If you happen to own a compatible Android device, you can now use the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom app to take pictures in RAW HDR format. Lightroom version 2.3 builds on the previous update that allowed RAW photos to be imported into the application from a DSLR camera or the Adobe Creative Cloud and while some apps like Snapseed included this feature in the past, Adobe claims the process used in Lightroom provides substantial improvements over what a smartphone camera can typically put out. The new version of the app also adds a couple of new adjustment features and contains several unspecified bug fixes and performance optimizations.
Unfortunately, only four Android devices currently support RAW HDR photography. According to Adobe, the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge are the only currently supported devices. The company has revealed that support for more handsets is on its way but provided no other details on the matter. The current limitations are likely put into place due to large RAW image sizes. These images can easily be larger than 30 MB and require a lot of processing power to adjust. Furthermore, some reviewers on the Google Play Store are claiming that the new version of the app requires you to create an Adobe Creative Cloud account to save images shot in RAW format. Unfortunately, Creative Cloud usually requires people to purchase a subscription, though Adobe does offer a free trial via its imaging app. If you happen to take a lot of photos with your phone and want to improve the quality of those images, that may be worth checking out.
In addition to the inclusion of RAW HDR photography support for several devices, Adobe has added new image adjustment features to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The new features allow Lightroom users to selectively apply adjustments along linear or radial gradients. With the new features, image exposure, brightness, clarity, and more options are easily tweaked for specific parts of a given photo. The new adjustment features can be applied on both local photos or those you have pulled from an Adobe Creative Cloud account.