See how to take the best photo with the camera in Lightroom for mobile, with settings that optimize lighting, composition, and apply creative effects.

Open the Adobe in-app camera in Lightroom on mobile

Often when you go to capture that moment, the lighting conditions aren't ideal: An overcast sky, a room too dimly lit, or fluorescent lighting can ruin your photo.

The Adobe in-app camera in Lightroom for mobile helps you take better photos instantly with options to optimize lighting, apply creative effects, and set up your subject in your shot.

Open Lightroom on your mobile device.

Tap the Camera icon to open the Adobe in-app camera.


Select a white balance setting

White balance is a camera setting that adjusts for lighting in order to make the colors in your images as accurate as possible.

Tap on Auto to open the shooting modes menu and choose Professional. Under the live view of the scene, tap the White Balance icon and then tap one of the options below.

  • Auto (AWB)
  • Incandescent (Light bulb), or Fluorescent (Horizontal light bulb) for indoor scenes
  • Daylight (Sun), or Overcast (Cloud) for outdoor scenes
  • Custom (Eyedropper) which you set by aiming your camera at a neutral-colored surface.

This photo was taken outdoors, so we selected the Daylight white balance option to to adjust for the outdoor lighting.


Compose your shot with an overlay grid

The Lightroom camera has several grid overlay options to help you compose and frame your shot. Tap the three dots in the upper right and then tap the Grid icon to display the grid options.

The Halves grid divides the frame in half, vertically or horizontally; The Rule of Thirds grid divides the frame into thirds for a classic approach to composition; and the Golden grid overlay, which is based on the golden ratio. There is also a Level overlay, which usese the device’s sensors to help you align the camera with the ground for shots with a level horizon.  

Tap the Rule of Thirds icon. Compose your photo by aligning your subject along or at the junction of the thirds.


Apply a shoot-through preset

Presets are custom recipes of adjustments that achieve a desired look. Apply a shoot-through preset to preview several specially-formulated looks on your photo before capturing it. Tap the Preset icon.

Select a preset. Presets include High Contrast, Flat, Warm Shadows, High Contrast Black and White, and Flat Black and White. We applied a Warm Shadows preset to this photo.

After you capture your photo, you can adjust all the settings in the preset for the photo with full non-destructive capabilities, which means you can always return to your original photo.

Note: Creative filter presets are available on iPhone 5, 5c, 5s and later, as well as iPad 2, 3, and 4, iPad Air and later devices. For Android, they are available on Android devices that support Open GL ES 3.0 and later.


Capture the photo

Tap the Shutter button to capture a photo of your scene.

The Adobe in-app camera automatically saves your photo to All Photos in Lightroom on mobile. Tap the image thumbnail in the lower left to view the most recent photo, or tap the X in the upper left-corner of the screen to exit the in-app camera and work with your photos.


Experiment with different settings

Try different settings in the Adobe in-app camera in Lightroom on mobile to create an amazing photo at capture.

Continue to refine and share your photos in Lightroom on mobile. Your edits will automatically sync to your Lightroom desktop app.

If you don’t already have Lightroom for desktop, download it now. You can take your photos even further with Lightroom or Photoshop on the desktop with a free trial.

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