Adobe‘s latest update to Lightroom Mobile has added a “raw HDR capture mode”, increasing the dynamic range of your shots by taking advantage of the increased processing power of current smartphones.
The update, released for both Android and iOS devices earlier this month, functions by reviewing the scene, recording 3 separate DNG files (Adobe’s RAW image file format), and then intelligently overlays and tone-maps the three images to create a HDR image – and the results are stunning:
There is of course a caveat: The processing power required for this is pretty intense for a mobile device, so the new function is only available on the latest devices. See below for a list of compatible devices. For iOS, HDR mode requires a device that can capture in DNG
- iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPad Pro 9.7″
For Android, the list of currently supported devices is as follows:
- Samsung S7, S7 Edge
- Google Pixel, and Pixel XL
The Adobe team is working to make the function available on additional devices, focusing on those with the processing power to ensure stable and reliable quality results first. The list of supported devices will continue to expand as the developers test and confirm capbilities of different devices and as newer and more powerful devices are released.
For a ~6 minute tutorial on the new feature, check out the video below: