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Basic Editing On Your Phone Using Lightroom Mobile

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

Welcome to our 'Basic Editing On Your Phone Using Lightroom Mobile' tutorial! In today's tutorial, we will be exploring the basic editing tools in Lightroom Mobile and how best to edit and image with them. Remember, image editing is very subjective, and how I edit an image won't necessarily be how you edit one, so please feel free to develop your own style and your own aesthetic. These tools, and this tutorial, is here for you to learn the very basics of image editing, which will then further your understanding of the corrections you need to edit any kind of image. Let's get started!

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If you watched our first tutorial, the Editing in VSCO tutorial, you'll notice that there are a lot more features that we can use in Lightroom Mobile. Firstly, we have cropping aspects. My phone is a 3x4 aspect ratio. They have a 9x16, which is fantastic for sInstagramtories and anything on a phone, like creating a wallpaper. I want to keep my photo in the original aspect ratio, so we won't be changing anything today. This particular image doesn't really need much doing to it in terms of cropping and adjusting, so we'll keep it simple.


Your phone should be quite good at adjusting the light for you when you take a picture, and as you can see, the phone has already done a good job at making sure the image is exposed properly. This image doesn't really need much doing to it in terms of light/exposure, so once again, we'll keep it light and simple,

Contrast gives you image a much punchier vibe, and I like my images to look slightly punchy, so we'll increase it just a touch. And in terms of contrast, as you can see, it gives it a much punchier vibe or a faded out film look. I like mine to be a little bit punchy, so we'll bump that up to 10.

Highlights change anything that is quite bright in your image. This would be perfect if you had a sky that's quite blown out, or if you were by something quite shimmery like the reflection in a body of water for example.

The Shadows just bumps up the brightness in those darker places. As you can see, in that dark bit of the Bumblebee, we can see a lot more detail in the darkness. I quite liked being able to see quite a bit of detail in the darker tones in my photos. So I've just bumped that up quite a bit.

Whites, as you can imagine, control the lighter colours in your image. And as you can see, it can really get blown out or you can really bring it down. Blacks as you probably guessed, control the darker tones in your image. I think this is quite similar to contrast in a way, but I don't want mine to be too dark and punchy.


This controls the temperature of your image and as you can see we've got vibrance and saturation tabs as well. Because this is a basic tutorial, we will not be going on to the black and white or the mix tabs right. I think that my image is quite well adjusted when it comes to colour temperature, if anything, it could be a little bit cooler. Just by altering the temperature bar by just one, you can see a visible difference in the colour already.

One thing that I really love with vibrance is that it doesn't take all of the colour of the photo out, so unlike saturation, where it just goes into black and white, it just desaturates the image, but doesn't take all of the colour out, which I love. So where it's really yellow there in the centre, you can still see some of that. And I think that looks so lovely. Already just little touches here and there of little bits of basic editing, and the image just looks so much brighter already.


There are quite a few options on the effects tab, but we shall go through all of them. We won't be going through the split tone effect at the top, as this is just a 'basics' video.

Texture is quite similar to clarity. It just gives everything, as you can imagine, a bit more texture. Adobe have named these features very well haven't they.

And then taking the texture slider down softens the image, which is quite nice. If you do very stylistic photos, that could be really lovely. I just like to give mine a little bit of punch.

Clarity is very good for words. So if you are photographing something with words, clarity is the tool to use because it brings out the darker tones and, as you can probably tell, give the image a bit more clarity. I do like to just bump a little bit of clarity in there, not too much, but enough to do the job for basic editing.

Dehaze is a very good tool to use. I use this quite a lot on the desktop version of Lightroom. It is fantastic if you have fog in your picture, or if you're taking quite a cloudy image. This really does bring out those kinds of unseen elements in your photo. And it's really exciting to use that if you have an image that needs it because then you get to see your photo in a completely different light, which is incredible. I think it's probably best used for travel photos rather than something like this. This is probably the wrong photo to use for a dehaze example, but it is incredible for more landscape based photos. But I don't think we'll use any of that here today.

Last time, in our previous tutorial, we talked a bit about vignette. Vignette is just adding kind of a frame of dark or light around your image. I think it does look quite unnatural for an image like this. I do find, unless you are focusing on a subject, not necessarily outdoors, that this is best used for travel photos or something that is quite naturally dark. Whereas in something like this image, which was taken in like midday, full sunshine.


The next and last tool will be looking at on here is detail. This controls your sharpening as you can see here, we can have it super-duper sharp. I don't like my photos too sharp personally, but I do like to see a bit of detail.

Now we won't be looking at radius or detail or masking or noise reduction, or any of those other things today, as this is just a basic editing tutorial.

And that's the end of the tutorial very short and very sweet this time.

And as you can see, just by using some basic tools, we can really change an image and really bring out some details some darkness back out. And once you learn these basic skills, you'll be able to just change how your photos look completely. This is a really good basis of then learning and developing a visual style for your photos and aesthetic.

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial!