Workflow Tutorial!!

I periodically get asked to share my editing settings, sometimes I get asked “HOW DO YOU EDIT” and even rarer, I get asked what’s your favourite drink? The answers are as follows: Lightroom CC, Lightroom CC and Mountain Dew.

Frequently enough I get asked, at least enough to do a video, how I edit. Here’s how I do it. All mobile on the iPad via Lightroom CC and it’s easy! Come along for the ride if you’d like to learn how.


Follow along as we go from shooting, to SD card, to transferring to your iPad, to dropping the files into Lightroom through to the final product with some mild (read: horrifically bad) editing along the way.

  1. Obtain SD card, remove from camera
  2. Plug in dongle, insert card
  3. Import photos into Apple Photos App

    Sidebar: you can somewhat automate this process using the script function, but it isn’t stable enough to be reliable. I find it’s not good enough for RAWs and crashes if you try to import too many. JPG may be fine but from my testing it’s not as reliable as the SD CARD-DONGLE combo.

  4. Import into LR, make sure setting “auto import” is selected to avoid manual selection

    Sidebar: downside, this is where LR classic is killer as you can apply import presets. CC hasn’t caught up yet, one day maybe

  5. Begin editing
  6. Apply preset to one, alter WB, key colours and contrast, when happy use copy from last function and delete as you go.

    Sidebar: this is where it gets a bit draining as you’ve got to do this for every photo, so learning to be conservative with your shots is important. Looking at digital in the same way as film helps, take one shot and make it the best shot.

  7. Share set. Complete set, make an album and share it, leave in description.

    Other things: script function isn’t good enough, best to do the hard way into photos. Wifi works too, show GR3 method of wifi. But it’s essentially the same process where SD/Dongle are subtracted for wifi and the files are passed via wifi to the the photos app – same same. But not all cameras have wifi, like my m9 which has almost no features


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I've been taking terrible street shots on and off since around 2014. I started this site in a attempt to better understand the process of photography and write about it at the same time. While I’m obsessed with gear like pretty much all photography nerds, I’m also obsessed with good photographs that make us feel something. I hoping that through this site my photography will develop into something that makes you feel something (other than complete disappointment, of course).

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